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Learn Italian in Sicily at Culturforum: Italian language school in Palermo

Culturforum, the Italian school where speaking comes first! 

Communication is goal number one in the language teaching at Culturforum, Italian language school in Palermo, Sicily.
In our Italian language courses in Palermo  you will improve your ability to converse and your listening skills, by engaging in real situations  that take their cue from everyday life in Italy. Our teachers, all highly experienced and professional, will construct your course keeping in mind your needs and are adept at finding ways to help you learn to express yourself fluently in Italian.

Courses built around you

In the Italian classes at Culturforum we use a holistic approach: what is important to us is you, your experiences, your interests and your mastery of Italian. With our small classes, our courses are constructed around you and for you; our goal is your satisfaction.

Where Culturforum is

Culturforum is located in a pedestrian area in centre of Palermo, a city steeped in fascinating history, within easy reach of all important monuments of the town. An Italian Language Course in Palermo will give you the opportunity to discover this intriguing multi-faceted city and experience the incredibly lively atmosphere of a Mediterranean country.

Our courses of Italian focus on the learner and the knowledge and language skills previouly acquired. Our concern is students’ satisfaction

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The aim of these culture courses is to let you discover the story of this controversial land, home of geniuses and improvisers

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Anytime you want, anywhere you are, alone, with a school mate or in an international group, create your lesson with us

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Our rich leisure program with various activities and excursions aims to introduce you to the deepest soul of our island

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Our courses of Italian focus on the learner and the knowledge and language skills previouly acquired. What we aim at our Italian langauge school is that students attending our Italian classes should learn to express themselves correctly and effectively and be able to interact with Italians in every type of communication and cultural context.

Our main concern is the students’ satisfaction and their maximum progress.

This is why we have chosen a flexible class design which enables us to meet more effectively the needs and requirements of the diverse groups and of the individual in a group.. Learn More

As lovers of the Italian language we have taken to heart not only the spread of our language but also of the culture and history of our country.

For this reason we have planned a series of courses for non-native teachers of Italian as a foreign language. The aim of these courses is not only to improve and widen their knowledge of the structures of the language and teaching methods, but also to help teachers to have a better knowledge of the diverse aspects of our country. Learn more

One-to-one tuition is tailored to suit your specific requirements. Course topics and content are decided directly with the teacher who will help you identify your particular needs and develop your language skills faster. Number of study hours and length of your Italian individual course are flexible and can be arranged to fit your schedule. Learn more

Are you planning a language trip for a group of school, university or adult students? With a study holiday at Culturforum your students will be able to meet other students from all over the world who share the same objective: to learn Italian. Learn more


SICILY “an indescribably beautiful country

Sicily’s history spans some 4000 years. Since prehistoric times different peoples landed in Sicily attracted by its beauty, fertility and luxuriant vegetation.

The island has seen many different cultures flourish on its soil, which have left behind a trail of impressive monuments, buildings and works of art which still today inspire wonder and admiration.

Many of these peoples felt at home in Sicily, the land Homer described as ” the wonderful island of Helios” the God of the Sun, the dream land of the ancients where “everything grew without being sown”. It was a supremely desirable land, an exceptional crossroads of history where different races and civilisations merged.


The experience and professionalism of the Italian language school Culturforum, in Palermo to offer you a far richer cultural experience.

An Italian language course in Palermo will give you the opportunity to discover and experience this fascinating multi-faceted city.

Italian Capital of Culture 2018, home to Manifesta 2018, the European Nomadic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Palermo is a city that in recent decades has impressively changed its face. Learn more

Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, poised between three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – Sicily has been over the centuries both the meeting point and the battlefield of different civilisations of the ancient, medieval and modern world. Learn more

Sicily is the largest and most densely populated island in the Mediterranean Sea, and the southernmost region in Italy. It covers an area of 25,708 sq km and has 5.2 million inhabitants.

It is separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina and from Africa, the coast of which lies only 140 km far from the island, by the Sicilian Channel. Sicily has a strategically important position half way between the strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal, bridging east and west, Europe and Africa. Learn more

In Sicily there are sharp and sudden changes in morphology and climate from one part of the island to the next. This has given rise to an extraordinarily rich and luxuriant flora, ranging from the subtropical to species more typical of Northern Europe. Learn more

Sicily has a temperate Mediterranean climate: winter is mild, autumn and spring are pleasantly warm, summer is hot and dry, but temperatures can vary greatly across the regions. Distance from the sea and the height of the larger mountains are the causes of sharp differences in climate. Learn more

With its citrus groves, seascape and vibrant, bright colours Sicily has always been either loved or hated by its writers but has never let them escape its grip.

Some have attempted to leave her behind, maybe just for a while, but she has left her stamp on all of their works.

There are so many intriguing contradictions to be found in this land full of beauty and misery, rooted in a complicated history of injustice and superstition; this land of ancient splendor and Greek tragedy, always at the margins of the great cultural, religious and social movements that have shaped Europe. Learn more

Sicilian cuisine is one the most varied and inspired in all of Italy, a veritable alchemy of scents, tastes and colours that demonstrates the influences of the people and civilizations that have passed through here and of the different effect they have had on various parts of the island.Learn more


Culturforum in numbers:

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Where are our students from?

From all over the world!


Our Teachers

Vittoria Cirello

Vittoria Cirello

School director
I'm the director, teacher, guide, and much more of Culturforum. I started this fascinating adventure in 2000
Caterina Tripoli

Caterina Tripoli

Italian Teacher
I started teaching Italian to foreign students soon after getting my university degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1991.

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