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 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.