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Double room at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Cooking during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Chocolate enjoyed during a cooking vacation in Sicily
Palate cleanser on a culinary vacation in Sicily
Cooking class in Sicily
Olives and bread on a culinary tour of Sicily
View of the coast of Marzamemi on your Sicily culinary vacation
Typical Sicilian products
Typical Sicilian products during your culinary tour of Sicily
Pastries on your cooking vacation in Sicily
Church in Modica during your tour of Sicily
View of Ragusa during your cooking vacation in Sicily
The isle of Ortigia in Siracusa
A bedroom at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Elegant room at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Large bedroom at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Double room at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Red and white room at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Bathroom at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Bedroom at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Jacuzzi tub at the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Lobby of the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Another bedroom of the Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica during your cooking vacation in Sicily
Overview

Baroque Sicily

Church in Modica during your tour of SicilyIf 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.

Itinerary

Church in Modica during your tour of SicilyDay One

  • Transfer from the Catania airport and check-in to your deluxe room at the beautiful Palazzo Failla in Modica.
  • Welcome drink served in the hotel’s atelier.
  • Welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant and overnight. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, a Baroque tour of Modica and a visit of the most famous pastry shop for a tasting of the famed Modican chocolate.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, experience a guided tour of Marzamemi, Portopalo, and Isola delle Correnti; all are small towns with harbors and fish restaurants.
  • Lunch today will be a in a traditional seafood trattoria in Marzamemi.
  • In the afternoon continue your guided tour in Noto, the architectural capital of the Baroque cities. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s famous for its Baroque monuments. While here, experience a tasting of typical products in Caffe Sicilia, a famous pastry shop.
  • Return to Modica. Dinner on your own and overnight.

View of Ragusa during your cooking vacation in SicilyDay Four

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, take a guided tour of Ragusa, famous for its palaces and churches, and visit its handicraft and gastronomic shops. It is considered an “open museum” of Baroque architecture. See the magnificent San Giorgio cathedral, with its asymmetrical staircase, and other sites.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Return to Modica. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Sicilian cod prepared during your culinary tour of SicilyDay Five

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, visit the Baroque city of Scicli, where there are many churches and palaces that were built between 1700 and 1800; many of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Lunch in Scicli (drinks not included).
  • Return to Modica. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Red wine being poured on a food and wine tour in ItalyDay Six

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, head to a local winery for a tasting of Sicilian wines, olive oil, and other local products.
  • Return to Modica. In the afternoon, participate in your final cooking class, followed by dinner based on your efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • Breakfast and return transfer to the Catania airport.

Day One

  • Transfer from the Catania airport and check-in to your deluxe room at the beautiful Palazzo Failla in Modica.
  • Welcome drink served in the hotel’s atelier.
  • Welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant and overnight. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

View of Ragusa during your cooking vacation in SicilyDay Two

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, take a guided tour of Ragusa, famous for its palaces and churches, and visit its handicraft and gastronomic shops. It is considered an “open museum” of Baroque architecture. See the magnificent San Giorgio cathedral, with its asymmetrical staircase, and other sites.
  • Return to Modica. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning enjoy a tour to Noto, the architectural capital of the Baroque cities. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s famous for its Baroque monuments. While here, experience a tasting of typical sweet & savory Sicilian products.
  • Return to Modica. Afternoon cooking class, followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, visit the Baroque city of Scicli, where there are many churches and palaces that were built between 1700 and 1800; many of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • In the afternoon, participate in your final cooking class, followed by dinner based on your efforts. (Drinks not included).
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast and return transfer to the Catania airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in deluxe room at Palazza Failla

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 products tasting at winery
  • 4 dinners

Classes & Instructors

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.

Excursions

  • Tour in Modica
  • Full-day excursion to Marzamemi, Portopaio, Isola delle Correnti, and Noto, with tour
  • Guided tour of Ragusa
  • Winery visit
  • Visit of baroque Scicli

Transfer Details

  • Round trip transfers to/from the Catania airport to Modica (Please note early or late transfers may incur a 20 Euro surcharge.)

Miscellaneous

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Pastry shop visit with chocolate tasting
  • Tasting at Caffe Sicilia in Noto
  • Wine tasting at wine shop (for 4-night itinerary)
  • Wine tasting at a winery (for 6-night itinerary)

Not Included

  • Please note beverages are not included with lunch and dinner

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation in deluxe room at Palazzo Failla

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 tasting lunch
  • 4 dinners

Classes & Instructors

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.

Excursions

  • Tour in Modica
  • Visit of Noto, with tour
  • Guided tour of Ragusa
  • Visit of baroque Scicli

Transfer Details

  • Round trip transfers to/from the Catania airport to Modica (Please note early or late transfers may incur a 20 Euro surcharge.)

Miscellaneous

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Pastry shop visit with chocolate tasting
  • Tasting at Caffe Sicilia in Noto
  • Wine tasting at wine shop (for 4-night itinerary)
  • Wine tasting at a winery (for 6-night itinerary)

Not Included

  • Please note beverages are not included with lunch and dinner

Accommodation Information

Located near the S. George Church as well as the Castle of the Counts, Palazzo Failla Hotel was once a noble Sicilian building. That history continues to be respected with the beautiful interior design due to the majolicas (ceramics), vault frescoes, and antique furniture. The room amenities include minibar, hair dryer, satellite TV, air conditioning, radio, telephone, safe, and air conditioning. The property also features the restaurant La Gazza Ladra.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

6-night Program
US$3150 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$300 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please note single rooms also available (with no single supplement).


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

2021
Sample weeks:
April 25-May 1
May 2-8
May 9-15
May 16-22
May 23-29
May 30-June 5
June 6-12
June 13-19
June 20-26
June 27-July 3
July 4-10
July 11-17
July 18-24
July 25-31
August 1-7
August 8-14
August 15-21
August 22-28
August 29-September 4
September 5-11
September 12-18
September 19-25
September 26-October 2
October 3-9
October 10-16
October 17-23
October 24-30
October 31-November 6
November 7-13
November 14-20
November 21-27
November 28-December 4
December 5-11
December 12-18

2022
Sample weeks:
January 2-8
January 9-15
January 16-22
January 23-29
January 30- February 5
February 6-12
February 13-19
February 20-26
February 27-March 5
March 6-12
March 13-19
March 20-26
March 27-April 2
April 3-9
April 10-16
April 17-23
April 24-30
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
May 22-28
May 29-June 4
June 5-11
June 12-18
June 19-25
June 26-July 2
July 3-9
July 10-16
July 17-23
July 24-30
July 31-August 6
August 7-13
August 14-20
August 21-27
August 28-September 3
September 4-10
September 11-17
September 18-24
September 25-October 1
October 2-8
October 19-15
October 16-22
October 23-29
October 30-November 5
November 6-12
November 13-19
November 20-26
November 27-December 3
December 4-10
December 11-17

Looking for tour date information?


Year-Round Pricing:

4-night Program
US$2400 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$200 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please note single rooms also available (with no single supplement).


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

2021
Sample weeks:
April 25-29
May 2-6
May 9-13
May 16-20
May 23-27
May 30-June 3
June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 4-8
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 1-5
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-26
August 29-September 2
September 5-9
September 12-16
September 19-23
September 26-30
October 3-7
October 10-14
October 17-21
October 24-28
October 31-November 4
November 7-11
November 14-18
November 21-25
November 28-December 2
December 5-9
December 12-16
December 19-23

2022
Sample weeks:
January 2-6
January 9-13
January 16-20
January 23-27
January 30- February 3
February 6-10
February 13-17
February 20-24
February 27-March 3
March 6-10
March 13-17
March 20-24
March 27-31
April 3-7
April 10-14
April 17-21
April 24-28
May 1-5
May 8-12
May 15-19
May 22-26
May 29-June 2
June 5-9
June 12-16
June 19-25
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11
August 14-18
August 21-25
August 28-September 1
September 4-8
September 11-15
September 18-22
September 25-29
October 2-6
October 19-13
October 16-20
October 23-27
October 30-November 3
November 6-10
November 13-17
November 20-24
November 27-December 1
December 4-8
December 11-15
December 18-22

Reviews

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.
We gave this trip 4 stars
james & vickie
Montana
Trip taken May 2011
Sicily was an educational experience culturally and historically. Good tours. Cooking was with non-English speaking chef, but an interpeter was there. Can't say it was something I would do again. If clients want an experience of a lifetime, reccommend Don Alfonso. Maybe that spoiled me. I will use International Kiteches again and I do reccommend it to my friends. One problem with smaller towns in Italy is tjhat everything closes from one to five PM . If a tour is not planned it makes for a long afternoon.

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