Well, it's the new year and time to think about all those resolutions! If learning Italian was your resolution for 2008 then the Dante Alighieri Language School of Florence is the place to be. Despite the huge number of language schools in the city of Dante, this is the oldest and the one accredited through the Dante Alighieri Society for the teaching of Italian language and culture. All their teachers are fully qualified, the classes cover not only every level of Italian language, but art and cultural programs, excursions, and a real immersion in local life.
Not only that, but the school is housed in a stunning 15th century Oratory with cloisters and frescoes hidden behind the big doors and available only to those lucky enough to be admitted. It's the best way to have a holiday that makes you feel a part of the local scene.