22069
Italy
Cooking in Sicily
Learn the time-honored art of Sicilian cooking as you visit a historic winery, enjoy chef-led cooking classes and join chef Monica Consoli for a private lesson and meal in her home!
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Program No. 22069RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,099
Flights start at
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10 days
9 nights
18 meals
8 B 5 L 5 D
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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 available from 12:00 Noon

Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before a light snack and 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. Unless specified otherwise, the majority of transportation will be provided via motorcoach thereby necessitating ascending and descending a few steps. All meals include wine, coffee and water. 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, we’ll enjoy a set, plated meal featuring regional cuisine and fresh seafood plus a glass of wine, mineral water, and coffee; other beverages available for purchase

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

DAY
3
First cooking lesson, Taormina
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 15 minutes to the cooking school. Walking approximately 1 hour in Taormina on cobblestone streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the 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.

Morning: Walk through the city. First cooking lesson with Chef Massimo Tomarchio at the local restaurant in Taormina. Lessons will be managed by using two different learning methods. Tomarchio’s organizes his students like a real cooking staff: “brigata di Cucina” with the of aim preparing a complete menu as they were working in a real restaurant and had to serve in a real dining room. Therefore her students will be divided into small groups (two or three people) whom the chef will assign the creation of a dish (that will have to be prepared from the beginning to the end).

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Guided 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 Mediterranian 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 visitors can still find fine examples of Taormina’s extraordinary history: the tremendous Greek Theatre, 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. As soon as you arrive in Taormina, you will be captivated by its classical charm and astonishing beauty.

Dinner: 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.

Evening: Leisure.

DAY
4
Cooking Lesson / Castelmola
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 15 minutes to the cooking school. Ride is approximately 40 minutes to Castelmola. Walking approximately 30 minutes on cobblestone streets in Castelmola.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Visit to the local market with Chef Massimo. Cooking lesson with Chef Massimo Tomarchio.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Excursion to the ancient village of Castelmola, floating 1,800 feet above sea level, it has the most spectacular view in the region. A natural balcony above Taormina, the view from Castelmola is dazzlingly beautiful: from here one can see, among a myriad of prickly pear cactus, the majestic Mt. Etna with towns clinging to its slopes, the Ionian coast, the gulf of Giardini-Naxos, the Cape of Sant´Alessio, the straits of Messina and the Calabrian coast.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Leisure.

DAY
5
Viagrande, cooking lesson, Free Time
Taormina
B,L,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Ride is approximately 50 minutes.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Transfer to Viagrande for a special lecture on Mediterranean Cuisine held by Mrs. Monica Consoli. Cooking lesson at “Antica Casa Siciliana” in Viagrande on the slopes of Mt. Etna near Catania. Here, surrounded by orange groves and vineyards which flourish in Mt. Etna’s fertile soil, the sensual pleasure of Sicilian cuisine comes alive. Her mother Mrs. Eleonora Consoli was the author of the book in 2 volumes, “Sicilia – La Cucina del Sole”, a collection of 486 Sicilian recipes, with quotations from authors associated in some way with the cuisine of the island. Mrs. Consoli’s working method is completely different: her lesson will take place in her cooking school too but with a difference: the students will have to prepare the whole menu because they will have just one lesson at their disposal. Each student will prepare all dishes from pasta, second course…to the dessert.

Lunch: Lunch at the Mrs. Consoli's house.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon.

Dinner: Plated meal at the local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Cooking Lesson, Free Time
Taormina
B,L
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 15 minutes to the cooking school.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Visit to the local market. Cooking lesson with Chef Massimo Tomarchio.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Enjoy this free afternoon to explore Sicily on your own.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Leisure.

DAY
7
Barone Villagrande winery, Mount Etna
Taormina
B,L,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 hour. Ride is approximately 40 minutes. Easy terrain at the winery.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Transfer to the Azienda Vinicola Barole Villagrande. Wine tasting.

Lunch: Wine tasting and lunch at the winery.

Afternoon: Excursion to Mount Etna, the highest Mediterranean island mountain and one of the most active volcanoes in the world. 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. Due to its scientific value and historical significance, Mount Etna was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Leisure.

DAY
8
Syracuse
Taormina
B,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 45 minutes on cobblestone streets in Syracuse. Ride is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Excursion to the archeological park of Syracuse. Syracuse was the most important city of Magna Graecia. The city nowadays is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes.

Lunch: Enjoy the local cuisine as you have lunch on your own in Syracuse.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon will be Free Time. Take this opportunity for 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.

Dinner: Plated meal at the local restaurant.

Evening: Leisure.

DAY
9
Catania / local market / Free time.
Taormina
B,D
Hotel Continental

Activity note: Walking approximately 1 hour on cobblestone streets in Catania. Ride is approximately 1 hour.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Field trip to Catania. Visit to the “Piscaria”, the famous fish market at Catania. The fish market is the most incredible open air market in Italy. All the sea's bounty is on display, along with fresh meats, vegetables, cheeses, desserts, and all sorts of prepared items. It is a riot of sights, smells, jostling haggling crowds, singing vendors, a tumultuous yet orchestrated symphony of humanity and commerce not to be missed.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time. Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served farewell meal with wine, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with your fellow Road Scholars.

Evening: Leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See the travel information section regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet depending on departure time

Morning: This concludes our program. Safe travels! If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for the next program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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