“ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS ANOTHER VISION OF LIFE” – Federico Fellini
Since 2006, Scuola Virgilio has been the first and only Italian language school for foreigners in Trapani, the main urban center west of Palermo but also an authentic city on a human scale and central point for holidays in western Sicily.
Throughout the year, it offers private lessons of general or specific Italian (also as a homestay course); intensive weeks for closed groups and schools; remote Italian lessons; preparation for CELI Italian language exams (including B1 for citizenship) of which Scuola Virgilio is the only exam center in the province of Trapani.
During the long Sicilian summer from April to October, Scuola Virgilio’s intensive Italian language and culture classes by the sea are the core of a language vacation in Southern Italy, an immersive experience for young people, adults and seniors alike. It includes daily intensive study of the Italian language and other activities such as Italian and Sicilian cooking courses, visits and excursions.
In combination with group and individual Italian courses or even separately, special Italian programs are available to combine the study of the Italian language with other active tourism activities.
Scuola Virgilio is proud to have a multifaceted and cosmopolitan identity, having welcomed several hundreds of students of all ages from over 50 countries across the 5 continents since 2006.
To attend the Italian courses in Sicily at Scuola Virgilio (and / or take any exams) you must register by filling out the registration form and paying a 50€ registration fee.
Enrollment at Scuola Virgilio is valid for two years and includes:
Since 2006 Scuola Virgilio has been organising intensive Italian courses in Sicily, offering its students:
• professional teaching in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere;
• best value-for-money accommodation near the beach of Trapani;
• cultural and leisure activities;
• all the information to make the most of your stay.
Scuola Virgilio’s intensive general Italian classes take place from April to October.
The Standard course of 15 hours per week (1 hour = 60 minutes), has 3 hours of lessons every morning from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:00.
The Standard plus course includes the entire Standard course and has an additional 5 hours of lessons per week in the afternoon.
Each class is made up of a maximum of 9 students.
In each lesson, various aspects of the Italian language and culture are studied in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. The first part of the lesson focuses on grammar with written and oral exercises, the second part is dedicated to conversation, group games, songs, etc. The courses are on various levels according to the CEFR rules. The teaching material is provided by the school. All teachers are native Italian speakers, graduates in foreign languages and with specific training in Italian L2 teaching.
– teaching material;
– two activities: a guided walk in the city centre of Trapani (only on the first week of classes); aperitivo with guided Italian conversation in a lounge bar (every week).
In addition, all year round Scuola Virgilio can organise upon request intensive Italian courses in Italy for closed groups (schools, universities, companies) of up to 35 participants in its premises. There is no limit of participants for courses at other locations (hotels, conference centers, etc.).
All year round Scuola Virgilio offers tailor-made private Italian classes for one person or two people, either in their personal or professional capacity.
In addition to the seasonal intensive Italian courses running from April to November, upon request Scuola Virgilio welcomes all year round closed groups wishing to study Italian by the sea as part of a language holiday in Italy: a language learning experience that combines cultural tourism and exploring unspoilt natural beauties of western Sicily.
If attending an Italian school in Italy is the best way to learn the language, studying Italian at the teacher’s home is certainly an even more effective and convivial way to do it!
Scuola Virgilio’s Italian language courses by the sea are attended by students from many different countries, the vast majority of them being adult learners over 50 years of age. As a result, Scuola Virgilio has over 15 years experience providing 50+ Italian language classes.
In addition to Italian language courses by the sea in Trapani, Sicily, Scuola Virgilio also offers virtual lessons with online Italian classes. If you are very busy, travel often or you do not have many opportunities to attend an Italian course where you live, you can attend Italian lessons via videoconferencing from the comfort of your home or office
Most of Scuola Virgilio’s students study Italian for leisure, but the school also caters for professionals looking to learn Italian for work, possibly with industry-specific language. This is generally done via private lessons or a combination of private lessons and group classes.
In particular, Scuola Virgilio offers Italian classes that are recognised as Bildungsurlaub for employees of companies or entities based in Germany. These are intensive or super-intensive courses that contain (depending on the German federate State) an overall 30 to 40 hours of 45 minutes. For more information please check out the specific page on Scuola Virgilio’s Bildungsurlaub-recognised Italian courses.
Those who study Italian in Trapani can obtain the CELI certification (Certificate of knowledge of the Italian language) at the Scuola Virgilio which is an examination center authorized by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.
Divided into 5 levels (from A2 to C2) according to the CEFR, the CELI exams attest to skills and ability to use the Italian language and are useful both for work and for study.
In addition to the general CELI exams, it is possible to take specific exams such as the CELI 2i – level B1 exam for citizenship.
To take the CELI exams it is necessary to register at least 5 weeks before the exam, according to the calendar prepared by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.
Anyone can take a CELI exam, but it is advisable to take a preparation course that Scuola Virgilio can organize on request for one or more students.
If you are at least 18 years old, you speak at least English and a little Italian and would like to work while studying in an Italian school by the sea, you can participate in the Work’n’Learn program: in the morning you will study Italian in an intensive group course, in the afternoon or evening you will work. Scuola Virgilio provides you with Italian language lessons and helps you find accommodation and a job or a placement as an aupair.
Whoever comes to Trapani to learn Italian by the sea in Italy at Scuola Virgilio will have access to accommodation solutions in Trapani with excellent value for money.
For students traveling from abroad to attend its Italian courses in Italy, Scuola Virgilio offers a free booking service for private airport shuttle from the two airports in western Sicily:
– Vincenzo Florio airport at Trapani Birgi: € 30
– Falcone and Borsellino airport at Palermo Punta Raisi: 90 €
Price each way, from 1 to 3 people in the same vehicle.
Both airports also have a public shuttle bus service:
During the high summer season, a shared transfer service is also available from Palermo airport for about € 25 per person. It is the intermediate solution between the previous two and is very useful especially when a flight lands in Palermo after 19:00, since the last bus from Punta Raisi usually leaves for Trapani at 20:00.