“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” Goethe
SICILY September 9 - 16, 2022
Three Private Sicilian Cooking Classes with Meals Following
Private Food Market Tour in Ortigia
Private Day Trip to Catania with Guided Street Food Tour
Day Trip to Etna with Cooking Class on a Winery
Visit to Modica for Chocolate Tasting
Visit to Ragusa
Visit to Olive Oil Mill in Noto with Cooking Class on Location
Evening Boat Ride Around the Island of Ortigia
Welcome & Farewell dinners
Leisure time on your own to enjoy Ortigia and surroundings
Overview Enjoy an expertly designed week in eastern Sicily visiting some of the most historical and delicious sites the region has to offer. Our week begins in Siracusa, and this will be our home base for the entire week. Siracusa, filled with Baroque architecture, is a wonderland of ancient civilizations that still resonates in the streets of this beautiful coastal city. Sicily is an easy flight from Rome, and you will want to land in Catania, Sicily's second largest city. Our hotel is in Ortigia, Siracusa's city center and what is considered the "old" part of town. Enjoy a welcome drink before heading off to your first taste of Sicilian cuisine. Some of our highlights for the week includeprivate cooking classes, plenty of day trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such asCatania, Modica, Ragusa, Noto and Etna, wine tastings and delicious meals on local locations. The week is filled with cooking classes, tastings, wine and laughs!
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The beautiful island of Ortigia is waiting for you!
Day 1 - Arrival & Welcome Dinner Arrive at the highly rated and centrally located boutique Hotel Gargallo, to check in, unpack and settle in. Get to know your new host city by taking in all the sites and sounds. Perhaps grab your first gelato of the week, but save room for dinner.
Meet & Greet: In the evening, we will enjoy our first group activity with a delicious wine tasting and snacks to hold us over until our welcome dinner. We will get to know our fellow travelers, get a first taste of Sicily's unique cuisine, and enjoy some local wine. Questions about the week will be answered so you know what to expect during the week to come.
Enjoying a welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Ortigia.
Day 2 - Market Visit and Cooking Class + Evening Food Tour One of our favorite aspects of traveling to Italy is visiting the food markets, and Ortigia certainly has one of the most entertaining and lively markets. Today we will visit the market to purchase our ingredients for our cooking class. Walk along the market and be educated on the products locals use every day to prepare delicious meals for their families. After the market, we head over to our culinary studio to prepare a delicious meal. What's the menu? We won't know until we visit the market, of course, because we will purchase what is freshest and best that day.
In the evening, we will bypass a traditional dinner and enjoy a food walking tour instead. We will visit several of our favorite restaurants and sample their specialties. After sampling seafood, meats and other treats, we will end it all with dessert. Because what's a foodie walking tour without dessert?
Day 3 - Day Trip to Modica and Ragusa A UNESCO World Heritage Site, today we visit Modica, an authentically Sicilian baroque town famous for many things, but most of all, for its chocolate! Rich, dark and delicious, the chocolate in Modica is served solid or melted, plain or flavored with vanilla or other extracts and you will be able to find it in all the shops and cafes. Today we get a lesson on chocolate, how to spot an imposter and how to really taste it, yes, there is a way!
After Modica, we head towards Ragusa, one of the most picturesque towns in all of Sicily. In Ragusa, we will enjoy a lovely walk in the town square, visit the Duomo, enjoy the elegant streets, take pictures of the beautiful buildings and visit a small cheese bottega for a tasting of the local cheese. A wonderful lunch at one of the most favored restaurants in Ragusa awaits us to be enjoyed leisurely.
Day 4 - Day Trip to Noto + Cooking Class Today, we head out of Ortigia and visit the beautifully historic city of Noto, another UNESCO World Heritage Site from our week in Sicily. Known for its baroque architecture and the Noto Cathedral, this small town, which is easily covered by foot, begs to be visited, explored and photographed. After a walking tour, we head over to lunch. But it's not going to be any lunch, we will visit one of the most reputable olive oil mills in the area. Here we will have the opportunity to visit the area, learn all about the olive oil making process and enjoy a wonderful hands on cooking class. We will enjoy our efforts outside, eating and savoring the best olive oil you have ever had.
Day 5 - Day trip to Etna for Wine Tasting and Lunch
Heading north and away from Ortigia, today we spend the day near Etna, and visit two amazing wineries producing some of the best local wines, thanks in part to the unique volcanic soil provided by Etna herself. Learn all about the differences this soil provides, enjoy ample samples and immerse yourself in the vines. After our first winery visit, we head on to our second location, where we will enjoy an amazing lunch right in the vineyards. Enjoy local specialties including food, wine, olive oil and dessert. Relax under the southern sun and take it all in.
Day 6 - Day trip to Catania This morning we will enjoy a private food & culture tour of Catania, expertly led by a native guide. We will learn all about the history of this interesting city, often called the "black city," due to the color of the buildings, blackened by soot and ash from the nearby volcano. Learn about its frequent sad history, walk the baroque streets all while enjoying some delicious local food & wine. A UNESCO-World Heritage Site, the city's fighting spirit will be evident as we learn how, despite its tragedies, it has always managed to bounce back, even better than before. Our walk will take us to Via Etna, the Duomo, the Elephant Fountain, the Cathedral and the Amphitheater. But being also a foodie tour, we will visit some of the best local wine bars and foods shops along the way, not to mention a detailed market visit sampling arancini and other specialties.
Day 7 - Boat Ride + Farewell Dinner Our time in Sicily is winding down and by this time, we've eaten our way through some of Eastern Sicily's most delectable cities. Today, you'll enjoy some time on your own to shop, return to a magical site in Siracusa, or simply enjoy Italy's Dolce Vita by relaxing by the sea and people watching in the town piazza.
In the early evening, we will meet for a sunset cruise ride and watch as the sun sets over the beautiful island. A delicious final farewell dinner is planned for our last evening in Sicily. Enjoy some time with your travel companions, exchange stories and contact info as we salute to a wonderful week in Sicily!
Day 8 - Check-Out Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
Travel companions always end as dear friends!
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Francesca Montillo - Owner, Founder and Chief Travel Planner for Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures will be your host for the week.
7 Nights Accommodations
Daily Breakfast at Your Hotel, Five Lunches, Four Dinners
Private Transportation Throughout Tour for Day Trips
Visit to Etna with Cooking Class on Location
Day trip to Catania with Private Food Tour
2 Private Culinary Lessons
Visit to Modica for Chocolate Tasting
Visit to Ragusa with Lunch on Location
Evening Boat Ride
Visit to Noto with Cooking Class and Lunch on Olive Oil Mill
Market Visit in Ortigia with Cooking Class Following
Cooking Class in Private Culinary Studio in Ortigia
Airfare / Flights
Tips / gratuities for guides & waitstaff
Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, mini bars and other amenities
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Price & Details 8 Days / 7 Nights $4400 USD Per Person for Double Occupancy / Single Supplement is $500 USD. $1,000 USD Non-Refundable Deposit is required to secure your spot.
Francesca Montillo, Native Italian, Owner and Tour Leader Accompanies all Activities Contact Francesca at email@example.com for booking/reservation and further details.
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