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11 Days Sicilian Cooking Holiday and Culinary Tour in Italy

Le Chiuse di Guadagna, Sicily, Italy

Culinary Tour and Cooking Holiday in Sicily

Come and stay with Side Street Explorers at the magical Le Chiuse di Guadagna, a villa in Sicily. There will be a legendary cooking family who has lived and cooked here for generations. You will be accompanied by an expert chef and local. You will spend 11 glorious days exploring, shopping, cooking learning. You will have market tours, ingredients tours, utensils, cooking classes, wine tasting, and learn from the masters. This is truly an authentic, immersive culinary experience that will live in your memory and taste buds forever. Never the recipes and family favorite dish that will be handed down for generations.


  • Sicilian cooking classes
  • Experience a tour to local market
  • Visit the wine-growing region and wine tasting
  • Visit chocolate factory lab and chocolate tasting
  • Take part in cheese and olive farms visit
  • Street food tour and tastings
  • 10 nights accommodation


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Le Chiuse di Guadagna was a farm of modest size, used for the cultivation of fields and the storage of products. The rooms of the farm were the centers where agricultural products were processed. Part of the building was used as a residence for employees and as an occasional residence for the owners; this was typical of the farms in the province of Ragusa.

The renovations of the farmhouse started in 2010 thanks to EU funding. During the restoration process, it was imperative to keep the essence of the house intact: the owners used materials and manufactured products which are typical of the area, with a keen eye for creative reuse, modernity and, above all, eco-sustainability.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Welcome drinks and dinner at a local Masseria “Le Chiuse di Guadagna”

Day 2

  • Full day in Siracusa.
  • Food market tour: Fresh produce, ingredients, utensils (that are well know in the area, fresh fish in the harbor) beans, flours for pasta / bread
  • Equipment / cooking utensils that are used in the area
  • Cooking class in the evening

Day 3

  • Visit a local oil farm and tasting
  • Visit a cheese farm lab with cheese tasting and lunch
  • “Gli Aromi” tour (one of the most important companies of aromatic plants)
  • Sunset dinner at “Gli Aromi”

Day 4

  • Scicli street food tour
  • Street food cooking class

Day 5

  • Ragusa Ibla and Modica tour (old chocolate factory lab and chocolate tasting
  • Dessert day. Taste some of Sicily’s best well-known dessert
  • Experience how the masters create in their kitchen

Day 6

  • Free day for you to explore on your own

Day 7

  • Sicilian wine lands tour
  • Lunch
  • Noto tour in the afternoon

Day 8

  • Morning free in Masseria
  • Learn from an old Italian Mama how to make traditional pasta
  • Enjoy a big Italian dinner with the family

Day 9

  • Cooking class with a chef
  • Lunch at his restaurant
  • Visit a local aquaponic company
  • Dinner at Le Chiuse di Guadagna

Day 10

  • Masseria, aperitif with rustic products
  • Fine Dining

Day 11

  • Breakfast and departure


This culinary tour and cooking holiday takes place in Scicli, Ragusa.


  • Scicli, 7 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Modica, 7 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Sampieri, 8 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Pozzallo, 15 kilometers - 15 minutes
  • Ragusa, 20 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • Noto, 40 kilometers - 45 minutes
  • Siracusa, 70 kilometers - 60 minutes
  • Catania, 124 kilometers - 90 minutes
  • Comiso, 50 kilometers - 55 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Garden


Daily breakfast is included in the price. You will also enjoy some other meals as outlined in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Transport for all group activities
  • 10 nights accommodation and everyday breakfast
  • Dinner in masseria
  • Full-day market, ingredients and Siracusa tour
  • Light lunch at the Siracusa market
  • Cooking class with fresh ingredients (bought at the market)
  • Dinner after the cooking class
  • Visit an oil farm and tasting
  • Cheese farm lab, tasting and lunch
  • "Gli Aromi" tour and dinner at sunset
  • Street food tour and Scicli tour with 2 or 3 street food tastings
  • Street food cooking class in Scicli and aperitif
  • Ragusa Ibla and Modica tours
  • Dessert tour in Ragusa Ibla
  • Old chocolate factory lab
  • Full-day winelands tour of two wine companies, tasting and lunch
  • Noto tour
  • Sicilian cooking class and dinner in masseria with homemade plates (made during the cooking class)
  • Fine fish and traditional plates cooking class with a chef
  • Lunch with homemade plates (made during the cooking class with the chef)
  • Aquaponic company tour
  • Dinner in masseria
  • Aperitif in masseria
  • Dinner in a fine restaurant in Scicli

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Activities not listed
  • Transport outside of group activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO). For more information on how to reach the hotel from the airport, please send Side Street Explorers an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This program requires a minimum of four participants to run, except for 8 – 19 October 2019 session which only needs one participant to run.

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