During this tour, each included meal features 3 or 4 courses, each paired with a local DOC or DOCG wine. The learning experience is enhanced by an explanation of the local ingredients and indigenous grapes. Be ready to taste and learn about Sicily's rich variety of unique food and wine appellations!
Day 1 - Transfer and Check in +
Pick up of participants at Cantania airport and transfer to our 4-star Sicilian style resort in the heart of Sicily.
Welcome dinner +
Check in, welcome aperitivo with introduction to the tour and dinner in a typical Sicilian style setting.
Day 2 - Taormina and “Volcanic” Grapes +
Today we follow the wine route of the volcano Etna. We visit a quality winery and discover the full flavour profile of the viticulture of this region. We taste many indigenous grapes, among them is the Carricante, a white with high acidity, citrus and green apple notes and a nice amount of minerality, and the Nerello Mascalese, a fruity red, to drink when it is young and fresh. These wines are all included in the appellation “Etna DOC”. The volcanic soil has an incredible impact on the wines, notably adding minerality and structure. On the way out of the Etna region we stop at Taormina, a city carved out of mountains, full of Greek archeological sites, amphitheaters, and art, a true gem. From that elevation, the view of the sea and Etna is just spectacular! You have the time to tour the town and shop at your leisure in the many characteristic small “botteghe”. Also make some time to visit the Greek amphitheater and archeological site (the entrance fee and the English audio-guide for this site is included in the tour). Back to the hotel in the evening.
Day 3 - A Taste of Ragusa & Modica: Chocolate, Olive Oil & Baroque +
On the way to Ragusa we stop at Modica, a town famous for it’s traditionally made chocolate. The technique comes from pre-Columbian Mexico, and involves slow, cold processing, preserving the delicate, individual flavors and aromas of the cacao. Over time, other ingredients have been added to the chocolates including cinnamon, chilli, ginger, sea salt, and more. We will visit the oldest chocolate producer in Sicily and will assist in a demonstration of the traditional techniques. Of course, there will be many samples to try.
Sicilian olive groves are emblematic and postcard perfect places to visit: the grey green trees with their gnarled bodies, the expanses of rolling hills and craggy paths, the traditional wooden tools mixed with new technology. This is exactly what we also see today at an olive grove and mill that produces DOP Monti Iblei extra virgin olive oil. We taste what makes this DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) unique and worth protecting and recognizing as a regional, Sicilian product alongside a number of other olive oils that has made this family an outstanding producer in the country.
Day 4 - The Greek Sicily: Agrigento and the Valle dei Templi +
Just like the volcanic soil influenced the terroir of the wine at the beginning of our tour, so too does the sea salt. We visit the salt flats (‘saline’) to understand the traditional production and history surrounding this product, and then we taste the local grape varietals and learn the influence of salinity in the air on the wine production. This is a densely cultivated wine region so there are many varieties to try.
Since we’re in Marsala, we also appreciate this world-renowned fortified wine made with the native Grillo and Insolia grapes. Perhaps when we say Marsala, you conjure up an image of a sickly sweet, syrupy after dinner drink, or a creamy sauce to save that dry chicken. But Marsala is so much more complex depending on aging, coloration, and grape varietal, it can range from the dry to sweet. Trust us on this!
Arrivedeci dinner in Marsala.
Day 5 - Wine and Sale: A Winning Combination! +
Today is the day to become acquainted with the true Tuscan cuisine along with mamma Vilma. Vilma works and lives in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, near Firenze where she owns a homemade pasta shop. Her passion for Tuscan cuisine is in her eyes, you will notice it right away! First of all, in the morning we blend in with the locals in the piazza, have a cappuccino (remember: cappuccino is a breakfast item for Italians) perhaps discussing politics and soccer then shop for local food to buy the ingredients for cooking. If you are familiar with the Italian language, you will recognize the beautiful Florentine accent everywhere here.
Day 6 - Marsala to Palermo – End of Tour +
After breakfast we depart for the Palermo airport where our tour ends. Participants have the possibility to choose their trip extension:
- In the city of Palermo
- At the famous beaches of Mondello or Capo San Vito
- In the islands of Favignana (Egadi Archipelago) or Vulcano/Lipari (Eolian Archipelago)
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE +
- All accommodations in handpicked hotels with every effort made to choose the best rated and available hotels in the tour travel areas.
- Two meals per day (buffet breakfast and lunch or dinner, including 2 glasses of wine)
- All activities, as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees to sites, and guided tours of towns or cities of historical/artistic/cultural importance, using only licensed local professional guides.
- Ground transportation from where the tour originates to where it ends, as specified in the itinerary, in a comfortable bus with a professional licensed driver.
- All taxes and gratuities
- Antonio, or one of his partners (as specified in each tour), as your friendly guide at your side for the duration of the tour.
NOT INCLUDED +
Air fare, Transfers pre- and post- tour, any item of service or personal nature, travel, cancellation and medical insurance