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Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

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Via Timoleone 10 , Taormina (view map)
96% (4 reviews)

About Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

Founded in 1992, the Italian language school Babilonia in Taormina, sunny Sicily, is the oldest center for Italian language south of Rome. Courses take place in a historical villa (the ancient Casa Silva), just a few steps from the famous Greek Theatre. The school garden is an archeological site with colorful plants and trees where cultural events take place.
The school organizes Italian group courses for all levels as well as individual lessons and various special programs, covering topics such as food and wine, history, art, hiking, golf, ceramic decoration or cinema.
During breaks or after lessons students can enjoy Sicilian delights in our cafè and restaurant, chat with friends in the garden or connect connect with the virtual world using our free wi-fi our school PCs; or they just explore the city and surrounding areas together with our school team during the various excursions and cultural trips.

Babilonia offers a wide range of Italian language and cultural courses for all levels:
• Italian group courses;
• Italian private courses;
• Study abroad programs;
• Italian plus cooking;
• Italian plus pottery;
• Italian plus diving;
• Italian plus hiking;
• Italian plus biking;
• Italian plus golf;
• Italian course 50+;
• Italian in Florence and Taormina;
• Italian literature;
• Art history courses;
• Italian history courses;
• CELI preparation courses;
• Executive courses;
• Commercial writing.

For further information please take a look at the school's website or contact the school team.

Sports

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Diving

Additional Services

  • Water sports
  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support

Accommodation

  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment

Activities

  • Literature
  • Art history
  • Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History
  • Oenology / Enotourism
  • Volunteering
  • University student social events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

Courses

General Italian

90% 2 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Italian Exam Preparation

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Italian Academic preparation

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Business Italian

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Professional Italian

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Tailor made Italian courses

100% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Italian Summer Courses

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Italian Teacher Training

100% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

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Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

United States   

studied General Italian

An Awesome Experience in Sicily

I was lucky enough to spend three and a half months studying at Babilonia as a university student studying abroad. While I have Italian ancestry and family, I never learned the language. Hence, I chose Babilonia because I thought it would give me the best chance to speak Italian. I was not disappointed!

When I arrived in Sicily, I knew only a few Italian words (fettucine, pizza, grazie, etc.). Thanks to Babilonia, I can now have meaningful conversations with my Italian friends and family! Babilonia is a school completely based on immersion; the instructors and staff insist on speaking to you in Italian. This was intimidating at first, but it cultivated a learning environment where communication is valued and you are not judged if you make mistakes with the language. The students continue this environment, who also (while they might fluently speak another common language) always strive to speak Italian together during the many school-organized activities. This is unique among study abroad programs in Italy.

Besides the kind and helpful staff and instructors, my host family was amazing. Donatella, Pippo, and Gabri had an amazing amount of patience with me as I learned the language, and always encouraged me to speak—or try to speak. I felt like I was a part of a real family, which made the adjustment seamless and energizing. Oh and the food was amazing as well .

Thanks to Babilonia, I had some of the greatest experiences of my life and learned A LOT of Italian. The connections I made with my host family and new Italian friends will last a lifetime…sono contentissimo di aver scelto Babilonia! Grazie mille!

posted 9 months ago

Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

United States   

studied Italian Teacher Training

BABILONIA: A Dream School in a Dream Location!

BABILONIA is truly a dream. From the staff and management who are absolute angels to the wonderful, simply amazing teachers, all in a fabulous place like Taormina ... what more could you ask for? I had the great fortune to spend two weeks here for teacher training course (through AATI) and it was the best professional development I have ever had in my career as a teacher. I also made the wise decision to stay with a host family. This was one of the things that made Taormina and Babilonia unforgettable. “Mamma Angela” provided me with everything I needed and more. During my stay, she hosted other Babilonia students from Japan, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States and she treated us all as family, with home cooked Sicilian food and wonderful conversations, always in Italian, of course! ❤ If you have a chance to come here, do it – everything about this place is NUMERO UNO!

posted 1 year ago

Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

United States   

studied Tailor made Italian courses

An Experience Unlike Any Other

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Babilonia Language School for four months during the fall of 2016. My program started on August 5th, and continued until November 16th, when I left for a backpacking trip around Europe.

Throughout my stay here the focus was on immersion, and Babilonia provided that 100%. Throughout all your classes, administrative questions, restaurants, events, and excursions, they speak only in Italian. Fear not, the wonderful teachers do not speak to you as if you already know what they are saying! The teachers help you the entire time, and take the time to sit with you and walk through everything you are having issues with.

The classes are structured around grammar and conversation. You have each of this for an hour and a half a day, and a small 'pausa' in the middle, allowing you to meet all your friends!

During this break you can enjoy a coffee from the little kitchen and some other treat. After classes, if you would like, you can also order a meal from the kitchen, where you are provided a discount as a student. My favorite meal was a pasta dish sprinkled with pistachio and bacon.

When I went, I was the only person from my program, and I knew nobody. However, this did not last for long! Throughout my time at Babilonia I had the pleasure of meeting so many different people from diverse walks of life. To today, I still remain in contact with these wonderful people.

Of course, Taormina is magical. The small town of Taormina is always bustling with life and activity, and every vista is breathtaking. My friends and I would catch a bus down to Isola Bella or Letojanni for a short beach trip, or we walked up to the overlooking city of Castelmola for an incredible view of Sicily. Mount Etna, Sicily's resident volcano dominates the skyline as well from Taormina. Every resident of Taormina is amicable, and by the time that I left, I had made friends with many different store owners. Every time I walked down the street, I dropped in to say Ciao! Taormina is also a relatively short bus trip to Catania, one of the major cities of Sicily.

I also had the fortune of staying in a host family. This was one of the things that made Taormina and Babilonia unforgettable. Lucio and Olga provided me with everything I needed, and more. They treated me to home cooked food, Sicilian delicacies, and wonderful stories.

I know I will return to Sicily, and I am sure I will be welcomed back with open arms.

posted 2 years ago

Babilonia - Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana

Netherlands   

studied General Italian

Ricordi bellissimi

Frequentavo alcuni corsi in Italia per imparare questa lingua. Babilonia e il mio preferito. Lezioni variati , di alti livelli ma chiari spiegazioni. Insegnanti molte appassionati!!

posted 2 years ago

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