Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence

 Via Faenza 43
50123 Firenze
Tel. +39 055 287360
Fax +39 055 2679448


The School

Founded in 1973 in Florence, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is among Italy’s most comprehensive and well-established international institutions, with over 40 years of experience and research in teaching Italian Language to foreigners. Through the years LdM has also introduced higher education programs and courses that fall under five main academic divisions: Italian Language and Culture, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences, Creative Arts, Design.

With campuses in Florence, Rome, and Tuscania, every year LdM offers its numerous international students a full immersion in the Italian cultural life, granting a deeper knowledge of the local traditions and historical heritage.

Students may choose among standard, intensive, and super-intensive courses on offer throughout the year, with both individual and/or group classes on short or long term. Courses are open to students of any level up from 18 years old. Upon request, LdM also offers individual courses to prepare students for Proficiency Tests of Italian as a Second Language (CELI and CILS)

Italian courses

Standard Group Courses

Duration: Superintensive Florence: the course may last from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. Intensive: June – July

Lessons per week: Superintensive Florence: 4 hours (50 minutes) per day, 5 days per week. Intensive: 48 hours per month / 3 hours per day (50 minutes per hour) .

Prices: Superintensive Florence: from € 340,00 (2 weeks) to €3.050,00 (6 months). Every extra week: €145,00. Intensive: 400 euro

SUPERINTENSIVE (Florence, year-round): Superintensive meets five days a week, from 9:00 am to 12:40 pm, Monday through Friday (on Fridays lessons also include specific aspects of Italian culture).
This course is offered in seven levels, each of which takes four weeks to be completed. Students benefit from the presence of two teachers for the same class
INTENSIVE: Intensive meets 48 hours per month, from 1:15 pm to 3:45 pm, Monday through Thursday. There are six levels, each of which takes 4 weeks to be completed.

Individual Courses

Lessons per weeek: From 5 to 40 hours per week (50 minutes per hour)

Prices: One to One: €42,00 per hour (50 minutes). Closed group lessons for 2 people: €64,00 per hour (50 minutes) – €32,00 per student.

Description: Students with very specific linguistic objectives or particular time schedule requests may choose to attend individual courses tailored to meet their needs:
One-to-One individual lessons
Two-to-One semi-individual lessons (closed group of two people, same level of Italian language knowledge requested).

Culture Courses

Description: All LdM site salso offer courses on different aspects of Italian Culture, such as culinary arts, art history, cinema, Italian literature, Italian society, tourism and business, along with courses on painting, restoration, design and more in the field of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Special Courses

  • Italian Language through Cultural Experience
  • Italian through Cooking
  • Italian through Film
  • Italian for Business
  • Translation Techniques
Featured courses

Courses in:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Tourism
  • Business.
  • Student Point to study with computer access.
  • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout LdM premises.
  • Housing service.
  • LdM Italian language library with a variety of Italian books, periodicals and DVDs.
  • Recreational activities (meetings with Italian students, art tours, movies, seminars, hands-on cooking classes in Italian).
  • Tutoring: (one-to-one weekly tutorial session free of charge).
  • Conversation Exchange with Italians (offered through Tandem, a conversation exchange project which matches LdM students with Italian students from various state universities wishing to improve the languages they are studying).
  • LdM Bulletin, a monthly newsletter with information about current activities.
  • Cafeteria and garden.
  • LdM Certificate or Certificate of Attendance, confirming participation in the relevant course of Italian Language
Other info

Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is registered and authorized in Italy by the Ministry of Education, (December 2, 1989); it is also accredited by the Tuscany Region as an educational institution (code n. FI0735, decree n. 2935, July 4, 2012).

LdM is approved by the US Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a branch campus of Marist College, with particular note on the quality of LdM facilities and academic environment. LdM is also accredited by the CSN of the Swedish government, by the Icelandic Student Loan Fund (LIN) and it has been awarded the European quality certification ISO 9001:2008 by EQA (European Quality Assurance).

LdM is affiliated to numerous universities and institutions around the world; besides ASILS it is also member of several international associations such as: IALC (International Association of Language Centres), FEDE (Federation of European Schools), CCIS (College Consortium of International Studies), ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Art), NAFSA (Association of International Educators), EDUITALIA