The island of Elba, Italy
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Learn Italian in Elba

Elba is a stunningly beautiful island, with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. On Elba, you can learn Italian and at the same time enjoy everything that the island has to offer as regards beaches, countryside, quaint fishing villages, excellent nightlife and wonderful food. At the heart of Elba is Monte Capanne, with its ancient forests and spectacular views. Elba really has something for everyone, whether you want to water ski, scuba dive, sunbathe at the beach, explore the history and culture of the island, or just choose a peaceful spot to relax, unwind and take in the beautiful scenery. The people of Elba are friendly and welcoming, happy to speak with students who learn Italian on a course at our school.

Our school in Elba

Our school in Elba, open from May to October, is located in a 4 star hotel in Marciana Marina, just 10 km from the capital, Portoferraio. Classes are often held outside in the shady gardens, and the beach is just 300 metres away. The school also has a swimming pool, where you can relax after your morning lessons.

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Italian lesson at our school
Students enjoying a meal together
Students on excursion
Picturesque Elba

Courses in Elba

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Conversation Lessons (30)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Club 50 (15)

You can learn Italian on an ‘Intensive’ Italian course of 20 Italian lessons/week, or on a ‘Combined’ course, which is a combination of the ‘Intensive’ Italian course and 10 private lessons. There is also an ‘Italian Conversation’ course, of 10 lessons/week.

Our school on Elba also runs a very successful ‘Italian Club 50+' course, for students aged 50 or over who prefer to study with students of a similar age. The Club 50+ course includes a program of activities and excursions (guided walks, wine tasting, visits to the Napoleonic villas, and more)

Special courses in Elba

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Hotel

Students who learn Italian at our school in Elba can stay in shared self-catering student apartments, or in the 4 star hotel where the school is located. Hotel rooms have en-suite bathrooms and telephone, and guests have full use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurant.

Hotel prices can vary depending on the date you travel. The exact cost of your accommodation will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Activities

Elba offers plenty of options for activities after class, and the school organises a welcome dinner, excursions, boat trips, guided walks, visits to local markets and to the Napoleonic museum, plus a variety of watersports.

How to get there

To get to our school on Elba, you can fly to Marina di Campo Airport (on Elba) and take a taxi to your accommodation in Marciana Marina. Or, fly to Pisa Airport, take the train to Piombino Marittima, the ferry to Portoferraio and then a taxi to Marciana Marina.


Location of our school in Elba

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4.5 / 5
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4.3 / 5
School Staff

4.7 / 5
Average score for our school in Elba based on 12 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

The course was excellent - teachers friendly and professional. They went the extra mile (Paola). Lovely to have lessons in the garden surrounded by fruit trees like pomegranate.

My hotel was situated just around the corner from the course - a couple of minutes' walk. Room quiet with beautiful view of mountains and sea. 'Il Gabbiano Azzurro' Enjoyable Breakfast by the pool - good service and friendly staff.

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The standard of teaching was excellent, and the school organised a really good series of excursions and events. The staff were very dedicated and friendly.

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The food was really good, the room was ok. Some of the staff were very friendly, but a couple of the staff were not so friendly!

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I really enjoyed the break, and look forward to going on another course.

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I felt that the book that my class used was a bit hard although the teacher gave us work from other sources to balance this. I certainly worked hard and learned a lot.

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The outdoor location made it much nicer, less like a classroom which helped keep our concentration going. The teacher was excellent, good fun and conscious of each students needs and abilities. The course content and materials were varied and interesting and the level stretched our abilities to the full.

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The course was very good and my teacher was excellent.

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The school used very helpful learning methods and has extremely skilled teachers.

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I enjoyed every minute of the course. I was rather apprehensive before leaving London, but settled in very quickly. The teaching staff were so welcoming and kind, and I came away feeling that my Italian had improved considerably, and that I was able to talk quite fluently. It was a wonderful experience, and I would love to do it again!

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