Live & Learn Italian, Sicily

Sambuca di Sicilia

30 September - 11 October 2022

Sambuca di Sicilia

Jenifer with Simona and Marina, Sicily programme teachers

Sambuca di Sicilia

How did this come about?

Our participants in Agnone love staying in an authentic mediaeval town with constant opportunities for conversation, and as a consequence, some have visited multiple times. After 8 years of refining, growing, and improving that experience, it felt like the right time to diversify and offer an alternative.

Why Sambuca?

I had enjoyed some lessons with Simona Marras (a great way of guaranteeing the quality of our teachers) before inviting her to Agnone. When I discovered she had a house in Sambuca di Sicilia where she was planning to host students, I decided to see it for myself. I’ve been back a couple of times and we recently organised a successful trial run of the Live and Learn Italian, Sicily course.

Sambuca’s very different from Agnone but similar in that it offers plenty of opportunity for practising Italian in a s-l-o-w, friendly community. And Simona knows everyone… good starting point!

Baroque cathedral of Marsala

Discussing ‘il circolo del grano’ with Mauro

What’s the idea?

10 days of Italian conversation and study. A maximum of 9 participants will follow some formal Italian lessons with other sessions focused on preparing for the visits. It’s quite concentrated, moving from one lesson, conversation, or event to the next, but there will, of course, be time to rest and refresh.

Like in Agnone, we’ll be visiting sites of interest, engaging with local personalities, and learning about the region.

Museo della memoria

Le saline

Making pizza and preparing the wood oven

What’s the format?

Guests will be welcomed to Sambuca for 11 nights, from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning. We recommend you arrive in Sicily a little earlier to acclimatise, attune the ear and get over any jetlag.

Italian is best practised off the beaten track, one of the reasons we have chosen a less touristy area. We would, however, encourage participants to continue exploring the more popular parts of Sicily at the end of the programme, equipped with a deeper understanding of the real Sicily.

Dome Sciacca

The Phoenician ruins of Sambuca with Antonella

Exploring connections between traditional music and the grain harvest


  • Accommodation – in very comfortable houses with kitchens for preparing breakfasts and a few meals. Ranging from 1 bedroom to up to 3, most with private bathroom
  • 15 hours of guided & structured Italian sessions  – wrap around many more hours of visits, tours, exploring & group meals
  • 2 fully qualified Italian teachers accompany guests throughout most of the day in addition to specialised local guides & hosts
  • 6 lunches & 9 dinners
  • Transport  to all events during the programme

Not Included:

  • Other meals – All breakfasts. 4 lunches, 2  dinners, plus coffees, drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Sambuca – We’ll help organise travel from Palermo; either by public transport (train to city centre then bus - €12) or for several travelling together, a driver

A little about the region

This north-western part of Sicily is the least touristy, its ancient past is everywhere. A landscape dotted with Phoenician and Greek ruins, acres of olive groves and fields of grain, it is also a hugely successful wine-growing region.

Its turbulent ancient past, as well as the more recent scars of the 1968 earthquake, make it a rich repository through which to discover language, culture, and history.

Gianbecchina, Earthquake

The momument of Creto di Burri

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