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Italian Connection: Savoring Sicily

This unique Cooking and Exploring Tour of Sicily reveals Sicily’s complex past through visits of amazing historical sites, while savoring a wonderfully varied cuisine influenced by the many cultures that have dominated the island. In keeping with Sicily’s diversity, we enjoy the delights of staying in three distinctive lodgings – an intimate historic inn, a seaside hotel and a stylish city hotel – and also participate in two hands-on Sicilian cooking lessons featuring different styles of Sicilian cooking.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feast on Sicilian couscous made with pistachios grown on the lava-rich slopes of Mt Etna, and pair it with a glass of sweet Marsala
  • Visit the cutting edge cellars of the Donnafugata winery, and taste wines inspired by The Leopard
  • Plunge into the wild food market in Catania, resisting the temptation to buy a whole octopus, and cook in the home of cookbook author Eleanora Consoli
  • Trace Sicily’s turbulent history through its delectable sweets, from ancient ricotta to Moorish cassata, regal Norman marzipan to spicy Spanish chocolate
  • Pick olives and watch them being pressed, breathe in the fruity fragrance of new green oil, then pour it over rustic pane nero for a lunch of the gods

Tour length: 7 days

Meet: Palermo airport

End: Catania airport

Meals: Daily breakfast; all lunches with wine; 4 dinners with wine

2010 Price: €3095 Euro / $3960 USD

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