Walking approximately 15 minutes to Taormina. Walking approximately 1 hour in Taormina on cobblestone streets.
At the hotel, our breakfast buffet’s choices include an egg dish, a variety of sliced cold cuts and cheeses, breakfast breads, jams, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit with coffee, tea and water.
We will walk with the group leader to Taormina and enjoy an expert-led visit of Taormina. The ancient city of Taormina is at the center of 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. Today we can still find fine examples of Taormina’s extraordinary history: the tremendous Greek theater, the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint Stefano, the public gardens, the Badia Vecchia (Ancient Abbey), and many others. We will then walk to the cooking school for our first cooking lesson with an expert local chef. We’ll be organized like a “brigata di cucina,” or a kitchen’s staff, with the aim of preparing a complete menu, including serving. In our small groups, we’ll be assigned particular dishes to prepare.
At the restaurant where our cooking class took place, we will enjoy the results of our cooking lesson along with other dishes prepared by the chef himself, plus wine and water.
Afterwards, we will return to the hotel and we will enjoy some free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.