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7 Days Flavors of Sicily Culinary Vacation

  • Castlemola- Mount Etna- Castiglione di Sicilia- Ispica- Sicily- Marzamemi- Taormina- Modica- Catania

Culinary Holidays in Sicily

Although small, Sicily is home to a diverse range of delectable cuisine. Discover beautiful almond and olive oils, honeys and chocolate, fresh fish and high altitude wines. Sicily has plenty to satiate food lovers appetites. Learn to cook caponata and meatballs in lemon leaves, shop for ingredients at local markets and marvel at the magnificent Mount Etna.

Highlights

  • Tour to a chocolate factory
  • Explore the mighty Mount Etna
  • Sample wines at a high altitude winery
  • Visit a honey farm and taste delicious honeys
  • Prepare delicious Italian cuisine
  • Enjoy delicacies of Sicily
  • Olive oil tasting
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. Trip Feast aims to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of their tours. The accommodation varies from traditional bamboo houses, delightful eco-camps, Buddhist and Orthodox monasteries, small guesthouses, boutique hotels, and the occasional home stay. They have spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character. They want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay, as well as being as comfortable as possible.

Day 1

Arrive in Catania Airport in the morning where you will be greeted by a Trip Feast representative. There will be the chance to sightsee in the city centre and to have lunch.

After lunch, transfer to Castelmola where you can explore the castle and the village.

Stop at an old pub, where you will have the chance to sample the famous almond wine.

After the wine tasting you will be transferred to a farm where there will be dinner and you will spend the night.

Lying under the shadow of the majestic Mount Etna, Catania has been destroyed by eruptions on several occasions. The worst of which was in 1669 when lava covered the whole city. In 1693, an earthquake shook the city to its foundations. The reaction to this catastrophe was intriguing; the whole city was rebuilt in the Baroque style with wide squares and avenues. What makes it unique however was that lava was used as a building material.

During the Renaissance, Catania became one of the Italys most important cultural, political and artist centres. Even today, the city is an important industrial hub for the island as it is the main centre for tourism and education.

Meals: Dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will be able to visit a local fish market.

Return to the farm where you will learn to cook macaroni in homemade sauce, caponata and meatballs in lemon leaves.

You will be able to eat the meals you have prepared for lunch. After lunch, visit the mighty Mount Etna before returning to the farm for dinner.

Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in June 2013, Mount Etna, is the tallest of Italys three active volcanoes. In an almost constant state of activity, the fertile volcanic soil can support the extensive agriculture, vineyards and orchards on its lower slopes. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped by Zeus underneath it and it is said that the volcano housed the forges of Hephaestus.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3

After breakfast, visit a honey farm in Zafferana Etnea where you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious honey.

After the honey tasting, visit Castiglione di Sicilia to tour a high altitude winery.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to taste the wines, including Etna Rosso, Etna Rose and Etna Bianco.

After the wine tasting, visit the town of Taormina where you will be able to spend the afternoon exploring the town and the ancient theatre.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast, depart from the farm and transfer to Ispica, where you will be able to tour the winery. After a light lunch, check-in to the hotel and visit the city of Modica.

You will have the chance to tour a chocolate factory where there will be a demonstration and you will later be able to taste Modicas famous chocolate.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5

After breakfast, visit the local market where you will be able to buy ingredients for your cooking class. After the market you will be able to take a cookery class where you will learn how to cook traditional Eastern Sicilian meals and eat the dishes you have prepared for lunch.

After the cookery class, you will be able to visit the Baroque town of Sicily before taking a sensory tour around one of the areas lovely greenhouses.

Named after its founders, the Sicels, Sicily shares much of its history with the other UNESCO World Heritage Site towns on the island. It is known for its religious parades, in particular, Presepe where nativity scenes are enacted in the caves surrounding the town. Sicily is also home to many Baroque churches and palaces, the most beautiful of which is the Palazzo Fava, which boasts many decorations typical of late Baroque style.

Sicily is renowned for its many greenhouses that grow primizie or early fruits that are transported all over Italy.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 6

After breakfast, take a guided tour of an olive farm where there will later be an opportunity to taste five different olive oils.

After lunch, visit the fishing village of Marzamemi where you will be able to relax, look around the stalls and sample the tasty fish dishes on offer.

Originally built by Arabs in the 10th Century, Marzamemi is home to the original tonnara (tuna processing plant) which became the most important one in Sicily.

Although the tonnara is no longer working, Marzamemi continues its artisan fishing and fish processing activities today. Many of their products can be found being sold in the market including smoked swordfish, tuna salami and much more.

In July, it hosts an International Film Festival where the films are projected onto the walls of the nearby buildings surrounding the piazza. The old centre of the village was built mostly in the 18th Century and is organised around the picturesque Piazza Regina Margherita.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Catania Airport to depart.

  • Guided tour of an olive farm for olive tasting
  • Tour of a chocolate factory
  • Tour of Mount Etna
  • Trip to Castelmola to explore the castle and village
  • Visit to a honey farm in Zafferana Etnea and honey tasting
  • Visit to a local fish market
  • Visit to Castiglione di Sicilia and Ispica wineries
  • Visit to the Baroque town of Sicily
  • Visit to the city of Modica
  • Visit to the fishing village of Marzamemi
  • Visit to the local markets
  • Visit to the town of Taormina

The retreat takes place at various towns and villages of Sicily, Italy.

  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Famous wine tasting such as the almond wine
  • Market visits and historical tours
  • Meals around Italy as per itinerary
  • Oilve farm tours and olive tasting
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Additional transfers
  • International airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Catania Airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Trip Feast an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by David from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was really blown away by the high quality of Serbias food (and drink) and the warmth and hospitality of it`s people. The tour was well-paced, our guide very knowledgeable about the history, local customs and of course the food of the areas we visited. And the visit with the druid was really something special. Thank you for an all round fantastic trip."

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  • Review by Anupy Singla Gupta from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I just took the food Tour of Kerala and Malabar Coast and it was purely unforgettable. The accommodation was superb as was the food and hospitality. I essentially came back feeling like a baby hippo - that should tell you that you need to take this tour as soon as possible!"

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  • Review by Jeanine from UK
    10 out of 10

    "It is not surprising that UNESCO has added Mexican cuisine to its list of cultural treasures worth preserving. The variety and quality of Oaxacan food is awe inspiring and ranges from street food to creative chefs in top class restaurants. All aspiring young chefs should visit the Sunday market in Tlacolula, a real feast for the eyes and the palette. We have learnt a huge amount on this tour about life in Mexico and the problems of Mexicos indigenous people."

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