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il sillabo
Via Alberti, 31
I - 52027 - San Giovanni Valdarno (AR)

Tel. +39 055 9123238
Fax + 39 055 942439

Name of school Il Sillabo
Country / City Italy/Tuscany
Year founded  1997
Max. Capacity  60
Maximum group size / average  10/6
Course dates  every other week
Group lessons Yes 
One-on-one lessons Yes
Language for Professional Purposes Yes: business, marketing,
tourism, law, music, etc.
Language for Academic Purposes Yes
Exam preparation (e.g. TOEFL) No
Tailor made courses Yes 
Short programs (1-7 days) Yes, intensive courses
Programs for children  No
Programs for teenagers No
Programs for adults Yes 
Student residence  No
Accommodation on campus No
Host family accommodation Yes 
Shared flat Yes
Hotel Yes 
Others Agrotourismo
Social Yes, 5 times per week
Excursions Yes 
Volunteer programs No
FEES (In Euro)  
Minimum tuition fee / week from100 Euro
Accomodation fee / week  from 60 Euro

Il Sillabo is a small school managed and run by a typical extended Italian family.

Students like our school


  • our small family-run school offers a personalised service in a welcoming and informal atmosphere
  • you can live in a small, calm, safe town while being within easy reach of the most important cities in Tuscany and we genuinely want to make you feel at home and not in an anonymous place for tourists
  • we consider students not as clients but as "our students", often "our friends"
  • with our modern teaching methods and the enthusiasm of our teachers you will learn Italian quickly and be given many opportunities to speak
  • you will be offered a large programme of excursions and activities
  • studying at Il Sillabo and staying in San Giovanni is a different experience and you won't feel like one of the thousands of tourists wandering in crowded cities
  • our small classes mean it's much easier for you to make friends and to form a strong group spirit
  • we all work hard to offer an excellent service because it is our own business
  • your needs and requests will always be listened to and replied with care and patience


Some comments about us:


With my teacher at Il Sillabo I have always felt confident and capable to learn a language, even if I have never been gifted with learning languages (Marion - Austria)

Thank you for your warmth and for your persistence: I have spent my time at the best (Mark - U.K.)

I didn't expect such a nice, lovely place. San Giovana Valdarno is better than Firence or Arezzo, you are near all important places and stay in a quiet small town, surrounded by Italians and not by tourists (Przemek - Poland)

I cannot stand being far from Il Sillabo for a long time, I want to come back very soon because this is the school of Happiness (Valerie - Belgium)

Thanks to Orazio I have understood the importance of art and culture in learning a language and, overall, in visiting a country (Otfried - Germany)

I will remember this holiday forever and I will always think of you like friends (Adriana - Brazil)

My stay at Il Sillabo is my treasure (Michiko - Japan)

Florentine tripe cooked at the Il Sillabo Cooking course is much better than I have tasted in many restaurants in Italy and Japan (Kazumasa - Japan)

My favourite dessert is rice pancakes and the best are those I tasted at Il Sillabo, even better than those made by my "Italian mum" (his landlady) who is an excellent cook. (Mario - Switzerland)