Sicilian cassata cake a ricotta and candied fruit dessert, legacy of the Arab Period (9~11th Century) (Arabic: "quas’ta", the round pan in which it is made)
Day 1 – Arrive in Catania; Sicily Tour will have a minibus available for shuttles from the airport to Siracusa. Check into harbor view hotel in the Siracusa ancient city quarter of Ortigia. Rest from travel. In the evening, we will assemble to discuss the intinerary and go to dinner at a restaurant renowned for Southeastern Sicilian cuisine. Overnight in Siracusa (L’Approdo delle Sirene)
Day 2 – Morning visit to Ortigia outdoor market. Then we will do a walking tour of Ortigia: its rich history, palaces, narrow lanes and shops. Scheduled lunch at your B&B, followed by free time for rest or wandering. In the late afternoon, we meet to go to a cooking class with Alessia at her home. Dinner on what we make at the cooking class. Overnight in Siracusa (L’Approdo delle Sirene)
Day 3 – Morning visit to Archaeological Park, to see the Greek Theatre, Ear of Dionysius, Roman Amphitheatre. Midday and afternoon free in the old quarter. In the late afternoon, we meet to go to a cooking class with Giuseppina at her home. Dinner on what we make at the cooking class. Overnight in Siracusa (L’Approdo delle Sirene)
Day 4 – Morning visit to Catania fish market then up Mt. Etna to St. Michele winery for winery visit and lunch. Afternoon visit to Taormina for the beautiful setting of this famous town and matchless shopping. Return to Siracusa (L’Approdo delle Sirene)
Day 5 – 0900 leave in Sicily Tour bus for Buscemi to tour traditional village. Visit Palazzolo Acreide for pastry-making demonstration and a light snack. Continue to Gangi (Gangi vecchio). Dinner and overnight in Gangi. (Tenuta Gangivecchio)
Days 6 ~ 7 – Stay in Gangivecchio for cooking classes with the renowned chefs of Tenuta Gangivecchio, artisan visits, and optional tours in the remote countryside of the Madonie Mountains. Visit to the ancient village of Polizzi Generosa for a tasting of typical sweetmeats. Overnight in Gangi (Tenuta Gangivecchio)
Day 8 – Sicily Tour bus returns to Siracusa. Free midday and afternoon in Ortigia. Special Farewell Dinner on board a boat going round the island (weather permitting). Overnight in Siracusa (L’Approdo delle Sirene)
Day 9 -- Sicily Tour bus shuttle to airport for the flight home.
Total cost: € 2390 per person
English speaking tour leader / guide, deluxe bus transportation, transfer to and from Catania airport, 8 nights accommodation (3* B&B. and 4* re-converted farm estate, double room occupancy, enquire for single supplement cost) 8 breakfasts & 8 dinners, lunch on days 2, 4, 6, 7, 3 cooking lessons, 1 pastry-making demonstration, 1 wine tasting and winery visit, entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums, tips
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
airfare to and from Catania (ask if you are unsure how to arrange it), lunches on days 1, 3, 5, and 8, items of a personal nature.