Do you want to study Italian and you prefer an authentic experience? Do you want to learn Italian with an insight into the Italian Life Style from inside? Why not study in Sicily in a house in the countryside, 5 minutes by car from the beaches of Giardini Naxos, 10 minutes from the Alcantara Gorges, 15 minutes away from wonderful Taormina and half an hour from Etna?
Why study Italian at the teacher’s home?
Home tutoring or studying at your teacher’s home, can be the right solution to satisfy your desire to learn Italian in an informal, familiar, authentic context. Sharing the life of a normal family, being in constant contact with functional Italian with daily absorbing of spontaneous Italian is the right and natural way to learn the Italian language in order to live day by day in Italy.
Whose home and who is your Italian teacher
I’m Alessandro and since 1990 I have been teaching Italian for foreigners. First, in Florence, as a teacher and then, since 1992, as founder and director of the Language and Culture Center BABILONIA in Taormina, the first Italian school for foreigners in the South of Italy… Do you want to know why I founded the Italian school for foreigners BABILONIA? Let me share why BABILONIA – Center for Italian Studies
I have always been involved in teaching the Italian language and I have trained generations of Italian teachers. My teaching is a communicative approach: learning a language is like learning to swim. You can learn “in theory” but if you do not dive into the water, you will never learn to float and swim! Only in Italy and with your host-family can you totally dive into the sea of the Italian language and learn to swim in it!
Where is our home located?
My family and I, my wife Katarina and my son Jurko, live on the hills of Gaggi in the Alcantara Valley, a few kilometers from the famous Alcantara Gorges, immersed in the greenery of the Sicilian countryside, in the company of our cat Boh and our 2 dogs, Oliva and Blondie. Our house is 5 minutes by car from the beautiful beaches of Giardini Naxos, 15 minutes from the wonderful Taormina and half an hour from the enchanting Etna.
Your independent cottage in our garden: an oasis of peace and relaxation where to study
In the garden, 10 meters away from our house, there is a little cottage, an independent studio (about 55 square meters) with bathroom and kitchen waiting for you, whether you are single or a couple.
In our garden of about 1000 square meters, we have a vegetable garden where we grow tomatoes, eggplant/aubergines, zucchini/courgettes, peppers and fruit trees (peaches, oranges, pears, cherries, medlars, figs, lemons) with which we make our jams along with about fifteen olive trees with which we produce our oil. In addition, we have a hundred Syrah-grape plants, a Sicilian grape variety, with which we produced a few bottles of wine last year, our “Syrah cchi Syrah”