8 Days Flavors of Sicily Culinary Vacation in Italy

8 Days Flavors of Sicily Culinary Vacation in Italy

  • Hotel Politeama, Palermo - Hotel Capo San Vito, San Vito Lo Capo

Wine and Cooking Vacations in Italy

Enjoy a delicious and entertaining cooking tour of Sicily’s wine country, with interludes in the Greek temple of Segesta and wine tastings. Led by Chef Paolo Monti, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the exciting flavors and sights of this colorful Italian region, with its wonderful hospitality and traditions, its pastries, the hint of ancient Arabian spices, art, and Sicilian folk music!

Highlights

  • 4 cooking lessons
  • Wine tastings at local wineries
  • Guided tours of Trapani and Marsala
  • Tour of the Temple of Segesta and San Vito Lo Capo
  • Explore Palermo, Monreale, and Erice
  • Daily delicious meals with wine
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to the airport
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Hotel Capo San Vito, San Vito Lo Capo

The Capo San Vito Hotel is a luxury hotel in a fine position: it stands on the most beautiful Sicilian beach and looks out on the sea renowned for its outstanding chromatic combination and transparency. The beauties of San Vito Lo Capo beach are due to its white sand and the hotel garden is a green oasis on a broad stretch of coast.

In the reserved area on the beach, you can ask for deck chairs and beach umbrellas. The bar service, along with the natural beauty of the spot, will ensure a holiday of wellbeing and relaxation.

Hotel Politeama, Palermo

Politeama is a classic hotel in the city center of Palermo just in front of Politeama Theater. It welcomes you with 94 rooms, where elegance, tradition, and charm live in a fine balance. The exclusive view of Piazza Politeama and a central location make this historic hotel the ideal choice for a holiday in Palermo to discover art and culture.

The hotel is close to shopping stores and great restaurants, and just in front of the bus stop to Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO). Sleeping at the Hotel Politeama means to be greeted by a warm staff, willing to support your stay with tips and information to make your stay an unforgettable experience. The hotel has a parking garage service with valet car service.

Sunday - Welcome to Sicily

Arrival at Hotel Politeama in Central Palermo. Pick up is available upon request. At 19:00, there will be apéritifs and orientation on the week's activities. Later, at 20:00, there will be a welcome dinner at Ristorante Cin Cin.

Monday - Tour of Palermo and Monreale

Starting at 08:30, you will enjoy an excursion to Palermo and Monreale. You will visit the beautiful Mediterranean town of Palermo, with its monuments dating back to before Roman times and its typical street market Capo, with its colorful shops, vegetables, spice stalls, fish vendors, and fried food sellers.

Light lunch will be followed by a visit to Monreale and its gilded Byzantine cathedral and ceramic shops. Then, you will return to the hotel and you will enjoy dinner at Ristorante Cin Cin at 20:00.

Tuesday - Visit the Temple of Segesta and arrival at San Vito Lo Capo

At 08:30, you will depart to visit the Temple of Segesta and its amphitheater. Then, you will continue on to San Vito Lo Capo and check into the Hotel Capo San Vito. At 17:00, you will have your first cooking lesson with Chef Peppe Buffa at his Ristorante Al Ritrovo. This will be an introduction to Italian and Sicilian cooking, followed by dinner.

Wednesday - Fish in Sicilian cooking

From 10:00, you will enjoy your second cooking lesson with Sicilian fish specialties. The afternoon will be free for you to explore the lovely seaside village of San Vito Lo Capo. Dinner will be at Chef Peppe Buffa's restaurant.

Thursday - The great Sicilian wines

Today, you will depart at 09:00 on a minibus to Trapani to see the fish market and learn how to select fresh fish. You will also have a chance to see the lively, typical, southern Mediterranean noisy and colorful exchanges between buyers and sellers, the chefs will even translate the less rude remarks.

You will then continue to Marsala to visit the famous Sicilian winemakers Donnafugata, tour the cellars, and have a wine tasting and light lunch. After lunch, you will go to the historic Florio Marsala Cellars, where the Marsala wine was first made, visit the impressive cellars with 20-feet tall barrels, and enjoy a wine tasting.

After this visit, you will drive to the salt flats in Trapani and the windmills. There will also be a stop for a visit to the Salt Museum. Afterward, you will return to San Vito Lo Capo and have a light dinner.

Friday - Cooking Chef Peppe Buffa's specialties and visit Erice

From 10:00 to 14:00, you will enjoy your third Sicilian cooking class. At 15:00, you will begin your afternoon excursion to the ancient hill town of Erice, with its cobbled streets and old churches. This town was famous once for the Temple of Venus and an important stronghold to control the entire Gulf of Trapani and Marsala.

Erice is the permanent seat for the international peace conference. It is also known for marzipan pastries, in particular, the shop of Maria Grammatico, who learned her trade from nuns in the convent who were specialized in making marzipan fruits. Dinner will be at Ristorante Ficodindia.

Saturday - Cooking with Chef Paolo Monti

Your fourth cooking lesson will be on Italian and Sicilian dishes with Chef Paolo Monti and couscous with chef Peppe Buffa, from 10:00 to 14:00. You will have the afternoon for yourself so you can explore the city.

At 20:00, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at Chef Peppe Buffa’s restaurant with live Sicilian music and the entertaining cantastorie, Sicilian storytellers in traditional costume that sing in dialect a story of a saint or a local hero.

Sunday - Departure

Today, you will depart on a minibus to Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO).

  • Excursion to Erice
  • Excursion to Monreale
  • Excursion to Palermo
  • Tour of the Temple of Segesta and the amphitheater
  • Trip to Marsala's winemakers Donnafugata with wine tasting
  • Trip to Trapani fish market
  • Visit to the historic Florio Marsala Cellars with wine tasting
  • Visit to the salt flats and windmills of Trapani
  • Visit to the Salt Museum
  • Paolo Monti

    Montecatini Terme's catering college (Chef)

    Chef Paolo Monti studied all aspects of restaurant and hotel work, as well as French, German, and English. His cooking classes are routinely held in all three languages. Striving to perfect his languages and skills, Paolo worked his way up the culinary and hotel industry ladder passing through several countries. During his career, he has launched and managed several restaurants and catering operations in several countries. His classes are conducted in a light, entertaining atmosphere.

  • Peppe Buffa

    Peppe Buffa is a chef and the owner of Ristorante Al Ritrovo.

During this culinary holiday, you will be staying in Palermo and San Vito Lo Capo, in the beautiful region of Sicily, Italy.

During this holiday, you will enjoy daily full board meals. Some dinners will be at the chef's restaurants. You will also enjoy a farewell dinner accompanied by typical Sicilian music. You will be able to taste the best of this region's wine during dinners and wine tastings at traditional and new wineries.

You will have two afternoons with free time, which you can take advantage of by exploring the lovely seaside village of San Vito Lo Capo.

  • 3 delicious meals per day
  • 4 cooking lessons
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Admission to tours and events
  • Beverages
  • Excursion to Erice
  • Excursion to Monreale
  • Excursion to Palermo
  • Tour of the Temple of Segesta and the amphitheater
  • Transfer to Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO)
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Trip to Marsala's winemakers Donnafugata with wine tasting
  • Trip to Trapani fish market
  • Visit to the historic Florio Marsala Cellars with wine tasting
  • Visit to the salt flats and windmills of Trapani
  • Visit to the Salt Museum
  • Wine with dinners
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfer from Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO). Transfer from this airport is available upon request.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Lucca, Italy

Chef Paolo Monti is the founder of Cucina Italiana cooking school. Their goal is to give you a basic knowledge of contemporary Italian recipes and how they are prepared using traditional ingredients.

  • Availability: The Culinary Vacations of this organizer are available 100% of the time.
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8 days / 7 nights

Departure:
Sunday April 15, 2018
(8 days / 7 nights)

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