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Italy Culinary Cooking Holiday

Santa Margherita Tours offers a unique opportunity to experience this amazing island in a completely new way, through a prism of local gastronomy! Enjoy the Sicilian flavors of haute cuisine of pasta, main course, and delicious dolce in a two-Michelin Star restaurant in the ancient city, Aperol-Spritz and Sicilian street food snacks in an authentic bar, delicious Nero D'Avolo and Frappato at the baron's hereditary winery, natural organic ice cream, chocolate and the best olive oil "St. Margherita", and appetizing sparkling wines at the foot of Mount Etna.

Meet the instructors

Natalia & David
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the Sicilian flavors of haute cuisine
  • Discover the secrets of handmade production
  • Live like a local on a traditional Sicilian 18th-century farm
  • Have a culinary master class with a famous chef, David di Corato
  • Touch the masterpieces of Baroque architecture in various cities
  • All delicious meals will be provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 4-9 participants
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding

Villa Santa Margherita

  • Century-old legends
  • Beautiful views from the hills
  • Atmosphere of the Sicilian estate
  • The age of olive trees are from 80 to 250 years
  • Natural materials in the interior: marble, wood, stone
  • 11 hectares of olive groves bordering the natural reserve

The villa got its name thanks to a fresco dated to the XIV-V century A.D., which was found in a grotto on the territory. It depicts Saint Margarita. Double and single occupancy rooms are available.

Program

What to expect?

  • Live like a local on a traditional Sicilian 18th-century farm
  • Try yourself as a Sicilian chef in a culinary master class with the famous chef, David di Corato
  • Discover the secrets of handmade production of organic cheese, chocolate, and olive oil farms
  • Touch the masterpieces of Baroque architecture in the Baroque cities of Modica, Ragusa, and Chiaramonte Gulfi, world-famous for their UNESCO attractions.

For whom?

The tour is suitable for those who are looking for more than a trip, those who want to:

  • Feel the spirit and of true Sicily
  • Stroll through famous baroque cities and authentic places
  • Reveal the secrets of cooking Sicilian dishes
  • Meet magical sunsets with a glass of Nero d'Avola

Day 1: Via Sicily!

  • Arrival and check-in at the villa

Arrive on the island at Catania Fontanarossa Airport. Transfer by a comfortable car to the Villa Santa Margherita. At the villa, you will be greeted with fine wine and delicious compliments.

  • Sightseeing tour of the city of Chiaramonte Gulfi

The town is called the balcony of Sicily and the city of olives. During the entertaining excursion, you will stop by a gelateria and try Sicilian ice cream.

  • Dinner at the local Majore Restaurant.
  • Free time or return to the villa.

Day 2: Organic cheese farm and cooking master class

  • Secrets of cheese and Torrone production

After a delicious breakfast, travel to the organic cheese farm. On the way, stop by the historic city of Giarratana, a former Greco-Roman colony that is the same age as Syracuse. Observe the production process and taste delicious Torrone. Next, arrive at the cheese farm and learn how cheeses are prepared, conduct a production tour, and, of course, there will be a bio-cheese tasting accompanied with the best local wines.

  • Culinary master class

Return to the villa where your friend, the famous Michelin-star Italian chef, Davide di Corrato will be waiting for you. He will cheerfully hold a culinary master class on authentic Sicilian dishes, which you will then taste, accompanied by local wines and good company.

Day 3: Unique winery and a journey to Etna Volcano

  • Travel to Etna and visit the winery

After breakfast at the villa, make a tour to the Etna Volcano where a Murgo winery is located, a place where they produce matchless sparkling wines according to the Champenois method; there, you will have a wine tasting and lunch.

  • City of Zafferano

Walk through the beautiful city of Zafferano, located on the slopes of Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.

  • Catania and dinner

On the way back, call in Catania, the ancient port city, visit the cathedral with exquisite decoration and have dinner at a local pizzeria.

Day 4: City of chocolate

  • City of Modica

The capital of chocolate and one of the main Baroque cities in Sicily is Modica. The town was compared to the second Venice for numerous canals and bridges which existed 300 years ago. During this tour, you will find out why there are two cathedrals in Modica, and not one, as is customary in most cities in Sicily.

You will see baroque palaces and medieval churches, wander along its narrow streets, absorb incredible smells and taste delicious coffee in local pastry shops. They will reveal the secret of Aztec-based chocolate production in the old factory, Bon Ajuto, which to this day produces chocolate according to the same ancient recipe.

•Dinner in an authentic local restaurant

After a short rest, end such a busy day sharing gastronomic and not only impressions during dinner in a fine local restaurant with great wine.

Day 5: Barocco and Michelien

  • City of Ragusa

After a wonderful breakfast, travel to the next city, the provincial capital, Ragusa. Start the route from the upper part of the town and go down to its lower part (Ragusa Ibla). Walkthrough one of the main attractions of this city, the Santa Maria Staircase, which has been connecting both sides of the city for 200 years through a single-foot passage.

You will also see most of the 18 monuments included in the UNESCO heritage list and find out why the hereditary count gave this unimaginably beautiful and well-groomed garden for public use.

  • Lunch in the best restaurant in Sicily

You will dine at the best restaurant in Sicily with two Michelin stars, DUOMO. Chef Ciccio Sultano always surprises guests with his refined taste.

  • Valle dell'Acate winery

Visit your friends from Valle Dell'Acate winery, which is one of the oldest wineries in the region, where you will taste great wines. You will find out why the wine is stored in oak barrels, what temperature and humidity should be in the cellars, and how the future wine is fermented.

Day 6: Ceramics and antiques

  • City of Caltagirone

Travel to the city of Caltagirone, the capital of Sicilian ceramics. In Caltagirone, walk along the magnificent stairs of Santa Maria del Monte with 142 steps; climb the bell tower of the former monastery and take a glance at the city from a bird's-eye view. Visit a lot of ceramic shops and, of course, buy a lot of different souvenirs!

  • Antiques

You will have lunch in a local trattoria, where the owner himself will set the table and advise local dishes and wines. On the way to the villa, drop by a close friend, an owner of an antique shop, who will show you his collection of paintings and tell many Sicilian legends.

Day 7: Ciao Sicily!

  • Departure to the airport

After the delicious breakfast, the driver will take you to the Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). But first, small gifts! Santa Margherita Tours hopes that you enjoyed the authentic Sicilian experience with them, and look forward to meeting you again in the future. See you soon!

5 reasons to discover the unexplored Sicily with Santa Margherita Tours

  • They are locals

The family has been living there for six years. They included on the route those places that they loved themselves and which tourists do not find. They speak Italian and English, therefore, you do not need to worry about anything, the program is thought out to the details and you will always be accompanied by the tour leader, Natalia.

They will tell you about the impressive secrets of Sicilian wine and olive oil production, as they studied winemaking and producing olive oil themselves.

  • Risk-free booking and guaranteed tours

All the trips will occur, and their cost will not change regardless of the number of participants.

  • Small groups of four to nine participants

Safety and guest care are the priority. You will travel by personal transport, you won't visit crowded places, all the rooms in the villa are disinfected before guest check-in. They can pay attention to each guest and make sure that their stay is comfortable, safe, and unforgettable!

  • You will be able to meet and chat with the locals

You will meet a real Sicilian baron and a famous Italian chef will hold a master class right on the villa.

  • Each of the rooms is thought out in detail by talented Italian designers

Art and modern technology met in these apartments. In the silence of the Italian countryside, guests can get enough sleep as they did only in childhood, for this, they selected the most comfortable high-quality orthopedic mattresses.

Included excursions

  • City of Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • Organic cheese farm
  • Etna Volcano
  • City of Zafferano
  • Catania
  • City of Modica
  • City of Ragusa
  • Lunch in the best restaurant in Sicily
  • Valle dell'Acate winery
  • City of Caltagirone

Instructors

Natalia Muravyeva

David di Corato

Location

Why Sicily?

This is the gateway between Europe and Africa, a meeting place for Mediterranean civilizations, mysterious land of contrasts, a "place with many realities." Nowhere in the world can one find comparable cultural wealth with such a diversity of civilizations. Sicily became the quintessence of Greek culture, Roman heritage, Byzantine art, Arab traditions, Norman architecture, French aesthetics, German Gothic, Spanish character, and Neapolitan color, in such a small space and combined with the abundance of original Sicilian baroque.

Outstanding wines, Etna volcano, cascades of sculptures and fountains, charismatic Sicilians! The cuisine of Sicily is a real explosion, a triumph of taste, easily impressive for ordinary travelers and sophisticated Michelin guide experts who regularly award local restaurants with treasured stars. Are you ready to discover the "Unexplored Sicily"?

Food

A total of six breakfasts on the farm, six lunches, including in a two-Michelin starred restaurant, and six dinners will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A culinary masterclass from a Michelin-star chef
  • All excursions and wine tastings in accordance with the program (three wineries, a cheese farm)
  • 6 breakfasts on the farm, 6 lunches (including in a two-Michelin-starred restaurant), and 6 dinners
  • Welcome dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle
  • Transport service in accordance with the program
  • Full support from the tour leader
  • A small personal gift

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) or Comiso Airport (CIY). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Santa Margarita Tours will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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