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The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library

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vaninabodurova wrote a review Oct 2018
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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!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Maggi713 wrote a review Jun 2018
Baltimore, Maryland10196 contributions1145 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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penny_howard1 wrote a review Mar 2017
Florence, Italy272 contributions176 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from Ed T, Communications at The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library
Responded 11 May 2017
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!
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getabed wrote a review Nov 2016
Spokane, Washington6 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Response from Ed T, Communications at The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library at The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library
Responded 29 Nov 2016
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.
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R5440352 wrote a review Nov 2016
Seattle, Washington41 contributions33 helpful votes
The Institute screens series of films - not all British by any means - they are great! Please look into it.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Response from Ed T, Ed T, Communications at The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library at The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library
Responded 29 Nov 2016
Thank you so much for your review. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.
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