Baroque Sicily

If you want to experience a cooking tour in Italy the Sicilian way, then spend your week in a fabulous four-star family run hotel, where you will be welcomed with the unparalleled hospitality for which Sicily is so well known.

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.

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. Explore them all on your Sicilian cooking holiday!

Baroque Sicily

If you want to experience a cooking tour in Italy the Sicilian way, then spend your week in a fabulous four-star family run hotel, where you will be welcomed with the unparalleled hospitality for which Sicily is so well known.

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.

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. Explore them all on your Sicilian cooking holiday!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Michael & Marilyn
New York
Trip taken May 2013
How do we say outstanding in Italian. We loved everything about it. Hotel Failla was terrific; 20 foot ceilings in an old home that were painted, a balcony opening to the street, and warm friendly hosts. Mr and Mrs Failla are completely gracious, and were around most of the time, but it was the young women at the fron t desk, Julia and Laura, that one saw most. They were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Always willing to recommend a restaurant for dinner and to show us how to get there. As for the cooking part, it is hard to beat working with the head chef (Davide) in a Michelin rated restaurant. He was also friendly, taught us how to cook a wide variety of foods, and was very flexible. He asked if we had anything in particular we wanted to cook, and whe we made a couple of suggestions, he changed the schedule around. I found that the kitchen was sized well for four participants, which we had. More could have gotten crowded. The last night we ate at the restaurant as part of the package, and Davide made a great assortment of dishes for us. One sees just how creative a Michelin chef really is. As for the touring part, we found the daily guided tours to be very informative. Our driver Walter was always on time and drove pretty safely by Italian standards. Nunzia was our guide, and she was as friendly and informative as the hotel hosts.We really got to see a variety of churches, Greek ruins, wineries, and other things during the outings. Finally, one has to recognize the International Kitchen for their selection of the tour package and making sure that it was well organized. Everything went well, no problems, and when there was a weather related change, the hotel responded well. I guess what sums up our thoughts is that my wife and I, who had never taken such a tour before, talked about perhaps doing something similar in the future. I highly recommend the International Kitchen to all of our friends. Bravo, or as they say in France, chapeau.

Trip Details

Your guide for your three hands-on cooking classes 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.


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