Accademia Europea di Firenze
The best way to learn Italian Language, Culture and the Arts in Florence

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an International School of Italian Arts, Language and Culture. Founded in 2005 as an Italian language school for foreigners, over time our school has expanded and transformed to now offer students courses of Italian art and culture, music and dance. AEF also offers Certificate Programs in Voice & Opera, Drawing & Painting, Dance, and Italian Language & Culture, as well as Study Abroad Programs in collaboration with prestigious American Universities, intensive Summer and Winter Programs and Joint Academic Programs developed with universities from all over the world. Deeply rooted in Italian history and culture, but compliant with European academic standards, our school is enhanced by our experiential learning approach and the top quality of our faculty, which contribute to the creation of an international community in the city of Renaissance and universal beauty. Are you ready to be part of it?

Managing Director

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Massimo De Matteis

After a long period spent in Brazil where he held prestigious positions in the field of relations with public and private Italian and foreign entities, Massimo returned to Italy to take part in the project for founding the Accademia Europea di Firenze. His commitment to the dissemination of Italian culture abroad has always been intense: in 1999 he participated in the continental meeting of the General Committee of Italians Abroad (CGIE) in Rio de Janeiro in his capacity as an expert in the youth, information and Italian language sectors. In 2000 he took part in the Pre-Conference of Italians in the World, held in Montevideo, and then participated at the Conference in Rome. He also contributed to the creation of the Institute of Italian Culture in Fortaleza (Brazil) and to the production of publications and exhibitions in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon returning to Italy in 2002, Massimo helped in the founding of the Accademia Europea di Firenze where he currently holds the position of Managing Director.