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Language Immersion and Cooking Vacation in Italy

Babilonia Italian Language School looks forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable journey into the language, with their Italian language courses, and into Sicilian food and wines! Learning and studying Italian with them will give you full immersion programs and intensive Italian language programs. The courses are designed for you to speak and to write in Italian. Come and join this holiday! Experience the Italian language learning and culinary holiday in Sicily where you will get the opportunity to discover the wonderful island as well!


  • Social and cultural activities program
  • Learn to prepare a full meal with an appetizer, side dish, dessert
  • One-week standard Italian group course
  • Teaching materials and a certificate
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Welcome pack

Skill level

  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$102 per person)
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During this holiday, you will be staying in an independent studio apartment. Babilonia Italian Language School 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.


Cooking and tasting Sicilian food and Sicilian recipes takes you on a journey back in time where you can taste the influence of the Greeks, Arabs, Spaniards. 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 the 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. If you wish to enjoy a fuller cultural experience in Sicily and not be just a simple tourist but a real traveler, combine an Italian language course in a group with the cooking classes for a rich cultural experience.

Professional cooking classes with a chef

The classes are designed for those who wish to learn more professional and sophisticated cookery. During each session, you will learn how to prepare a full meal with an appetizer, 2 first courses (pasta, risotto or soup), a second course (vegetarian, meat or fish), a side dish (salad or vegetables), and one dessert. Three days a week, 2 hours and a half per day.

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.

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 are subject to additional costs. Learning Italian is not just language training, but also a full cultural experience.

Babilonia Italian Language School usual timetable

  • 08:30-00:25 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 culture or extra courses
  • 15:00-15:55 Private lessons and intensive or culture or extra courses

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



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 centre of the Mediterranean Sea, and therefore, it has always been at the centre of Mediterranian history.

Sicily is at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea has been the centre 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


Sicily is a lucky land, anything you plant grows. The quality of food in Sicily is really excellent, from vegetables to fruit. And this thanks to its truly varied territory such as countryside, mountains, plains, and beach soils. On top of that, the Mediterranean Sea gives people the best fish to bring on their tables with dozens of different recipes.

Sicily is a region of excellence for typical and quality products, counting as many as 69 PDO and IGP branded agri-food products, including Capper and di Pantelleria, Ficodindia dell'Etna, Ficodindia di San Cono, Limone di Siracusa, Pesca di Leonforte, Pistacchio Verde di Bronte, Pomocloro di Pachino, Uva da Tavola di Canicatti, Uva da Tavola di Mazzarrone, Arancia di Ribera, and Arancia Rossa di Sicilia.

There are also Sicilian cheeses such as Pecorino Siciliano, Piacentinu Ennese, Ragusano, and Vastedda della Valle del Bence. Meanwhile, the Sicilian oils are Olio Extravergine di Oliva Monte Etna, Olio Extravergine di Oliva Monti Iblei, Olio Extravergine di Oliva Val di Mazara, Olio Extravergine di Oliva Valdemone, Olio Extravergine di Oliva Valle del Belice, and Olio Extravergine di Oliva Valli Trapanesi.

Regarding the wines, Sicily is the region with the largest area under vines in the country with about 17% of the national one. Its wines are internationally recognized among the best Italian wines. This is thanks to the many vines that are grown on the island and to the soil, so different from one side of the island to the other. Among the most renowned vines for the production of red wine, there are Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Frappato, Nocera, Corinta Nero, and Perricone. The best known among the white grape varieties are Catarratto, Grillo, Carricante, Inzolla, Zibibbo, Malvasia, and Moscato di Note.

Things to do (optional)

  • Cookery course
  • Diving in Sicily
  • Hiking and trekking in Sicily
  • Outdoor sports in Sicily
  • Pottery and ceramics decoration

What's included

  • Standard Italian group course
  • Cooking classes with a chef (3 days a week, 2.5 hours per day)
  • Social and cultural activities program
  • Teaching materials and a certificate
  • Enrollment fee
  • Welcome pack
  • Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Entry test
  • Student card
  • Insurance
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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). 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 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 trains leaving for Sicily from all of the man towns in Italy. The station for Taormina is Glardini-Naxos, directly on the coast. Taormina is a 10-minute drive from the station and you can take a local bus or taxi.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$102 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 24% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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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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