Sicily Cooking Vacation: Best of the West

Explore the best of western Sicily on this amazing culinary tour of one of the world’s most renowned islands. Sicily has been beguiling travelers for millennia! As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has seen the rule and influence of many different cultures, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Byzantines, French, and Spaniards – not to mention the Italians! In some ways Sicily is still more “Sicilian” than “Italian,” with its unique culture, cuisine, and language permeating its every shore.

This 6-night tour of western Sicily will include some of Europe’s most iconic sites, from the cathedral of Cefalù, to the Greek ruins of Agrigento, to the Roman villa of Piazza Armerina, all accompanied by an expert Sicilian guide and flavored with amazing Sicilian food and wine!

Sicily Cooking Vacation: Best of the West Itinerary

Visiting Palermo's sites on a cooking vacation in Sicily

DAY ONE

  • Meet your driver at the Palermo airport, transfer to your hotel and check-in.
  • Tonight meet your guide for a street food tasting around Palermo (drinks not included) – a totally unique and authentic experience!
  • Overnight.

The cathedral in Cefalu, Sicily, visited on an Italian culinary vacation

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin your first hands-on cooking class with a trip to one of Palermo’s historic and bustling markets. Next head to the chef’s restaurant with your fresh ingredients, where you will learn about creating typical Sicilian dishes, such as zucca all’agro or veal scaloppine with Marsala wine. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon depart for Cefalù, a charming town that became prosperous when the Normans captured it in 1063. It was Roger II, King of Sicily, that began the construction of the present Cathedral with its remarkably fine mosaics of Byzantine art. The image of Christ Pantocrator in the apse and the rest of the mosaics in the first spaces between the arches of the choir are among the most beautiful in the world.
  • Return to the hotel, dinner on your own, and overnight.

Sicily's Valley of the Temples on a culinary tour of Sicily

DAY THREE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning depart for Sambuca di Sicilia for a wine and olive oil tasting at Planeta, one of Sicily’s top-rated wineries.
  • Light lunch with wine pairing at the winery.
  • Continue on to Agrigento, where you will visit of the Valley of the Temples, one of Sicily’s most iconic sites.
  • Continue on to the hotel and check in.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Pasta alla norma as made on a Sicily cooking vacation

DAY FOUR

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In the morning, start your second half-day cooking lesson with Chef Damiano at the restaurant of Relais Briuccia. You will learn how to prepare some more of the most popular and quintessential local recipes. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, visit of Selinunte, one of the most impressive Greek archaeological areas outside of Greece!
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Ancient Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina on your Sicily cooking vacation

DAY FIVE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Piazza Armerina to admire the unique mosaics of the Roman Villa. It is considered one of Sicily’s most spectacular classical sites.
  • Enoy a light lunch at a dairy farm near Enna, where you will taste delicious ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella, and the famous Piacentinu Ennese.
  • Transfer back to Palermo and check in.
  • Dinner on own and overnight.

The Medieval Castle of Venus in the town of Erice, visited on a culinary vacation in Sicily

DAY SIX

  • After breakfast at the hotel, head to Erice, a nearby medieval town located at the top of a mountain and set 751 meters above sea level. Erice overlooks the whole Western region of Sicily, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Egadi Islands. Take a walking tour of the village’s characteristic historical center. Stop at Maria Grammatico’s famous pastry shop for a delicious tasting.
  • Lunch on your own in Erice.
  • In the afternoon, depart for Marsala for a wine tasting at a top-rated winery.
  • Return to Palermo for dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Delicious Sicilian arancini as tasted on a culinary tour of Sicily

DAY SEVEN

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Palermo airport. Arrivederci!