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5 Days Eolian Islands Cooking & Culture Holiday in Italy

  • Capofaro resort, Via Faro 3, 98050 - Salina Isole Eolie, Italy

5 Days Eolian Islands Cooking & Culture Holiday in Italy

  • Capofaro resort, Via Faro 3, 98050 - Salina Isole Eolie, Italy

Culture and Cooking Vacation in Italy

Join chef Fabrizia Lanza at the beautiful Capofaro resort for this immersive three-day workshop on Aeolian cuisine, located on the dramatic island of Salina between the Tasca dAlmerita vineyards and the Mediterranean sea. Taking a journey through the islands landscape of food, you will discover the thousand Sicilies that have developed under millennia of Italian, Spanish, Greek, north African, and Arab influence.

Highlights

  • 1 winery visit
  • 3 lunches and dinners
  • Visit to a caper producer
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Archaeology museum visit
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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A themed resort, centered on the union of experiencing nature and relax, which became over time a synonym of sophisticated and personalized Mediterranean hospitality. Its unique identity is a location chosen by who loves a full immersion in the uncontaminated nature of the island of Salina, the most authentic among the Aeolian islands. A place to experience nature, surrounded by a timeless habitat with a direct connection with all of the strength and breathtaking beauty the island of Salina has to offer.

Capofaro Malvasia and resort is the result of the love for the vines and the sea by the Tasca d'Almerita family, an icon of quality in Sicilian viticulture. There are twenty rooms, each different from the other, with a private sea view terrace. Surrounded by fifteen acres of vineyards, they are divided in 4 types: double rooms; superior double rooms; deluxe and exclusive suites. From the terraces, shaded by the native trees, it is possible to see in the distance the outlines of the islands of Stromboli and Panarea, a breathtaking view, at the edge of a cliff above the sea. The typical Aeolian architecture meets a minimal design style.

Day 1

  • Check-in and get settled into your room
  • 12:30 light lunch with introductions and a conversation about the culinary backdrop of Salina
  • Afternoon - we will immerse ourselves in ancient history at the museum of Archeology in Lingua
  • Communal welcome dinner at the resort

Day 2

  • 09:00 breakfast of local fruits, homemade breads and yogurts
  • 10:30 visit a caper producer to see behind-the-scenes of how this special delicacy is farmed, cured, and preserved
  • 12:30 return to the resort for an Aeolian-inspired lunch prepared by Fabrizia and the students of Spazio, the cooking school of 3-star Michelin chef Niko Romito
  • Afternoon - relax with a siesta or a dip in the pool, or book a massage or a yoga lesson
  • 17:00 meet again for a hands-on cooking lesson to prepare a 4-course dinner incorporating traditional recipes of the islands

Day 3

  • 09:00 breakfast of local fruits, homemade breads and yogurts
  • 10:30 visit the Malvasia vines of Tasca dAlmeritas prized wine and learn about the growth and production
  • 12:30 lunch at the resort
  • Free afternoon for relaxing, swimming or massage
  • 17:30 hands-on cooking lesson to prepare an Aeolian feast

Day 4

  • 09:00 farewell breakfast
  • 11:00 check-out
  • If you have time left, you can go on the complimentary tour to a local cheese maker
  • Caper producer visit
  • Malvasia vines of Tasca dAlmeritas
  • Museum of archaeology in Lingua
  • Tour to a local cheese maker

This retreat will take place in Tasca dAlmerita Capofaro Malvasia resort on the Aeolian island of Salina in Sicily, Italy.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Fitness center
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Boat rental
  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Scooter rental
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

The Anna Tasca Lanza school is set within the 550-hectare family property, and includes a working farm and extensive vegetable garden, orchard, and herbal garden, all grown using organic principles. Capofaro resorts restaurant includes a journey through Made in Sicily products, including home cooked dishes, using traditional recipes from stories inherited by the Mons people.

The goal is to tell the story of the territory and of the soul of the family, valuing the Aeolian products, in symphony and continuity between Capofaro and the Tasca world, the estates and the people who live them. A cuisine based on homemade dishes, local ingredients, revisiting and appreciating what nature has to offer. Leading through this ethic and ambitious journey, is the new generation chef Ludovico De Vivo, Ludovico De Vivo, who has southern Italian roots, with experience in internationally acclaimed restaurants and is familiar with Palermo's famous street markets and worked at Capofaro during the 2012 season.

  • Discover Salina island
  • Trips to nearby Aeolian islands
  • Visit olive plantations

Body massage

  • Cellulite massage - high tide - 90 EUR for 50 minutes - an energetic massage, which acts against this aesthetic problem by mobilizing and eliminating water retention and treating points of greatest accumulation.
  • Drainage massage - lightness - 100 EUR for 60 minutes - purifying and draining, with a lightness effect.
  • Massage - moms cuddles - 90 EUR for 50 minutes - dedicated to pregnant women and mothers during breastfeeding, including the head and face.
  • Massage - tailored touch - 50 EUR for 30 minutes or EUR 90 for 50 minutes - body massage tailored to customers personal needs.
  • Relaxing massage - inner peace - 90 EUR for 50 minutes - treatment that involves body, face and head. The massage is soothing and relaxing on the whole body, relieves tension bringing a deep sense of relaxation.
  • Sport massage - muscle release - 90 EUR for 50 minutes - relieves tension, dissolving contractures. Ideal for the preparation and warming the muscles before physical activity, but also for a post workout.

Face massage and dcollet

  • Draining massage - lightness - 50 EUR for 30 minutes - draining and detoxifying for the face, this improves the lymphatic functioning and circulatory systems.
  • Revitalizing massage and invigorating - timeless - 50 EUR for 30 minutes - dedicated exclusively to the face and dcollet. Its an energetic but relaxing massage, with toning and invigorating maneuvers.
  • 1 vine visit
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off to and from Catania airport
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Tour to a local cheese maker
  • Transportation during the workshops
  • Welcome dinner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Workshop tutorial fee
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned above
  • Optional activities
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from Catania

  • Take the Autostrada A19 in the direction of Palermo
  • Exit at Resuttano, follow signs for Vallelunga. Once in Vallelunga follow sings for Stazione di Vallelunga
  • Continue for 4-5 kilometers in the direction of Regaleali
  • Follow signs for Case Vecchie. At about 1 kilometer, first asphalt, then a dirt road, you will find Case Vecchie

Driving directions from Palermo - Route A

  • Take the Autostrada A19 in the direction of Catania
  • After about roughly 24 kilometers, the road will split
  • Exit on route S.S. 121 in the direction of Agrigento, towards the right. Do not continue on A19 towards the left
  • Follow SS121 for about 70 kilometers, exiting at Bivio Manganaro in the direction of Vallelunga
  • Continue for about 30 kilometers toward Vallelunga
  • Take the turn at Vallelunga for Stazione di Vallelunga and continue for 4-5 kilometers in the direction of Regaleali
  • Follow signs for Case Vecchie

Driving directions from Palermo - Route B

  • Take the Autostrada A19 in the direction of Catania
  • Exit at Tre Monzelli and follow signs for Valledolmo - about 15 kilometers
  • Follow signs for Regaleali - about 7 kilometers
  • Where the road divides between Regaleali and Case Vecchie, follow sign for Case Vecchie
  • At about 1 kilometer, first asphalt, then a dirt road, you will find Case Vecchie

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Catania - Fontanarossa airport (CTA). Anna Tasca Lanza will pick you up. The pick-up is complimentary.

Arrival by train

Due to a closed train route as of October 2015, it is only possible to take a train to Roccapalumba (about 45 minutes from Palermo). From this station, it is possible to be picked up to go to Case Vecchie. If you prefer, from Palermo there is a delightful little train that takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to go to Case Vecchie. Palermo Centrale stazione is located at the intersection of via Roma and ia Abramo Lincoln.

A ticket from Palermo to Vallelunga will cost approximately 7 EUR. Purchase a ticket inside the station and make sure to validate it with a machine before boarding your train. You will need to transfer at the station Roccapalumba and board the next train for Vallelunga. Anna Tasca Lanza can arrange the timing so when you arrive at the Vallelunga train station there will be someone to pick you up and drive you to the cooking school at Case Vecchie.

GPS

  • 37.705322 - 13.850243

Distances

  • Agrigento - 1.5 hours
  • Catania - 2 hours
  • Cefalu - 2.5 hours
  • Modica - 3 hours
  • Palermo - 1.5 hours
  • Taormina - 2.5 hours

Testimonials

  • Review by traveler from United States

    "Our group of about 50 enjoyed a half day at the cooking school. Our organizer requested the visit, and I didn't get the feeling that it was at all typical to have groups of that size, but they handled it well. The staff was very friendly and quickly served us drinks. We split in 2 small groups to alternate touring the gardens and attending a cooking demonstration. My only disappointment was that the class was not hands-on. There was one instructor (Mario), one student (staying for 2 weeks), and two volunteers from our group as helpers.This was followed by a lunch of the foods that we learned to prepare, although we did not receive recipes. It was impressive that they were able to seat 53 people on one long table setting. The food was very good. This is my second trip to Sicily, and I think that this was a wonderfully unique thing to do that complements the typical tourist experiences in Sicily. For those who are thinking of visiting during hot weather, please note that they are in the process of installing a swimming pool. I'm not sure of its estimated completion time."

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  • Review by Celita Welsch from Brazil

    "My husband and I had a wonderful time with Mario, and his team. We were supposed to have classes with Anna Tasca Lanza but she was traveling. Excellent! We want to go back for five days! Please keep us updated. We think about going in September 2016. Hugs!"

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  • Review by Susan from United States

    "We recently spent 5 days at the cooking school and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. It far exceeded all of our expectations. We cooked with Fabrizia and Mario, and we produced some really wonderful meals. They are both very "hands-on" instructors who are equally comfortable teaching by demonstration and/or by doing. We enjoyed harvesting some of our ingredients from the garden and visiting a local sheep farm to watch ricotta cheese being made.We were joined at meals by two interns and enjoyed good conversation, we had the opportunity to sample many of the well-known Tasca wines. We also enjoyed a tour of the winery. The cooking school and the winery are set in a beautiful part of the Sicilian countryside and it was wonderful to be able to experience it during afternoon walks. The experience in the school was the high point of our 3 week."

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  • Review by Mdweb Danbury from United States

    "My wife and I spent 2 wonderful days at the cooking school with Fabrizia, her assistant, Mario, and the rest of the staff. Our time included a fascinating visit to a sheep farm to watch the making of fresh ricotta and the best winery tour I had ever been on.We then had a lovely tasting of some of the best Tasca wines and a wonderful lunch at the winery. That afternoon we helped prepare a dinner of typical Sicilian dishes. We spent a lot of time sitting around the large table adjacent to the kitchen at mealtimes, engaged in conversation about food, wine and the world around us. If you love food, wine and great conversation, this is a must activity when you visit Sicily."

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  • Review by Alfio Puglisi

    "Anna Tasca Cooking School is one of the best schools in Italy. Her way of teaching, telling about her family history is incredibly fascinating. For everyone who wants to learn how to cook a bit of Sicilian Italian history in utterly beautiful mansion, that's the school for you."

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