Italian language and artisan handcrafts

Italian Language Plus Gilding 

The ABC School would like to give students the opportunity to get in touch with the works of art in a very unique way, by attending a workshop and learning the basics of the trade, that of a gilder of wooden works and a restorer of paintings.

We do this in collaboration with a workshop/school that is located a stone's throw away from Ponte Vecchio, with teachers who also work for the Uffizi Galleries and other prestigious Italian and foreign museums.

The courses are personalized and can be followed also by beginners.

Students of the ABC school can engage in the learning of the language in the morning with the Standard Course in a group or the Individual course, and take part in gilding in the afternoon, making their stay in Florence a truly special experience.

Lesson times:

The timetable of the Italian language lessons depends on the chosen course.

The Standard group course takes place in the morning from 9:00 to 12:30, for a total of 20 lessons per week.

Those who choose to do an individual course will have a personalized timetable.

Course duration:

All of the courses at the ABC School last for a minimum of one week.

Start dates in 2024

Elementary, intermediate and advanced students can start the course every Monday. We ask all non-beginner students who intend to enroll in the ABC school's group or combined Italian courses to take the online grammar test at least two weeks before arriving in Florence.

Complete beginners can start the course every second Monday, on these specific dates:

8 January, 22 January, 5 February, 19 February, 5 March, 18 March, 2 April, 15 April, 29 aprile, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June, 25 June, 8 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 30 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 9 December.

Holidays in 2024

Lessons take place from Monday to Friday. On Saturday the school organises activities that the students can take part in if they would like to: visits to museums or monuments and excursions in cities close to Florence.

The school follows national and local holidays and will be closed on the following days: 6 January, Easter Monday (1 April), 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December. The school will be closed for Christmas holidays from 23 December 2024 to 6 January 2025. The school will reopen on 7 January 2025


The cost for the Italian Language Plus Gilding course varies depending on the language course chosen and on the number of gliding lessons attended.

We ask you to contact the school office for more information and a quote.

All courses have an additional registration fee of 60 euros which is valid for a total of 12 months + variable fee depending on the duration of the stay.


The Italian Language Plus Gilding course is only available in Florence.

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