Sicily Food Adventure

Sicily Food Adventure

Start: Palermo Finish: Catania

Visiting: Taormina, Marsala, Palermo


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: ADY

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 18

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

From cannoli to arancini, Sicilian food is world famous, but on this tour prepare to be overwhelmed at how varied and diverse Sicily’s cuisine really is! The various civilisations that have occupied the island over millennia have not only left an unparalleled cultural heritage, but also a culinary history that sets Sicily apart from mainland Italy. Sample Palermo’s fragrant street food in its vibrant markets, practise hands-on cooking with local chefs in Trapani, sip the finest wines in Marsala and Etna and indulge in mouth-watering gelatos whilst relaxing in sun-kissed Baroque piazzas. Let food lead the way in this captivating journey through culinary and cultural highlights.

Highlights

  • iconVisit heritage sights and Baroque cities, including Agrigento and Noto
  • iconVisit heritage sights and Baroque cities, including Agrigento and Syracuse
  • iconEnjoy a hands-on cookery class with a local chef in Trapani
  • iconVisit unique heritage sites and Baroque cities, including Agrigento and Noto
  • iconWander through colourful markets and try Palermo's unique street food
  • iconSample a variety of local specialities during the included produce and wine tastings
  • iconWander through colourful markets and try Palermo's unique street food
  • iconWander through colourful markets and try Palermo's unique street foodEnjoy a hands-on cookery class with a local chef in TrapaniSample a variety of local specialities during the included produce and wine tastingsVisit unique heritage sites and Baroque cities, including Agrigento and Noto

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Palermo.

This tour starts in Sicily's regional capital, Palermo. This busy port city
situated on the north-western coast of the island encloses some very
interesting and often overlooked attractions. There is some fine architecture
to be admired, as well as good museums, palazzi and churches. It is the
city's food scene, colourful local markets and long established food shops,
however, that give the city a very original and eccentric character worth
discovering.

icon Day 2 : Explore Palermo, its famous markets and indulge in the city's fabulous street food; afternoon optional visit to Monreale and its Duomo.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

We start our week with a special guided foodie tour through the historic
centre of Palermo, ranked amongst the best cities in the world for street
food. During our walk we wander through carts and kiosks of street vendors,
colourful markets and local bakeries whilst trying some of the best local
specialities. These may vary depending on the season and usually include
arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), panelle
(fried chick peas pancake), and sfincione (Palermo’s traditional pizza) -
all absolutely delicious. As we walk, the local guide will reveal some of the
secrets of Sicilian street cuisine and explain the history of the city, while
pointing out notable monuments and historic streets such as Piazza San
Domenico, Vucciria, Quattro Canti. The rest of the day is free; you may
decide to continue sightseeing in Palermo at your own pace or take an
optional visit to Monreale, famous for the extraordinary Duomo, considered
the greatest example of Norman architecture in the world. Overnight in
Palermo.

icon Day 3 : Transfer to Trapani; hands on cookery class with a local chef; continue to Marsala and sample the town's world famous wines.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

In the morning we transfer to our next destination, the coastal town of
Trapani. The local gastronomy in this part of Sicily is strongly influenced
by the Arabs, who occupied the area for many centuries until the Normans took
over. A hands-on cookery course with a local chef will give us the
opportunity to learn more about the interesting culinary fusions, while
practising (and tasting!) traditional regional recipes. In the afternoon we
head to the southern town of Marsala, internationally famous for its finest
fortified wines. A wine tasting will be offered after a tour of one of the
best local wineries. Overnight in Marsala.

icon Day 4 : Morning visit to olive farm for olive oil and produce tasting; transfer to Agrigento for a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples.

Meals: breakfast

In the morning we leave Marsala and transfer to a traditional organic olive
farm, run by the Centonze family, owner of the estate since 1953. We will
learn of the cultivation and production methods and sample some of the
world's finest olive oil accompanied by local produce. In the afternoon we
transfer to the iconic sight of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. A
guided tour will allow us to discover and learn of the history of this
splendid archaeological park, which consists of eight temples (and various
other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC. Overnight in Agrigento.

icon Day 5 : To Piazza Armerina; guided tour of the famous Villa Romana del Casale followed by a delicious produce tasting; afternoon visit the charming town of Ragusa Ibla.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Today's destination is Piazza Armerina, home of world famous Villa Romana del
Casale. Built in the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician,
the villa is home to some of the best preserved Roman mosaics spread over
around 3500 square meters. After a guided tour of this extraordinary UNESCO
sight, we enjoy a delicious produce tasting of local sicilian delicacies. In
the afternoon we transfer to the Baroque gem of Ragusa, without doubt one of
the most beautiful cities in Sicily and Italy. The town is part of the Val di
Noto UNESCO Heritage site and 18 of its buildings are protected by UNESCO
patronage. After a short orentiation walk we will have time to enjoy a
relaxing and well deserved aperitivo (word for the traditional Italian
pre-dinner drinks and snacks) in one of the town's elegant piazzas. Overnight
in Ragusa.

icon Day 6 : Transfer to rural farm for cheese tasting; stop in the UNESCO Baroque town of Noto before reaching Catania.

Meals: breakfast

We start our day with a transfer to a family-run farm in the countryside near
Ragusa, a province where cheese making traditions are stonger than anywhere
else in Sicily. After a cheese making demonstration and a tour around the
farm we will sample some delicous cheese, including the famous
ricotta, hand-made by the proud owners. Later, we transfer to the other
Baroque gem of the Noto Valley, the town of Noto itself. After a relaxing
stroll through what is considered one of Sicily's most beautiful historic
centres, we have the opportunity to enjoy another staple of Sicilian cuisine:
the famous 'granita' (thin flakes of ice flavored with fresh fruit or nuts
and sugared) accompanied by the traditional 'brioche' (a soft and fragrant
sweet delicacy). In the afternoon we transfer to Catania, our base for the
last two nights of the tour.

icon Day 7 : Visit the loud and lively fish market; travel to Etna for an excellent wine and produce tasting and short walk; return to Catania.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

After breakfast we visit the famous Pescheria, the colourful, loud and smelly
fish market, which is one of the oldest and biggest in Italy. Held every
morning except Sunday, this market is everything one expects an Italian
market to be: following the local traditions, fishermen will try to attract
buyers with their loud voices and lots of gesticulations. Nearby there are
also fruit and vegetable stalls as well as other delicious local produce from
the mountain villages around Etna. Later this morning we transfer to a
famous wine cellar on Mount Etna and enjoy a delicious wine and produce
tasting for lunch, followed by a short walk around the highest most active
volcano in Europe (1 to 2 hours walking depending on time, 5 km maximum). We
return to Catania in the afernoon and in the evening our leader will
recommend an excellent local restaurant where to enjoy a celebratory farewell
dinner.

icon Day 8 : End Catania.

Meals: breakfast

This tour ends in Catania in the morning of day 8.

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.

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    London flights (if booking incl. flights)

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    All accommodationAll breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.London flights (if booking incl. flights)Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the g

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 0 dinners.

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    Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the group)

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    All accommodation

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    Transport by private air-conditioned minibus throughout the trip

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    All accommodationAll breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.London flights (if booking incl. flights)Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the g

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    All accommodationAll breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.London flights (if booking incl. flights)Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the g

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    All accommodationAll breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.London flights (if booking incl. flights)Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the g

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    Special guided tours in main UNESCO sights and cities

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    All accommodationAll breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.London flights (if booking incl. flights)Airport transfers (if booking group flights or alternative flights arriving before or at the same time as the g

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance 

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    Single accommodation 

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    Travel insurance Single accommodation Visa or vaccinationsCity taxes (approx. €10-15)

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    City taxes (approx. €10-15)

Food

All breakfasts, 2 wine tastings, 1 cookery class and 5 food tastings/lunches included.Sicilian cuisine is a melting pot of all the different cultures that have occupied the island, from the Arabs to the Normans. The island itself is incredibly fertile, enjoying a perfect climate which is ideal for the cultivation of fresh produce such as olives, oranges, lemons, eggplants, tomatoes, pistachios, almonds, grapes, and more—not to mention all of the seafood, tuna and swordfish fished right off the coast. The result? A cuisine that’s fresh, varied, and absolutely delicious! Sicilian wines are also superb and known to be strong and syrupy, like Marsala and Moscato. These are some of the regional specialities we recommend to try during this trip:Caponata: a tasty salad made with eggplant (aubergines), olives, capers and celery, makes a great appetizer. Sfincione: a local form of pizza made with tomatoes, onions and (sometimes) anchovies. Prepared on a thick bread and more likely found in a bakery than in a pizzeria.Pane e pannelle: A favorite street food of Palermo, panelle—or chickpea fritters—are served between bread, like a sandwich.Arancine: fried rice balls stuffed with meat or cheese.Pani ca meusa: The name of this street food means, literally bread with spleen! But don’t let that scare you. It is delicious speciality of Palermo!Cannoli: tubular crusts with creamy ricotta (made from sheep's milk) and sugar filling. A must!Cassata: a rich, sugary cake filled with the same delicious filling.Pasta alla Norma: it’s made with fried eggplant, tomatoes, basil, and salted ricotta.Pasta with pistacchios pesto.Pasta con le sarde: Sardines are popular in Sicily, so it’s common to see them as a topping for pasta. One common variety is bucatini with sardines, fennel, saffron, pine nuts, and raisins.Frutta martorana: Other places call this 'marzipan' but here in Sicily, the almond paste is molded into little (incredibly realistic) fruits—hence fruits of Martora, or frutta martorana.Cassata siciliana: A sponge cake is soaked in liqueur, its slices layered with sweetened ricotta, and the whole thing covered in almond paste, then icing. It is also studded with candied fruits and other goodies. Granita: The perfect summer refreshment, granita, originally from Sicily, can now be found all over Italy. It’s just ground ice with sugar and fresh fruit, simple but truly delicious.Involtini di Pesce Spada: Little rolls of thinly sliced swordfish are stuffed with pine nuts, raisins, bread crumbs, anchovy filets, orange juice and lemon juice, eggs and grated pecorino. Tonno e Spada Affumicata: Smoked tuna and swordfish shaved paper thin, and layered on a plate. These can be accented with shaved fennel and oranges, or olives and sun-dried tomatoes, or can be served with just a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and some good crusty bread.

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Reviews

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Sicily Food & Wine Tour
With 6 in our group and with our guide Rosario and our driver we did a one week tour of Sicily. It was magic. We saw wonderful sights, were taken ....more With 6 in our group and with our guide Rosario and our driver we did a one week tour of Sicily.

It was magic.

We saw wonderful sights, were taken into old medieval homes, learned how to make pasta, climbed Mt Etna, saw great cathedrals, learned of the Mafia and ate wonderful food.

Our guide and driver were wonderful and we had such fun together.

All our needs were attended to and we became good friends.

I can heartily recommend this tour.

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Sicily
The Sicily group tour was excellent. Very well planned and organised. The Sicily group tour was excellent.

Very well planned and organised.

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Fabulous trip
Really interesting, active trip with plenty of interesting food & wine experience, history, culture and lovely group of people. Led by an excellent tour leader. Really interesting, active trip with plenty of interesting food & wine experience, history, culture and lovely group of people.

Led by an excellent tour leader.

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Sicily Food Adveenture
Our week in Sicily was the highlight of 2 months in Europe. The places we visited, and stayed, and the food experiences we enjoyed were well planned to make ....more Our week in Sicily was the highlight of 2 months in Europe.

The places we visited, and stayed, and the food experiences we enjoyed were well planned to make for a varied tour: a mixture of popular tourist sites and low-key personal off the beaten track ventures all designed to keep a group of 6 well-travelled 70s year olds stimulated but not over taxed.

Guide Rosario was a wonderfullyorganised yet relaxed companion who who treated us as friends not customers (and driver Giuseppe was great to be with as well.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Lovely experience
This trip was an excellent experience blending history and tourist sites with food experiences. The itinerary is well done. We were a small group of 7, and got along well, ....more This trip was an excellent experience blending history and tourist sites with food experiences.

The itinerary is well done.

We were a small group of 7, and got along well, and our guide Tiziano was energetic and good natured, and attentive to everyone's needs.

He was very organized and everything went off as planned.

He was also personally helpful to me on 2 occasions, with forgotten eyeglasses and arranging individual transport to the airport.

I really enjoyed all the tasting/eating experiences, including olive oil, cheese farm, wine tastings, cooking class, street food tour in Palermo, and group dinners.

We moved a lot, staying one night in most places, but that was enough to see everything, and get a feel for the towns.

The travelling distances were not very long between towns, so we had plenty of walk around time.

My only criticism would be of the choice of the Siracusa hotel, which could be greatly improved, even if it meant charging a bit more for the trip.

The rest of the hotels ranged from decent to lovely.

Would definitely travel with Exodus again.

Great value.

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Sicily Food Tour
A wonderful introduction to this enormous island, combining the must-see sites (Etna etc.) with wine, cheese, chocolate, gelato and other tastings. A lot of movement with 6 different hotels. A wonderful introduction to this enormous island, combining the must-see sites (Etna etc.

) with wine, cheese, chocolate, gelato and other tastings.

A lot of movement with 6 different hotels.

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Sicily Food and Culture Trip
A great balance of food and culture - all of the highlights covered, and no food specialities left untasted. The itinerary was a perfect blend of food and culture, and ....more A great balance of food and culture - all of the highlights covered, and no food specialities left untasted.

The itinerary was a perfect blend of food and culture, and the itinerary itself was perfect - nothing could really be improved upon.

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Immerse yourself in Sicily!
Sicily is a fascinating treasure trove of history and beauty. This trip allows you to experience the Sicilian way of life using food as a lure to explore its villages, ....more Sicily is a fascinating treasure trove of history and beauty.

This trip allows you to experience the Sicilian way of life using food as a lure to explore its villages, towns and landscape as you move from one side of the island to the other.

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Excellent trip!
The tour was well organised and interesting. The group dynamics worked well and we were given the opportunity to experience many aspects of Sicily including the delicious food, ....more The tour was well organised and interesting.

The group dynamics worked well and we were given the opportunity to experience many aspects of Sicily including the delicious food, fascinating history, fantastic archaeology and beautiful scenery.

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Sicily Food Adventure
I went on the trip from the Exodus office to ensure the first departure ran smoothly and to make suggestions for future departures. There will be a few minor changes ....more I went on the trip from the Exodus office to ensure the first departure ran smoothly and to make suggestions for future departures.

There will be a few minor changes for future trips, but overall, I felt it was a good introduction to Sicily combined with great opportunities to sample the local cuisine.

The balance between historical sights and food tasting was perfect, with a decent amount of free time to relax so you didn't feel rushed.

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