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Pure Food Cooking Tours combine your love of cooking and eating beautiful food, with your love of travel. Chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and food writer, Dominique Rizzo, is your food tours host. Dominique is passionate about food and travel. As a result, she has designed a memorable series of personally escorted food, wine and cooking tours.
Pure Food Cooking Tours take you on a magical tour and provide personal attention. In addition, they focus on the quality of service. They provide comfortable travel and unique and distinctive accommodation tailored for you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
During the tour, you will stay in the following places:
The staff will greet you at the airport in Palermo with a big “Ciao” welcoming you to beautiful Sicily and assist in transferring you to our hotel right in the heart of Palermo. The rest of the day is yours to take in the city atmosphere.
You will meet in the lobby in the evening for your first wonderful dinner showcasing some of the best slow food in Sicily where the passionate chef blends traditional ingredients with modern culinary styles. Overnight in Palermo.
Today is discovering Palermo with a walking guided tour visiting some of the most notable churches, monuments and sites which are iconic to this capital city. With a local’s insight, you will discover why Sicily is so rich in history and culture. You will visit the popular Ballaro markets where you have lunch on some of Palermo’s famous street food, the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the city for yourself.
For dinner, your guide will take you on a slow food gastronomic adventure with a wonderful couple passionate about showcasing some more unique products on the Italian market. Overnight in Palermo.
Today takes you to the eerie Cappuccine Catacombs and the beautiful town of Monreale for a guided tour. Monreale, located on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooks the very fertile valley "La Conca d'oro" (the Golden Shell), famed for its orange, olive, and almond trees.
You will visit the stunning Norman-Byzantine cathedral, one of the most exquisitely golden mosaiced churches in Italy. Lunch is local wood-fired pizza and gelato before returning to Palermo. The afternoon is free before you meet for an evening’s entertainment. For dinner, you find yourself in one of the oldest Enoteca’s in Palermo where you enjoy a relaxed wine tasting and dinner. Overnight in Palermo.
You check out of Palermo and drive to the famous city of Agrigento, situated on a hilltop on Sicily's southwest shore and known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas and the Valley of the Temples. You enjoy a guided tour through the temples then drive to the white cliffs of the Scala dei Turchi where you enjoy a seafood lunch with sea views.
You then transfer to the city of Marsala on Sicily’s western coast to check into the hotel for the evening. Dinner is a relaxed affair with real Marsala wine tasting and local produce to welcome you to the region. Overnight in Marsala.
Those of you who love photography, history or have a sweet tooth will be excited as you drive to the mountain town of “Erice”, known to the locals as “umunti” as it is usually shrouded in cool mist called “the veil of Venus”. Here you will sample traditional handmade “dolce”, where recipes have been handed down for generations, and made famous by the nuns and some of Sicily’s famous chefs and artisans.
Wander up to the Castello where you will be taken back in time in the 12th century Norman fortress with its spectacular, panoramic views, wander the cobblestone streets of Erice for a spot of shopping, practice your photography or to just lose yourself in the 14th Century Baroque architecture.
You head to the salt pans of Marsala for a salt tasting and fabulous local lunch then later that night you drive to the historical center of Marsala for a traditional dinner in a local Cantina. Overnight in Marsala.
You say goodbye to Marsala and set out to one of the most important food bowls of Sicily, The Madonie Regional Natural Park “Parco delle Madonie”, located between Palermo and Cefalù. As well as being a nature reserve, the park is an inhabited area with dozens of little villages and small towns, many of which trace their origins to medieval times.
You visit a beautiful slow food organic cheese production, where you enjoy a stretched cheese demonstration, an alfresco lunch, and cheese tasting while taking in the breath-taking scenery. In the afternoon, you drive to Cefalu, one of Sicily’s most beautiful seaside towns famous for its beaches and noted as one of Sicily’s holiday hotspots.
After checking in, you will have some free time to relax, then head to Cefalu. Here you are free to wander the little alleyways, visit the Duomo, or wander out to the beach. You meet in a fabulous small restaurant with amazing views for sunset drinks and dinner. Overnight in Cefalu.
You meet late in the morning to drive to Polizzi, a beautiful town perched high in the mountains to experience an aristocratic long lunch to the theme of “Il Gattopardo” in a stunningly renovated villa. The night is free so you can relax at the beautiful hotel with stunning views.
The rest of the evening is free to relax at the hotel or head back into Cefalu to enjoy the local nightlife of this bustling seaside town. Overnight in Cefalu.
Today, you step back in time to an old bakery whose passion and focus is on keeping not only the old traditions of pasta and bread making alive but also bringing back to life the ancient grains popular during the Roman rule of Sicily.
Here, you enjoy pizza and breadmaking with a father and son team and enjoy a rustic lunch with fresh ricotta, wine, and local traditions.
You then drive to just outside Piazza Armerina where you visit the Villa Romana del Casale, one of the finest examples of Roman mosaics and one of the most luxurious of its kind. Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room.
You transfer to a resort in Syracusa, a piece of paradise set amongst green lush grounds, olive trees, and beautiful surroundings. For the evening, you enjoy a relaxed dinner in the Syracusa resort. Overnight in Syracusa.
The morning starts with a guided visit to Syracuse and Ortigia which has a stunning and captivating display of history, architecture, and design. After a short walk, you arrive on the island of Ortigia to wander the narrow cobblestone streets, chance upon elegant Baroque piazzas and enjoy the character and charm of this beautiful living museum of a town.
You stop for a traditional granita and brioche in front of the spectacular Duomo then wander down to the port for a private boat ride around Ortigia and alfresco lunch on board. Returning back to the hotel, you meet for a wine tasting and canapes to leave you free for the rest of the evening to enjoy this wonderful town. Overnight in Syracuse.
You have a free day today, giving you the chance to visit more of the beautiful island of Ortigia or relax in the resort in Syracuse, taking advantage of the pool and massage treatments on offer. You meet in the early afternoon for an alfresco style light lunch at the resort before heading out to your afternoon event.
During the cooking class, you will learn about foraging for edible greens and wild herbs. You finish with a menu celebrating the Sicilian garden and an evening of fun, laughter, eating and drinking. Overnight in Syracuse.
You arrive in Catania, the second-largest city in Sicily, with majestic stately buildings, an ancient history, sea breezes and views of Mount Etna. You start the guided walking tour finishing with a light lunch at one the city’s oldest Pasticceria. The rest of the afternoon and evening free for you to further explore this wonderful city. Overnight in Catania.
You drive to Taormina in the province of Messina. Set in a magnificent position above the sea. Taormina and the Greek Theatre is famous for its breathtaking and most photographed views.
You will be taken to a guided visit to the Greek theatre and through the town, then leave you to wander free for the day to admire the many interesting shops, medieval churches, and get lost amongst the narrow streets and beautiful luxury gardens surrounding Gothic-styled villas.
On returning back to Catania, you meet in the evening for a banquet dinner celebrating Catania’s location to the sea and its Mediterranean fresh seafood. Overnight in Catania.
You say goodbye as the Pure Food Cooking Tours team organizes all of your transfers and wishes you well for your return home or your onward journey.
As a chef, restaurateur, author, and TV presenter, Dominique's aim is to inspire people to cook with fresh, seasonal, local produce. Dominique aims to improve health and build confidence in the kitchen. She inspires creative cooking to bring vitality onto people’s plates. She loves sharing her passion for all things world food, with like-minded foodies and travelers. Apart from designing and hosting these amazing food tours of Europe and beyond, Dominique is a chef, food writer and presenter. She currently owns and runs “Putia Pure Food Kitchen” a restaurant and cooking school in Brisbane.
This tour of Sicily includes some of Sicily’s historic and well noted cities and sights. This includes Palermo, Erice, Siracusa, Ortigia, and Cefalu to name a few.
This Italy tour, Savour Sicily departs from Palermo on a personally escorted high-end boutique travel and food tour of Sicily with Australian Chef Dominique Rizzo and passionate local chefs and guides. Travel through the major cities in Sicily on a gastronomic journey showcasing the most wonderful food. As well, take in the region’s rich history and culture.
You will find this 13 day, 12-night tour truly a “Sicilian Tour for the Senses.” You begin the tour in Sicily’s capital, Palermo where you spend three days taking in all this beautiful city has to offer, from its amazing cuisine to mountain vistas and wonderful history.
In Palermo, Pure Food Cooking Tours treats you to a one-day cooking class held in an authentic kitchen and many opportunities to enjoy the local cuisine. From here you head west, traveling in comfort to the best Sicilian food destinations and authentic cultural and culinary experiences. All the while, staying in bespoke four and five-star accommodation.
Pure Food Cooking Tours source the best restaurants personally to give you food experiences from land, sea, city and country. They ensure that the menus are varied so that you are not just eating tourist food but really enjoying a vast array of different flavors showcasing slow, food, Zero food miles and ethically sourced produce. Pure Food Cooking Tours' aim is to reflect the true culture of each region. Therefore, they focus on escaping the crowds, and getting to the places the tourists don’t go. As a result, this provides a richer experience and an opportunity for personal discover
Falcone–Borsellino Airport (Punta Raisi Airport)
Please book your flight to arrive at Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO). Pick up transfer from the airport or your hotel in Palermo on the tour start date is included in the package. Also included is the transfer to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) or train station or hotel in Catania on the tour finish date.
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