Babilonia – Italian language school offers Italian language courses for foreigners in Taormina, Sicily.

Our Italian language center was founded in 1992 and was the first Italian language school in Southern Italy specialized in teaching Italian for foreigners.

Welcome to our Italian language school! We have been teaching Italian with passion since 1992 in our Italian language centre in Taormina, Sicily! In our school you will certainly find the most suitable course for your needs 😊

At BABILONIA, we are proud to offer a range of Italian language courses to suit your various schedules and needs to study Italian: from individual and group courses, to intensive courses and exam preparation. And, in addition to our Italian language training, we run a cultural activity programme, so that you can also enjoy your stay in Taormina, Sicily at its best!  You will be immersed in a unique culture and rich history, surrounded by some of the beautiful views in Italy: the Bay of Naxos and Etna on its background!

You may wonder “Why should I choose your Italian language school and not another?”

Here some good reasons why!

Top-quality Italian language school since 1992

BABILONIA has been a leading provider among the Italian language schools in Italy since 1992. In fact, we are the oldest privately-run Italian language institute in the South of Italy. We operate a completely transparent quality assurance scheme and are inspected on a regular basis by National and International accreditation agencies. Our commitment to our students’ success, as well as our excellent staff members have helped us establish a worldwide reputation for providing first-class training.

School setting

Our school is hosted in a historical villa named Casa Silva, right in the center of the beautiful Taormina, only 200 meters away from the Greek Theatre. You will have the chance to enjoy a unique language learning experience in classes perfectly set up to favor teaching Italian and, after class, enjoy the cafeteria and restaurant services offered in the breathtaking garden. And… in the nice sunny days, enjoy our garden as a class setting too 😊

Destination

Where else would you go to learn Italian if not in the beautiful Taormina, away from a crowded and smoggy city, in a setting with more than 2.500 years of history with an enormous cultural heritage and close to the sea and the beaches?!
And, on top of the nice and mild climate of the South of Italy throughout the whole year, the people in Taormina will always welcome you with a warm and fun hospitality

A variety of Italian language and cultural programs

We think that the Italian language should not only be practiced inside classrooms but also learned through real-life experiences.

If you do not want simply to sit in your class but have also the chance to enjoy some unforgettable social and cultural activities during which immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture, you have landed in the right school!
We offer a weekly social and cultural program, with several free activities for all students at school. This program is already included in the course price. But, if you want to add some specific extra courses to your Italian language course, you can choose your best option among cooking classes, food & wine tasting, scuba-diving, trekking, ceramics, and so forth and so on.

Teaching quality

At BABILONIA you can count on warm and personal care and on solid academic experience in teaching Italian as a second language.
Our reputation for providing top-quality Italian courses is a result of our dedication to focusing the learning process on communication. In our school, you will not simply learn a meaningless series of grammar rules, with us you will learn how to really communicate and interact with Italian native speakers!

Q&A, question and answers

Who are your students?

Our students come from all over the world, mainly from Europe (Germany, UK, Netherland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sweden, Austria, etc,), North America (U.S. and Canada), South America (Argentina and Brasil), Japan, Russia, Australia. The nationality mix favors the interaction in Italian among our students as their common language.
Not only, our school is multi-cultural, but it is also multi-age. Our students are aged from 18 to 75+ years old. The different ages in our classes enrich the cultural exchanges.
You will walk away from our school with many more friends than when you arrive and certainly with a richer personal and cultural experience!

Are you the best Italian language school in Italy?

We do not know whether we are The Best Italian language school in Italy. It would be arrogant for us to say. What we know is that certainly, we are among the most accredited Italian language schools with National and International accreditations and recognitions.

Among the many, we have been voted as Star Italian language school by international agents specialized in the study-abroad sector. The University for Foreigners of Perugia and the University “Ca Foscari” in Venice also accredit our school. We have also been awarded the “Premio Cultura” by the Municipality of Taormina.

You need to keep in mind that being an accredited Italian language school means submitting to external inspections run by third independent bodies, a guarantee of quality for you! Unfortunately, quality costs… Please, keep it in mind when you choose a school!

How is the Italian language in Sicily?

From time to time, we are asked the following question: “Will people be speaking in Italian or will they be speaking in Sicilian?” or “What will be the language spoken?”

It is essential to realize that every region (almost every town) has its own different “local language” in Italy. For linguists, there are no linguistic differences between language and dialect, but a language is recognized by all speakers in a given country and has an official character, which is denied to dialect, which is restricted to a specific geographical area.

Therefore there is a “local language” in the Veneto region, and another in the Lombard region, and another in the Liguria region, or in Sardinia, or in Apulia, or in Campania, in Calabria and even in Tuscany, worldwide known as the cradle of the Italian language. And there is one in Sicily too. Each “local language” (dialect) is almost completely not understandable by people living in other Italian regions.

Standard Italian is somehow a “young language” if you consider the number of people who have grown with it as their native language. The birth of standard Italian as a commonly broad spoken language throughout all of Italy can be dated after the I world war and particularly after the spread of media such as the radio and TV.

Standard Italian was already being taught and learned in our national education system, in our elementary schools, since Italy’s unification in 1861, but unfortunately, only a tiny minority of kids could attend the schools: the sons of the aristocracy. All the others continued to grow in poverty and… in dialects.

And this is another important question to have to be taken into consideration: the use of the dialects very much depends on the social conditions and the social environment, whether we consider cities or rural areas, and it also depends (nowadays) on the age of the speakers. All these factors influence the use of the dialect.

Therefore the truth is another: in Italy, we all are born, grow and live in a sort of bilingualism. On one side, we all study and commonly use standard Italian. On the other, we learn our different dialects “on the road” while living.

And here is a second absolute truth: local languages (dialects) are spoken only among the same local people! No one would address someone from another Italian region or a foreigner in the local language!

So do not be afraid when you choose an Italian language school in Italy! In all schools, you will be taught in a very good standard Italian and everywhere Italian people will address you in a very good standard Italian. It may just happen that, living on the road, you may pick up some Sicilian words in Sicily, some Venetian words in Veneto, some Roman words in Rome. Dialects express the local culture at its best and are mostly used to make jokes nowadays. Have fun then!

Can I also learn Italian online with you?

Absolutely, yes! You can learn Italian online with us, comfortably sitting in your living room at home! Check our online Italian courses!

Our Italian language school
in a glance!

Max number of students per class: 10 (12 from mid-May to mid-October)

Total number of classrooms: 9

Number of levels: 7, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Minimum age of students: 17

Max age of students: No limit

Average age: 21 – 65

Absolute beginner courses: Yes, in our scheduled dates

Junior Programs: on request

Total number of students – high season: 65-100 students

Total number of students – low season: 10 – 25 students

Garden: Yes, 1000 sqm

Internet access & WI-Fi : Yes, free service

TV, DVD player, stereo, video: Yes

Library for students: Yes

Bar & Restaurant services: Yes

Welcome bag: Yes

Air conditioning e heaters in classrooms: Yes

Student Card for discounts: Yes