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5 Days Oil and Spice Culinary Holidays in Italy

Culinary Vacations in Sicily

The culinary vacation is designed during the right season to taste olive oil and take tours of the local fish and vegetable markets. Tours and excursions are organized for the participants in order to give them a glimpse into the local culture and expose them to traditional delicacies. They also get a chance to explore UNESCO heritage sites.


  • Guided tour of Syracuse
  • Visit to olive groves and spice farm
  • Local fish and vegetable market visits
  • Tasting of traditional meals, cheese and olives
  • 4 nights accommodation at 3-star hotels
  • A tour of Scicli UNESCO site
  • Boat ride on Ciane river


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is arranged at double rooms of 3-star hotels.


Day 1

  • Arrival at Catania airport and private transfer at a charming hotel in the middle of the old town.
  • In the early afternoon, visit to an olive grove, in the hinterland of Siracusa at 500-600 meters above sea level.
  • It is on the Ibei Mountains and has an extension of 30 hectares of land.
  • Guided tour of the olive grove along with the tasting of the oil is followed by a light aperitif prepared with their own products.
  • Return to Siracusa and night tour of Ortigia.
  • Dinner in a typical Sicilian restaurant.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, depart for your second olive grove with century old olive trees that surround a XVIII century manor.
  • Gear up for a guided tour of the olive grove with tasting of the oil along with other local products such as home-made bread and Ragusan cheeses.
  • After lunch, you get free time to relax in the pool or go on bike rides.
  • Spend overnight in the manor and dinner in a typical Sicilian restaurant.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, depart to a farm with 200 kinds of plants part from South-east Sicily and other parts of the world.
  • An expert will guide you through an emotional journey of unknown and forgotten flavours.
  • You will then experience the tasting of these aromas used to cook Sicilian local products (light lunch).
  • After lunch you will have a guided tour of Scicli, a UNESCO heritage site.
  • You will discover the beauties of the Hyblean district and admire the beautiful late-baroque churches with high belfries and noble houses adorned with funny masks.
  • In the evening, return to Syracuse and have dinner in Ortigia (old Siracusa).

Day 4

  • After breakfast, take a guided tour of Ortigia, the old city with its narrow alleys, the Greek temples, the Baroque churches and buildings.
  • Visit the local fish and vegetable market followed by a light lunch at Burgio typical Sicilian street food.
  • In the afternoon boat ride on the Ciane river, sailing through the papyrus plants in an enchanting nature.
  • In the afternoon, there is free time for shopping or relaxing. Dinner at Ortigia.

Day 5

  • After breakfast, depart for Catania airport by private bus.

Included excursions

  • Boat ride on the Ciane river
  • Guided tour of Scicli, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Local fish and vegetable market
  • Night tour of Ortigia
  • Visit to 2 olive groves


The retreat takes place in the beautiful lands of Syracuse and Scicli, in Sicily, Italy.


All meals are included in the package. This also includes tasting of olive oil and local delicacies. Indulge in Sicilian flavors!

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation at 3-star hotels
  • All meals
  • Guided tours of Syracuse and Scicli
  • Private transfer
  • Tasting the local delicacies
  • Tour on Ciane river
  • Visit to olive groves and spice farm

What's not included

  • All not mentioned above
  • Discount for triple occupancy
  • Drinks
  • Single supplement

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Catania airport (CTA) for a private transfer.

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