The term “baroque” is derived from a Portuguese word meaning “a pearl of irregular shape” and is exemplified by exuberance and grandeur in the arts. In the fourteenth century the town of Modica was the heart of Sicilian Baroque, and today retains the splendor of its vibrant past through the quintessential architecture of the era. The four star Hotel Palazzo Failla is nestled between the two primary examples of this distinct architecture in the center of Modica, St. George Cathedral and the Castle of Counts.
Awarded the coveted “Best Hotel in Sicily” award in 2007, the 10-room family owned palazzo has been arduously restored to include modern comforts such as satellite TV, internet, and air conditioning, yet maintains its original elegance. Each room is distinct; many boasting frescoed ceilings and private terraces. The Failla family will welcome you with the unparalleled hospitality for which Sicily is so well known.
About the cooking lessons: Sicilian cuisine is perhaps the most celebrated in all of Italy; exceptionally fresh ingredients are readily available thanks to a gloriously mild Mediterranean climate. It is also an incredible confluence of cultural influences of the peoples that have inhabited the island over time: Greek, Roman, Norman, Arab and Spanish. Your guide on this culinary adventure is Chef Francesco Mineo, who uses both local ingredients and products to craft his menu at a restaurant owned by the hotel. Through his hands-on classes, he'll teach you various aspects of Sicilian cuisine.