Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 1 mile, approximately 10 minutes. Walking about 2 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour; cobblestone streets.
At the hotel.
We will set out on a walking field trip with our Group Leader who will provide commentary as we explore the ancient city of Taormina. Amid some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Italy, it boasts views of both the Ionian and Mediterranean seas below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Taormina has attracted people with its pleasant climate and remarkable setting for centuries. We can still find fine examples from its extraordinary history such as the tremendous Greek theater, the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja, and the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò that we will see as we walk. We will then take a minivan to the cooking school for our first hands-on cooking lesson with an expert local chef. We’ll be organized like a “brigata di cucina” — kitchen brigade — and help to prepare a complete menu, including serving. In our small groups, we’ll be assigned particular dishes.
At the cooking school, we will enjoy the results of our class.
Returning to the hotel, the afternoon is free. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration.
We will walk to a local restaurant.