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Sicilian Country Cooking Tour
...including country-style cooking lessons

 


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To book or for more information
Contact: IV Travel

 

Dates and Rates

Schedule:
All year on request

Group Type:
Individuals, families, small groups
Min 2 people, Max 8 people

Prices:
ON REQUEST

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 1 BB at Hotel Ambasciatori or similar 3 star in Palermo;

  • 2 HB at Regaleali Estate in the countryside of Palermo;

  • 1 BB at Villa Mandranova ****Lux in the countryside of Agrigento;

  • 2 HB in Agriturismo***  in the countryside of Siracusa;

  • 2 BB at Grand Hotel Miramare or similar 4 stars hotel in Taormina;

  • all cooking classes with lunch or dinner and beverages;

  • Tasting of Regalali Wine and olive oil Mandranova; 

  • Tourist guides in Palermo, Siracusa and Catania; 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare

  • Travel and Medical insurance

  • Items of personal nature, phone calls, passport and visas (if applicable), laundry or tips

  • Personal transport, excess baggage, security and government taxes, travel insurance.

  • Beverages unless specifically described.

  • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary.

   

To book or for more information
Contact: IV Travel

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Enjoy a week in the most prestigious wine producing region and learn the recipes for some of the best Sicilian dishes .

Day 1

Arrival at Palermo airport. Transfer to the hotel in the city centre.

Dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 2
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Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with your guide to visit the city. You’ll be enchanted by Palermo’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces. You’ll see the city’s main sights, including Quattro Canti, the twelfth-century Cathedral of Palermo, and the food market of “Capo”, typical par excellence, full of colour and folkloric. Here you will taste typical street food such as “pani ca meusa”, “panelled”, “arancini”...

Lunch at leisure.

Then you’ll discover the Arab-Norman magnificence of the Monreale Cathedral, this nearby treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the diverse architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population.

In the afternoon, transfer to Regaleali, Tasca D’Almerita Wine Estate, Anna Tasca Lanza’s home. Tasca d'Almerita is one of the most important wine-producing estates in Sicily and here Anna Tasca Lanza, the cooking teacher and cookbook author, conducts cooking classes, as she has for more than 15 years, at Casa Vecchie, in the middle of the vineyards.

Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3
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Breakfast in the kitchen.

Today Anna Tasca will share her knowledge of local cuisine and its history and you will learn how to prepare the caponata, arancini and cannoli with ricotta cheese.

Lunch with Anna.

In the afternoon you will explore the countryside and enjoy the vineyards.  A look at the wine cellars of Regaleali with her immense barrels and tasting of the various wines will accompany the dinner.

Overnight stay.  

Day 4
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Breakfast and departure for Agrigento to visit the beautiful Valley of the Temples, one of the most representative sites of Greek civilization in the Mediterranean area. Visit to the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the wonderful Temple of Concord and finally the beautiful Garden of Kolymbetra.

Lunch on your own and transfer to Mandranova Country House situated in the surroundings of Agrigento.

The firm has a long tradition of specialized cultivations, and the family transmits the deep love for the care of land from father to son. Today, after a reclamation and cultivation, 40 hectares are dedicated to olive trees, with extremely innovative cultivation, gathering and processing systems. You can visit the oil press and relax your self in a beautiful garden.

We suggest to have a dinner at Mandranova. 

Overnight stay.

Day 5
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Breakfast and transfer to Piazza Armerina where you’ll view the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale. The famed Roman mosaics housed in this third-century villa are among the best preserved in the world, depicting scenes from everyday life. Scenes include children at play, and big game hunts showing some of the exotic African animals brought to Rome for gladiator games. Transfer to Caltagirone whose ceramics are a symbol of Sicily, here you will an evocative city center full of artisan shops and enjoy shopping!

Lunch on your own.

Transfer to Siracusa accommodation in a typical Sicilian Farmhouse that produces organic lemons. 

Traditional Sicilian dinner at the farm and overnight stay.

Day 6
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Breakfast and visit of the city.

Until the Arab conquest of 878, the Siracusa was the capital of Sicily. It was by far the most important city on the island. You will visit the Ear of Dyonisus, the Greek Theatre, the Altare di Ierone. Walk through the historical centre on the Ortigia Island to admire the Cathedral, constructed over the ancient Temple of Athena, the Aretusa fountain and the ancient streets. After you will admire the historical centre of Noto, the capital of Baroque in Sicily. A very beautiful town with amazing palaces in baroque style. In 1693 age earthquake totally destroyed the town. The current town was rebuilt by famous architect. They made the new Noto a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque, It is currently listed among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Lunch at leisure and return to the agriturismo where the owner organize a funny cooking class and you will learn how to prepare typical Sicilian dishes.

Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7
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Breakfast and departure for Catania, this city is dramatically situated between the Ionian Sea and the looming bulk of Mount Etna, so it often rains ash upon its streets.

The town was rebuilt in the Baroque style, and it was during this era that many of the town’s finest buildings were constructed. You will visit its impressive Duomo and experience the city’s strong personality during a visit to its ebullient Pescheria, the daily fish and vegetable market.

Lunch on your own.

After you will drive to the famous Cyclops Coast through Acireale, its most important town, and Acicastello, with its Medieval Norman Castle built in 1076 on a prehistoric basalt lava terrace. As you gaze out over the Ionian Sea, you’ll admire the Rocks of the Cyclops, imposing, spiky shards of black lava that rises up from the water.

Accommodation in a four star hotel in Taormina.

Day 8
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Breakfast and visit of Taormina Sicily’s most famous city.

Dating from the fourth and third centuries B.C., Taormina is perched dramatically high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea. It’s a charming medieval town with typical cobblestoned streets leading into spacious squares. You can admire the extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre and the historical centre.

(In the afternoon you can choose an optional tour of Mount Etna or relax in Taormina).

Overnight stay

Day 9
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Breakfast and departure for Catania.


Looking for suggestions to extend your journey to Italy?

  • How about a few days on the Amalfi Coast where you will find extraordinary landscapes, gregarious people, and long, wonderful days under a hot sun.
  • What about an excursion into Basilicata or Calabria and the Ionian Sea Coast.
  • Or go to Sicily and marvel at one of the least visited but most interesting regions of Italy.

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