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7 Day Cooking Holiday, Food and Wine Tasting in Sicily, Province of Palermo

Susafa, Contrada Susafa, 90028 Polizzi generosa PA, Italy

Cooking and Wine Tasting Holiday in Italy

Discover and explore some of the origins of Sicilian culture in peaceful and scenic surroundings of Susafa. Located in the hills of the Madonie Mountains, Masseria Susafa is an old farmhouse now converted into a boutique hotel. Staying at Susafa, the ritual is celebrated all around nature: real spaces of quiet for relaxation, ingredients in season served every day on the table, warm bread with Susafa oil, the blue of the pool set in the green Mediterranean scrub, walks among wheat fields and authentic sounds, those of nature - enjoy all of these with your special one!

Meet the instructors

Tiziana
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Highlights

  • Pastry lesson
  • Sicilian wine tasting
  • Cooking class on fresh pasta and rice with lunch
  • Cooking class on Sicilian Cannoli and Ricotta making
  • Cooking class on bread, focaccia and pizza with lunch
  • Full day cooking class on Sicilian cuisine with lunch
  • Garden tour with nutritionist and drink or tea
  • Guided tour of the Madonie

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

You will be accommodated in double superior room in Susafa during this holiday.

Composed of 18 rooms, characterized by their bright and simple design, your comfort is assured. There is a hint of the rural atmosphere which makes every guest's stay magical. All the rooms are located on the ground floor, except for the Gran Suite, which has direct access to the garden.

Finally, the two main buildings, the restaurant "Il Granaio" - the original granary of the farm - and the bar "Il Palmento" - the original winery, both host stone fireplaces, inviting you into an authentic and relaxing atmosphere.

Double superior rooms

The rooms are on the ground floor and look out onto the garden with a view of the valley. These 24 square-meter rooms have queen size double bed (180×200 cm) for 2 adults, wireless internet access, climate controller, kettle with honey and tea selection, minibar, phone, safe, armchair and reading lamp, French doors and one window. There is no TV and smoking i snot allowed. This category of rooms only allows two adults and one child from 0-2 years old.

Program

Discover and explore some of the origins of Sicilian culture in peaceful and scenic surroundings of Susafa. Located in the hills of the Madonie Mountains, Susafa is an old farmhouse now converted into a boutique hotel. Staying at Susafa, the ritual is celebrated all around nature: real spaces of quiet for relaxation, ingredients in season served every day on the table, warm bread with Susafa oil, the blue of the pool set in the green Mediterranean scrub, walks among wheat fields and authentic sounds, those of nature - enjoy all of these with your special one!

Day 1

  • Pick up at the airport (upon request)
  • Arrival and welcome drink at Masseria Susafa
  • 16:30-18:00 Pastry lesson
  • 19:00 - 21:30 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11.30 Cooking class on fresh pasta and rice
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Garden tour

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Tour of the villages of the Madonie mountains (Gangi, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Castellana Sicula, and Polizzi Generosa)
  • 13:00 Lunch at 'Da Salvatore' (typical trattoria and a certified slow food destination)
  • 16:00 Visit to a pastry shop with traditional Sicilian sweets

Day 4

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11.30 Cooking class on bread, focaccia, and pizza
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 Sicilian wine tasting

Day 5

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Excursion around Susafa to explore the local flora
  • 13:00 Picnic under the cherry trees
  • 16:30 Cooking class on Sicilian Cannoli and Ricotta making

Day 6

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Cooking class on Sicilian cuisine and original Sicilian tomato sauce
  • 13:00 Light lunch
  • 14:00 Activities restart
  • 20:00 Final dinner

Day 7

  • 08:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Check-out and drop off at the airport (upon request)

Included excursions

Garden tour

Discover smells and flavors of Susafa through a garden tour of medical and aromatic plants, the orchard and the vegetable plot.

Venue excursion and picnic

A guided tour around the protected area of the property to discover the wild local flora.

Excursion day in the neighborhood

Tour of the villages of the Madonie mountains (Gangi, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Castellana Sicula, and Polizzi Generosa)

Instructors

Tiziana Gallina

Location

Susafa’s central location in Sicily makes it easy to visit the many historic sites and cities around the island, all reachable by car in approximately an hour, such as: Palermo (90 Km), Cefalù (60 Km), the Temples of Agrigento (90 Km), the mosaics of Piazza Armerina (88 Km), the villages of the Madonie (Polizzi Generosa 21 Km, Petralia Soprana, Castelbuono, Gangi), and the beautiful Sperlinga. The main airports are Palermo (110 Km), Catania (130 Km) and Trapani (200 Km).

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

Above all, Susafa is inspired by rural culture because they want to respond to the call of a return to origins, to good food, to the different ingredients according to the seasons and to the rhythms that still today mark their production and harvesting. Wild fennel, for example, is available only for a short period of the year, and it finds ample use in their recipes, as do spontaneously-growing greens like spinach and chard.

The organic olive oil harmoniously accompanies all the flavors so as to enhance them but never dominate and, in the best of traditions, can also be enjoyed alone together with warm, oven-fresh bread, which at Susafa is always home-made.

The desire to convey to guests the philosophy underlying the cuisine is a tangible objective of all the staff of Susafa and precisely for this reason Manfredi, Tommaso and especially the chef are always ready to accompany guests in the garden and chat with them about the evening menu, designed and rigorously realized with typical products through a reinterpretation of Sicilian culinary tradition.

Finally, there are the places of the food, because what was once the old granary is now the restaurant. There, among stout stone walls, the atmosphere has the warmth of memory but in a gently contemporary key, while the fireplace warms the emotions and the aromas waft among ample vaults.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Organic
  • 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)

Collection of cherries

June is the cherry season in Susafa. Have a walk from the Masseria to the cherry tree. There, you will harvest the delicious cherries directly from the tree and have a picnic in the shade of the trees. Once back at the Masseria, you will deliver the harvested cherries to the chefs who will prepare a delicious tart that you can enjoy for breakfast the next day. The meeting point is the reception at 10:00 a.m. Available once a week starting June 4.

Massage

Give yourself time to relax body and mind thanks to one of Susafa's massages. Choose between relaxation massage (especially recommended in case of jet lag), anti-stress massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, massage during pregnancy or deconstructing-sports. The service is available all day Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Yoga and pilates

Combine body and mind or do some muscular exercises surrounded by nature and beautiful landscapes! The lesson lasts about 30 minutes. The service is available all days, at 8.30am and at 5.30pm.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Welcome dinner on day 1
  • Pastry lesson for 2
  • Cooking class on fresh pasta and rice (lunch included) for 2
  • Garden tour with nutritionist and drink or tea for 2
  • Guided tour of the Madonie for 2
  • Cooking class on bread, focaccia and pizza (lunch included) for 2
  • Sicilian wine tasting for 2
  • Excursion and picnic for 2
  • Cooking class on Sicilian Cannoli and Ricotta making for 2
  • Full day cooking class on Sicilian cuisine (lunch included) for 2

What's not included

  • Transfers from and to the airport (available upon request)
  • Lunch on days where there are no cooking classes and on days of cooking classes on Pastry and Sicilian cannoli

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Palermo's Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO) which is 110 kilometers away, where it is possible to rent a car, while Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) is 130 kilometers away.

Driving directions from Palermo Airport (PMO)

  • The best way to get here is via the A19 motorway (Palermo – Catania).
  • Take the Tremonzelli exit at kilometer marker 73.
  • Follow the indications for Contrada Susafa for about 9 kilometers or Vallelunga (don’t go towards Polizzi Generosa)
  • To get to Susafa is simple as it can be.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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Availability

This cooking holiday is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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