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Join cooking classes to learn how to prepare local dishes like a Sicilian while staying at a beautiful hilltop hotel

Lights, camera, vacation! Set-jetting is expected to be one of this year's biggest travel trends, taking you to the amazing places you've seen on screen. Is there anyone who watched the recent season of The White Lotus or Amanda & Alan's Italian Job without dreaming of a visit to beautiful Sicily? If your recent TV viewing has piqued your desire to get away, then this culinary-focused trip is the perfect way to indulge your cravings.

On this delicious, week-long gourmet adventure, you'll take three hands-on cookery lessons where you'll find out how some of Sicily's most famous dishes are made under the expert guidance of Tullio, a local host. You'll learn how to make fresh pasta by hand, how to use the region's famous porcini mushrooms and how to prepare deliciously fresh fish antipasti.

As well as your culinary classes there are also tastings to look forward to where you can sit back and watch the experts at work before tasting their culinary creations, of course. You'll visit an authentic Sicilian pizzeria, where you'll see how the wood-burning oven is lit before tucking into pizzas fresh from the flames.

A highlight of the trip is sure to be a visit to Tullio's home town, Castell'Umberto, on a traditional feast day, Palio di San Martino. Sumptuous scents will fill the air in the town's main square, where you can sample a variety of typical Sicilian street foods like hazelnut tagliatelle, roasted chestnuts, and local wine as you watch the celebrations unfold.

While in pretty Castell'Umberto Tullio will invite you to his home, where his wife Rosalia will show you how to make traditional local cakes like cannoli, sfingi, and pignolata.

During your foodie adventure, you'll stay at the Ristorante-Hotel Antica Filanda, where you'll dine most nights. This small hotel is in a beautiful rural location nestled in the hills just outside the village of Capri Leone, with lovely views over the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands.

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Price includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Catania including applicable taxes
  • Services of your expert local tour manager, Tullio Scurria, throughout
  • Full touring itinerary with visits conducted by Tullio
  • Three hands-on cookery lessons - how to make pasta, a fish antipasti and use porcini mushrooms
  • Wine tasting of local wines
  • Cake-making demonstration and winetasting in Tullio's home
  • Visits with tastings to a variety of local producers
  • Seven nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Ristorante-Hotel Antica Filanda, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome drink and six dinners at the hotel
  • Five lunches and various tastings as detailed in the itinerary
  • One dinner in an authentic Sicilian pizzeria
  • Return transfers from Catania Airport to the hotel
  • A bottle of wine in your room on arrival, exclusively for readers


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  1. Day
    Arrive in Capri Leone
    Rocca di Capri Leone, Italy

    On arrival, you'll transfer to the three-star Antica Filanda Hotel in the olive-rich hills of Capri Leone, near Messina. After checking in you'll enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel, where you can mingle with your fellow guests.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Frazzanò, Italy

    This morning you'll take part in your first cookery lesson of the trip, where you'll learn how to make authentic Sicilian pasta. Afterwards, you'll taste your creations during a brunch of fresh pasta dishes with wine at the hotel.

    This afternoon, you'll visit the Monastero San Filippo Fragalá in nearby Frazzanò, followed by coffee, tea and local cakes in the village square.

    In the evening, you'll discover the art of Sicilian pizza in a local pizzeria. You'll try several different types of pizza, some with famous Sicilian porcini mushrooms, served with local beer and wine. Before sitting down to dine, you'll learn how to light the wood-burning oven used to make these delicious Sicilian pizzas.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Capo d’Orlando
    Capo d'Orlando, Italy

    This morning you'll join a cookery lesson which will teach you all about dishes made with the tasty local porcini mushrooms and other vegetable dishes. After your class, you'll again get to dine on the mouthwatering results with local wine.

    After lunch, you'll travel by coach to the enchanting seaside resort of Capo d'Orlando for a relaxing afternoon, promenading among the locals along the sand and shingle beach. Later, you'll return to the hotel for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Tindari, Italy

    This morning, you'll visit Tindari, a Greco-Roman town where you can see the fascinating remains of a 4th-century Greek amphitheatre. You'll then visit Vivi Vasari, makers of Mamertino wine, a typical Sicilian wine that has been produced in this area since Roman times. Here you'll enjoy a wine tasting followed by brunch at the farm.

    In the evening you'll have another Sicilian wine tasting in Ristorante-Hotel Antica Filanda's wine cellar, followed by dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Santo Stefano di Camastra
    Santo Stefano di Camastra, Italy

    Your morning cookery lesson today is all about fish antipasti. You'll learn how to turn the deliciously fresh fish caught in the waters around Sicily into tastebud-pleasing plates.

    In the afternoon, you'll head to the town of Santo Stefano di Camastra, on the northern shores of Messina. This lovely little town is famous for its ceramics, and as you wander the quaint streets, you'll see shops dazzling brightly with the colours of traditional mosaics, tiles, and pots, made by local artisans. While here you'll take part in a pottery workshop to learn more about how these beautiful pieces are made.

    In the evening, you'll return to the hotel for a dinner of fresh fish.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Castell’Umberto, Italy

    Today you'll get a real taste of local life as you take part in the Palio di San Martino in your tour guide Tullio's home town of Castell'Umberto. Palio di San Martino is a traditional feast day celebrated by tasting the new wine.

    While in Castell'Umberto, you'll visit Tullio's house and meet his wife, Rosalia, who'll teach you how to make traditional local cakes like cannoli, sfingi, pignolata and others. You'll also sample Tullio's new Etna wine, straight from the barrel in his house wine cellar, with homemade antipasti.

    After this, you'll join the locals in the town square, feasting on street food and wine with them and witness a traditional barrel race through the streets of Castell'Umberto.

    You'll return to the hotel this evening for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    Nebrodi Mountain Park
    Parco dei Nebrodi, Italy

    This morning, a drive through the Nebrodi Mountain Park will take you through an amazing variety of landscapes and sights - from volcanic Etna, wooded mountains, hazelnut hills, and tiny medieval villages that retain age-old traditions.

    En route, you'll enjoy a coffee break with cakes made from local hazelnuts, plus a visit to a producer of local cheeses, black swine sausages and salami, before enjoying a grilled Nebrodian black pork dish with wine.

    In the afternoon, you'll visit a local producer of liqueurs with traditional local flavours and an ice cream maker's laboratory to see how hazelnut ice cream is made.

    You'll then return to the hotel for your final dinner of the trip.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Return home
    Rocca di Capri Leone, Italy

    After checking out of the hotel, you'll transfer to Catania Airport for your flight back to London Gatwick.

    Meals - Breakfast

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