Originally founded by the Romans, Florence’s influence steadily grew throughout the middle ages. It was considered one of the most important cities in Europe from the 14th-16th centuries, as well as the birthplace of the Renaissance, chiefly due to the city’s most powerful family, the Medicis. Through their sponsorship, artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, and Botticelli were able to practice and perfect their crafts.
Due to the city’s incredible legacy in art, architecture, and culture, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. It was also named one of the most beautiful cities in the world by Forbes, and is one of the world’s leaders in fashion and tourism.
While in Florence, be sure to visit the city’s stunning historic center, and explore the seemingly endless amounts of buildings, churches, fountains, parks, piazzas, museums, and monuments. Highlights include the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, which, 600 years after its completion still boasts the world’s largest brick dome, the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s David and many other important works, the Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval stone bridge packed with shops, and Ammanati’s famous Fountain of Neptune, which makes use of a still-functioning Roman aqueduct.
TEFL Institute’s Florence campus is located within the American Language Center—a full-service language school in the historical center of Florence. The nearby Piazza della Repubblica is the commercial and residential center of town.
Our facilities feature a library of ESL teaching materials, a resource room equipped with computers and printers and a photocopier, and many other materials you can use to prepare your lessons.
To make the most of your visit here in Florence, we can, for a fee, arrange a number of excursions or courses to help you see and learn more about Florence. Some examples of past activities include a walking tour of Florence, an all-day trip to the nearby town of Lucca, a Florentine cooking course, a wine-tasting course, and a local ACF Fiorentina soccer game. We also offer more informal get togethers including dinners, drinks at the pubs, and local events.
Housing options include private furnished apartments (€1000+/month per person) and shared furnished apartments with private (€550+/month) and shared rooms (€400+/month per person). All housing options include a weekly change of linens and towels. Please note that private apartments are only available for one or two people traveling together. Likewise, shared rooms, which feature two twin beds or one double bed, are also available for two people who enrolled or are traveling together and are enrolled in the same course dates.
Florence is serviced by Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport and Peretola “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport. Peretola is connected to Florence a bus service, which runs every half hour. Galileo Galilei Airport has its own railway station, which provides service to Pisa and Florence. Students are encouraged to take taxis from the airport. Keep your taxi receipt for reimbursement upon arrival at the institute.
Once you arrive in Florence, take advantage of its extensive bus lines, as well as its tram and train lines. Taxis are always plentiful as well.
Florence experiences hot, humid summers with very minimal rainfall and cool, damp winters.
Tuition DOES NOT Include:
Job placement assistance
Pre-enrollment and departure advice
Assistance finding housing
Basic "survival" Italian language lessons
Accommodation and meals
Travel to and from the course
Visa, if needed
Medical insurance (TEFL Institute can recommend medical insurance)