Enchanting Sicily Gourmet Tour

  • Tour Type: Explore Regional Italy Tours
  • Location: Sicily
  • Code: ESGT18
  • Price From: Euro 2850
  • Travel Month: April, May, June. Sept, Oct November
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Short Description:

    Sicily has a rich and blended culture, particularly in the arts, music, literature, food, wine and architecture. The Sicilian economy is largely based on agriculture, and in particular orange and lemon orchards. More recently international tourists have begun to value the natural beauty of the Sicilian countryside.

    A 6 day wine and food tour tour highlighting the best in locavore from this off the beaten track Island. History plays a bit part in the development of the wines and the cuisine and whilst the tour is only 6 days, we are sure you will want to return for more.

    Visit the hilltop towns synonymous with mafia stories, taste local dishes and meet the artisans who have grown and produced amazing produce from cheeses, wines and Olive oils.

Highlights

1st day

We will meet at Catania Fontanarossa Airport in the morning ( can be arranged according to your arrival or your accommodation if arrival is prior to tour start date ).

Our tour in Sicily will start from the gorgeous Baroque city of Ragusa, a real treasure chest, where art, culture and gourmet cuisine express  the unique soul of this unique Island.

Our boutique hotel will welcome us with a gourmet seafood lunch, where we will have the chance to taste the influences that North African incursions and commercial exchanges throughout the history left in local recipes and tastes;

In the afternoon we will discover the beauty of the city, we will live its magic atmosphere as locals do, we will stop at the bar “in piazza” for a chat with the “Don”, this is the title in Sicily we generally use in sign of respect to local elderly people and also to the most illustrious people of the village/town. It was historically nobiliary title and when in the 20’s the Mafia started gaining power, in order to enhance their reputation, the chiefs of this organisation started asking people to call them using this title.

Tonight we have dinner in a characteristic Sicilian locanda, you will be astonished by the warm hospitality Sicilian people will welcome you on our Sicily gourmet wine and food tour.

2nd Day

Ready to taste a delicious, original “cannolo Siciliano”? Our day will start with a visit to one of the most famous dessert laboratories in Sicily. The island is famous all over the world for the richness and for the goodness of its traditional desserts, starting from the cannolo, to the cassata, to an infinite number of incredible delicacies, get ready! Obviously, we will meet the artisans and we will ask them to reveal us the secrets of their masterpieces.

After our visit to the laboratory we will head the fantastic “Donnafugata Castle”, an amazing Castle built in XV Century, incredibly preserved, with all the original furniture, its amazing park, the labyrinth…visiting this artistic jewel will be like doing a jump back in time of 500 years.

After lunch a “birra tasting” is waiting for us! And when tasting the delicious beers of this brewery we are going to taste all the flavours and perfumes of Sicily.

Then back to our cosy hotel, where after some relax a light dinner is waiting for us (the dinner will be included);

3rd Day

The beauty of the little village of Modica is waiting for us today. Modica is the ’chocolate paradise’, locals are devoted to the production of one of the best chocolate in Italy. You will be amazed by the very peculiar laboratories there and by the variety of production you will find there. As locals say, the perfume of chocolate is everywhere in Modica.

For lunch we will experience the classic Sicilian street food today. Get ready for the best ’arancini’ you have ever tasted. It is a promise!

After the visit to Modica village we  leave to Agrigento, to the gorgeous “Valley of Temples” (Valle dei Templi). This famous UNESCO heritage jewel  is our next destination. The valley is one of the biggest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean area. The city of Akragas, the ancient city in the Middle of the Valley was built 582 years B.C., the temple is perfectly preserved and dominates the location.

The visit to the Valley will take place after the sunset, at night the atmosphere of this magic place is unique.

A typical Sicilian taverna is waiting for us tonight for dinner, there we will discover the “cucina Agrigentina”, the Agrigento cuisine.

4th Day

After our gourmet breakfast we leave for the countryside, where we will meet a family of shepherds. We will spend the morning with them, we will follow the rhythms of their usual daily life and of course we will taste the delicious cheeses they make following their ancestors’ recipes.

Then back to Agrigento for lunch. Ready for a delicious “bruschetta alla Siciliana”? Our gourmet lunch will be accompanied by the precious “Nero d’Avola”, the famous Sicilian red wine  for its refined taste and perfume.

In the afternoon we leave Agrigento for our next destination, the gorgeous Taormina!

We will be there for dinner, get ready for an unforgettable dinner with view and for a triumph of authentic Sicilian flavours.

5th day

Ready for a breath-taking experience? Today we  climb the biggest active volcano of the Eurasiatic Teutonic Plate. It is a once in a life experience you cannot miss. The tour will include a wine and food tasting and if we will be lucky enough the volcano will welcome us,  !!!

We will be back at our boutique hotel in the late afternoon, tonight dinner will be free. (but included).

6th Day

Today we  spend our day in Taormina and Giardini Naxos. We will start with a “passeggiata” along the romantic seaside, we  stop in one of the nice bars there for a coffee and some typical pastry and we  discover the most gorgeous corners of these two elegant towns.

For lunch we  enjoy the typical seafood cuisine of this part of Sicily in an historical restaurant that faces the incredible landscape that as a precious jewel embraces the town.

In the afternoon free time for some shopping in Taormina

Our elegant “Arrivederci Sicily Dinner” will hide a surprise tonight.

7th Day

We travel to Catania Fontanarossa Airport in the morning.

Prices start from €2875

Duration: 6 days (5 nights) – Extensions available.

Number of people suggested: couples or groups (4 to 12 people), for bigger groups, please, contact bruce.white@wineandfoodtraveller.com

Period of availability: all the year long except from 15th July to 31 August and from 15th December to 15th January. Suggested periods: April, May, June, September till 15th November, these are the best months to come to Italy (the weather is gorgeous).

Features

Personal English Speaking Food and Wine Expert Guide

Transportation: from the collection point (Catania International Airport) and back.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages during the meal included in selected gourmet restaurants and  agriturismi. Beverages during all meals that are included in the Itinerary.

Accommodation in boutique hotel (4 stars), boutique agriturismo or boutique old mansions.

All the activities included in the highlights (lunches and dinners  not included when guests have free time).

All entry fees for excursions are included.                      

NB: in case of vegetarian or vegan guests, the request of special dedicated meals must be done during booking process, we also kindly ask you to communicate food allergies and intolerances.

Not Included

Air fares;

Food and beverages not included in the program;

Personal expenses and everything not mentioned in the program;

Single supplement (on request);

Transfers not included in the program (any request about different transfers will be quoted separately);

Travel insurance: highly recommended.

Sicily gourmet wine and food tour. A wine and food tour to the southern tip of Italy, Sicily, where we explore Italian wine and Italian cuisine and discover the history of this amazing island.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is one of the autonomous regions of Italy. The region has an overall area of 25,708 square kilometres and a population of five million. Palermo is the capital of Sicily, the provinces are: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani. Sicily’s closest neighbour is Calabria, 3 kl to the east across the straits of Messina.

Sicily has a rich and blended culture, particularly in the arts, music, literature, food, wine and architecture. The Sicilian economy is largely based on agriculture, and in particular orange and lemon orchards. More recently international tourists have begun to value the natural beauty of the Sicilian countryside. Sicily is also home to many historic sites such as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Greek theatre at Taomina and the Roman ruins at Siracusa. The great baroque cities of Ragusa, Modica and Noto are definitely worth  a visit.

What food is Sicily known for?

Pasta alla Norma: This very popular pasta dish hails from eastern Sicily; a stick-to-your-ribs dish, it’s made with fried eggplant, tomatoes, basil, and ricotta salata. Sicily’s frutta marmorata—or marzipan—is often a work of art!

Spaghetti ai ricci (spaghetti prepared with sea urchin) Pasta con le sarde (with sardines) and Pasta alla Norma (a specialty originated in Catania) are the most popular pasta dishes typically Sicilian. Manicotti is another common dish.

Cannoli originated in Sicily and are a staple of Sicilian cuisine. In Italy, they are commonly known as “cannoli siciliani”, Sicilian cannoli. Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta.

Wines of Sicily.

Sicily’s reputation as a food and wine paradise has remained intact for more than 3,000 years.

Beginning with the Greeks, who arrived on the eastern part of Sicily in the 8th century BCE, the idea of methodical grapegrowing practices for the purpose of quality winemaking firmly took root on the island.

As the centuries passed, Phoenicians and Romans traded Sicilian wines based on their power and their distinctive qualities. The best vines were propagated, viticulture developed, and thus Sicilian wines were promoted on and off the island. Today, we see the fruits of these labors.

Though many things have changed, most of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties and time-honored winegrowing traditions continue to play an important role. Thanks to meticulous vineyard tending and gentle grape handling in Sicily’s wineries, Sicilia DOC wines feature the medley of flavors that Sicily has been known for since ancient times and which represent some of the best wines of Italy.

The world famous cuisine of Sicily is a reflection of the island’s bounty and biodiversity, but while Sicilian ingredients have long been a part of the Mediterranean culinary experience, the wines paired with these meals rarely came from Sicily. Fortunately for wine lovers, that is changing. Today, the Sicilia DOC is reviving the island’s vinous heritage so that both Sicily’s own pantheon of culinary delights as well as fine cuisines from around the world can benefit from the elegance and harmony Sicilian wines bring to the table.

Now more than ever, Sicilian wine producers are focusing on the opportunities provided by the Mediterranean landscape. The island’s climatic conditions are perfect for producing healthy grapes and extraordinary wines with distinctive flavors at incredible value. For those who have already enjoyed Sicily’s wines, either with the island’s traditional foods or their own favorite international dishes,one thing remains clear: Incredible food and amazing wines do not have to be expensive.

As wine lovers discover the best-known Sicilian grapes—Grillo, Catarratto, Nero d’Avola, Frappato and others—they find that the sun-kissed island is capable of producing a range of intriguing flavors, but ultimately it is Sicily’s authenticity that wins their heart.