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Eastern Sicily

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  • Two Private Sicilian Cooking Classes with Meals Following
  • Private Food Market Tour in Ortigia​
  • Private Street Food Tour in Ortigia
  • Day Trip to Etna Winery with Tasting and Full Lunch
  • Visit to Ragusa for Cooking Class + Town Visit
  • Visit to Olive Oil Mill in Noto with Tasting and Lunch on Location
  • Farm Visit with Tour and Home Prepared Lunch Following
  • Evening Boat Ride Around the Island of Ortigia​
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Leisure time on your own to enjoy Ortigia and surroundings

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 on the island of Ortigia, 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 include private cooking classes, wine and oil tastings, cooking classes, plenty of day trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Ragusa, Noto and Etna and delicious meals and tastings on unique locations. The week is filled with cooking classes, tastings, wine and laughs!

​Scroll below to see images of our past adventure!

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 Nights Accommodations in Centrally Located Hotel
  • Daily Breakfast at Your Hotel, Most Lunches, Four Dinners
  • Private Transportation Throughout the Week
  • Visit to Etna Winery with Lunch on Location
  • 2 Private Culinary Lessons
  • Visit to Ragusa Mill with Hands-On Cooking Class and Lunch on Location
  • Sunset Boat Ride
  • Visit to Noto with Cooking Class and Lunch on Olive Oil Mill
  • Market Visit in Ortigia with Cooking Class Following

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare / Flights
  • ​Tips / gratuities for guides & waitstaff
  • Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, mini bars and other amenities
  • Travel Insurance: As of 2023, we will require everyone traveling with us to carry some form of Travel Insurance. Click here for info. 
  • Anything not listed in the inclusions above

Day 1 - Welcome to Sicily!

Arrival & Welcome Dinner

Benvenuti in Sicilia! Welcome to Sicily! Time to check in your 4* hotel, unpack and settle in. Our hotel is centrally located and an easy walk to some main attractions. 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!

In the evening, we will enjoy our first group activity with a delicious 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.

Day 2 - Market Visit and Cooking Class + Evening Food Tour

Orientation Walk in the Town Market, Hands-on Cooking Class & Foodie Walking 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 learn about the products locals use every day to prepare delicious meals for their families. Sit down and enjoy ample samples at Fratelli Burgio, one of our favorite food specialty shops in Ortigia.

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 savory dishes, we will end it all with dessert. Because what’s a foodie walking tour without dessert?

Day 3 - Visit to Working Farm with Lunch on Location

Tour a Private Farm and Enjoy a Homemade Lunch with Products from the Farm

Today we visit a dear friend of ours, and tour his certified organic farm. This is a traditional farm that completes the supply chain from the seed to the fruit. They practice sustainable agriculture based on the sowing and harvesting of fodder and on the cultivation of ancient grains for precious and rare flours.
They produce organic oil and oranges, and some small seasonal productions directly from their garden. From the animals they obtain milk, meat and eggs. Here, they are proud not to force the production cycles, convinced that only in this way can livestock farming be a resource for the environment and not a source of pollution.

Here we will meet the owner, and his beautiful family and learn about their farming methods and tour their facilities. Afterwards, we will sit down to enjoy a delectable feast, with products mostly from their farm.

Day 4 - Day Trip to Ragusa

Hands-On Cooking Class and Visit to Flour Mill in Ragusa

We depart our hotel in the morning and head towards the town of Ragusa for a unique visit and experience. We will visit an ancient water mill, which was found abandoned and full of neglect. Restored by a private citizen, the structure has returned to its original use today, allowing for use of the traditional process of grinding organic wheat to be used in typical products of Ragusa and Sicily.

After a guided visit of the mill, we will enjoy a culinary journey of discovery of Sicilian eno-gastronomic culture with a hands-on cooking class. After our hard work, we will sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labor, with wine and dessert, of course.

After our cooking class, we will walk off the calories with a visit in town in Ragusa.

Day 5 - Visit to Etna Winery + Taormina

Wine Tasting at One of Sicily's Best Winery, Lunch on Location + Visit to Taormina

Heading north and away from Ortigia, today we spend the morning near Etna, and visit an amazing winery 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 and, enjoy ample samples throughout the visit. After our winery tour, we will enjoy a full lunch right on location.

Are you a fan of The White Lotus? If so, you’ll particularly enjoy our plans for the afternoon! After our winery visit and lunch, we head to Taormina, one of Sicily’s most prized jewel. Here, you will have some time on your own to walk the main piazza, enjoy a gelato and take in some shopping!

Day 6 - Day Trip to Noto + Olive Oil Tasting

Visit to Olive Oil Mill + Time on Your Own to Wonder in Noto

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 delicious lunch on location.

Day 7 - Boat Ride + Farewell Dinner

Evening Sunset Cruise along Ortigia + Farewell Thank You 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

Morning Time to Pack and Enjoy the Last Meal in Ortigia

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out.

Price & Details

Price & Details
8 Days / 7 Nights
Future dates, prices and details coming soon for 2024 travels!

Francesca Montillo, Native Italian, Owner and Tour Leader Accompanies all Activities​​. Contact Francesca at francesca@thelazyitalian.com for booking/reservation and further details.

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