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Sicilia Culinaria
An in-depth culinary tour of Sicily

 


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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

  • 3 BB in classic room at Excelsior Palace hotel**** in Palermo or similar;

  • 1 HB at Farm House **** near Piazza Armerina (beverage included);

  • 2 BB in sea view room at Grand Hotel Miramare **** in Taormina or similar;

  • Tourist Guides at Valley of the Temples and Siracusa;

  • All cooking classes with lunch/dinner and beverages;

  • Visit and wine tasting at Pastry Shop, Donnafugata & Murgo winery.

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 beautiful island of Mediterranean sea and learn the recipes for some of the best Sicilian dishes together with two famous Sicilian Chefs.

Day 1 - Arrive in Palermo.

Upon your arrival at Palermo airport you will be met and transferred by private car to your charming four star hotel. After checking in you are free to relax, dinner on your own and overnight stay.

Day 2 - Palermo, food market and Monreale
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Breakfast in hotel

After meeting with Chef Clemente, you will venture to one of Palermo’s historic markets (Il Capo, La Vucciria or Borgo Vecchio) were will purchase all the ingredients necessary to prepare your  meal. Along the way, you  will also taste some of Palermo’s most typical foods, such as “panelle” and “pane con la milza”. Hands on cooking class in a typical restaurant and lunch. The dishes you've prepared will be served with just the right Sicilian wine, and dessert accompanied by local biscotti and Sicilian dessert wine.

After lunch you will visit the most important monuments of Palermo as Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), Palermo’s extravagant baroque square and the twelfth-century Cathedral of Palermo. Transfer to Monreale, where you’ll admire the Arab-Norman magnificence of the Cathedral. This nearby treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the different architectural influences of both the Normans and the Arab population.

Dinner on your own.

Return to hotel and overnight stay.

Day 3 - Segesta and Erice
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Breakfast and departure for Segesta, ancient village in the Western part of Sicily, to visit its magnificent Greek Theatre and Doric Temple, masterpieces of Greek architecture in Sicily.

Transfer to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town made famous in ancient times as the birthplace of Venus. Walking through the cobble – stoned streets of the town, smelling a variety of aromas emanating from the numerous pastry shops for which Erice is famous. You will see the Norman Castle and the Duomo. Stopping at the world famous pastry shop “Maria Grammatico”, here we will taste almond sweets, genovesi and nougat to match with Marsala wine.

Lunch at leisure.

After lunch, visit of Donnafugata Winery, for a visit of the cellars and a wine tasting of their best wines.

Dinner at leisure.

Return to Palermo and overnight stay.

Day 4 -
Agrigento, Piazza Armerina
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Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart 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 in Agrigento.

Transfer to Piazza Armerina where you’ll admire 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. Accommodation in a charming Farmhouse between Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone. Typical Sicilian food based on pasta, ricotta, salsiccia, local meat and vegetables.

Dinner at the farm and overnight stay.

Day 5
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Breakfast at the farm and departure for Siracusa.

Until the Arab conquest of 878, the city was the capital of Sicily. It was by far the most important city on the island. We 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.

We suggest to lunch at the exclusive restaurant Don Camillo.

Transfer to your charming hotel in Taormina. Then walk through the historical centre of this beautiful town, famous for its Greek-Roman Amphitheatre and its enchanting view of the Ionic Sea and Mt. Etna.

Dinner on your own.

Back to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 6
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Cooking Class & wine Tasting

Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Viagrande. During the tour you will admire the beautiful volcanic landscape of the biggest European volcano. You will meet Mrs Eleonora Consoli in her La Cucina del Sole (The Sun’s Kitchen). Eleonora has written several cookbooks on Sicilian gastronomy and she is an official expert on Sicilian cooking in the world. She will do a hand-on cooking class, teaching to the class several classic Sicilian dishes. Your lunch will be spent with Eleonora in her home.

During the afternoon, transfer to Tenuta San Michele, an ancient estate located on the slopes of the volcano Etna. The farm, which belongs to the noble family of the Baron Scammacca del Murgo, is surrounded by extensive vineyards and has a panoramic view of both Mt. Etna and the sea. You will visit the winery and taste their best wines as Etna Rosso, Etna Bianco and the extraordinary Murgo Brut. Return to Taormina and overnight stay.

Day 7
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Breakfast and departure for Catania airport or choose to extend your stay in Taormina to visit Mount Etna.
 


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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