Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, Siena

Via del Paradiso 16
53100 Siena
Tel. +39 0577 249097
Fax +39 0577 249096


The School

Founded in 1991, the Leonardo da Vinci School of Siena is located in a truly strategic position for those who would like to stay and study in this marvelous historic, art-filled city.

The courses in Italian language are numerous and varied, ranging from classic group lessons for those at all levels of ability, to individual and intensive-level, to lessons that target specific professional needs.

There are also courses dedicated to the preparation for the CILS, CELI and AIL exams.  The school regularly hosts groups of scholars and students who come from all over the world.

Extra-curricular activities include guided visits of the city, excursions into the countryside, seminars in history, art, Italian film, phonetics and diction, and tastings of the excellent gastronomic and oenological products of Tuscany.

The school maintains an informal and international atmosphere that promotes socializing and the new friendships.

Italian courses

Standard Group Courses

Duration: min. 1 week

Lessons per week: 20 lessons/week. One lesson = 45 minutes

Prices: 1 week: 200 Euro / 2 weeks: 360 Euro / 3 weeks: 540 Euro / 4 weeks: 720 Euro / 5 weeks: 750 Euro

Description: the Intensive Italian Language and Culture course is ideal for anyone wanting to stay in Italy and, by learning the language, understand Italian society, culture and traditions, and the wealth of Italy’s historic and artistic heritage. It is suitable for people of all ages, lasting as many weeks as the student chooses (minimum one week) and covering all levels of the European Language Portfolio (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Classes take place in small groups with a maximum of 10 participants.

Individual Courses

Duration: min. 1 week – 15 lessons

Lessons per week: min. 15 lessons/week. 1 lesson = 45 minutes

One to One, 40 € 1 lesson
Two to one, 50 € 1 lesson
Three to one, 60 € 1 lesson

Description: private courses are the best way to achieve a good knowledge of Italian in the shortest amount of time. In these courses, individually-designed lessons revolve around the student’s areas of need and interest. Private lessons are recommended for participants who would like to study Italian exclusively in a one-on-one situation or who would like to be in a small group with family members, friends or colleagues.

Culture Courses

Duration: min. 1 week

Lessons per week: 6 lessons/week. 1 lesson = 45 minutes

Prices: 120 Euro/week

Art History – The Early Renaissance in Siena:  a three-session course dedicated to some of the most brilliant and famous artists of the 15th century all of whom left their mark on Siena. Lessons are divided between in-class lectures and on-site visits: Architecture, featuring the ideas of Michelozzo, Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino; sculptural works of Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia; the painters Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Domenico di Bartolo and Lorenzo di Pietro (called Il Vecchietta).

Special Courses

  • Preparation course for the AIL language exam
  • Siena with Gusto!
  • Italian Tour

Featured courses
  • La Dolce Vita 50+
  • Professional Italian
  • Super Intensive Plus course
  • Long Term Intensive Course

The school is happy to help students find a suitable residence in Siena.  We offer a variety of accommodations that fit most budgets and needs: host families with breakfast or halfboard, shared or private apartments, hotels, residences and agriturismo – farmhouses.

Extra activities: guided visits to museums, monuments and churches; wine or cheese tastings; lessons on specific aspects of Italian literature, art, language, history or cuisine; full and half-day excursions out of the city.

Other info
  • Officially authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education
  • Recognized from CSN Lund (Swedish National Student Assistance Board) for study grants
  • Recognized from 10 German Federal States for “Bildungsurlaub”
  • Recognized from many US Universities for Academic credits.
  • International Standards for Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:2008
  • Member of AIL – Accademia Italiana di Lingua (Diplomas “Firenze”)