Language course Italian in Taormina

Babilonia

Learn Italian in Taormina at our partner school Babilonia. Babilonia is located at via the Timoleone 10, the beautiful staircase which is leading up to the Greek theatre, in a stunning patrician 19th Century villa surrounded by botanical gardens thus making it an ideal location to learn Italian. The language school also is a cultural centre which organises presentations with writers, paining and art exhibitions, jazz and classical musical concerts and has a cafeteria and restaurant open all day long serving tasty traditional Sicilian dishes. This is not only a great place to learn Italian but also meet both students and local Italians in Taormina!

Important features of our partner Italian school in Taormina:

• School accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education
• 10 air-conditioned classrooms
• Student room with terrace
• Library 
• Drinks machinest
• 1000 square meters of botanical gardens surrounding the school
• Restaurant and cafeteria

Activities during the Club 50 course

Students aged 50 and over can participate in the Club 50 Italian course. This unique program, specially designed for seniors, includes an extensive cultural program. In addition to the Italian language course, you will join a group of peers in various enjoyable activities in and around Taormina.

Babilonia offers a diverse range of courses, with the Club 50 course being just one example from the full range of courses available at Babilonia. Check here for all Italian language courses in Taormina for adults of all ages.

Club 50

Young at heart? The 'Club 50' course is specifically designed for the over 50s who want to study a language while also learning more about Sicily; not only the history, culture, and society of Sicily, but also cooking, food, and wine. It's the perfect way to enjoy your free time while socializing with others of the same age. Language classes take place in the mornings, followed by a wide range of cultural activities and excursions in the afternoons and evenings. The course consists of 10 - or 20-hour Italian lessons, supplemented with activities.

Examples of activities include: Italian cooking classes or wine tasting, lectures on Italian art, history, and literature, a hike on Mount Etna volcano, trips to places like Siracuse, Naepolis, and Ortigia, cheese or olive oil tasting, museum visits, and much more!

Minimum age is 50 years.

Prices 2024

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR  £/GBP  $/USD

Max. 12/10 per class
Number of lessons per week:
14
24
Number of weeks:
  2 weeks  
Intensive + Golden Age without accommodation 1160
Intensive + Golden Age with shared apartment, double room , no meals 1615
Intensive + Golden Age with shared apartment, single room , no meals 1745
Intensive + Golden Age with host family, double room , bed & breakfast 1720
Intensive + Golden Age with host family, single room , bed & breakfast 1860
Intensive + Golden Age with studio apartment, double room , no meals 1810
Intensive + Golden Age with studio apartment, single room , no meals 2135
Number of weeks:
  2 weeks  
Intensive + Golden Age without accommodation 1320
Intensive + Golden Age with shared apartment, double room , no meals 1775
Intensive + Golden Age with shared apartment, single room , no meals 1905
Intensive + Golden Age with host family, double room , bed & breakfast 1880
Intensive + Golden Age with host family, single room , bed & breakfast 2020
Intensive + Golden Age with studio apartment, double room , no meals 1970
Intensive + Golden Age with studio apartment, single room , no meals 2295
Starting dates:  

04/03, 08/04, 29/04, 02/09, 14/10

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

The Golden Age course includes an activity and excursion programme.

50+ students can have language classes on their own (50+ students only) for false beginner/elementary/intermediate level, given that the school has at least 3 50+ students per level, otherwise they guarantee the level in the regular classes

The Golden Age program is open to absolute beginners too, but then you will have your classes with the regular absolute beginners students.

The social, cultural, leisure program will be run mostly in Italian, some English might be used only to summarize the content of the activities or guided tours.

Info shared apartment:  

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Info host family:  

A double room can only be booked by 2 people who travel together.

Surcharges host family:   bed & breakfast → half board : €70 per week
Transfer:   transfer upon arrival at Catania Fontanarossa airport : EUR 110

All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • teaching material
  • certificate of attendance
  • student discount card

From January 8th 2024 until Feb 5th 2024, the school only opens for private lessons.
GROUP LESSONS will be offered from the 05/02/2024 until the 20/12/2024.

The school is closed on: 01/04/2024, 25/04/2024, 01/05/2024, 02/06/2024, 15/08/2024, 01/11/2024, 08/12/2024 & 23/12/2024 - 31/01/2025

Host Family

Available with single or double rooms, we have a limited number of families, couples and single adults who make available rooms in their residence. Many are available with boarding options (meals), which include breakfast only or half board (breakfast & lunch or dinner). Obviously this accommodation option requires a greater commitment not only on the part of the property owner, but also on the part of the student. It is well suited to those who want a more intensive learning esperience and additional daily practice speaking Italian.

Shared Apartment

The school offers shared apartments throughout Taormina with single and double rooms. Shared apartments have a communal kitchen and bathroom(s). We recommend shared apartments as a great way to facilitate social / personal interactions with fellow students.

Single-use Apartment

In a single use apartment you don't have to share the facilities with other students. This is the perfect option for those students who want privacy and complete independence.

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4.3 / 5.0
I am very glad I attended Babilonia.
Susan
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I am very glad I attended Babilonia. I learned a lot. It is great that they use Italian the entire day, so it really forces the student to learn. In retrospect, I think I was in too advanced a level as I did experience some feelings of frustration and discouragement. Babilonia has a fairly strict approach to embracing their technique and it can be a bit intimidating. One distinct disadvantage while I was there was the half of every class was taught by a new apprentice teacher. That may not always apply to every enrollee. Babilonia is very well organized and in a lovely location. The staff is all very nice and welcoming.


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The city is lovely. The apartments are big. There are lots of opportunities for practising oral and listening but less focus on grammar. Stay at least two weeks is a must.


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