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Dante Alighieri

Siena, Italy
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About the school

Imagine a typical Italian street. Including bumpy boulders, rosé colored houses, curtains that flutter past the wooden shooters of the windows and Fiat 500's that are parked centimeter-accurate in a small parking space. In such a street in the heart of Siena you will find language school Dante Alighieri. Located in a recently restored historic building. Not only from the outside, but also from within the school is a feast for the eyes: the beautiful historic details are well preserved and are combined with a colorful interior. The school has 25 classrooms, a roof terrace with views over the city, a cozy lounge with piano, a well-stocked library, a professionally equipped kitchen and a dining room with ceiling paintings. The friendly staff and teachers of the school regularly organize activities where students can practice their Italian in an informal way and hang out with their classmates. The lessons at the school are of good quality and accredited.
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What we like

  • check_circle   Lots of cultural activities
  • check_circle   Historical building
  • check_circle   Right in the historic heart of Siena
  • check_circle   Professional kitchen in school
  • check_circle   Roof terrace with a view

Safe bookings

Free insurance

Free cancellation

Italian at Dante Alighieri

  • check_circle   Including certificate
  • check_circle   Including level check
  • check_circle   Free accommodations insurance
  • check_circle   Free activities

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School's facilities

  • Accredited
  • wifi WiFi
  • my_location Located in the city center
  • directions_transit Located near public transport
  • local_florist Garden
  • airline_seat_recline_extra Lounge
  • room_service Reception
  • local_pizza Cafetaria
  • flip_to_back Study rooms

Schedule and social program

This is an example of how your week at Dante Alighieri looks like. The actual schedule might vary depending on the season.

Dante Alighieri usually organizes 6 activities each week. All of these activities are free of charge. Some examples of activities that Dante Alighieri organizes are presented here.

Example activities at the school:

  •   Museum visit (free)
  •   Day-excursion to another city (free)
  •   Video nights (free)
  •   Discover the city (free)
  •   Tastings (free)
  •   Weekend excursion (free)
  •   Guided tours (free)
  •   Walking tour (free)
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Siena

As one of world's best-preserved medieval cities Siena is a feast for the senses and an essential stop on every Tuscan itinerary. In the lively, medieval streets you will find sweet-smelling patisseries, tempting restaurants with the freshest Tuscan specialties and craft shops. The historic districts that the city is rich of are so well preserved that you imagine yourself in the 17th century when you walk through them. Siena is like an open-air museum of Gothic architecture and art. The small town has about 50,000 inhabitants and is built on three hills and surrounded by well-preserved city walls. You will find the world's most unique squares here, Piazza del Campo for example, a shell shaped square including scalloped edges. The world-famous horse race 'the Palio of Siena' which takes place twice a year is characteristic of the Sienese identity, history and culture and attracts visitors from all over the world. If you are following a language course in Siena, it is highly recommended to stick around a little longer when your course is finished. Siena is an excellent starting point to discover the rest of Tuscany. Think of visiting nearby charming cities such as San Gimignano and Pienza and some Tuscan wine regions such as Montalcino and Montepulciano.

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Jul 11, 2022
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I am an American faculty member with my third group of college students partnering with DA Siena. The instruction, faculty, and staff are wonderful. Italian Culture, Language, Arts & Humanities, Food & Agriculture, “Learning Italy” has outstanding programming for college students and adult learners. I strongly recommend for short travel study and longer study abroad programs. —Dr. Todd Winters, University of Tennessee at Martin

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Oct 3, 2022
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I give my highest and most sincere praise of this school. Dante Alighieri Siena is abundant with teaching and administrative staff who tend to your every need and prioritize your positive experience in the program. I participated as a Summer Abroad student for five weeks in Siena. I received tremendous care and instruction from everyone I interacted with, including but not limited to: Luca Bonomi, Guido Elia, Serena Bonelli, Bianca Puma, Sonia, etc. They all cultivated a very comfortable and engaging learning environment, and I was able to take away a great deal about the Italian language and dialects, and the Sienese culture. I improved my conversational Italian exponentially across five weeks, feeling comfortable in the classroom, our local cafe' during la pausa ("Al Solito Posto"), and across the beautiful city of Siena. I also became much more proficient in vocabulary and grammar, and learned so much about the history of the city and of the Palio. I very much miss attending the School - I wish I was still there! Nothing but the best at DA Siena. Sign up soon!

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Aug 24, 2022
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As adult, I was looking for an Italian program in which I could study the language, immerse myself in the culture and have the flexibility to live in an Airbnb (as opposed to living in a dorm or with a host family.) The only program I could find like this (and I did a LOT of searching) was the Dante Alighieri School in Sienna (which also has more traditional programs for students.) To say the program far exceeded my wildest expectations would be the world’s greatest understatement. From the time I arrived in Sienna (September, 2021) everything was taken care of for me. And by “everything,” I mean everything! I was met at the bus station by Guido, who I soon discovered was a tour guide, master facilitator, patient Italian conversationalist and most importantly a wonderful human being. In addition to my daily private tutor, I had cultural tours with Andrea, a man with infinite knowledge of and passion for everything in the city, from museum tours to food and wine tastings and everything in between. I had cooking classes in the school’s professional kitchen, taught by Massimo and Letizia, a fantastic couple who taught me to cook everything from hand rolled pasta to desserts I’m still dreaming about. After every class, we were served the meal we cooked on the terrace outside the kitchen with a spectacular view of Sienna. Regarding my language lessons, I found my teacher to be nothing short of brilliant. Seriously. I’ve had a decent amount of instruction in several languages, but I have never come close to learning as much as I did with my teacher Claudio Viti. And I’ve certainly never had more fun in the process. When I left Sienna, I arranged Zoom classes with Claudio through the school and I continue to have them several times a week. My lessons were/are a combination of grammar/vocabulary work and conversation. The only negative was that, when I returned home, I realized I enjoyed talking to Claudio more in a language I was still learning than I did with many people in a language I already knew! Oh well… If anyone needs further proof of how much I loved the school, here it is: a month after I left, I returned for another two weeks. And I’m counting the days until I return again. VIVA LA SCUOLA DANTE ALIGHIERI!!!!

UPDATE: 8/24/22 - I’m returning to Sienna and The Dante Alghieri school for the FOURTH time this year, and I can’t wait to arrive. The school, the people who work there and my my tutor Claudio have become dear friends and they’ve made my trips to Sienna some of the happiest, not to mention the most educational, times of my life.

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Aug 12, 2020
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I attended group classes and afternoon activities here for two weeks in February before the school had to close because of the pandemic. Classes were fun, interesting and varied. The teachers were very smart and nice. There were didactic lessons, games, conversation, and one day we even went to the weekly market together. The afternoon activities included watching an Italian movie, a meal at a local restaurant and a tour of the Saint Catherine convent. Once it was clear that the country was going to lock down, the school handled the situation and communications in a very clear and professional manner. I will be back to Siena and the school whenever Americans can go to Italy again! Next time I will find lodging recommended by the school though. In February I found my own apartment and it wasn’t great. I heard from other students that the rentals recommended by the school were very interesting and convenient.

Since leaving Italy I’ve been very pleased with the online classes I’m taking from the school 2-3 times a week with Livia.

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Jul 8, 2019
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I spent three weeks at the language school and enjoyed myself very much. I was able to choose and combine group and individual sessions freely. This helped me to improve my language skills greatly within a short period of time.

All teachers were very friendly and supportive. The school offered additional activities such as wine tasting, cooking and city tours in Italian.

Overall I would highly recommend the school to anyone who wants to learn Italian and enjoy staying at such an amazing place as Siena at the same time.
Joerg

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