What's Cooking in Sicily?
with Caprial and John Pence
Invasions by 13 empires in 3,000 years, have imprinted a host of characteristics upon Sicily. That history created a cuisine that is distinctly different from the rest of Italy. The Greek, Arabic, French, Catalan and Spanish influences are to be tasted and savored at the water’s edge of this special place.
Dream of the olives, wines, marsala, herbs, seafood, artisanal salt, yellow plums, two-colored beans, and rich cheeses. And, what do you know about manna delle madonie? These are but a hint of the ingredients that breathe soul into Sicilian food.
Join Caprial and John Pence for their 8th international food trip coordinated by You Go Tastefully. Their fun and open spirits make every trip a joy. While your activities center around the fabulous food and wines of the region, fear not, we will include the historic and cultural sights that make Sicily sing.
8 nights accommodation first class hotels
Daily buffet breakfast
Wine, mineral water & coffee served with lunch
Touring by private transportation
Sightseeing as indicated, including local guide and
entrance fees (Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina)
Gratuities to drivers, guides and for included meals
Beverages not included in meals
Minimum of 8, maximum 20 guests. A nonrefundable $500 deposit secures your space. Itinerary subject to change without notice but with equal value substitutions. No refunds for missed activities. A 3.5% fee for credit card use. Travel insurance is available and recommended to protect your investment. Participants must be able to independently ascend, descend stairs without a railing, walk intermediate distances on uneven surfaces, embark and disembark planes, boats, and buses. Final payment due January 15, 2020.
$3599 per person based on double
$500 single supplement
APR 14-22, 2020
APR 23-MAY 1, 2020
Arrival in Palermo
You will make your way to the hotel and relax before the evening orientation and welcome dinner introducing you to the Sicilian flavors you will come to love. (D)
A morning tour features the best of Palermo and the afternoon will allow you some free time to explore or take an optional trip to the fishing village of Cefulú. Tonight, we dine at Patrizia Di Benedetto’s Michelin starred, Bye Bye Blues. She is the first woman awarded a star. (B,D)
"I tried and tried again, thousands of times. I asked the ingredients for their help. There was a strong bond between me and the produce of my land and my sea. I spoke with the aromatic herbs and spices ….. and they taught me how to get the measurements just right.” Chef Patrizia Di Benedetto
Off we go to the western corner of the island and the seaside town of Marsala for an education on that mysterious and relatively unknown marsala wine. As you guessed there is a tasting involved. To kick up the culinary experiences a notch, we will also observe the harvest of salt from the flats and enjoy a lunch with olive oil tasting session at an organic farm. Sated, we make our way to Agrigento for the night. (B,L)
The Valley of the Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they are the highlight of the day as we make our way on to Taormina this afternoon. Tonight, our dinner will be around local wines, cheeses, vegetables and meats in a small shop with a restaurant in the back. It doesn’t get more authentic than this. (B,D)
The amphitheater at Taormina boasts a view that surpasses anything that could appear on its stage. Our tour of the city showcases this charming town with views of Mt Etna and Giardini Naxos. This is a good night to find our own favorite dinner venue. There is no shortage of seafood with great views. (B)
What is on the menu today? We’ll see during our morning market visit and then we are off to a private cooking class and lunch. (B,L)
The slopes of Mt Etna are calling. Our visit includes a honey tasting, and herb and food specialties session in Zafferana as we climb to 6,000’ for the stunning views. We’ll linger over lunch served at an agriturismo farm/winery. (B,L)
This morning we are off for the “Godfather Tour,” featuring authentic villages chosen by Francis Ford Coppola for most of the movie’s scenes. This is where “real” people live. You have the afternoon free to enjoy Taormina before our special farewell dinner with sparkling wine. (B,D)
Arrivederci Sicily. Home is calling, or is it? Perhaps you would like to proceed to another part of Italy or Europe.