There are many reasons for learning Italian, whether it’s because Italian is the language of your grandparents, of opera, of historic culture or the language of amore. Whatever your reasons, there’s no doubt that Rome is a pretty darn good place to start your linguistic journey.
At the Italian language school aptly named Torre di Babele (tower of Babel), you can take a variety of courses, ranging in duration from a week to a year. If needed, Torre di Babele will help you find the perfect accommodation, including shared apartments and host families. Start dates are flexible and non-beginners can start every Monday. Lessons are held in groups, but can also be scheduled individually or via Skype. Whether you’ve just learnt to say “ciao!’ or you’re a nearly fluent expat who wants to brush up on vocab, there is a course for you.
Established in 1984, Torre di Babele is well located in the elegant art nouveau district close to Piazza Bologna and Rome’s Sapienza university; far enough from the touristic center but close enough to resemble an authentic Roman neighbourhood.
The director of the language school, Enzo Cosentino considers Torre di Babele to be “Rome’s most beautiful school.” He has a point; the building is charming and intimate in that romantic Roman way, but it has modern facilities and spacious rooms. With communal areas and a picturesque garden, the school is a place for students from around the world to gather, chat, hang out or even have lessons. All in all, the school has a very friendly, cosy college vibe to it.
“We like to pride ourselves on our high quality of teaching and the attention we give to individual students.” says Enzo Cosentino. “We always have very positive feedback and like to stay in touch with our alumni after they leave.”
The school is also an authorized examination center for CILS (Certification in Italian as a foreign language) of the University for foreigners of Siena. The school is certified and accredited by the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
Ever wanted to learn how to make a handbag from scratch or learn the bel canto? You’ve come to the right place. Along with their regular courses, the Torre di Babele also offers Culture Courses where students can study everything from Italian art and cooking to fashion design and architecture. The school also organises social events, seminars, day trips and a Tandem language exchange where students are paired up with native speaking Italians.
Cosentino says, “The first barrier to cross when getting to know a different culture and breaking down stereotypes, is language. That is why I think learning a different language in a social environment is so valuable, and why it is rewarding for both students and teachers to get to know people from across the globe.”
To find out more about courses, prices, grants and special offers, visit: torredibabele.com
TORRE DI BABELE – Italian Language School for Foreigners
via Cosenza, 7 (Piazza Bologna)