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The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library

The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library
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The British Institute of Florence is a non-profit-making cultural institute founded in 1917 in Florence, Italy, with the aim of promoting Anglo-Italian cultural relations. Join students and members from around the world at the spectacular library on the banks of the river Arno. Browse the collection of over 52,000 books and magazines or attend a lecture, concert, film or afternoon tea.
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vaninabodurova
3 contributions
History of Art at the British Institute of Florence
Sep 2018 • Solo
A place where British class and attitude meet American talent of organisation with Italian warmth and hospitality.
Human touch and knowledge in the beautiful and multidimensional capital of Art. Thank you for this unforgettable experience!
Written 17 October 2018
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD10,191 contributions
Tea at the Library!
May 2018 • Couples
I had read about tea at the British Institute of Florence’s Harold Acton Library and contacted them before we left the U.S. to see if we could attend and were told “Of course.” They offer their version of High Tea on Thursdays at 4:30 PM. For a requested donation of € 1.50 each, we had cups of tea with proper sandwiches, biscuits, homemade cake, and cookies. The tea is served in the one of the libraries. The British Institute sits right on the Arno River and we were treated to some wonderful views. It was a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Written 18 June 2018
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penny_howard1
Florence, Italy272 contributions
One of my favourite places in Florence - sharing culture & making new friends
Mar 2017 • Friends
The British Institute was established in Florence in 1917 but when the lease on earlier premises in Palazzo Antinori expired in the Mid 60's British writer Harold Acton made available three floors of the Palazzo Lanfredini. This gave all the English speaking Expats & some local Italians a marvellous meeting point as well as a huge well-stocked library. The Institute runs a Cultural Programme which encourages non-members to attend their Wednesday lectures - non-members can take out a 24 hour day membership for a mere 5Euro - this covers the library membership, the lecture, a break to chat with Florentine Residents (glass of wine offered for a donation of 2.50 Euros) & then a Film Club, films shown are usually in English or with English sub-titles & are introduced before & discussed afterwards with a local film expert. Just entering the building feels a privilege, & so much can be learned about Florence, the Florentine people, ancient & modern, and what it is like to live in this marvellous city from an evening spent in The British Institute. I highly recommend all visitors to Florence to visit this historic building on the banks of the Arno.
Written 17 March 2017
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Dear Penny, Thank you so much for your review, very well documented. It's a privilege for us to meet such enthusiastic people. We hope to see you back very soon!
Written 11 May 2017
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getabed
Spokane, WA6 contributions
It was like college but better!
Nov 2016 • Couples
It is a given that Florence, Italy is the best place on earth to study the art of the Renaissance. One way to do that is to visit the museums, rent a hand-held audio device and wander aimlessly. The alternative for those with more time is to enroll in an Art History Course at the British Institute of Florence, which is what my wife and I did for a two-week segment in early November (the High Renaissance - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, et al). This is a first class outfit led by a very knowledgeable and personable chair of the department, Jeremy Boudreau. Lectures were 1 1/2 ours in the afternoons, in English, in an old library with stacks of books 20 feet up. Great slides, great syllabus, great location (right on the River Arno, near the Ponte Santa Trinita). Most of the students were college-aged, but it made no difference. No credits, no tests, just learning. There was plenty of time to visit the museums in the morning, do the reading, drink wine, and attend classes in the afternoon. You pick the segments of classes that suit your schedule and interest, and your tuition is prorated accordingly. A fortnight of lectures, slides, reading assignments, teas, and receptions was 450 Euro per person. It was a perfect way to enjoy all that Florence has to offer.
Written 26 November 2016
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review of our History of Art courses. We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back soon.
Written 29 November 2016
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R5440352
Seattle, WA41 contributions
Go to the film series
Nov 2016 • Couples
The Institute screens series of films - not all British by any means - they are great! Please look into it.
Written 9 November 2016
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Thank you so much for your review. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.
Written 29 November 2016
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ArizonaSojourner
Arizona202 contributions
The Best Course Most Americans Have Never Heard Of!
Jun 2016 • Solo
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and holds one-third of the world's art; the High Renaissance art history class helped me appreciate all of the city's treasures.

I participated in this course at the British Institute of Florence in June, 2016, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The lecturers were first-rate while the visits to museums, accompanied by guides who were experts in their fields, expanded the class's knowledge and appreciation of this period's art.

I cannot imagine a better way to spend a month in Florence, but, if your time is limited, you may want to try a shorter class or even one day's lecture. The Institute also offers language and drawing programs.

After checking all the programs/classes I could find in Europe, I realized that this is one of the most reasonable. I cannot imagine being disappointed with the price or any of the programs offered at the Institute. Mine was €675 for the month.

The Institute will find housing for you--an inexpensive room in someone's home--or you can find reasonable apartments through HomeAway, AirBnB, or FlipKey. Many of the students in these classes are under thirty, but several retired people also enroll particularly in the spring, fall and winter.

Check my blog for more information and details: tightwad travel (tightwadtravel.blogspot.com)
Written 31 July 2016
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We hope to see you back very soon!
Written 3 August 2016
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TishSandos
Redlands, CA4 contributions
British Institute of Florence, The Early Italian Renaissance, 9 May-3June 2016
May 2016 • Couples
A superb month long course based on exposure to all dimensions of the Early Renaissance art encompassing painting, sculpture, architecture, thought, and politics of the period. Florence is THE place to do this. Live lectures were excellent and complemented by frequent visits to churches and museums as the goal was to expose each facet of art in situ including listening to music, and attending a class at working sculpture studio of today. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My wife and I will return in November 2017 to take the course on the High Renaissance in Italy.
Written 1 June 2016
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Dear TishSandos, we are very happy that you enjoyed our History of Art courses and we are looking forward to seeing you in November.
Written 3 August 2016
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Ron P
Shaftesbury, UK69 contributions
Moulin Rouge
May 2015 • Friends
We went to see Moulin Rouge as part of the Post-Modern film series. A great film shown in a lovely setting with a certain amount of erudition thrown in for extra effect!
Bravo!
Written 28 May 2015
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Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at the British Institute.
Written 16 June 2015
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FG1Nyc
NYC57 contributions
It's always good stuff at the BIF!
Apr 2015 • Solo
If you are going to be in Florence for more than a day or two, check out the programs offered by the British Institute of Florence. The BIF is many things all at the same time, and successfully so-- a fabulous and user friendly library, evening cultural events in the library, short and long term classes in Italian and art history. It is both traditional (in a really great quirky kind of way) and immensely innovative. The new head of art history takes seriously the mission to deliver super high quality course content that is perfectly keyed to the city of Florence and its cultural history, and at the same time, relevant to the Florence of today. The BIF is more than an attraction--it is a way to get better acquainted with the magic of Florence.
Written 5 May 2015
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Thanks for your very warm review of the British Institute!
Written 7 May 2015
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Isabel T
London29 contributions
What an amazing discovery in the heart of Florence
Sep 2014 • Family
I came across this place by lucky, lucky accident. On the banks of the Arno, in the Lungarno Guicciardini, lies the British Insitute of Florence featuring the Harold Acton Library. Not only does this offer the largest collection of English-language books for loan in Continental Europe, it is also breathtakingly beautiful. A series of rooms in an ancient palazzo, with books floor to ceiling and wonderful old sofas to sink into to read them in, I wish I could have stayed for longer, as the programme of activities looks fabulous and presents a modern and insightful counterpoint to the ancient and traditional surroundings. I would love to come back and do one of their art history or Italian courses...maybe one day!!
Written 13 March 2015
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We’re glad you stumbled across the Library. Thank you for your review and do return!
Written 16 March 2015
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