- Taormina, Italy
- Program Type:
- Intensive Language
- Degree Level:
- 1-3 months
- Program Description:
- The Italian language school Babilonia is located in Taormina, Sicily and offers Italian language courses for all levels as well as cultural activities for language students from all over the world. The study abroad center has developed several programs for independent students or faculty led customized programs, especially for U.S. University students who want to study in Italy.
Since 1992 the Centre for Italian Studies BABILONIA in Taormina, Sicily has passionately dedicated itself to promoting our Italian and Sicilian heritage and culture along with the study of the Italian language. Babilonia is not just a language school, but truly a Cultural Centre, open both to the local community and to international students who gain a wider cultural experience and have the chance to easily interact and integrate with the local community.
The range of Italian language opportunities provided by the center is wide indeed – there are academic options, such as study abroad programs and academic college credits, as well as courses like Italian plus cooking, Italian plus biking, Italian plus golf, club 50+ and more.
- Setting Description:
- The courses and programs are held at Casa Silva, an historic villa, built in 1817 just 200 meters away from the Greek Theatre: an architectural, natural and historical treasure that Taormina has miraculously managed to conserve.
- upon request, depending from the type of course and duration
Based on 3 Reviews
- BABILONIA: A Dream School in a Dream Location!07/24/17
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!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Babilonia, a pleasant, helpful and inspiring environment for learning Italian03/12/17
This is the second time I went to Babilonia for a language course; I had been there in 2013 for a two week course, after that through the summer of 2016 I enjoyed teaching by an excellent language teacher from Babilonia over the internet, and I had now
the impression that it would be time to hone my language skills again. This was primarily suggested by the things I want to to in the foreseeable future, needing an adequate command of the Italian language, both active and passive. So I subscribed to a one-week course at Taormina again, this time for one-to-one teaching, four hours a days, five days per week. This was a fairly demanding exercise for me. Both teachers gave their best to improve my grammar and my conversational skills. They did it in a friendly, demanding and competent way in the very nice and productive atmosphere on Babilonia's campus. The campus itself is quite spectacular for somebody like myself, hailing from northern Germany, the administration and the class rooms being embedded in a green pasture with orange and citrus trees, so that, whether permitting, the instruction could take place outside. I should mention the people running the place: they are extremely friendly and helpful, giving an open ear to whatever demands have been brought to them. In summa, I did achieve what I wanted to in Babilonia's most pleasant, helpful and inspiring environment.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Experience Unlike Any Other03/08/17
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.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend