Since 1992, the Center for Italian Studies “BABILONIA” in Taormina, Sicily have passionately dedicated themselves to promoting their Italian and Sicilian heritage and culture along with the study of the Italian language. They strive to not only offer an opportunity to learn the Italian language but also to directly experience Italian culture and Italian life.
Babilonia is located in the heart of world famous Taormina, the most beautiful town in Sicily. Taormina, the first Greek colony in Sicily, founded in 735 b.c. sits atop Mount Tauro looking over the Bay of Naxos. 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.
Babilonia’s courses and programs are held at “Casa Silva,” an historic villa built in 1817 just 200 metres away from the Greek Theater: an architectural, natural and historical treasure that Taormina has miraculously managed to conserve. The villa 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.
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 theater 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 a cultural center open both to the local community and to 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.