Elegant Taormina and The Eastern Coast
About the location: Situated high above the Ionian Sea on Sicily’s eastern coast, the ancient city of Taormina is a picturesque place that has inspired artists, writers, and tourists for centuries. But the breathtaking view of the sea isn’t the only thing to love about this magical city. The town has been called the “greatest work of art and nature,” according to Goethe, and with its Greek colonial ruins, mild climate, and snow-capped Mount Etna, it’s not hard to see why. Discover this paradise in this Italian culinary vacation.
About the accommodations: The 4-star Hotel Villa Diodoro’s namesake, the Greek historian Diodoro Siculo, once told stories about travelers seeking beauty, sun, art and culture — and finding all of those things in Taormina.
The elegant hotel still retains its historical roots, and offers a beautiful pool with stunning views of both Mount Etna and the bay of Naxos. The 102 spacious and stylish hotel rooms offer modern amenities as well as wonderful views of the surrounding area. While the hotel is perched on a cliff, access to a private beach is available with a free shuttle.
About the classes: Explore Sicilian cooking in three unique Italian cooking classes. The first class will be in Catania, including a visit to the amazing fish market. Another will be on Mount Etna, and the third in Taormina at the Villa Britannia. In all your cooking classes, you’ll discover the wonderful flavors and traditions of Italian and Sicilian cooking.