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Accademia Europea di Firenze

The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture. Founded in 2005 as a school of Italian for foreigners, over time it has expanded its offer to Italian art and culture, music and dance.he AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting and Dance, and a Certificate Program in Italian Language and Culture, Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with university institutions all over the world. The experiential approach and the quality of the professors make this school, strongly rooted in Italian history and culture but endowed with European academic standards, an international environment in the city of the Renaissance and of widespread beauty.

San Miniato al MonteIn spring, Florence lights up with an even more magical light, which makes it shine in all its beauty. A must at this time of year is, undoubtedly, Piazzale Michelangelo, able to give those who visit a breathtaking panoramic view. Not too far away, on one of the highest points of the city, lies another little gem that today will inaugurate the year of celebrations for its millennial: the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.

"Haec est Porta Coeli": this is the door of heaven, bears the inscription on the Holy Door of the basilica, recalling Jacob’s biblical expression, in the Book of Genesis in which he dreams of the ladder to heaven. And for anyone nearing this marvelous example of Florentine Romanesque architecture, the sensation is precisely that of being faced with a sort of entry into the divine house: a combination of fear and cathartic inspiration.

And with the restoration of the three doors, which open onto their naves, the rich calendar of events to celebrate the thousand years of the basilica was inaugurated. A great deal of historical and technical research: for example, some lost nails were forged again by hand.

The Holy Door would rise on the burial place of the protomartyr Miniato, killed in the persecutions of Decio in 250. In fact, to worthily protect the relics of the saint, the Florentine bishop Ildebrando commissioned to build this magnificent building in 1018.

The unmistakable style, the marble inlays and the characteristic bichrome, will be carried on by the great Florentine architects in the centuries to come, including Brunelleschi who will use the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte as an example and inspiration.

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