The Italian Academy, established in 1984, is specialized in language teaching and is fully recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education. It is situated in the city centre close to the archaeological park and archaeological museum, within easy reach of the main shopping streets of the city, the old town on the the island of Ortygia and the outdoor solariums.

  • Centrally located, modern premises
  • WIFI and air-conditioning throughout
  • Media centre and computer lab
  • 7 comfortable and fully-equipped lecture rooms
  • Outdoor terrace with cafè area
  • 24/7 student support
  • Optional Tandem language exchange programs with local students
  • CILS  and DITALS (University of Siena Certification of Italian for students and teachers) preparation and examination centre


All our teachers are Italian native speakers who are highly specialized and experienced in the teaching of Italian to foreigners. The staff at the Italian Academy are professional and friendly, they will always do their utmost best to help with any queries and ensure that your stay is as productive and enjoyable as possible.

  • Ann Byrne
    Ann Byrne School Director
  • Arianna
    Arianna Course Coordinator
  • Francesco
    Francesco Housing & Logistics Manager
  • Giusi
    Giusi Italian Teacher
  • Sara
    Sara Administrative Assistant


  • Speaking as a teacher on leave/artist. My experience with the Academy was very positive. The correspondence and relations with the administration was warm and friendly. They were willing to help with any issue. I was extremely grateful to my hosts in taking my in and sharing their language and culture with me. They have become good friends. The school was clean and well organized. Fortunately I had 2 teachers of unique but complementary styles that maximized my learning. Both were university trained, energetic and highly passionate, conscientious. After acquiring some grammatical structure and understanding and an ability to communicate I returned to Canada with a sense of accomplishment and a greater appreciation for Sicilian Culture and a desire to continue learning. Grazie! Peter

    Peter J. Lewis Italian language student - High School Teacher & Artist - Canadian
  • At the end of our week learning at The Italian Academy, we thought we should drop a line and say how much we have enjoyed ourselves and more importantly learned this week! We have gained a huge amount from working with our teachers. They have been incredibly reponsive to our needs and varying skills, and have gone out of their way to prepare work in addition to the pack provided, either because we asked to cover certain aspects of grammar or because of certain interests we had expressed at the beginning of the week. Both our knowledge and confidence has increased enormously. It is such a shame to be only doing one week!

    Gavin Doeg and Manon Edwards Italian language student – Pedagogists – UK
  • Sicily on my mind!
    I don't have a unique story to tell but a lot of thrilling moments that I did experience in those 3 weeks; it is so to say a patchwork of images that are in my mind whenever I think of Sicily; even though I knew before arriving, that Sicily would not disappoint my expectations , I was really touched not only for its huge historical heritage but mainly because of the friendly and marvelous sicilian people I met and knew, who made my stay in Siracusa unforgettable and made my last day so sad when I had to leave from Catania ... I will come back for sure.
    I enjoyed very much the atmosphere of the Academy and the quality of the teachers!
    Pedro Lisbon
  • Just perfect!

    From the first contact with the Academy, I felt I was being treated as a friend rather than a client. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful, and keen to make sure that I enjoyed my stay in Siracusa. The classes were excellent and tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt I made real progress every day. The excursions were delightful and the guides friendly and knowledgeable. I'll be back!
    Caroline Turnbull Woking, UK

Communicative Teaching Method

The teaching method used is communicative, focusing particularly on developing the student’s ability to express him/herself and understand others without neglecting the study of grammar, which is fundamental to the proper acquisition of the language. Time is dedicated in each lesson to the four linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our teaching materials are carefully selected to present modern day Italian in line with the Common European Framework (CEFR).

Some of our private and institutional clients:

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