Home Tuition Program in Sicily

Study Italian and live in your teacher’s home

What is a home tuition program?

The Home Tuition program is a new concept of a language study stay and different from enrolling on a language course in a school. Home-Tuition at your teacher’s home gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in local family life and to have an unforgettable experience in the home of an Italian family!

Where is the teacher’s home located?

Alessandro opens his own house in the countryside to students and he lives with his wife Katarina, their son Jurko, their cat Boh and 2 dogs, Oliva and Blondie in the hills of Gaggi in the Alcantara Valley. The house is a few kilometers from the famous Alcantara Gorges, immersed in the green Sicilian countryside and just 5 minutes by car from the beautiful beaches of Giardini Naxos, 10 minutes by car from wonderful Taormina, and half an hour by car from enchanting Etna.

Students are housed in an independent cottage in the garden, 10 steps from their home. They will be happy to accommodate you alone or as a couple in an independent mini-apartment (approx. 50 square meters) including a bathroom and kitchen, in the middle of the beautiful garden surrounding the house.

In the 1,000 square meter garden, they grow tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and peppers. There’s also an orchard with many fruit trees such as peaches, oranges, pears, cherries, medlars, figs and lemons. Katarina uses the fruit to make tasty jams and there are also fifteen olive trees from which extra virgin olive oil is produced. Jams and oil will of course be at your disposal.

In addition, there are also a hundred or so Syrah vines which produce a few dozen liters of home-made wine, the ‘Syrah cchi Syrah’ (‘What will be, will be’ – a play on words from local dialect).

This area is a little paradise where you can relax and learn Italian while living with the family and taking private lessons with Alessandro. 

You will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice breakfast in the garden in the morning, spend the day exploring Sicily or just simply go to the seaside to relax, then come home, study together for a couple of hours and sit at the table for dinner, chatting over a good glass of wine! Not bad!

Would you like to book an online meeting to talk directly with Alessandro about the program?

What is included in the Home Tuition program?

Would you like to come alone or with a companion? Would you prefer half board (only dinner with the family) or full board (lunch and dinner with the family)?

In the cottage you will find everything necessary for breakfast and you can have breakfast on your own in the garden whenever suits you. You are not tied to any family timetable and can sleep for as long as you like!

How much does the Home Tuition program cost?

A weekly stay (7 nights) includes:

  • Breakfast & dinner + 2 hours of private lessons per day (10 hours per week, Monday to Friday)
    one person € 960 per week – two people € 1365 per week (total price)
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner + 2 hours of private lessons per day (10 hours per week, Monday to Friday)
    one person € 1100 per week – two people € 1575 per week (total price)
  • extra private lessons: € 30 per hour

Some advice and suggestions

The house is in the countryside and therefore a bit far from everything. What generally works best is to have free time in the morning and early afternoon to go on excursions on your own or just relax by the sea and then in the late afternoon, come home and do private lessons with Alessandro. 

Our advice is to rent a car at the airport so that you can be totally independent during your stay, especially, if you want to do some sightseeing and visit some of Sicily’s historical or natural treasures. On request, we can organize a taxi transfer from the airport to our house and you can hire a car in Taormina or Giardini later if and when you want to go somewhere.

Are you ready to come and study Italian at your teacher’s home?

Studying Italian at your teacher’s home could be the right formula for you for the following reasons: you get a personal welcome, lessons at home from a teacher with experience and expertise, have a cultural holiday, experience healthy living and relaxation, eat good food and drink good wine and have the warmth of Sicily to keep you company!

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