A SCHOOL WITH A NEW CONCEPT: diving into the Italian culture and the Italian life !!! A LANGUAGE IS THE RESULT OF A CULTURE AND ITS HISTORY, ITS TRADITIONS, ITS TERRITORY Since 1992, we, the Centre for Italian Studies “BABILONIA” in Taormina, Sicily have passionately dedicated ourselves to promoting our Italian and Sicilian heritage and culture along with the study of the Italian language. We strive to not only offer an opportunity to learn the Italian language and to directly experience Italian culture and Italian life. Our Centre is located in the heart of world famous Taormina, the most beautiful town in Sicily. Taormina, from atop Mount Tauro, looks over the Bay of Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded in 735 b.C. The magnificent Mediterranean-blue bay with active volcano Mount Etna in the background offers a spectacular view from almost everywhere in town. Taormina is famous for its beauty, its incredible heritage, history, archaeology, and architecture, as well as for its reputation in welcoming travelers. Taormina is perfectly situated to offer students easy access to the beautiful and historically important treasures of Sicily. Our courses and programs are held at “Casa Silva”, a historic villa, built in 1817 just 200 meters away from the Greek Theatre: an architectural, natural and historical treasure that Taormina has miraculously managed to conserve. The villa still today boasts a luxurious botanical garden filled with citrus trees, Mediterranean plants, centuries-old palms, monkey puzzle trees, and magnolias, as well as many other exotic trees and plants. NOT JUST A LANGUAGE SCHOOL BUT A TRULY CULTURAL CENTRE WHERE OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MEET THE LOCAL COMMUNITY At Casa Silva, together with its Italian language courses and Italian culture courses, BABILONIA regularly hosts book presentations by authors, a cine-forum and in summertime, painting and sculpture exhibitions in its 1,000 square meters of botanical garden. Additionally, live theatre performances and live concerts (jazz and classical music) are offered. In the net-c@fé located in the WI-FI garden students can enjoy their leisure time under the lush green trees to study, relax and meet their classmates Babilonia is not just a language school, but truly a Cultural Centre, open both to the local community and to our international students who gain a wider cultural experience and have the chance to easily interact and integrate with the local community A LANGUAGE IS NOT THE RESULT OF A SET OF GRAMMAR RULES A language is the result of a culture and its traditions, its history, its lifestyle and its places. With this in mind, if you want a fuller cultural experience in Sicily, and not just to be a simple tourist but be a real traveller, you can combine a group Italian language course or private Italian lessons with our ITALIAN plus PROGRAMS • Italian plus Sicilian Cooking • Italian plus Wine & food of Sicily • Italian plus Sicilian pottery & ceramic decoration • Italian plus Hiking & trekking in Sicily • Italian plus Diving in Sicily • Italian plus Golf in Sicily • Italian plus Literature • Italian plus Art History • Italian plus History and, for those who wish a more exclusive and intensive package with 50+ fellows, a special invitation to join our “Golden Sicily” program. Our Center for Italian Studies also hosts several U.S. Universities programs for both Graduate & Undergraduate students. We offer short-term programs (winter and summer programs) and long-term programs (semester programs). Students can directly transfer academic credits or earn undergraduate or graduate credits through Auburn University for all our courses. We hope to welcome you soon to Taormina, Sicily and offer the opportunity to discover our island so full of history, so full of culture, so full of inspiration!