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Italian for art lovers

— June 2012

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Bronzino, Portrait of Laura Battiferri (detail) (1555)

How often have you wanted to learn a foreign language but been put off by the memory of school lessons? All those hours spent on how to tell a doctor your mother is ill, or ask the time of day, or even say that your postilion has been struck by lightning…

What if you could learn Italian vocabulary that is useful for a holiday among the art and culture of Italy – and have a holiday in Florence while you are about it? This is what is on offer from the British Institute of Florence: mornings learning not only simple conversational and useful Italian for getting around town, eating and shopping, but also the vocabulary to discuss art and architecture, the lives of artists, and art history.

And to put it all into practice, the lessons feature tours of some of the most interesting places in Florence: you will see sculpture at Orsanmichele and  Piazza della Signoria, paintings in the Bartolini-Salimbeni Chapel  (Lorenzo Monaco) of  the church of  Santa Trinita,  and the Sassetti Chapel  (Ghirlandaio). There is a visit to the Bargello museum and an architectural walking tour from Palazzo Strozzi to Piazza del Duomo. So  you will have plenty of opportunity  to put what you have learnt into practice.

This is coming up very soon so don’t delay.

Dates: Monday 2 July to Thursday 5 July
Times:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily
Number of hours: 16 hours
Cost: 500 euros   No extra costs
Location: The British Institute of Florence, Palazzo Lanfredini, Lungarno Guicciardini, 9
Enrolment: You can enrol on-line or by phone: + 39 055 267781; website:

Access to details of course and enrolment form can be found under both Italian department, and Art History.

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