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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Florence

For anyone planning a move to or within Florence in the Tuscany region of Italy, we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Florence and the surrounding area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Italy, Florence’s famous suburbs include Duomo, Oltrarno, San Marco and nearby towns include Prato, Pistoia and Arezzo.

Florence has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful nearby countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from Italy mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) is a place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine." Lonely Planet

Florence is In central northern Italy, the city is about 130 km from the western coast and is is a short journey away from the towns and cities of Bologna, Arezzo, Grosseto and Livorno.

Florence is where the piano was first invented! Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the pianoforte back in 1698. One of the original Cristofori pianos is available to go and see in the Museo Strumenti Musicali in Rome.

For more fun facts about Florence, scroll down to our Florence focus page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Florence, Italy?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Florence (or you already live in Florence but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Florence there is a big choice of high quality Florence schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Italy.

The private education sector in and around Florence features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Florence, Italy (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Florence and in the suburbs of Florence or towns like Prato, Pistoia and Arezzo by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Italy and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Florence, Italy

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Florence, Italy providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Florence, Italy

The most popular suburbs in Florence, Italy and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Florence (382,258)

Centro Storico (67,000)

Campo di Marte (55,200),

Rifredi (58,000)

Gavinana-Galluzzo (44,600)

Isolotto-Legnaia (48,000),

Santa Croce (22,000)

Santo Spirito (21,400)

San Giovanni (26,300),

Santa Maria Novella (16,700)

Coverciano (10,000)




Florence is a very popular place to live and many people move to Florence each year, or to near Florence and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Florence are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Florence for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Florence and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Florence, Italy

> FACT 1:  Florence is particularly famous for its architecture, the city is known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance”. The Piazza del Duomo, is one of the most iconic monuments in Italy, and it never gets boring to look at - no matter how many times you may pass it on the commute!

> FACT 2:  The historic center of Florence has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982.

> FACT 3:  Florence holds the The iconic statue of David by Michelangelo! It is housed in Florence's Accademia Gallery, and is considered one of the greatest works of art in history.

> FACT 4:  Head down to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in central Florence for a quick browse of some incredible gold jewelry… be careful not to stay too long though, as it might end up being an expensive trip!

> FACT 5:  The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular galleries in the world, attracting over 2 million visitors each year. One of the most popular works is Medusa by Caravaggio, which certainly makes for a dramatic visit.

> FACT 6:  The Boboli Gardens are breathtakingly gorgeous due to the intricate hedges that outline the grassy areas. What's great is that these parks are actually open to the public - in fact, the Boboli Gardens was the first public park in Europe, opening in the 16th century.

> FACT 7:  Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, and with that title comes A LOT of great food! Try dishes such as the ribollita or the pappa al pomodoro and you won't be disappointed.

> FACT 8:  Florence's famous San Lorenzo Market is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to buy fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other treats!

> FACT 9:  Why not try a Florentine steak? The city is known for its food, however this very delicate break of Chianina cattle is what makes steak in Florence so special

> FACT 10:  The Palazzo Pitti is filled with different museums and art galleries, however it was originally a home to the very powerful Medici family.

Where To Live In Florence, Italy

Florence and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or Italy estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Florence living to rural, Italy or coast lifestyles, Florence and the surrounding area is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and countryside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Santo Spirito Florence, San Niccolo Florence, San Frediano Florence, Oltrarno Florence, Santa Croce Florence, Piazza Savonarola Florence, San Lorenzo Florence

Commuting To And From Florence By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Florence is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Florence, Pisa, Arezzo and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

>  Florence To Bologna: Florence is about 108 km by road from Bologna via the E35 and A1 and driving to the centre of Florence from Bologna normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Florence from Bologna, with trains taking from 55 minutes.

>  Florence To Pisa: Pisa is about 98 km by road from Florence via the XSGC Firenze and driving to the centre of Pisa from Florence normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Pisa from Florence, with trains taking around 1 hour 20 minutes.

>  Florence To Arezzo: Arezzo is about 70 km by road from Florence via the A1 and driving to the centre of Arezzo from Florence normally takes under 1 hour 10 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Arezzo from Florence, with trains taking from 1 hour 15 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Florence, Italy

The nearest airport to Florence is Florence Airport (FLR) which is 4 km from Florence. Other nearby airports include Pisa (PSA) (under 68 km), Forli (FRL) (80), Bologna (BLQ) (83 km) and Verona (VRN) (180 km)




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