The Institutions

Centro Machiavelli

A consultancy and training organisation by the Region of Tuscany.

The centre

Consultancy & Training

The Machiavelli Centre, founded in 1978, was accredited as a consultancy and training organisation by the Region of Tuscany in 2008 and obtained the ISO9001 and ISO29990 quality certifications. The Centre operates within EU programmes and in training activities. In the last 10 years realised several multilateral and mobility projects (both as coordinator and partner) within EU Programmes like Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ with partners from AT, BE, BG, FR, DE, GR, ES, IE, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SK, TR, UK.

Some projects were focused on state-of-the-art technology for education and VET (ELLVIS, VET4VIP, ALL4WELL, MOLLVIS). Through these projects have been implemented several software for PC and app for mobile devices as support for training activities. In 2012 CM obtained the European Language Label for creating a innovative software-application for an English language learning program for blind and visually impaired learners.

Innovation in training

Two main fields of activity

The Centre has two departments corresponding to its two main fields of activity: Language School for Foreigners and Training Agency. The latter, involved in this project, has been set up with the following aims:


Current projects

  1. DigiVET, digitally enriched curriculum bridging formal and non-formal VET. Started in Nov 2018, it is in phase of implementation. Duration 2018-20.
  2. TEE, Traditions, ethics and etiquettes, started in Oct. 2018. Currently we are collecting materials in each partner country. Duration 2018-20.
  3. DREAM, Development and Run-test of and Educational Affective Model, Erasmus+ KA2 EDU, in cooperation with Florence University, Malaga University ES, L’Horizon FR, ECTE GR 2016-19. The project is addressed to teachers and educators of pre-primary and primary schools (0-6 and 6-10 years old children). Promoted by Florence University, the project is implementing an innovative pedagogical approach for developing an Educative Model based on the principle of Affective Education. It aims to create a positive learning environment, which can be perceived by pupils as inclusive and comfortable, ensuring a good education for all. Adopting an affective perspective in education can influence positively all future relationships between Educative Institutions and pupils, fostering their familiarization with the System, limiting in this way possible disaffections and conflicts.
  4. REMINT, Refugees and Migrants Inclusion Toolkit Erasmus+ KA2 VET, in cooperation with IC VERDI pre-primary and primary public school in Florence, EELI GR, CLP UK, INCOMA ES, Studiefrämjandet SE 2017-19. REMINT aims to share the best practices adopted by each partner to improve asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant’s social skills, helpful for their correct inclusion in hosting countries, through the use of methods based on the experiential learning theory. To achieve this goal, the project is creating a Toolkit-Handbook based on Experiential Methods.
  5. 3D LAB, Making with brain, technology and hands, Erasmus+ KA2 Youth, in cooperation with Metallo Nobile Jewelry School in Florence (IT), EST Wadowice (PL – Applicant) and CTI (GR) (2017- 2019). Main objective is to foster growth of informal learning environments which provide opportunities for young people to engage in craft making with support of 3D digital technology.
  6. YOU-ROPE, Youth Rites of Passage in Europe, Erasmus+ KA2 Youth (See further details about this project in the next section).
Key persons

What are the members skills?

─ Mr Mario Paiano ─

Head of VET and EU Projects Dept. He began to work at CM in 2008 with the aim to develop the EU Projects Dept and the Vocational Training area. He has long experience in management of EU mobility and multilateral projects, with more than 25-year experience in these fields: EU Project Management, Research on educational needs both at local and the European levels; Planning, transnational coordination, financial management, quality control, monitoring and evaluation of EU projects.

─ Ms Giuseppina Falsini ─

Managing Director of Language Dept., she holds a Degree in Foreign Languages. She coordinates the Italian language courses and carries out managerial and administrative functions. She has dealt in particular with the administrative and financial management of EU projects, Funds of the Ministry for Research and University. Also, she participated to the development of the EU projects realized and participates to the realization of the current projects.

─ Mr Gino Tozzetti ─

Teacher at Centro Machiavelli since 1999, he is trainer for teachers of Italian as a second language. He holds a Degree in Liberal Arts and has an excellent knowledge of English, Swedish and German. Also, he participated actively to the realization of the EU projects ELLVIS and VET4VIP. Within these projects he was one of the main actors for the recording and cutting of the Italian sound files for creating the software for the English language learning for blind. Also, he participates to the realization of the current projects.

─ Mr Cristiano Sanna ─

Obtained a bachelor in 2001, he worked as freelance journalist/reporter until 2005. In 2006 he holds a PhD in anthropology. In 2007 holds contracts as researcher at Bologna and Milano Universities. In 2008 he starts to work as Italian language teacher and trainer for trainers. In 2010 he becomes head trainer for the Grundtvig course Teaching Languages through Movie Making, developing the related method, awarded with the European Label for the Languages in 2011. Now he teaches Italian language and works at the EU projects.

─ Ms Giulia Moretti ─

Political Sciences University Degree; Post-graduate specialization for Competences Balance at University of Florence, Psychology Dept; Designer of VET activities; Expert of learning outcomes evaluation and competences certification; School/Career Guidance Counselor; Junior EU project designer: Erasmus+, LLP; Consultant for management and control of the QM for training organizations (ISO9001EA37Education). Today she participates to the realization of the current national and EU VET projects.

A genuine value

The Activities

First, it shall be emphasized that the methodology for teaching Italian language at CM includes reading, as one of the main “living” language learning tool. Comments and discussion (especially for advanced levels) of what is readed, is a very effective way to improve language and communication among all students during the “conversation time” planned everydays during Italian language lessons at CM.

A very effective reading experience at CM was done in Spring 2013, within the “All’improvviso Dante 100 Canti per Firenze” reading performance at which anyone can adhere for reading the Dante’s Divine Comedy in the main squares of Florence. Some of our foreign students from several countries participated actively to this initiative. It was a great experience that involved teachers and students for four months in preparing the performance, by reading exercises, pronunciation, translation, communication, etc. A video can be viewed here.

Also, CM realised and is still realising project based on reading and narrative methods as effective tools in the VET processes:

The Reading Toolkits

Starting from the results gained by comparative survey and taking intoaccount what defined within the Pedagogical Framework.