Housing and Chaperones
for Students Ages 10-11

This summer our international students (ages 13 — 18) will be housed again at the lovely boutique hostel A Casa di Amici located on Via Dante, just 7 min walk from Teatro Politeama Garibaldi where the Summer Intensive is held. Our second location, the newly renovated studio next door to Teatro Massimo, is also not too far away from the hostel. 


We are willing to accommodate a small group of younger SAB students at A Casa di Amici as well, as long as the students’ parent(s) or guardian(s) are in charge of and supervising their travel to and from Italy. The parent(s) / guardian(s) will have to bring the student to A Casa di Amici to check in. Drop off times will be specified later and communicated to everyone. 


A Casa di Amici is located in a very safe and generally quiet upper-middle-class neighborhood, one of the nicest green residential areas of the city. 


Via Dante seen from the hostel (left) and a rare archival photo of Via Dante in 1933 (right)


This year we have once again reserved the entire top floor of this lovely hostel for our international students. The place has great security and PBSI brings to Italy several adult chaperones to supervise the kids. Chaperones will be living with the students and supervising them 24/7. One of our older chaperones is a practicing psychologist.


The students will be housed in big rooms. Each room has a private bathroom. Usually we have 4 students sharing a room, and the rooms are spacious enough to accommodate 4 or 5 people (depending on the room). 


Weekly cost of this accommodation, including our chaperone fee, is $400 per student. 


This price also includes daily breakfast. In addition, A Casa di Amici is equipped with a spacious kitchen that our students are allowed to use. 


Last year in the evenings the students alternated dinners out with staying in. The chaperones would organize fun dinner outings in the historical center of Palermo, a beautiful pedestrian area full of lovely cafes, pizzerias, artisanal gelato places, etc. On other days some of the older kids would go to a local market as a chaperoned group to buy fresh produce, locally sourced fish and meat, home-made varieties of pasta and jars of home-made sauces. Then, back at A Casa di Amici, all the kids and their chaperones would cook together in the hostel kitchen and have a wonderful bonding time. 


A fun dinner outing after a hard day’s work! Pasta and pizza well-deserved after hours of Classical, Variations, Partnering, Contemporary, Bejárt Style, and stretching.


To learn more about A Casa di Amici you can visit this page:  


(Please refer just to Accommodation and ignore the Travel arrangements, which are for older students only.) 


We’d like to bring to your attention that the number of international students we are able to house is limited so if you’d like us to reserve your spot at A Casa di Amici, please let us know your decision as soon as possible.



Having fun in Mondello: 15 y.o. student from France (left) and 15 and 16 y.o. students from upstate NY


The students had lots of fun with their chaperones: they would occasionally go to the Mondello beach or take a historical bus tour of the city, see various museums and churches.


Rest assured that 10/11 years olds staying at A Casa di Amici will be doing interesting things and bonding with new friends while being closely and constantly supervised, and never alone.