Italian in Tuscany


programs 2015

Why study Italian?


The Italian language is considered to be a beautiful and melodious language, as it is the language of opera and classical music, good food and fashion.  It is inextricably linked to Italian culture, and to a country with the richest artistic heritage in the world, the country of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Dante and The Renaissance.


Why study Italian in Tuscany?


Tuscany is the region where the modern Italian language was born.  Here, in the 14th century, the “fathers” of the language, Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio, gave importance and nobility to the colloquial Italian language that has since remained essentially unchanged.  Accordingly, there is no better place to study Italian than at the school of Il Sillabo, here in the heart of Tuscany in San Giovanni Valdarno!    The town is ideally located a half an hour from Florence, the cradle of The Renaissance and the Italian language, and also just 45 minutes from Cortona and from Siena.

How to learn Italian in Tuscany?


Group courses.


From May through October, classes are scheduled weekly for groups with a minimum of 3 (maximum of 10) students. In the event that the minimum number of students is not met, private and/or semi-private lessons are available.   You can choose between the following courses:

 • Intensive Course:  20 hours (each teaching hour is 50 minutes) per week.  Classes are held in the mornings from 9:00am to

12:40pm daily, Monday through Friday

 • Combined  Course:  20 hours ( 50 minutes each) in the morning, plus an additional 5 hours in the afternoon, per week

 • Super Intensive Course:  20 hours ( 50  minutes each) in the morning, plus an additional 10 hours in the afternoon, per week

Private lessons.


Available year round, the minimum private study package is a 10 hours course.  Upon request, Italian language lessons can be customized to any level, for a longer duration, and specific to the individual needs of the student; such as Italian for commercial/business use, Italian for CILS and CELI, intensive grammar and/or conversational Italian.  Semi-private lessons can be tailored to small groups of 2-3 students.

During the first day of any course, all non-beginner students will be given a placement test to determine the appropriate course level.   All courses at Il Sillabo, whether private, semi-private or group classes, are taught by highly qualified and DITALS certified and professionally credentialed language teachers.




Various housing options are available to students studying at Il Sillabo, including:  room with a local family, apartment (shared or private), hotel, and agriturismo.


Extracurricular activities


are scheduled on a weekly basis for students.  Examples include: an orientation to San Giovanni Valdarno, guided visits to neighboring towns; lunch/dinner in local restaurant, Italian movies, and the Saturday Market.


Optional activities


are organized upon request.  Workshops for cooking, art, yoga, horse riding, bike tours, and wine tasting are among the available special interest classes.

Participation in all activities outside of regularly scheduled lessons is optional and fees may apply.

The staff at Il Sillabo is at your disposal to help you with all aspects of your stay in San Giovanni Valdarno. From airport transfers and train or bus schedules to various cultural activities and interesting nearby excursions, we will ensure your language learning experience is enhanced by the essence of our own warm Italian hospitality.


San Giovanni Valdarno

City hall


Il Sillabo A.S.D.C

CF: 90031550511

San Giovanni Valdarno

(AR) Italy