Taste of Sicily & Baroque Towns
6 nights/7 days
May 28 -June 4, 2012
Sept. 17-24, 2012
This adventure takes you across the exotic island of Sicily from Palermo to the southeast baroque region of Modica and Siracusa. Experience the local specialities, a hands-on cooking class with a master of authentic Sicilian cuisine, visit markets and taste wines from the different regions. A Taste of Sicily is the perfect combination to taste your way across Sicily.
DAY 1 Palermo Our week long adventure begins with a walking tour through the bustling streets of Palermo to the Vucciria market. Vibrant and lively, vendors sell their just picked produce, mounds of olives, cheeses, spices and fresh catches of the day and sample local street food specialties. Continue on to Palermo’s Catherdral, Quattro Canti, known as the “four corners”, Piazza Pretoria and it’s magnificent baroque sculpture filled fountain, and the Opera house and hilltop town of Monreale and its stunning Byzantine mosaic filled Duomo. Tonight is yours to explore the city or dine at a local hot spot where everyone is welcome to join. L
DAY 2 Modica After breakfast, we’ll travel to the center of the island to legendary Anna Tasca’s cooking class. You will spend the afternoon in her century old villa preparing authentic Sicilian dishes along with the history that created them. Or if you prefer you can watch or walk the vineyards until lunch. All products are from their farm, from the eggs and cheese, to garden vegetables and olive oil, to of course the vino! Take a nap or watch the landscape go by on your way to the baroque city of Modica. B, L
Day 3 Modica Today you will enjoy a walking tour of Modica, it’s historical sites and lesser known local areas. Then stop for a private tourand tasting at world famous Bonajuto chocolate shop, whose methods date back to the Aztecs and Spaniards. Many chocolate treats spiked with spicy chili and cinnamon to the best traditional sweet ricotta filled cannoli’s. Visit Castello Donnafugata for guided tour and free time to walk and explore the gardens. The evening is yours to enjoy Modica’s rustic delicacies such as scacci and arrancini and local wine and cheeses. B
Day 4 Modica After breakfast visit the baroque village of Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its caciocavallo and fresh ricotta cheeses. This afternoon enjoy a rustic lunch among the vineyards and olive groves at one of Sicily’s top wineries. It an organic winery producing local varietals like Cerasoula and Nero d’Avola and see the unique wine making process in amphoras (clay urns) dating back to ancient Rome. B, L
Day 5 Siracusa This morning continue on to Siracusa, Ortygia, known as, Citta Vecchia, the old city of Siracusa first inhabited by the Greeks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this little island is filled with medieval and baroque monuments. Lunch at a local trattoria. This evening is free to explore the narrow streets, shops and restaurants or even take in a long standing traditional Sicilian performance at the puppet theatre. B, L
Day 6 Siracusa Today our local guide will take us to the market, visit the Duomo and Santa Lucia piazza. On our walking tour and practically lunch, we’ll visit a few shops to sample local artisan cheeses and wines, visit one of Siracusa’s best pasticceria’s creating traditional Sicilian cassata, cannoli, delicious almond cookies pasta di mandorle. Next, visit the Greek Amphitheatre dating back to 5th century BC and the Ear of Dionysis, the cave possess amazing acoustical properties. Dinner is at one of Sicily’s best pizzeria’s. B, L, D
DAY 7 Arrivederci! We hope to see you again soon.
After breakfast, transfer to Catania Airport or if you are continuing on we are happy to assist with your travel plans. Additional days may be added on to visit Taormina.
Legend For Meals Included In Your Tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
$2495 Price per person/double occupancy
6 nights 3* and 4* boutique accommodations
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
Cooking class at legendary Anna Tasca’s, including lunch and wine tasting
Guided Walking Tour of Palermo, Modica, Siracusa
All Entrance fees, Wine Tastings
Private Driver & Transportation for tour activities
Transfer to Catania airport
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