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Professional Cooking Lesson with Chef in Italy

Join this cooking and tasting with Sicilian food and Sicilian recipes that take you on a journey back in time where you can taste the influence of the Greeks, Arabs, and Spaniards. The Sicilian cuisine reflects the saltiness of the Mediterranean Sea, the flavor of the shiny, tasty, and colorful vegetables of the Sicilian soil, the sweetness of the Arabic fruits and Latin American flavors of the Spanish Empire. A language is not the result of a set of grammar rules. A language is the result of a culture and its traditions, history, lifestyle, and places. You can combine an Italian language course in the group with a cooking course with a professional chef. This is the perfect holiday for you who wish to enjoy a fuller cultural experience in Sicily and not be just a simple tourist but a real traveler!


  • 15-hour Italian language lessons
  • Social and cultural activities program
  • Professional cooking classes with a chef
  • Teaching materials, enrolment fee, and entry test
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Welcome pack


14 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
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Babilonia Italian Language School also has a number of independent apartments which are available for those who prefer a private accommodation. Nearly, all are intended for double occupancy (two people). Frequently, however, they have a single room for students who prefer the privacy of their own apartment and these apartments are also made available to them on a first reserved, first served basis.


Professional cooking classes with a chef

Professional cooking classes with a chef are designed for those who wish to learn a more professional and sophisticated cookery. During each session, you will learn how to prepare a full meal with an appetizer, two first courses (pasta, risotto, or soup), a second course (vegetarian, meat, or fish), a side dish (salad or vegetables), and one dessert.

Italian language courses

The Italian language courses have been developed from a communicative based approach and focus on the four language abilities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). The main goal is communication, both oral and written.

Standard Italian courses

These Italian courses are designed for those who want a complete language experience, studying four lessons per day, focusing on the language analysis activities and the communicative activities. There will be language analysis and communicative activities.

Social activities

During the full immersion Italian language courses, you are also offered a scheduled program of social and cultural extra-curricular activities, which are included in the price of your course. These activities may include, but are not limited to, lectures, walks, films, games, seminars. The weekly seminars cover a variety of subjects from Italian literature and poetry to Sicilian specific subjects including history, politics, cuisine and others.

The school also organizes excursions, guided tours, field trips and trips around Sicily, dinners, theater performances and concerts, which subject to additional costs. Learning Italian is not just language training, but also a full cultural experience.


  • 08:30-09:25 Private lessons
  • 09:30-11:00 Group courses: Language analysis session
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-13:00 Group courses: Communicative task session
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-14:55 Private lessons and intensive or cultural or extra courses
  • 15:00-15:55 Private lessons and intensive or cultural or extra courses

Note: This schedule may change according to the school's organizational needs. On rare occasions (e.g. high season), the group class may be scheduled in the afternoon (14:00-15:30 / 16:00-17:30).



Most people do not seem to realize how much Sicily has to offer. With its sun, its beige pebble and sandy beaches, its warm aqua blue water, its snow-topped volcano of Mount Etna, its forests, and rolling golden hills, Sicily has always been at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, and therefore, it has always been at the center of Mediterranian history.

Sicily is at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea has been the center of western civilization since 3,000 years ago. Every major civilization that wanted to have power in Europe and over the Mediterranean Sea had to own Sicily. And down through the last almost 3,000 years of the history, every major Mediterranean civilization has left its mark on Sicily! Important artistic, architectural, and cultural remains are visible in virtually every town at virtually every corner of this island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.


Taormina can be the base for a more expansive tour of Sicily. Taormina is perfectly situated to offer Italian language students easy access to the beauties and historically huge cultural heritage of Sicily; the right place for combining study and holidays. Babilonia Italian Language School would love to welcome you soon and help you have an unforgettable personal, cultural, and educational experience with them in Taormina, Sicily!


  • Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), 45 kilometers
  • Giardini-Naxos train station - 10 minutes by bus or taxi

Things to do (optional)

  • Diving in Sicily
  • Enjoying food and wines of Sicily
  • Hiking in Sicily
  • Performing outdoor sports in Sicily
  • Travelling to enjoy the pottery and ceramics decoration
  • Trekking in Sicily

What's included

  • 15 hours / week of the Italian language standard group course
  • Professional cooking classes with a chef
  • Social and cultural activities program
  • Teaching materials
  • Enrolment fee
  • Entry test
  • Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Insurance
  • Certificate
  • Welcome pack (a bag with a pen and a folder with block-note, map, postcard, student card, social activity program, and others)
  • 14 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from Rome

  • Take the highway to Reggio Calabria.
  • Exit in Villa San Giovanni.
  • Take the ferryboat here to Messina (ferries go every 20 minutes and it takes approximately 20 minutes to cross the Straits of Messina).
  • Take the highway toward Catania from Messina.
  • Exit in Taormina.

Driving directions from Genoa

  • You can take a ferryboat from Genoa to Palermo (an overnight trip) if you do not want to drive through all of Italy.
  • Take the highway to Catania (crosses inland) from Palermo or take the highway towards Messina from Catania (you do not need to enter the town).
  • Exit in Taormina (It takes about 3.5 hours to drive from Palermo to Taormina).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Transfer from the airport is available upon request. This service must be reserved at least one week in advance of arrival. All flight changes or late flights must be immediately communicated directly to the service. Direct contact information will be provided.

This service is not cancellable within 48 hours of your arrival. Taxi airport pick-up is available for both individuals and the group. Also, car rental is available in Taormina or from the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Rates vary slightly different from one company to another.

There are weekly scheduled flights from many European cities and several daily flight connections from Rome, Milan, Napes Bologna, etc. In addition, there are also several charter flights. Babilonia Italian Language School suggests you to get more information at your usual travel agency.

Arrival by bus

From the airport to Taormina, there are several public buses. There is a bus service direct from the airport to Taormina that takes approximately 90 minutes and costs 4,00 EUR each way. Tickets may be purchased at the airport or at the bus station and buses leave early every hour during the high season and obviously less during the low season. Alternatively, there are local buses leaving from the Central Railway Station in Catania and it takes approximately two hours to go to via the inner roads. To get to the Central Railway in Catania, you must take a city bus called Alibus, which leaves every 20 minutes from the airport to the Central Station Square (Piazza della Stazione). From there, several buses go to Taormina daily.

The Taormina bus stazione is a ten-minute walk from the center of the town, while the Taormina Railway Station is located in Giardini-Naxos along the coast. Taormina is high atop Monte Tauro and in order to arrive in Taormina from the Giardini-Naxos train station, you must take a local bus (a ten-minute drive).

Arrival by train

There are many direct trains leaving for Sicily from all the main towns of Italy. The stations for Taormina is Giardini-Naxos, directly on the coast. Taormina is a ten-minute drive from the station and you can take a local bus or taxi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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On the following dates, the school is closed:

  • Easter Monday
  • Liberation Day (April 25)
  • Labour Day (May 1)
  • Day of the Republic (June 2)
  • Assumption of Mary (August 15)
  • All Saints' Day (November 1)
  • Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • Winter break


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