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The Simple Flavors of Sicily


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Dates and Rates

All year on request

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



  • 2 BB at Excelsior Palace Hotel **** in Palermo or similar;

  • 1 BB at Tenuta Gangivecchio in Gangi;

  • 2 BB at Hotel  Domus Aurea **** in Agrigento;

  • 1 BB in Superior room at Palazzo Failla**** in Modica;

  • accommodation in classic room where not mentioned;

  • all cooking class with lunch or dinner beverage included;

  • all tasting as per program;

  • Tourist Guides in Agrigento (FD), Piazza Armerina and Modica


  • 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.

  • Cooking class at Villa Ravidà;


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A tasty week in, food and an amazing experience of an incredible landscape and fascinating history.

Day 1 - Welcome in Sicily

Upon your arrival at Palermo airport, you’ll be met and transferred by your English speaking driver to your three star hotel in the city centre.

Dinner at leisure and overnight stay.

Day 2 - Cooking  class and food markets

Breakfast in hotel and 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 see on your own 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 the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 3 -
Cefalù and Gangi

Breakfast and departure for Gangi with visit to Cefalù en route.

This enchanting fishing village and summertime resort sits on a rocky outcrop in the centre of Sicily’s north coast. Cefalù lies in a scenic locale between the massive peak and a long sweeping beach. Against this backdrop rise the lofty twin towers of the cathedral built by Roger II in 1130. This splendid cathedral is one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture, and contains luminous mosaics.

Lunch at leisure.

In the afternoon, scenic drive through the Madonie Region to arrive in Gangi, where you will meet Giovanna Tornabene at her cooking school. Giovanna and her mother Wanda are two-time James Beard Award winners for "Best Italian Cookbook.”: Gangivecchio's Sicilian Kitchen, 100 Ways To Be Pasta, Sicilia Home Cooking. 

We suggest to have a dinner at Tenuta Gangivecchio.

Overnight stay at Gangivecchio.

Day 4 -
Cooking class with Giovanna

Breakfast and meeting with Giovanna, who will be ready to teach you the tricks of natural and simple flavors.

You will enjoys the foods made in class during lunch.

In the afternoon departure for 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.

Arrival in Agrigento and overnight stay at hotel Domus Aurea, with a beautiful temples view, where we suggest to have a dinner.

Overnight stay.

Day 5 -
Valley of the Temples

Breakfast and meeting with your guide to visit of the 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.

Visit a dairy to see the “pecorino” and “ricotta” production, from the milking, to the cooking, to the maturing of the product. Local products and cheeses tasting.

Dinner on your own.

Return to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 6 -
Cooking Class and Chocolate Tasting

Breakfast and transfer to eastern Sicily through the Baroque, whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.

Arrival at Palazzo Failla a beautiful charming historic dwelling in historical centre of Modica. In the morning  you can visit Modica, (on your own) where you will admire picturesque lanes and arrows streets, with plenty of old workshops, St. George’s Church, the only one including a nave and as good as four aisles. You can visit the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest confectionary shop of Sicily and taste the very famous chocolate of Modica.

Lunch at leisure.

Return to the hotel and meeting with the Chef Failla, that will organize your  hands-on classes, you learn how to prepare “Scacce Ragusane”, typical Sicilian food, Making  of Cavati, home made pasta, Rabbit “ a stimpirata”, typical Sicilian plate (rabbit meat served with  vegetables). Finally, making and tasting of typical Chocolate of  Modica  (the recipe coming from ancient Aztecs). The chocolate of Modica is special and very particular because of the lack of cacao butter, the only ingredients are cacao and sugar.

Dinner  at exclusive restaurant La Locanda del Colonnello.

Overnight stay at Palazzo Failla.

Day 7

Breakfast and departure for Catania airport, or choose to extend your tour to visit Etna and Taormina!

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.

Want to extend your tour for a few more days? can customize your tour.

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