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Italianissimi is the Italian Language Department of the British School of Pisa which was established in its current form in 1986 by John Ayers. The school is fully accredited, is ISO 9001certified and is also the authorised centre in Pisa for the Cambridge University English exams. We have 25 teachers, both Italian and English-born, the majority of who are bilingual.

The school sits right on the banks of the River Arno, with a wonderful balcony looking out over the river, on which students will have their first taste at our welcome drinks party held each Sunday evening during the summer months. We have five classrooms and a listening centre with full internet access for students of which you will have unlimited use during your stay with us.



pontederaThe British School Pontedera has a homely look and is situated in a green and pleasant area. It is a short distance away from the centre of Pontedera, with numerous parking spaces in the vicinity and in an area easily reached from all the cities in the province, thanks to the easy access to the Fi-Pi-Li Highway. The British School Pontedera opened its doors in 1991. Since its rst day of business, it has oerred the guarantee of total quality, professionality and seriousness, which has been its own brand. Recently, the school has increased its premises with a new wing, which has given the school four new classrooms and a cutting-edge Listening Centre, offerring new spaces in a professional and at the same friendly setting.
The British School offers Italian courses for foreigners, with Italian teachers who are native speakers and also highly qualied. The school organises short and long stay study holidays and activity programmes that ensure our students to develop their skills, knowlegde and condence during the stay.




John Ayers

John is the founder of the school, is married to an Italian and although originally from London has been living in this region for over 30 years. He is definitely the man to ask if you want any knowledge about Pisa and the area – his extensive work not only in the teaching field but also in translation has led him to collect all sorts of fascinating and obscure pieces of Italian knowledge from art to cuisine to history.

John’s recommendation for something everyone should try and see at once in their lifetime in this part of the world: “the Piazza dei Miracoli by moonlight”.


Charles Macdonald

Charles is the Managing Director of the school and hails from Edinburgh. He lived between there and Tuscany for 15 years until he found he could resist the lure of a permanent lifestyle here no longer. He now lives full time in Livorno, 30 minutes from Pisa. He has had firsthand experience of learning Italian, and is passionate about the language and teaching it. “Italian is a fascinating language and it’s very satisfying for English speakers to master. For us, Italianissimi is like a language teacher’s dream: our students spend the mornings in structured enjoyable learning, and then spend the rest of the day practising!”

Charles couldn’t choose just one “top tip” so we relented and let him offer two. He recommends: “both a trip to the city of Livorno, particularly to the Venezia quarter and its many fish restaurants, as well as a live performance of Madame Butterfly or La Bohème at the Puccini Festival’s wonderful outdoor arena”.

Rossella Pichichero

Rossella is a partner in the school. A born and bred Pisana, she was originally a student with us and then became so enamoured of the school that she asked to work here. In fact she describes the realisation that “this is my place” as being one of life’s great illuminating moments. That was 13 years ago. Her passion for all things associated with Britain and the English language began when, at the age of 16, she met some great English people who were visiting Pisa and started a friendship that saw her make annual visits to the UK. Although a resolute anglophile, she knows Pisa and the surrounding area like the back of her hand and loves to be asked for tips and advice.

Her absolute recommendation (and it was tough getting her to choose just one thing) for one activity or trip not to be missed: “a Roman thermal bath at Calidario or its neighbour Saturnia. Here you can bathe in the natural waters in a beautiful Roman setting and enjoy a natural water massage from the waterfalls cascading down on your back. This is something so many visitors don’t know about but I think is the perfect (and relaxing) way to spend an afternoon.”

Contact Us


Via Rigattieri, 33/37
56127 - PISA
Tel. +39 050 57 34 34; Fax: +39 050 31 38 500
Monday-Friday 9.30am-8pm CET
Saturday 9.30am-1pm CET


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