8 Days Cooking Holidays in Sicily, Italy

8 Days Cooking Holidays in Sicily, Italy

  • Palermo, Italy

On the Road of Flavors in the Western Sicily

Get on the road of flavors in Western Sicily run by Sicily by Experts - in the Soul of Sicily. During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to experience passing through coves, caves, Greek and Phoenicians ruins, salt pans, and even a tuna fishery; and you will also enjoy tasting some of the best Sicilian wines and products. This part of the island is a largely unexploited tourism treasure and is perfect for those who like to travel at a leisure pace. There is an amazingly diverse range of experiences to be lived here, so come and join the holiday now!

Highlights

  • Pastry cooking class
  • Take a boat ride along the coast
  • Visit the Salt Museum and taste salt
  • Visit local wineries and taste delicious wines
  • Visit Castiglione factory and taste tuna
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • French, Spanish, English
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During your holiday, you will spend seven nights in manors, country resorts, and hotels, as mentioned in the itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival - Palermo and Scopello

  • After your arrival at Palermo Airport (PMO), you will be welcomed by your driver and guide and transferred to your special hotel in Scopello or Castellamare.
  • You will have the chance to discover the Tonnara di Scopello, one of the most important Sicilian historic estates; probably the only intact evidence of a traditional Mediterranean tuna fishery.
  • Later, meet your tour guide to discuss the travel plans for the week.
  • A welcome drink and meeting with the facilitator, for an introduction to the philosophy of relational tours by In the Soul of Sicily, will follow.
  • Tonight, you will have dinner in a local restaurant, where you will meet the Trapanese cuisine, a unique melting of Arab, Spanish, and Mediterranean tastes.
  • After your delicious dinner, go back to the hotel to get some sleep.
  • Meal plan: Welcome dinner.

Day 2: From mountains to coastlines - Castellamare, Riserva Dello Zingaro, and San Vito Lo Capo

  • Today, you will have breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, depart for a quaint and pretty village: Castellamare del Golfo.
  • Begin the tour as the locals do, tasting the typical Cassatelle, little delicacies made of ricotta.
  • Then, start a quiet and scenic boat ride along the coast, characterized by coves, beaches, breathtaking cliffs, and a series of underwater and superficial caves.
  • The second stop is the famous Zingaro Reserve, where you can go for a wonderful swim in the crystal clear water of one of the most beautiful bays of Sicily.
  • At lunch time, a boat will dock in San Vito Lo Capo, the place you have always dreamed of.
  • You will have free time to wander around this wonderful place, before you head back to the hotel for dinner, which will be at your own expense.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 3: Traveling into the past - Segesta, Buseto Palizzolo, and Custonaci

  • This morning, you will have breakfast at the hotel.
  • Later, depart for Segesta, ruins dated back to the 5th century B.C., set in a magical site, where on windy days, the 36 giant columns of its magnificent temple are said to act like an organ, producing mysterious notes.
  • Transfer to Buseto Palizzolo, a bucolic landscape surrounded by green hills, cultivated valleys, and ancient rural buildings, with the immortal charm of the province of Trapani; a real paradise for the nature-loving people wishing to savor a truly authentic experience.
  • Later, a trattoria will welcome you with an inviting atmosphere, to enjoy hearty meals and dishes of excellent quality, cooked with passion and experience.
  • After lunch, you will visit a solitary country place, which shows the real part of rural life in Sicily, to taste one of the most famous Sicilian delicacies: Cannolo, where as said, their pastries are the biggest in Sicily.
  • You will have the time to dive back into the past heading to Custunaci, to immerse yourself and experience the atmosphere of a time.
  • You will go inside a very large cave dated back to the upper Paleolithic: the Mangiapane Cave, where you will make brea, ricotta, or some baskets with the same methods used in the 19th century.
  • At the end of the workshop, everyone can take away the things prepared with its own hands.
  • Then, go back to the hotel for dinner, which will be at your own expense.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 4: The Sicilian pastry between tradition and innovation - Erice, Paceco, and Valderice

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, before you check out and depart for Erice, famous in antiquity and for its temples, where the Phoenicians worshiped Astarte, the Greeks venerated Aphrodite, and the Romans celebrated Venus.
  • Erice is the best preserved medieval town in the world, and it is rich of castles and churches.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view from the hilltop and stop in a historical pastry shop in Erice, where you will learn about the tradition of dolci Siciliani made by nuns and tasting it.
  • Today, you will participate in a cooking lesson in a baglio, a building with a courtyard.
  • The chef will send you back to a cultural and culinary tradition that chooses the best raw materials available, reinterpreted in dishes from the Trapani's gastronomy, such as the cassatelle and the cannoli, all this combined with the tasting of the wines of a historic winery.
  • Later, you will enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch.
  • After lunch, enjoy a guided visit of a famous winery to look at the various steps of bottling. The wines will reveal their full flavors in an explosion of aromas, which will be difficult to escape from.
  • Check in at the Tonnara, the tuna fishery transformed in a delightful hotel.
  • Have dinner at your own expense.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Sicilian fishing traditions, tuna, and wine tasting - Favignana, Trapani, and Marsala

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, before you check out.
  • Today, you will visit the picturesque fish market in Trapani, where you will learn about the varieties of fish that you can use in recipes.
  • Travel by hydrofoil from Trapani to Favignana Island, known as the butterfly island because of its shape. Favignana Island is a stunning place to explore, thanks to its clear sea and its fascinating history as the site of naval battle between the Romans and the Carthaginians in 241 B.C.
  • Visit the Florio tuna fishery, which displays the old fishing equipment in a very interesting series of exhibitions.
  • Later, you will have lunch, serving a typical dish of the local tradition, tuna fish, and seafood couscous.
  • Go back to Trapani and head to a very known tuna plant to watch the various tuna processing stages.
  • You will then enjoy a tasting of typical products, such as tuna bottarga, tuna roe, tuna bresaola, and more.
  • Transfer to the next hotel in Marsala and check-in.
  • Enjoy a light dinner in a well-known old winery.
  • Following dinner, you will visit the atmospheric wine museum, where you will learn all about the wine and the history of the estate.
  • You will finish with a very special tasting, in a private room, of Florio's best wines, such as their Passito di Pantelleria; Malvasia di Lipari, from the Aeolian island of Salina; and their 15-year old Marsala, which is a precious and rare wine.
  • After the tasting, go back to the hotel.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: The salt and the oil - Discovering the history of salt and olive oil in charming Mothia and Marsala

  • You will have breakfast at the hotel and then, head to Marsala, which is a gorgeous city of art, rich in Punic, Roman, Norman, Arab, and Spanish heritage.
  • The visit includes the archaeological museum; the former Benedictine monastery, which houses a Garibaldi exhibit; and the cathedral.
  • You will have a typical lunch in a baglio under the olive trees, followed by an olive-oil tasting and visit of the resort.
  • Visit the coast from Marsala to Trapani, which is characterized by one of the most peculiar landscapes in Sicily: the saltworks, large mirrors of saltwater that form an irregular and multicolored chessboard, and you will also see typical windmills, which at one time served to pump water and grind the salt.
  • You will then reach Mothia Islet, walking along the ancient streets and visiting the Whitaker Museum, with the well known marble statue of the Giovinetto of Mozia, dated 450 B.C.
  • Later, go back to the Stagnone and head to the Museum of Salt, which recounts the different stages involved in collecting salt from the salt pans.
  • You will then taste some salt and enjoy an aperitif dinner in a trattoria that overlooks the salt-pans; a very charming place, especially during sunset, with colors that shift from red to orange to pink, encircling the ancient mills and the silhouettes of the Egadi Islands.
  • Go back to the hotel.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7: The power and the glory of the past - Selinunte and Agrigento

  • Check out of the hotel after having breakfast.
  • Today, you will discover and learn more about the Greek domination in Western Sicily. Temples are good examples of the Greek’s talent for architecture and they show the importance of balance and order in the Greek’s idea of beauty.
  • Visit Selinunte, which is one of Sicily’s great Greek archaeological sites, and its ruins are the most impressively sited in Sicily.
  • A relaxing drive will show you the olive cultivation and fruit fields until you reach Agrigento.
  • Later, arrive at the Kolymbetra Park, an agricultural jewel returned to light after decades of abandon. This garden has fruit trees from every part of the world and some of the trees are over 1000 years old.
  • Then, surrounded by pomegranate, pistachio, orange, and lemon trees, and under the Mediterranean sun, you will enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch served to you outdoors, complete with local fruit, cheese, and wine.
  • In the afternoon, the time will be dedicated to the visit of Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and one of the most symbolic remains of classical Greek civilization.
  • Accompanied by a guide, you will experience the same sensations as they did, admiring the Temple of Juno and the great Temple of Corcord, which will amaze you for its sheer size, harmonious architecture, and perfect state of preservation.
  • Check in at a charming noble villa that sets in an attractive garden, within the Valley of the Temples.
  • Today, you will enjoy an unforgettable farewell dinner, while immersing yourself in history and myth, surrounded by temples that are a spectacular demonstration of eternal charm.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Departure

  • It is time to say goodbye.
  • After breakfast in your hotel, transfer to Palermo Airport (PMO) for your return flight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.
  • Explore Favignana Island
  • Explore Selinunte, one of Sicily's great Greek archaeological sites
  • Explore the Museum of Salt
  • Tour of Agrigento
  • Tour of Castellamare del Golfo
  • Tour of the Archaeological Museum, the Benedictine monastery, and the cathedral of Marsala
  • Visit a tuna plant and enjoy a tasting
  • Visit Erice and stop in a historical pastry shop
  • Visit Kolymbetra Park
  • Visit Mangiapane Cave and make ricotte, bread, or baskets
  • Visit Mothia Islet and the Whitaker Museum
  • Visit to Cannolo
  • Visit to Segesta
  • Visit to the Wine Museum

This vacation will take place in Sicily, Italy.

During this vacation, you will taste the Sicilian flavor with daily breakfast, six delicious lunches, and four dinners. Amongst the delicious dishes that you will try, you will find Trapanese specialties, such as fish cous cous, the famous pesto alla Trapanese, and of course, the wine.

You will have plenty of opportunities to dine at local restaurants and get to know the surroundings at your own pace.

  • 1 cannoli tasting
  • 1 pastry cooking class
  • 1 picnic lunch at Kolymbetra Park
  • 1 water picnic in San Vito
  • 4 dinners
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Boat trip from Castellamare to San Vito
  • Boat trip to Favignara
  • Boat trip to Mothia
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private guide and English, French, or Spanish speaking driver and guide
  • Visit an olive oil factory
  • Visit Castiglione factory and tuna tasting
  • Visit to Firriato winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to the salt museum and taste salt
  • Additional activities
  • Additional drinks
  • Airfare
  • Entrance fees for the monuments and museums
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Palermo Airport (PMO). Sicily By Experts di Fransicile will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 11 days before arrival.

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