Italian Language courses taught at Babilonia – Center for Italian Language and Culture are full immersion classes. Language classes are conducted in the Italian language exclusively to accelerate learning. The focus is to introduce students to current language usage. The didactic methodology follows the curriculum set by the Common Framework of European Languages.
“The Sicilian vulgar is attributed superior reputation to all others for these reasons: that all the Italians produce in the matter of poetry is called Sicilian, and that we find that many native masters of the island have sung with solemnity”. Dante Alighieri, De vulgari eloquentia. What else?!
Sicily is a natural film set and life in Sicily is an open-air theater. Since the 1930s, the most famous Italian and international film directors have shot at least one film in Sicily, from Rossellini to Antonioni, from Francis Ford Coppola to Wim Wenders. Discover the incredible cinematographic heritage in Sicily.
For more than 2500 years, Sicily has shared its spirit with travelers from many lands. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily has served as a meeting place for three continents, each of which has contributed to Sicily’s unique history and culture earning Sicily its title of “Crossroads of the Mediterranean”.
Sicily is the place where the history of Italy started more than 2.500 years ago. As Wolfgang J. Goethe wrote in 1786: “Without Sicily, Italy cannot be fully understood. It is here one finds the key to all things”. The Art History of Sicily course explores Sicily’s magnificently rich 2500 years of art and culture.
Sicily is home to some of the most intact archeological sites in the world including four UNESCO World Heritage sites: Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina, the baroque town of Noto, the ancient Greek and Roman theaters in Syracuse and the necropolis of Pantalica.
An Interdisciplinary perspective examines the multi-faceted system of organized crime in Southern Italy, in particular Sicily, through an interdisciplinary approach beginning with the historical background and then focusing on the economic, sociological, and political global impact.
Sicily, a land of active volcanoes. Black plumes and fiery red lava rivulets can be viewed on Mount Etna from Taormina. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world . On site lectures include Mount Etna, Vulcano and the Iblean Foreland – the Sicilian margin of the African Plate located in the southeastern section of Sicily.
Made in Italy is the reified representation of a culture, of a philosophy of life, of a model of society, of a history of millennia and of different cultures. It’s not just design, it’s a way of life and a life-style.