Learn Italian in Siena

Learn Italian in Siena


Italian school in Siena

Siena SchoolThe Italian language school in Siena is located on a typical Sienese Street in the historic centre of Siena. It is just next to ‘Piazza San Domenico’ and ‘Piazza Gramsci’ and only a few minutes walk from ‘Piazza del Campo’.

The Italian School is small and known for its familiar and friendly atmosphere. After classes, the sunny terrace of the school provides a scenic meeting place for students. The school has 8 classrooms and students have access to computers with free internet access.

The staff are friendly and always willing to help. All Italian teachers are native speakers of Italian and are qualified to teach Italian as a foreign language.


Standard course

This short term course is suitable for students that want a general Italian course focusing on the four key language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Suitable for students with previous knowledge of Italian or complete beginners that have a short time to spend learning the language abroad.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Intensive course

This course is as the standard course but with 10 extra Italian lessons. Ideal for students that want an Intensive short term course.

Lessons per week 30 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Italian for Life course

This long term course is as the Standard Italian course in Siena but for a longer duration. Particularly popular with Gap Year students, people on Career breaks or students that have a several months spare to learn Italian.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 12-52 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 18

Combined course

Students follow the Standard Italian course in Siena and have an extra 5 or 10 private lessons each week depending on how intensive a course they desire. Perfect for students that want the diversity of a group course but would like a few private lessons to focus on a specific area of the language, topic or exam.

Lessons per week 20 + 5 or 10, Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Private tuition

Lessons can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the students, to a particular subject or focusing on a specific exam. Students can have private lessons on a 2 to 1 basis providing they are of a similar ability.

Lessons per week 10, 15 or 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class 1:1 or 2:1
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Italian Diploma Examination course

Students follow the Italian Standard course in Siena with extra 10 lessons per week specifically tailored towards exam preparation for the following exams:

DELI – A2 – Elementary level

DILI – B1- Intemediate level one

DILI – B2 – Intermediate level two

DALI- C1- Advanced level one

DALI- C2-Advanced level two

DILC- B1 -Business examination – Intermediate level

DALC- C1 – Business examination – Advanced level

For more information on these exam courses please contact the office.

Lessons per week 30 Duration 4 weeks
Levels TestDaf Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Over 50's course

This course is specifically designed for mature students of any age. You will learn Italian in a pleasant and relaxing environment, accompanied by a wide variety of cultural activities.

The morning course of Standard Italian Language is designed to improve language and conversational skills, and heighten the awareness and appreciation of the Italian culture.

Afternoon Program:

Siena- One week
Guided city tour and local aperitif in the ‘Campo’ square;
Visit to the Duomo, the imposing cathedral of Siena;
Relaxing half day excursion at the Spa of Rapolano;
Guided visit to the fascinating fountains of Siena;
‘Pecorino’ cheese tasting, accompanied by a selection of honeys and marmelades.

Siena – Two weeks
The program of the One-Week-Course is followed by:
Weekend excursion to the Beauty of Southern Tuscany;
Introduction to Tuscan cuisine: lesson and tasting;
Guided tour of the ‘Palazzo Pubblico’, Siena’s graceful gothic town hall;
Wine tasting guided by expert sommelier;
Traditional Tuscan dinner with the group leader in a renowned local restaurant.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1 or 2 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 10
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 50


Host Family

In selecting host families, the school does not look for luxury and comfort in the material sense but for Italian families who appreciate receiving foreign students. Additionally, the word “family” should not be taken too literally, as a family can be “traditional” with children, a single parent or a childless couple who take in students because they enjoy the company.

You can choose between a single or shared room with breakfast or half board (breakfast and dinner). You have your meals together with the family but you should be aware that Italian eating habits can be rather different from your own. Breakfast usually only consists of coffee or tea and bread, butter, marmalade. Dinner is a complete meal served normally at around 8:00 pm.

Living with a family offers a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the Italian culture and way of living, but it also requires compromises between the host and you.

Shared apartment

Living in an apartment, together with other foreign or Italian students or with the landlord/landlady, requires maturity but allows you considerable independence. You share with the roommate(s) the bathroom and the kitchen and can cook on your own. You share a flat or floor of a house either with other students, with other Italian students or with the owner. Students share the kitchen and the bathroom. The apartments are furnished and the kitchens are supplied with all essential kitchen equipment (cutlery, plates, pans etc.). You can prepare your meals separately or together with your flatmates and fellow students.


A transfer service from Florence airport/station, Pisa airport or Siena station to your accommodation is available at an extra cost. Alternatively we can provide you with advice on travel.


Siena has a variety of activities on offer and we believe that experiencing the culture helps you to truly learn Italian. The school therefore organises cultural activities for students in addition to Italian lessons.

Example of the activities in Siena:

  • Visits to the Duomo, Palazzo Pubblico, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of San Francesco and the museum of Santa Maria della Scala
  • Dinner in a typical Tuscan house
  • Extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • Tuscan wine tasting
  • Italian film night
  • Pasta making or cheese tasting
  • Art history seminar


Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices: Siena

Dates & Prices


School size Small
Minimum age 16
Levels Beginner to Advanced
Exams  Italian Diploma
  • Host family
  • Shared apartment
download Free WiFi