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22069
Italy

Cooking in Sicily

Learn the time-honored art of Sicilian cooking as you visit a historic winery and enjoy chef-led cooking classes!
Rating (4.69)
Program No. 22069RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,949
Flights start at
750
Italy

Cooking in Sicily

Learn the time-honored art of Sicilian cooking as you visit a historic winery and enjoy chef-led cooking classes!
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,949
Flights start at
750
Length
10 days
Rating (4.69)
Starts at
2,949
Flights start at
750
Program No. 22069RJ

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Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2022
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3,699
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2022
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3,699
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2022
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3,699
Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2022
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3,699
Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2022
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3,699
Nov 5 - Nov 14, 2022
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2,949
Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2022
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2,949
Jan 21 - Jan 30, 2023
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2,999
Feb 1 - Feb 10, 2023
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3,099
Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2023
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3,099
Apr 2 - Apr 11, 2023
Starting at
4,049
May 6 - May 15, 2023
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4,049
May 14 - May 23, 2023
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4,049
Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2023
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4,049
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2023
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4,049
Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2023
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4,049
Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2023
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4,049
Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2023
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4,049
Nov 7 - Nov 16, 2023
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3,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2022
Starting at
4,279
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2022
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4,279
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2022
Starting at
4,279
Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
4,279
Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2022
Starting at
4,279
Nov 5 - Nov 14, 2022
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3,349
Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2022
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3,349
Jan 21 - Jan 30, 2023
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3,439
Feb 1 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
3,539
Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2023
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3,539
Apr 2 - Apr 11, 2023
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4,699
May 6 - May 15, 2023
Starting at
4,699
May 14 - May 23, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Sep 20 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Oct 1 - Oct 10, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2023
Starting at
4,699
Nov 7 - Nov 16, 2023
Starting at
3,539

At a Glance

Sicily takes immense pride in a cuisine that reflects the influences of many cultures — Italian, Greek, Spanish and Arab — but is separate from any of them, as only an island can be. It’s a cuisine that showcases incredible abundance: fresh fish; eggplants, peppers and tomatoes nurtured by plentiful sun; grapes grown in Mount Etna’s volcanic soil. Savor a Sicilian cooking adventure including lessons from a cookbook author and a chef. Visit bustling produce markets and a historic winery. Enjoy great meals (and the satisfaction of having made them) and return with new recipes and techniques.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to a mile at a time and standing for up to an hour. Some cobblestones and other uneven terrain, stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Get cooking during hands-on lessons.
  • Experience Sicilians’ passion for food and wine at bustling daily markets and a historic estate winery.
  • Delve into the island’s ancient history on expert-led excursions in Syracuse and the lovely town of Taormina.

General Notes

• This is an introductory program suitable for participants who wish to learn the basics of Italian cuisine. • Group size limited to 14 participants.
Featured Expert
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Massimo Tomarchio
Massimo was a curious child. He spent hours in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother as a child, preparing typical Sicilian foods. “My fondest memories are those hours passed in the kitchen with my grandmother,” says Massimo. He is inspired by Sicilian cuisine not only because of the variety of ingredients offered from the land but also “by the love that is cooked up behind the stove when cooking for loved ones.” Today Massimo is a private chef and teaches cooking classes in Sicily.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Massimo Tomarchio View biography
Massimo was a curious child. He spent hours in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother as a child, preparing typical Sicilian foods. “My fondest memories are those hours passed in the kitchen with my grandmother,” says Massimo. He is inspired by Sicilian cuisine not only because of the variety of ingredients offered from the land but also “by the love that is cooked up behind the stove when cooking for loved ones.” Today Massimo is a private chef and teaches cooking classes in Sicily.
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Rosa Rizza View biography
Rosa was born in Palazzolo Acreide in the Province of Syracuse in Sicily, and emigrated with her parents to the U.S.A. in 1967. After earning her high school diploma, she returned to Sicily in 1978 and made her home there. She became a certified group leader in 1995, and has been working with Italian Exclusive Vacations ever since. Rosa is passionate about her native island, art, culture, food and wine.
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Southern Italian Desserts: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily
by Rosetta Costantino
Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvests and Cooking from Case Vecchie
by Fabrizia Lanza
Sicilia in Cucina: The Flavours of Sicily
by William Dello Russo
Sicilian Home Cooking: Family Recipes from Gangivecchio
by Wanda Tornabene
Cucina Siciliana: Authentic Recipes and Culinary Secrets from Sicily
by Clarissa Hyman
Sicily: Art, History and Culture
by Enzo Russo
Sicilian Cookery: The Best Recipes of the Regional Cookery
by Eufemia Azzolina Pupella
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10 days
9 nights
18 meals
8 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Catania, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Taormina
D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program-related transportation will be primarily via motorcoach (unless specified otherwise), necessitating ascending/descending a few steps. Meals will include wine, coffee, and water with other beverages available for purchase. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We’ll then enjoy a welcome cocktail together at the hotel before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Taormina Field Trip, Cooking Lesson, Free Time
Taormina
B,L,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 1 mile, approximately 10 minutes. Walking about 2 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour; cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: At the cooking school, we will enjoy the results of our class.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Catania, Aci Castello
Taormina
B,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles throughout the day, approximately 2.5 hours total riding time. Walking about 1 mile, approximately 1.5 hours; cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board the motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to Catania. We will walk into the center of town to see the Duomo and Via Etnea, and we will explore the Piscaria, a renowned fish market.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Catania. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride to the town of Aci Castello with the ruins of its castle, built by the Normans in 1076. We’ll learn about its history as we admire the views. We’ll return to the hotel along the enchanting Cyclops Coast.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Taormina Field Trip, Cooking Lesson, Castelmola Field Trip
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 7 miles approximately 3/4 hour riding time. Walking about 2 miles, approximately 1 hour throughout the day; cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will walk with our Group Leader by the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint Stefano, the public gardens, the Badia Vecchia (ancient abbey), and to the local market to meet the chef and learn how to recognize and buy quality products. We’ll then take a minivan to the cooking school for another hands-on cooking lesson.

Lunch: At the cooking school.

Afternoon: Next, we will board a motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to the ancient village of Castelmola. At 1,800 feet above sea level, it has the most spectacular view in the region. As we walk, we will be able to see Mount Etna, the Gulf of Giardini Naxos, the straits of Messina, and much more (weather permitting). We will return to the hotel

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Taormina. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Messina, Ganzirri, Free Time
Taormina
B,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles throughout the day, approximately 2 hours total riding time. Walking about 1.5 mile, approximately 1 hour; generally flat terrain, cobblestones.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to Messina, where we will explore the city. At the extreme tip of the island, we’ll learn about aspects of geology, architecture, and urbanization. We’ll then ride to Ganzirri and visit a local mussel farm to learn about adaptations to the ecosystem and means of earning subsistence. We’ll then return to Taormina by motorcoach.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in Taormina. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Casa Cuseni, Cooking Lesson, Savoca
Taormina
B,L,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving about 30 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour. Walking about 1.5 miles, approximately 1 hour; cobblestone streets..

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will set out on a walking field trip with our Group Leader to Casa Cuseni, one of the most notable villas in Taormina. It was designed for the painter Robert Hawthorn Kitson, heir to a wealthy English family, and built in 1905. Today, it is a fine arts museum and also serves as an elegant B&B. Casa Cuseni has been declared an Italian National Monument. We will then ride to the cooking school in Taormina for another hands-on cooking lesson and help prepare our lunch dishes.

Lunch: At the cooking school.

Afternoon: Next, we will board a motorcoach with our Group Leader for a field trip to Savoca, situated in the valley of Agrò, which was one of the most important agricultural areas during the Spanish period, the small country is also known as one of the settings of the movie” the Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola. Returning to the hotel by minivan.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Syracuse Field Trip, Boat Ride, Cooking School
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 150 miles throughout the day, approximately 2.5 hours riding time. Walking about 2.5 miles, approximately 1 hour; cobblestone streets. Getting on/off a boat. Approximately 1 hour boat ride.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach with our Group Leader and ride to Syracuse to explore and learn what made this the most important city in Magna Graecia. The city is notable for its rich history, culture, and as the birthplace of Archimedes. We will then board a boat for a ride in the Syracuse bay to admire the beauty of the city and the Ortigia island. After they will disembark, they will walk to the cooking school in Syracuse for another hands-on cooking lesson.

Lunch: At the cooking school.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like in Taormina. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Mount Etna, Gambino Winery
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 30 miles throughout the day, approximately 1.5 hour. Walking about 1.5 miles, approximately 1 hour; uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our next expert-led field trip will be to Mount Etna, the highest Mediterranean island mountain and one of the most active stratovolcanoes in the world. It has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From the UNESCO inscription: “The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes.” We’ll take a short walk upon volcanic soil. We will then ride to the nearby Gambino winery for a wine tasting. The vineyards are at an elevation of more than 2,600 feet above sea level on the Eastern side of Mount Etna where the terraces receive abundant sun and fresh air. The winery combines natural processes with modern technology to produce indigenous grape varietals with lower sulfites.

Lunch: At the winery. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell lunch.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes, In Transit From Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. See your program’s “Getting There” information regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on departure time. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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