5 Great Italian Language Schools in Sicily
As you may know, I studied languages at university and am a huge language enthusiast. I eagerly embraced the opportunity to improve my favorite languages in my twenties by attending language schools in France, Spain, and Germany. It wasn’t always the cheapest mode of transportation, but it was by far the most valuable and satisfying.
Immersion in Italy with the assistance of a language professional will allow you to navigate the Italian language, culture, and way of life with new eyes and a local perspective.
How to choose an Italian Language School in Sicily
- I strongly recommend committing to (at least) a two-week stay. The more the merrier. The reason for this is that, based on my personal experience as a student and teacher, you will probably need one week to settle in and get a feel for the city, the school, and the Bella Lingua.Allow yourself to be slowly and gently immersed in Italian culture and language. Sicily is not the same as Milan!
- Sicily is an extremely diverse island.It can be an island with pristine nature, unspoiled beaches, active volcanoes, picturesque mountain towns, fisherman villages, massive historical towns, and bustling cities like Catania or Palermo.There is something to suit almost every taste. As a result, you should be clear about where and how you intend to spend your Italian language immersion trip. Learning Italian in Palermo is not the same as learning it in Taormina.
- Accommodation in Sicily: Italian schools always provide lodging.Sicily is a relatively inexpensive destination when compared to other popular destinations in the rest of Italy, especially during the off-season. If you want to save money, I recommend that you arrange your own accommodation as a local. If you’re staying in Palermo or Catania, make sure the place you’re renting is quiet. Many touristy accommodations are located in city centers, which are usually quite busy and noisy.
[Disclaimer:] I don’t work for any of these schools, and I think that none of them know my work. This selection of Italian Language Schools in Sicily is based on my taste after carefully researching their websites and the convenience of the school premises and locations in Sicily.
Laboling – MILAZZO
- A small school in a small town with a local touch
- Cultural and outdoors activities
- Day trips to the islands (Unesco Heritage) or the nearby cities
- If you like eating fish, Milazzo is the place to go: they have the best fish restaurants!
- Laboling offers courses for + 50 students.
- No close airports
- Not a touristy city
- Might be a little boring in the winter
Etna Hub – ACIREALE
- Small town
- Walkable city
- Lovely premises with a fantastic view over the M. Etna
- Courses are tailored to your needs
- possibility of a family homestay
- Not a typical classroom setting
Sicilia Italian Language School – PALERMO
If you’re planning an Italian language vacation in Palermo, Scuola Sicilia is the place to go. You will not only learn about the Italian language in Palermo, but you will also experience the unique lifestyle of this Mediterranean metropolis.
Palermo is without a doubt my favorite city in Sicily. If you intend to stay in Palermo for an extended period of time, you should consider learning Italian at least three weeks. This is a city with many facets, and it will take some time to get a feel for it. Palermo is a place you either love or despise, and you won’t know which until you live there for a while.
Scuola Sicilia provides Italian courses for students of all levels, as well as a variety of cultural activities that will take you around the city and help you discover its essence. The school is small and has a homey feel to it.
- Plenty of museums
- Cheap cost of living
- Multicultural environment
- Street food everywhere!
- Bustling city
- Giant city (you should make sure you stay in the city center)
- Hectic traffic in some areas
- Can be very dirty in some neighborhoods
- Not bike-friendly
Babilonia – TAORMINA
- A well-known educational institution with qualified instructors.
- Beautiful premises in Taormina’s historical districts.
- A wide range of Italian language programs and excursions are available.
- Taormina is a well-known tourist destination that attracts a lot of visitors, particularly during the high season.
- In comparison to the rest of Sicily, Taormina is not a cheap destination.
- It’s essentially a village, with few options for young people outside of the peak season.
Federico II – CATANIA
This Italian language school in Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, is named after the famous Federico II, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor. The Federico II school provides both intensive weekly courses and weekly cultural activities, as well as individual lessons. If you don’t mind the typical Italian Southern city’s traffic, noise, and hustle, Catania should be your top choice for your Italian language Immersion Trip. Fortunately, day trips to nearby beach towns, fisherman villages, or climbing the stunning Mount Etna require little effort to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
- Close to airports
- a university city
- great nightlife
- a bustling city
- not super clean in some areas
BONUS: learn with me or Valeria!
If you like our blog, approach and would like to prepare your immersion trip to Sicily with a team of qualified Italian teachers who are also Sicily natives and experts on all things Sicilian, shoot us an email.
Our online language schools provides:
- fast-track courses for complete beginners
- storytelling courses for those who want to improve their intermediate by leaps and bounds
- individual lessons based on your needs analysis
- Sicilian culture, literature, and society as represented by articles, films, or other content of mutual interest.
Valeria and I both adore our beautiful island, which is rich in culture and beauty, and we are eager to go above and beyond to help you understand and explore the island through the eyes of locals.
All of our classes are held online, and depending on the course you choose, you may be placed on a waitlist.