Cooking in Sicily
Learn the time-honored art of Sicilian cooking as you visit a historic winery and enjoy chef-led cooking classes!
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Angelo was a fantastic guide, as knowledgeable as considerate for the participants. I wish we could have a written summary of his talks. it is fascinating to hear about the history of a place when we are on site however it is very difficult to take notes while we are walking or standing there. A written summary of what was said would be very very useful. Even if we have a good bibliography inside de documentation, it is rather overwhelming to consult all of this. So, a few pages summary would be very appreciated (this holds true for other Road Scholar programs as well) Massimo was a good chef with a good sense of humour. We had fun while we learned. It could have been nice to change city at least once during this program, may be spend half the time in Taormina and half in Siracusa or Ragusa. This would allow us to be in a less touristic city and be more in context with real life in Sicily. Over all it was a great program, the small group is a must for such rogram.


Cooking in Sicily was excellent.


The historical aspect of the trip should not be under appreciated- Sicily has so much history and our tour leader did an outstanding job of linking a complex and long history to the sights we saw. Well done and much appreciated. I appricated the books you recommended and did read up on Sicily prior to our trip which was very helpful. Our cooking classes were great fun and we enjoyed the foods we prepaired (don’t worry, meals were supplemented by our cook instructors.)


This was a fabulous trip. The cooking classes were wonderful, and I learned a lot, even though I’m a very experienced cook. The setting (Taormina) was beautiful, and the trip allowed for plenty of site seeing in addition to the cooking classes.


Road Scholar is a company that provide many programs at attractive pricing. Their individual guides are well versed and make the experience worthwhile. It is also a terrific value value for the single traveler.


This trip to Sicily was wonderful! This was my first travel experience with Road Scholar and I am so glad that I took the trip. This was a small group tour and that was very nice - met some wonderful people. Rosa was the tour leader and I think she did a great job at making it an awesome vacation. The hotel was in a great location and the staff were all very very nice. Massimo, our chef, made the cooking experience fun - we actually cooked some yummy dishes. Lots of steps and walking and I have to admit I'll be looking forward to visiting again as there was so much to see in the area (at least for me).


This is a great program with some of the best food in Sicily and you will make it yourself!


Wonderful trip! The cooking was pure fun, as was the eating and the endless lovely wine. For me, the field trips were the best part - the history and archeology of this fascinating piece of Europe. And staying each night in the same very nice hotel made it both easy and also fun to get to know Taormina.


I was extremely pleased with cooking in sicily. The cooking classes were excellent and we had a wonderful group of people who all shared a love of cooking, eating and drinking. It was a wonderful trip.


A big bonus of this program is that you are in one hotel the whole time (no packing & unpacking), in a beautiful mountainside town with fascinating history and architecture, and lovely views of the Ionian Sea and of Mt. Etna.


This was a fabulous experience! Rosa, our tour director, was extremely knowledgeable and really went out of her was to show us her Sicily! Our accommodations were nice and in a good location as well. The cooking lessons just could not have been better! The instructors were delightful and excellent. Although I am an experienced cook, I brought home new skills and great ideas!


Cooking In Sicily was a fabulous program, fun, exciting and educational ! Rosa, our group leader was unbelievable and truly cares about her group ! I would absolutely take another trip with Rhode Scholar !!


The program was interesting and educational on several levels. I learned ,a few recipes,about Sicilys ancient history, about Sicilys c current events, legends, the whole trip was terrified. Owing primarily to the guide Rosa Rizza!


Rosa is a great guide and Massimo is an excellent teacher . This a great program. Sicily in itself cannot be disappointing.


The "Cooking in Sicily" was the best program I've ever attended.


Loved our cooking tour of Sicily. Guide Rosa Rizza was a gem and was the main ingredient in bringing all of the wonderful parts of the trip together. We learned cooking but also culture, history and living habits of Sicilians and Italians. I always ask lots of questions and in this case got lots of answers.


This was a wonderful program, but much more challenging physically than indicated in the program information. Taormina is a very hilly town and there were 102 steps from our hotel to the main shopping street which had to be climbed at least twice a day and often 3 or 4 times.

Ann Marie

It could not get better than this


I wanted to go to Italy with a cooking group and the Road Scholar trip to Taormina was a great choice. So glad I did this!


The Cooking in Sicily tour was led by Ms. Rosa Rizza who was a cheerful walking encyclopedia of Sicilian history and tradition. The four cooking courses, conducted by two noted chefs, were entertaining, informal and belt breaking. All four sessions emphasized technique and regional dishes that can be recreated at home with common utensils. An advanced cook would lean new dishes and a novice would not feel awkward. I highly recommend the tour for people who enjoy eating.


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