Our language courses

Learn Italian in Sicily - directly by the sea - since 1986

Solemar-Sicilia, founded in 1986, is one of the leading language schools in Sicily, organizing Italian language courses for foreigners. The heart of our philosophy is giving our students a deep insight into the Italian world and culture by learning our language.

Our Italian language courses are designed and structured by qualified teachers and mother-tongue Italian linguistics experts, with many years of experience in teaching Italian to foreigners. They regularly update their skills with refresher courses.

 

As a student at Solemar, you will be tested at the beginning of the course, even if you have only a very basic knowledge of Italian, so that we can put you in a group at the correct level. We guarantee you a language course in a small group and at the right level for you.

Your language classes will be in the morning, from Monday to Friday, leaving your afternoons free to go on trips around the island or simply relax at the beach. We will loan you textbooks and other necessary material for the period of the course for free. At the end of your language course you will receive a certificate stating the level of Italian you have achieved.

There are no classes on December 25, on Easter Monday or on August 15.

There are a few key differences between our two language schools at Aspra and Cefalu.

Aspra

If you book the Aspra school, your lessons will take place at the school in the heart of the village, or on the roof terraces of our various apartments overlooking the sea. The accommodation is just a brief walk from the school and all accommodation has a stunning view of the sea and the Mediterranean gulf.

Just outside the front door of the apartments are rocky outcrops overhanging the sea and small stony bays from which you can swim, dive, go snorkelling or go scuba diving. Aspra, not far from the town of Bagheria, is a charming and friendly fishing village. It is untouched by tourism, which makes it ideal if you want to travel off the beaten track and see the real Sicily. The fishermen go out to sea in tiny wooden rowing boats so, in some ways, Aspra seems untouched by the twentieth century, too!

Depending on which accommodation you choose, the distance into the nearest town of Bagheria is about 400 meters to 1 kilometer. Bagheria is around 15 kilometres from Palermo and it is easy to get into the city by train or car. Palermo offers much to tourists and is notable for its regular cultural activities, nightlife and good Sicilian food. There are also excellent restaurants in and around Aspra itself.

Cefalu

If you book our Cefalu centre, your lessons will take place in our language school, a stone’s throw from the sea and from the famous Norman Church. By special request, your lessons can alternatively be held in your own apartment or in the gorgeous shady garden of the Villa Caterina. All of the accommodation is not more than ten minutes walk from the sea and from the school.

Cefalu is well known for its sandy beaches and beautiful historic church. Cefalu's position, on the centre of Sicily’s Mediterranean coast, makes it the ideal departure point for all of Sicily's most noteworthy cities. It will be a perfect base if you aim to spend your time here seeing as many different cities and monuments as possible.

Cefalu has a constantly buzzing atmosphere, with a lively nightlife and countless bars, cafes, typical Sicilian restaurants and numerous cultural events and excursions. The Aeolian Islands are just an hour away from the port in Cefalu with daily departures. Thanks to its enchanting atmosphere, Cefalu welcomes tourists all year round from mainland Italy and the rest of the world, though this has not tainted its real character or the locals’ warm hospitality. The fact that Cefalu offers so much activity makes it an ideal centre if you are travelling alone or if you do not have your own transport.

Example of our program

 

 

ADDIOPIZZO: Sicilians against the Mafia. We are with them. SUPPORT SICILIAN BUSINESSES WHO STAND UP AGAINST EXTORTION.

03/11/2009, The Guardian:
"A Sicilian offer some travellers won't be able to refuse"

Sicilian-Italian film dictionnary