Learn Italian in Sicily - Right next to the sea

 

Solemar Sicilia, founded in 1986, was one of the first language schools in Sicily to offer Italian language courses for foreigners wanting to learn Italian in Italy. The idea behind it was to provide students the opportunity to experience the world of Italian culture by learning the Italian language. After all, how better to get a feel for the soul of Italy than to learn Italian - and to learn Italian in Italy? Our lessons are taught by highly competent mother-tongue speakers and professional linguists who have wide experience teaching Italian to foreigners. Teachers at Solemar regularly attend refresher courses on the latest teaching methods and strategies (using the communicative method) making ours the premiere school for you to study Italian.

Each student, no matter the skill level, is given an entrance test at the beginning of the course to determine just the right placement for our Italian language courses.

Solemar Sicilia guarantees every student an Italian language course that corresponds to their level and expectations.

Lessons are usually held in the morning, from Monday to Friday, so that the afternoon is open for trips or for simply swimming in the sea.

Further details on how the Italian language courses are organized, instruction, course content, and so on, can be found on the page on Italian language courses.

 

Solemar Sicilia offers Italian language courses in two separate locations: Mongerbino and Cefalù.

 

Below you can see the details on how the two locations differ.

 

Italian Language Courses in Cefalù

 

In Cefalù you can study Italian at Solemar Academy located just a stone's throw from the town's famous Norman cathedral and only a few steps from the beach.

Solemar Academy has five large classrooms, a reception area, an outdoor relaxation area, and a kitchen available to students. Our Italian language school has been officially recognized by the Ministry as an accredited place to study Italian. Because of this, we also have been accredited by l'Università di Palermo, L'Università di Siena, and l'Università degli Stranieri di Perugia.

Solemar Academy is also an official CELI exam center. So if you want to certify your level of Italian, you can do so with us, and can even book one of our Italian language courses to prepare you before the exam.

All of our instructors are hired under the National Collective Contract, and every year they attend refresher courses on the latest techniques for teaching Italian language courses, meaning a huge benefit if you want to study Italian with us.

Our Italian language school in Cefalù has numerous partnerships with cultural institutes, language schools abroad, and we are also recognized as an institution for the Bildungsurlaub in Germany.

In addition to Italian language courses, our school organizes many exciting leisure activities: boat trips, guided tours, hiking in the woods, trekking, tours of the Aeolian islands, barbecues, cooking classes, cineforum events, and much more. All wonderful extracurricular ways to study Italian!

Many of our students decide to stay at our Villa Caterina. Here you can choose between shared or separate apartments. The Villa has a large garden and plenty of space to relax in.

If you want to learn Italian in Italy, Cefalù is the ideal choice because the location is beautiful. Daily life consists of pleasant rhythms. The town has good infrastructure. The beach is clean. Everything is simple and affordable for everyone.

Even though Cefalù has become an important tourist destination, it continues to have an authentic Sicilian soul. Unlike Taormina, for example, local people still live in the old part of town. There are many traditional shops - all great opportunities to learn Italian outside the classroom - with people living their lives in a friendly, relaxed way. For a guide to Cefalù written by insiders, read this article.

One thing that truly stands out are the restaurants. There are tons of them. Each year new restaurants open right alongside traditional sites, some of them offering the culinary trends of northern Europe. In any case, to learn Italian in Italy, you must eat! And you will enjoy every minute of it.

Another major selling point of Cefalù is its proximity to Parco delle Madonie. It is a large national park with some peaks more than two thousand meters in height. A surprising array of wildlife live there including wild boar, deer, vultures, and many other fascinating animals. There are also amazing, picturesque villages like Castelbuono and Pollina. It's a paradise for trekking lovers.

 

And on top of all that, why not take out a paraglider and land on the beautiful beach in Cefalù?

If you would like to learn Italian in Italy, and want to study Italian at our Italian language school here in Cefalù, check out our page on Italian language courses for foreigners and book an Italian course

 

 

Learn Italian in Italy: Mongerbino, Sicily overlooking the sea

 

In Mongerbino our Italian language courses take place at the students' homes, or alternately, in the beautiful garden at Residence Mer et Soleil with its outstanding sea view.

Mongerbino is located on the coastal road that joins the two fishing villages of Aspra and Santa Flavia. For the most part, the coast is rocky, but here and there you can find nice sandy beaches. In Mongerbino there are small, enchanting coves where you can enjoy a bit of diving or snorkeling. Aspra and Santa Flavia are two simple, small fishing villages where time almost stands still. If you are looking for real Mediterranean authenticity - especially if you want to learn Italian in Italy - this is the ideal place as you get away from all the hectic tourism.

Next to Mongerbino is Porticello, famous for its nighttime fish market. If you want to see the incredible sight of a swordfish auction at 4 a.m. and tons and tons of fish, then set your alarm and take a short walk. It's worth it. 

Mongerbino is about 10km from Palermo. And so, being such a short distance from the capital, Mongerbino offers the double benefit of a quiet, authentic holiday while still offering the culture and nightlife of a nearby big city. In fact, it's easy - the train into Palermo takes just 12 minutes. Study Italian in the nightclubs and bars and many fine restaurants while you enjoy everything they have to offer.

A short distance away you will find the urban center of Bagheria (2 km). Here you will see some baroque villas like Villa Palagonia, which famously impressed Wolfgang Goethe, and Villa Cattolica which todays houses the Museo Guttuso (our most important contemporary Italian painter).

If you love Sicilian cuisine - and who doesn't? - not only will you be able to have lunch daily at the home of a true Sicilian family (Maria Carnevale is always excited to add an extra plate at the table), you will really be spoiled for choice: from the traditional Sicilian "Don Ciccio", to the gourmet cuisine of Chef Tony Lo Coco a "I Pupi".

For those who love nature walks, you can immerse yourself in the urban park at Monte Catalfano (great also for down hill/mountain biking) or visit another site: the Parco Archeologico di Solunto. Past excavations have uncovered this remarkable ancient Phoenician city that over the years became Greek, then Roman. It is a real jewel comparable to Pompeii and Herculaneum, but fortunately with few visitors - a gem known only to locals and 'insiders'. Truly, if you want to learn Italian in Italy, absorbing the atmosphere of this lost city will prepare you mentally and spiritually in ways few other places can.

For more information on our Italian language courses for foreigners, and to learn more about our Italian language school "without walls" in Mongerbino, click on this link: Learn Italian in Italy: Mongerbino, Sicily.