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Winter in Italy: Taormina & Sicily’s Culture & Cuisine

There’s no better time to experience Sicily than winter! Delight in local cuisine, discover Mount Etna and learn about the Roman and Greek history of Taormina.
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Program No. 22850RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,879
Flights start at
650
Italy

Winter in Italy: Taormina & Sicily’s Culture & Cuisine

There’s no better time to experience Sicily than winter! Delight in local cuisine, discover Mount Etna and learn about the Roman and Greek history of Taormina.
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,879
Flights start at
650
Program No. 22850 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
1,879
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
1,879
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Jan 30 - Feb 6, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 31 - Nov 7, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Nov 6 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Jan 30 - Feb 6, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Dec 4 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
2,329

At a Glance

Sicily’s idyllic location on the Mediterranean Sea has long made it a place of inspiration and respite for multiple cultures. In the heart of Taormina, experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Sicily as you explore this historic island during the quieter months, and learn how the Byzantines, Greeks, Romans and others influenced Sicilian life through the years. Marvel in the views of Mount Etna as you enjoy a field trip to a local market, sample wines at a local vineyard, try your hand at creating traditional cuisine and much more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to a mile over varied terrain and standing for at least one hour; 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Savor traditional Sicilian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with Chef Massimo Tomarchio.
  • Get a taste of Sicily and learn all about wine production during an exploration of a local vineyard and enjoy a full Sicilian lunch.
  • Ride along the Circumetnea Railway around the base of Mount Etna, learning about one of the world’s most active volcanoes and taking in views of lava fields.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Italy: Palermo & Sicily’s Architectural Wonders" (#23488) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
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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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Boris Behncke View biography
Boris Behncke is a volcanologist at the Osservatorio Etneo of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV-OE). He works predominantly on Sicilian volcanoes: their histories, eruptions, and their impact on nearby populations. He is coordinator of the working area “Observation of volcanic phenomena” and key contact person for Communication and Information during volcanic emergencies via Internet and social media. He is also part of the Communications and Public Outreach group at the INGV-OE that organizes events and activities with schools and the general public.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Cucina Siciliana: Authentic Recipes and Culinary Secrets from Sicily
by Clarissa Hyman
Sicily: Art, History and Culture
by Enzo Russo
Sicily: Three Thousand Years of Human History
by Sandra Benjamin
Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History
by John Julius Norwich
Sicilia in Cucina: The Flavours of Sicily
by William Dello Russo
Seeking Sicily: A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean
by John Keahey
Blue Guide Sicily
by Ellen Grady





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