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A loveSicily week-long cookery holiday is a great, worry-free way to enjoy Sicilian cooking, discover the southeast of Sicily and get to meet other like-minded people. We take care of all the details and ensure you have a great time! The only thing you need to do is arrive in Sicily and we take care of the rest. We will pick you up from the airport and make sure that the rest of the week you can simply enjoy the lessons and the tours. We will then make sure you get to your next destination as a Sicilian food expert!
The cookery school is a wonderful house in the historical center of Modica. It has recently been restored to its original 1930s feel, when Katia's grandparents bought, but the building dates back to the 17th century. It has an elegant living space and a spacious kitchen, both with domed ceilings and direct access to the terrace, which offers spectacular views of Modica's baroque S. George Cathedral, a bathroom in the living area, a laundry and 3 comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
The cookery school has three double rooms, each one with its own unique flavor. So unique that we actually gave each one its own name - Cannella, Peperoncino and Vaniglia. The rooms are all en-suite with air-conditioning, heating and a flat-screen LCD TV. Two of the rooms (Vaniglia and Peperoncino) can accommodate for two single beds each rather than a double bed. There is wireless internet access throughout the house.
Arrival at Catania airport and transfer to the accommodation.
A welcome dinner in the evening provides the first taste of Sicilian food and wine.
After breakfast, straight into the kitchen of the loveSicily cookery school for our first lesson.
In the afternoon, we tour the beautiful city of Modica - our base for the entire week. This is a walking tour since the cookery school is right in the heart of the historical city centre. We will try and show you the main points of interest but also some of the less known backstreets of Modica that offer wonderful views of the city and its life.
Dinner is free in Modica.
After breakfast, we go to the kitchen for our second lesson.
In the afternoon, we take off for an exploration of the coast starting from a lovely winery close to the sea and moving on for a walk at the Vendicari Nature Reserve visiting the newly restored Tonnara.
Then we move to Noto, which beyond the magnificent architecture, hides many culinary specialties such as wonderful honey, sweet wines and almond-based sweets.
In the evening we can enjoy some of Modica's rustic delicacies such as scacci and arancini, as well as a variety of cheese accompanied with some of our favorite wines.
After breakfast we head of to the beautiful historical city centre of Siracusa, Ortygia for a walk around the market.
Then you will be free to wonder around and explore the city centre where you can see the Temple of Apollo, the Duomo with its magnificent Baroque facade and Doric temple columns, the legendary Arethusa Fountain and the Norman Maniace Castle. Ortygia is also a great place to go shopping. After lunch, we return to Modica.
Dinner is free in Modica.
This is the last day in the kitchen for our third lesson.
Today we pay tribute to one of the most important products of southeast Sicily, chocolate! Modica is famous for its chocolate and chocolate-based sweets, whose routes can be traced back to Mexican traditions brought to Sicily via the Spaniards. We visit the world famous chocolate lab of Bonajuto, for a private tour and a chance to taste their latest creations.
In the afternoon we go visit Mulino Cavallo, where the current owners have maintained the traditional water mill and the old dwellings used up until the beginning of the nineteenth century by their family. We can see how they still use the mill to produce excellent whole meal durum wheat flour.
For dinner we go to the sea-side village of Pozzallo.
We dedicate this day to visit an olive grove and a winery near Chiaramonte to understand their extra virgin olive oil and wine-making production process.
At night we all sit round the table for a farewell dinner!
Transfer back to Catania airport for those heading back home and transfer and pointers for those staying on for more holidays!
The loveSicily Cookery School is located right in the center of Modica, some 80 steps up from the 'corso' crossing the historical centre. Shops, bars and restaurants as well as the main sites of Modica are within easy reach. Please note that Modica develops up the slopes of a valley and steps are hard to avoid. If you feel that this may be a concern please get in touch for advice.
Palermo airport is connected to many other Italian cities (Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Turin, Venice, Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Pisa, Forli, Cagliari, Florence, Naples and the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa) and destinations abroad (London Stansted, Paris, Madrid, Berlin-Tegel, Barcellona, Cologne-Bonn, Munich, Tunis, Valletta, Vienna).
Catania airport is one of the busiest in Italy, third in line with Venice, Turin and Naples. There are connections to many cities on the mainland (Rome, Milan, Bergamo, Turin, Venice, Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Pisa, Forli, Olbia, Florence, Naples) and direct flights to many European and North African destinations (London Gatwick, Paris, Barcellona, Bruxelles, Munich, Zurig, Casablanca, Valletta).
Trapani airport is connected to Bari, Pisa and Rome on the mainland and to the following international destinations: Barcelona, Birmingham, Bremen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stockholm.
There are three ways to get to Sicily by sea. There are boats going to Palermo from Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Naples, Salerno, Tunis. There are also connections from Naples and Malta to Catania. Alternatively, you could catch the ferry from Malta to Pozzallo. It takes about 15 minutes by taxi to get to the port from the airport and the ferry usually takes an hour and twenty minutes to cross to Pozzallo. We have done this route several times and it is both very enjoyable and very comfortable, and it also gives you a good excuse to spend a day in Malta.
Sicily is, as you well know, an island. So many think that they have to get off the train to cross the channel and don't even ask for a ticket all the way to Sicily but to the tip of Italy - Reggio Calabria. However, you can get to Sicily by train without getting off to cross the channel as the train actually gets on the ferry and takes you straight to your destination.
Keep in mind that, depending on your departure city, this can be a very long and tiring journey. In fact, there are overnight sleeper carriages from Milan and Venice to Palermo or Catania with stops in Bologna and Rome, in this case it is worth investing in Wagon Lits or couchettes service.