Discover a full spectrum of culinary experiences. Learn about making wine, olive oil and artisan foods from the craftsmen and women who carry on these age-old traditions. As we travel across the island we’ll visit small producers, winemakers and bakers, as well as cultural sites that determine its key historical importance.
09 nights / 10 days
Available from April till October
Available in English
1st DAY: CATANIA
Independent arrival at Catania Airport and self transfer to the Hotel in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight in Hotel.
2nd DAY: CATANIA WITH COOKING CLASS
After breakfast, visit the Benedictine Monastery of St Nicola l’Arena, an excellent example of Sicilian baroque style, which is a Unesco Heritage site; discover its many “souls” and magnificent kitchens; you will take part in a cooking class, preparing some of the monks’ favourite dishes (such as the famous “arancini”, “caponata” and Sicilian “Cannolo”), accompanied by exquisite wines and excellent gastronomic products. Assisted by a professional guide, you will taste the typical specialties learning stories and curiosities about the monks’ lifestyle and their cuisine. In the afternoon, short walking tour in Catania city centre: the Duomo Square with its Cathedral and the Elephant (symbol of the city) made of lava stone, the Baroque Via Crociferi. On the way back to the hotel, we will stop in a typical pastry shop to taste typical sweets (“minnuzze” and “olivette” of Saint Agatha, almond biscuits etc.). In the evening, dinner at the Cappella Bonajuto, a splendid example of Byzantine art in Catania. Back to the hotel and overnight.
3rd DAY: MODICA CHOCOLATE TASTING AND RAGUSA
After breakfast, depart for Ragusa area and visit of an olive-mill to learn the process of oil production. You will also have the chance to taste extra virgin olive oil and other local products (olives pickled in oil, tomatoes, bread, pesto sauces, jams, Nero d’Avola wine). Proceed to Modica, part of UNESCO Heritage Sites, for a pleasant walking tour in the charming historical centre rich of chapels, churches, monasteries and Baroque palaces. Free time for lunch. Stop in a local laboratory to taste the famous chocolatederiving from an ancient Aztec recipe and to learn how it is produced. Proceed to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, rich of Baroque palaces and churches. Dinner at a starred restaurant in Ragusa Ibla. Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Ragusa area.
4th DAY: AGRIGENTO WINE TASTING
Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Agrigento, renowned as the site of the ancient city of Akragas, to visit the Valley of the Temples: the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor & Pollux. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will have the chance to discover Sicily through its wine-growing areas by visiting the vineyards and olive groves of a local winery, where you will learn the history of Sicilian viticulture and enjoy wine tasting. Accommodation at the hotel in Agrigento area, dinner and overnight.
5th DAY: MARSALA WINE TASTING AND ERICE PASTRIES TASTING
Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Marsala, known all-over the world for the production of its dessert wine. Short visit of the city and stop at Donnafugata Winery for wine tasting and light lunch with specialties of the Mediterranean cuisine. Before leaving, we will make a panoramic tour to see the panorama offered by the Stagnone Lagoon, a marine area with salt ponds and windmills. Proceed to the medieval town of Erice, where you will enjoy a beautiful view to the West Coast and Egadi Islands. Stop in a local cake shop to taste the typical Erice pastries made with almond paste. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Palermo area.
6th DAY: PALERMO (MAKING OF FRUTTA MARTORANA)
Depart for Palermo to visit the main sites of Palermo historical centre: the Cathedral, the Martorana Church, Piazza Pretoria and the Quattro Canti. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will take part to a Frutta Martorana workshop, to experience how this specialty is produced nowadays. According to tradition, these marzipan sweets, also called Pasta Reale, were probably invented by the nuns of the Martorana Monastery, who decorated empty fruit trees with marzipan fruit to impress an archbishop. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th DAY: PALERMO TASTING OF TYPICAL STREET FOOD AND MONREALE
After breakfast, the whole morning will be dedicated to a guided tour through the traditional food markets in Palermo (Capo, Ballarò, Vucciria). During this walking tour you will taste the main samples of street food of the city: sfincione, panelle, crocchè, arancine, pane con la milza, Sicilian cannoli and local dessert wines such as Zibibbo,Marsala and Sangue Siciliano. In the afternoon, depart for Monreale to visit the wonderful Arab/Norman Cathedral and Cloister. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
8th DAY: CEFALÚ WINE TASTING AND TAORMINA
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of a winery with wine tasting. Depart for Cefalù, a medieval charming village, known for its Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Free time for lunch. Proceed to Taormina, “the pearl of the Ionic Sea”. Guided visit of the Roman/Greek theatre and time at leisure for shopping or for a nice walk. Accommodation and overnight at hotel in Taormina/Catania area.
9th DAY: MOUNT ETNA AND A LOCAL WINERY AND SAVOCA
After a buffet breakfast, visit of the highest active volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. We will visit the North side of the volcano (Monti Sartorius, Piano Provenzana and Linguaglossa), where you will admire an impressive panorama and the lava flows of 2002. Stop in a local winery and visit of the cellar: you will find out how all the phases of wine production are carried out, from harvesting to bottling. Light lunch with wine tasting. In the afternoon, visit of Savoca, a suggestive medieval town, made famous by Francis Ford Coppola in his movie “The Godfather”; we will stop at Bar Vitelli, one of the main locations of the movie, where you will have the chance to taste the Sicilian “granita”. Farewell dinner at a starred restaurant in Taormina. Back to the hotel and overnight.
10th DAY: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at your hotel and self transfer to Catania Airport.
EUR 3.590,00 per person in double room occupancy
EUR 740,00 Single supplement
Accommodation in 4/5 stars hotels in double room
Minivan or minibus (depending on the number of participants) + driver for 8 days, from day 2 to day 9
English speaking tour guide for the whole stay, from day 2 to day 9, with guided visits as mentioned in the program
6 dinners in hotel, beverages not included
2 dinners at starred restaurants (Locanda Don Serafino in Ragusa Ibla, La Capinera in Taormina), bev.not included
1 Dinner in Catania in a suggestive and historical location
1 cooking class in Catania, assisted by a professional guide + lunch (wines included)
Tasting of typical sweets in Catania and Erice
Visit of an olive-mill in Ragusa area and tasting of local products
Chocolate tasting in Modica
Wine tasting in Agrigento, Marsala, Castelbuono and on Mount Etna
2 light lunches in local wineries
1 “Frutta Martorana” workshop in Palermo
1 “Street Food” experience + lunch in Palermo
1 tasting of Granita and Zibibbo
Porterage at hotels
Driver/guide meals and lodging
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunches unless differently specified
In/out transfers (available on request)
Entrance tickets for museums/monuments
Beverages, unless differently specified
City taxes (where compulsory, to be paid at the hotel)
Flights from/to Sicily
Tips and extras in general
Anything not mentioned under “The rate includes”
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