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Best Sicily Food and Wine Tour in Italy

Discover Sicilian culture through its rich cuisine and colorful street food. Taste the best Sicilian wines and learn the secrets of their production. Visit farmhouses to find organic local products: olives, cheeses, tomatoes, and more. Learn cooking tricks in a typical Sicilian family trattoria. Get an authentic lifestyle experience and feel like you’ve lived in Sicily the whole life.

Highlights

  • Mount Etna countryside and winery tour
  • Ortigia (Syracuse old town) history and food walking tour
  • Taormina walking tour, food market visit, and cooking class
  • Walking tour in Palermo to sample the best of Sicilian street food
  • Visit an ancient winery located in Syracuse’s countryside
  • Noto walking tour with chocolate and ice cream tasting
  • 7 nights 4* hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private tour only for your group

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7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a double room in selected 4* hotels: three nights in Taormina, two nights in Siracusa, two nights in Palermo. All accommodation will be provided in centrally located 4* hotels.

Program

Day 1: Catania - Taormina

Upon arrival at Catania airport, you will be greeted by your driver, who will bring you to your charming hotel in Taormina. Once it starts to cool down, take an easy walk in Taormina city center with your local guide who will meet you in the lobby.

Discover the main attractions of the town, its soul and lifestyle, the best places for traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee, food and handicraft shopping and anything else that might be interesting for you. Pass the most important monuments and highlights of Taormina listening the stories of your guide.

Have three foodie stops, first in family trattoria for fish selection and white wines, second in typical bottega for cheeses, salumi, bread, olives and red wine tasting. And third in a small pastry bar for a tasting typical Sicilian sweets, liquors, and coffee. After tour enjoy free evening in sparkling Taormina. Overnight in Taormina.

Day 2: Taormina cooking class

After breakfast, start your foodie experience from the city center with the local guide/chef. Have a visit to Taormina’s food market, where local farmers, fishermen, and butchers sell their fresh goods. Select products for your class and with personal guidance from your chef to learn the culinary secrets of cooking homemade bread, pasta, fish, and vegetable dishes in a traditional Sicilian style.

While eating what your own hands made, enjoy the taste of local wines. After the tour, free afternoon and evening in Taormina to relax on picturesque beaches or hang out on your own. Overnight in Taormina.

Day 3: Mount Etna countryside tour

After breakfast, start your “out of beaten path” trip to Mt. Etna with a pick-up from your hotel by a local foodie guide. Drive through small typical Etna villages admiring authentic lava stone houses, orange, lemon, olive, and almond trees plantations, while listening to charming stories about Sicilian culture, traditions, and food.

Proceed up until 1,000 meters above sea level and discover the breathtaking views of volcanic land. Have a first stop in an antique family-run winery, where after guided visit of cellars, try volcanic wines with organic etna appetizers in an astonishing lava stone open-air amphitheater.

Continue your gastronomic experience to an authentic picturesque farmhouse and enjoy the lunch with lots of seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta, and typical pastries. Drop off to Taormina and free time. Overnight in Taormina.

Day 4: Noto tour and lunch then transfer to Siracusa

After breakfast, meet your private driver in the lobby and move to magnificent Noto. Enjoy an easy walk with a local guide in Noto a town listed as a UNESCO heritage site - an authentic jewel of Sicilian baroque. While walking taste the famous Modica chocolate and Sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary taste.

After the tour, visit a family taverna for your fresh lunch. The meals served are all traditional home-cooked dishes, with organic ingredients, fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta. Be transferred to your charming hotel in Syracuse and enjoy this romantic town at night. Overnight in Syracuse.

Day 5: Siracusa, Ortigia food and wine experience

Meet your foodie local guide when it starts to cool down. Enjoy a walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse old town, and taste fresh fish, typical Sicilian appetizers, homemade Sicilian pastries, fragrant wines and liquors in three different food venues. Eat and drink as locals do.

During the tour, your guide will share with you a lot about the history, culture, lifestyle, and gastronomy of the area while passing the most important monuments and little hidden gems of the town like the Fontana Aretusa, the Greek Ruins, and Dome Square. Tour will finish in the heart of Ortigia so after you can still enjoy the town at night. Overnight in Siracusa.

Day 6: Siracusa, winery tour, lunch, then transfer to Palermo

After breakfast, be picked by your driver to start the day with a visit to an ancient winery located in Syracuse’s countryside and wonderfully structured as a castle. You will be welcomed by the owner, have a guided visit of the cellars and the old millstone. Enjoy a light lunch with local organic products and wine tasting in magnificent courtyard. Appreciate the taste of wines produced in this Syracuse area and discover their difference with Etna wines.

After lunch, continue to drive around 2.5 hours to reach colorful Palermo, the Sicilian capital. Time to relax and free evening. Overnight in Palermo.

Day 7: Palermo street food experience

On this day, sample the best of Sicilian street food during a 3-hour walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes a visit to the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets, tasting of five different Sicilian treats along the way including ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) and ‘arancine’ (deep-fried rice balls).

Pass through Palermo old town and the most important highlights listening to the stories of your guide. After the tour, enjoy a free evening in Palermo. Overnight in Palermo.

Day 8: Palermo and departure

After a buffet breakfast, private transfer to Palermo Airport. End of the tour and time to say bye-bye to Sicily.

Location

The tour starts in Catania and ends in Palermo. Throughout the tour, transportation in an A/C Mercedes car or minivan is included.

Food

During this Sicily culinary tour, you will be served daily breakfast, six lunches, and one dinner. You will also have a variety of other food and wine tastings as well as street food tasting and one cooking class.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • 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

Things to do (optional)

There will be a possibility to extend the tour with pre- and post-night. Please send an inquiry to Soleto Travel for more information.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All transportation with A/C Mercedes minivan/car
  • Airport meet and greet with private transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 1 dinner during activities
  • All other food and wine tastings mentioned in the itinerary
  • 7 activities and tours with a local licensed guide as per itinerary
  • Cooking class in Taormina
  • Visit of a winery and wine tasting in Marsala
  • Restaurant suggestion and reservation
  • Porterage at hotels

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All that not mentioned under "what's included"
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • City tax where required

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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This vacation is available until October 2022, with arrival every Wednesday and Saturday.

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