Location

Whatever your reason for language learning, we are confident that you will find a course to suit you at Koinè!

Florence

Why choose Florence?

If you love history or Renaissance art, this is where it all began. Florence is a city of culture par excellence thanks to its infinite examples of Renaissance splendour, complemented by a number of contemporary painting, sculpture, cinema and fashion exhibitions and events. It’s an open-air museum and not even locals got used to its timeless beauty yet.
This lively city with its concerts, theatres, clubs, dance and events is also a great place for students to visit for one week or even to study for a long period of time. The city is easily navigable on foot due to its size, making it a fantastic option for those who like to explore beauty in an urban environment on foot. And Florence isn’t known just for its art but also has a long established food scene filled with traditional trattorie, the Central Market, street food, and new and exciting restaurant openings each week. And should you need to get out into the countryside, Florence is but a short distance away from picturesque hilltop towns, trekking and vineyard to visit.

Koinè Center HQ is located in the historical city center, just behind Piazza Santa Croce, in Borgo Santa Croce 17. The street owes the name to the nearby Basilica, the first church built in town by the Franciscan and later become the “temple of Italian glories” such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Foscolo, Machiavelli, Rossini etc. who are buried there.

 
 

Lucca

Why choose Lucca?

Lucca is a small city filled with history and perfect for those who appreciate a small town feeling. The city is surrounded by a historical wall which means that a short walk is all it takes to get from one end of town to the other. The walls of Lucca are not simply a way to define the city limits, instead they offer a green oasis for the citizens of Lucca who use it as a park to run, cycle or just walk their dogs and chat with their friends. They also offer incredible views into the hidden city gardens of Lucca and out into the mountains not far away.

The city is ideally located to tour the numerous wineries, olive orchards and cheese-makers who have made the region famous or to pop over to the beach for the afternoon. And for those who crave a bit of the big city life every now and then, Florence, Pisa and Pistoia are all nearby making visiting easy and quick.

Koinè Center is located within the old town, in via dei Tabacchi, between Piazza Napoleone and Piazza San Michele, two of Lucca’s most popular squares. This part of the city still preserves the Italian typical essence thanks to its many stores, cafes and “trattorias”. It is also rich in history and traditional festivals, (some of them date back centuries) and often hosts a number of varied cultural events.
 
 
 

Bologna

 Why choose Bologna?

Bologna is one of Italy’s major cultural centers and home to a number of significant economic and political institutions. It is also home to one of the world’s oldest universities, the University of Bologna, meaning that the town bustles with students of all ages and nationalities and a vibrant night-life.

The city is famous for more than just its university, it is the home of numerous publishers and skilled bookbinders due to its long association with the academic world; its renown architecture includes over 40km of arches offer shelter from both the sun and the rain, and it is home to one of the richest culinary traditions in Italy where you’ll find the spiritual home of such treats as tortellini, mortadella and ragu.

Capraia

Why choose Capraia?

It is said that when Venus, the goddess of beauty and fertility, rose from the sea, her necklace broke and seven pearls fell into the sea, forming the impressive scenery of the seven Tuscan islands..

Beyond the rolling hillsides and beautiful towns, across the sea, off the coast of Tuscany ( and off the tourist track ) a different land reveals itself, untouched, well preserved and full of wild beauty. The island is sparsely populated, with its inhabitants ( about 400 ) centred on the harbour and nearby village, dominated by the Fortress of San Giorgio and connected to the harbour by the one and only asphalt road.

Capraia was used as an agricultural penal colony and its isolation protected its flora and wildlife, so that its dramatic coastline and landscape nowadays offer the visitor a wonderful combination of high cliffs, coves and hiking trails through the unspoilt inland with glorious views over the surrounding sea to the other islands ( Elba, Corsica, Montecristo...) and the Tuscan coast.

Reflecting their environmental value, Capraia and the surrounding crystal clear waters are under the protection of the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano, forming the first great marine park in Italy and the largest protected marine area in Europe.

 

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