Located in the same building as the school, the Ostello del Bigallo (Bigallo Hostel) has been totally renovated and fully equipped with all comforts to offer modern travellers the same shelter and unique experience as once before. Here you can enjoy the typical medieval atmosphere of the hostel sharing this experience with the other Italian and international guests.
The Hostel offers several options: beds in dormitories with shared bathrooms or private double, triple or quadruple rooms with private bathroom. Low cost but exclusive, it is ideal for groups, young people or families. It has various common areas for breakfast, activities, meetings or creative and cultural workshops.
Guests also have unlimited access to the wonderful olive grove behind the hostel and the panoramic terrace, buffet breakfast is included and adding 7€ you can have “pasta time” for dinner, or you can order a sandwich throughout the day. A common fridge is available for guests, but unfortunally there isn’t the kitchen. Possibility of treatment in half board or full board for groups.
We highly reccomend this sort of accommodation if you like to share daily life with other people, if you are not interested in cook, and most of all if you love the peace and the magic of these characteristic places. The ambience is cool and friendly, it’s very easy to meet new friends from every corner of the world. At night many activities are planned like live music, dances and typical aperitifs especially during the long good season.
The nearest bus stop is located 900 mt far and connects Bagno a Ripoli to Florence. A free shuttle bus runs during school hours. So the hostel option is suitable for people of all ages. Vast free car parking. Ideal for groups up to 52 people since there is the possibility to park a coach for free. During the low season the hostel only opens for groups.
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Our welcoming and friendly homestay families are carefully selected, they are used to accommodate foreign students and more than happy to speak Italian with you. Some families offer half-board to students and prepare breakfast and dinner for them. Others only offer the use of the kitchen to cook your own meals. The prepared food is generally a regional home cooking. There are families also available to cook vegetarian or wholemeal, but if you have any special need in the kitchen please let us know well in advance so we can match you with the right family. If you choose for an half-board homestay you will have to adapt to the eating habits and schedules of the Italian host family. The bathroom in some homestay is private, in others it is shared with the family members. If you choose for the homestay you will have the opportunity to experience the habits of everyday life in Italy. Homestay can be a perfect solution for people of every age, the hosting family can be made by a couple (with or without kids) or even by just a single person. We highly reccomend this kind of accommodation to any student who would love to share everyday life with an Italian family and who would like to keep on exercising their new language skills even while at home. All apartments are located near the school, conveniently reachable by bus, by car or by bicycle from Florence/Bagno a Ripoli. To reach the school without a car we run a free shuttle bus to and from Bagno a Ripoli during scholar schedule.
SHARED APARTMENT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
You will stay in a single room of a completely furnished apartment, with all the comforts. The kitchen, the bathroom and the living room are shared with other 2 or 3 people, usually Italians. We carefully select the best apartments for our students and we choose the most suitable solution according to the student age, younger students will probably share their apartment with others university students, while the older ones will share the apartment with workers. This sort of accommodation is suited for easy going people who doesn’t fear life in shared spaces and if you would like to cook by yourself. Living in a shared apartment is even a perfect opportunity to practise the Italian language with your flatmates. All apartments are located near the school, conveniently reachable by bus, by car or by bicycle from Florence/Bagno a Ripoli. To reach the school without a car we run a free shuttle bus to and from Bagno a Ripoli during scholar schedule.
We offer several independent apartments, carefully selected, fully equipped and featured with all amenities. All apartments are well located, 5 to 30 minutes by car or bus to the city center or the school, and they are offered by professional agents at the best price. You can rent many types of apartments according to your preferences: in the countryside, in Florence or in the nearby town of Bagno a Ripoli, where all facilities (shops, offices, public transport, medical clinics, etc.) are at hand. To reach the school without a car we run a free shuttle bus to and from Bagno a Ripoli during scholar schedule. To rent a private apartment is the best solution if you look for complete independence, a perfect accommodation for couples, families and small groups.
B&B OR HOLIDAY FARMHOUSE
Those wishing to make their study trip a real holiday, shouldn’t miss the opportunity to live in one of the B&B or holiday farmhouses of the area. There are beautiful typically Tuscan farmhouses nestled into the surrounding countryside, offering bed & breakfast or half board accommodation options, that awaits you. All accommodations are well located, 5 to 30 minutes by car or bus to the city center or the school. To reach the school without a car we run a free shuttle bus to and from Bagno a Ripoli during scholar schedule. Enjoy this kind of accommodation if you are planning a short, but relaxing, journey in Italy.