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Italian in Sicily - Taormina

Why study Italian in Taormina?

Destination

Sicily

With over 2500 years of history, art, tradition and excellent Italian cuisine, Sicily is a cultural and historical gold mine. Located right in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sicily lies on the point where all 3 contintents meet. Very few places can proudly say they have been home to various civilisations (The Sicanians, Sicilians, Greeks, Carthaginian, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards...), all of whom contributed to the vibrant culture that Sicily boasts of today.

Aside from its heritage, Sicily is also home to breathtaking natural beauty. What with its turquoise water, white sandy beaches and vast forests along with golden hills and the snow-topped volcano 'Etna', Sicily's landscape is both stunning and the essence of tranquility. The roots of Italian culture lie in Sicily.

Babilonia School of Italian

Taormina is known for being the birthplace of Sicilian history. This little town is akin to a treasure chest, bursting with archeology, culture and art. Founded in the 6th century BC, it's located on the crest of Mount Tauro with the Bay of Naxos glittering below it.

Our partner school Babilonia lies in the centre of the city in an hisotical 19th century building called the 'Casa Silva'. You'll be able to look out over the Ionian sea and Mount Etna.

Babilonia is accredited by: Italian Ministry of Education, CSN Sweden, ASILS (Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language) & EDUITALIA.

Babilonia is also a registered CELI and DILS (University for Foreigners of Perugia) exam centre, and a centre for teacher training (ITALS - Italian as a Foreign Language Masters).

School facilities include:

Babilonia won the Student Travel Magazine Star School Award in 2008, and was nominated in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Activities and events during your stay

You will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may charge a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.

Some of the many activities available include:

In addition to the activities on offer, the school also organises excursions (for an additional fee). They usually take place over the weekend or Monday-Friday in the afternoon and focus on exploring areas off the beaten track around Taormina.

Paid recreational activities are also organised on a regular basis, including restaurant outings, plays and concerts.

Courses

Italian language courses: the basics

Courses on offer

Courses are structured around the study of Italian language which will be put into practice thanks to communication workshops.

Italian Plus

In addition to the standard language programme of your choice, you can also choose to take additional classes on a theme of your choosing. This is an ideal combination if you want to make your experience unforgettable and learn all about the island's unique culture.

Available courses:

Accommodation

Shared Apartment

An ideal option for meeting and conversing with other students.

Features

Facilities and Services

N.B.: Shared room is available, but for 2 students travelling together only.

Homestay

Single room, shared bathroom, half-board.

Host families may be traditional families, couples or single working professionals. All host families are eager to open their homes to people exploring the Italian language and Sicilian culture.

Travel time to Babilonia: most host families live 15 minutes' walk from the school.

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions mentioned below) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Course start dates for absolute beginners: 14/01, 21/01, 04/02, 18/02, 04/03, 18/03, 01/04, 15/04, 29/04, 06/05, 20/05, 03/06, 17/06, 01/07, 15/07, 29/07, 05/08, 19/08, 02/09, 16/09, 30/09, 14/10, 28/10, 04/11, 18/11, 02/12.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 06/01, 02/04, 25/04, 01/05, 02/06, 15/08, 01/11, 08/12.

Prices 2019

Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Course & accommodation in an apartment, single room, self-catering
Duration10 lessons20 lessons30 lessons
1 week515 €590 €760 €
2 weeks805 €955 €1,295 €
3 weeks1,130 €1,325 €1,835 €
4 weeks1,440 €1,695 €2,375 €
6 weeks2,075 €2,425 €3,445 €
8 weeks2,710 €3,155 €4,515 €
12 weeks3,965 €4,625 €6,655 €
16 weeks5,245 €6,095 €8,815 €
18 weeks5,875 €6,825 €9,885 €
20 weeks6,495 €7,555 €10,955 €
24 weeks7,780 €9,030 €13,110 €
Extra week320 €370 €540 €
Italian PLUS options (per week)
Cooking classes 210 €
Gastronomy course275 €
Wine & cuisine 360 €
Diving (for epxerienced divers)200 €
Diving (beginners)135 €
Hiking and eco-tourism530 €
Business815 €
Extra charges
Host family, single room, half-board60 €
Private lessons (55 mins)45 €
Transfer from Catania airport (arrival only)100 €
Extra night with host family, single room50 €
Extra night in apartment, single room35 €

Prices include:

Prices do not include:

Practical Information

Travel

Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Saturday (before 10:00 am)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see 'Dates & Prices' tab)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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