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Italy Culinary Cooking Holiday

Discover Sicily!

Join Santa Margarita Tours in this exciting 7-day gastronomic adventure where you will live like a local on the exquisite 18th-century villa for the whole stay, let a Michelin star chef teach you authentic Sicilian recipes in a fun and lively cooking class and try the most delicious wines in a winery at the foot of Etna. This package will be a unique private experience in Sicily. Delightful excursions to famous Baroque cities: Ragusa, Modica, Caltagirone and Chiaramonte Gulfi, accompanied by professional guides. You will visit local winemakers and artisans, a cheese and olive oil factory and ceramic workshops. And of course we will taste everything slowly “Sicilian style”. Immerse yourself in a week-long gastronomic adventure, where each day brings a delectable new experience. The best thing is everything is inclusive so you won't have to worry about anything!

Meet the instructors

Natalia & David
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the Sicilian flavors of haute cuisine
  • Discover the secrets of handmade production
  • Live like a local on a traditional Sicilian 18th-century farm with large swimming pool with beautiful view into reserva
  • Have a culinary master class with a famous chef, David di Corato
  • Touch the masterpieces of Baroque architecture in various cities
  • All delicious meals will be provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding

Villa Santa Margherita

Century-old legends

Beautiful views from the hills

Atmosphere of the Sicilian estate

Large swimming pool with a beautiful view of the nature reserve

The age of olive trees are from 80 to 250 years

Natural materials in the interior: marble, wood, stone

11 hectares of olive groves bordering the natural reserve

The villa got its name thanks to a fresco dated to the XIV-V century A.D., which was found in a grotto on the territory. It depicts Saint Margarita. Double and single occupancy rooms are available.

Program

Day 1: Via Sicily!

Arrival and Check-in: Be greeted at Catania Airport by our warm and hospitable team, who will whisk you away to Villa Santa Margherita. Take a leisurely stroll through our olive groves before indulging in a sumptuous Sicilian dinner.

Day 2: Chiaramonte Gulfi and Cooking Master Class

Chiaramonte Gulfi Exploration: Delve into the medieval charm of Chiaramonte Gulfi, perched atop the hills of Sicily. Explore its winding streets and visit the Olive Oil Museum, immersing yourself in Sicily's rich culinary heritage.

Lunch and Cooking Class: Indulge in traditional Sicilian cuisine at a local meat restaurant before joining renowned chef Davide di Corado for an exhilarating cooking masterclass at the villa.

Day 3: Barocco and Michelin

Ragusa Discovery: Discover the beauty of Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its baroque architecture. Explore its historic churches, indulge in delectable gelato, and dine at the acclaimed DUOMO restaurant.

Donnafugata Castle Excursion: Uncover the secrets of Donnafugata Castle, steeped in legend and history, before enjoying an evening of wine and oysters by the picturesque Marina di Ragusa.

Day 4: Unique Winery and Journey to Etna Volcano

Murgo Winery Visit: Venture to the slopes of Mount Etna and experience the magic of Murgo Winery, where sparkling wines await your palate. Savor a Sicilian feast amidst breathtaking views of the volcano.

Zafferano Exploration: Wander through the charming town of Zafferano, nestled on Etna's slopes, and delight in its unique offerings of honey and pistachios.

Villa Dinner: Return to the villa for a memorable dinner paired with fine local wines, culminating in an evening of gastronomic delights.

Day 5: Modica and Buffalo Farm

Modica Chocolate Tour: Indulge your senses in the chocolate capital of Modica, where ancient traditions meet modern delights. Sample exquisite chocolates and explore the city's baroque treasures.

Lunch and Buffalo Farm Visit: Delight in Sicilian street food at a local bistro before journeying to a buffalo farm to savor artisanal cheeses and liqueurs.

Day 6: Ceramics and Old Winery

Caltagirone Adventure: Ascend the iconic staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone, the capital of Sicilian ceramics, and admire panoramic views of the city.

Valle del Acate Winery Tour: Explore the picturesque Valle del Acate Winery, nestled amidst Sicily's rolling hills, and indulge in a tasting of traditional Sicilian wines.

Day 7: Ciao Sicily!

Departure: Bid farewell to Sicily with cherished memories as our team escorts you to Catania Airport, leaving you with a piece of our island paradise in your heart.

Embark on a journey of discovery with Villa Santa Margherita — where every moment is a celebration of Sicilian heritage, culinary excellence, and unforgettable experiences!

Included excursions

  • Walking tour of Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • Tasting tour of Buffalo farm
  • Winery tour at the foot of Mount Etna
  • Chocolate tour in Modica
  • Tasting tour of old Winery
  • Walking tour of Donnafugata Castle
  • Ceramics tour in Caltagirone
  • Walking tour in Ragusa
  • Lunch in the best restaurant in Sicily
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in our program (all inclusive)

Instructors

Natalia Muravyeva

David di Corato

Location

Why Sicily?

This is the gateway between Europe and Africa, a meeting place for Mediterranean civilizations, mysterious land of contrasts, a "place with many realities." Nowhere in the world can one find comparable cultural wealth with such a diversity of civilizations. Sicily became the quintessence of Greek culture, Roman heritage, Byzantine art, Arab traditions, Norman architecture, French aesthetics, German Gothic, Spanish character, and Neapolitan color, in such a small space and combined with the abundance of original Sicilian baroque.

Outstanding wines, Etna volcano, cascades of sculptures and fountains, charismatic Sicilians! The cuisine of Sicily is a real explosion, a triumph of taste, easily impressive for ordinary travelers and sophisticated Michelin guide experts who regularly award local restaurants with treasured stars. Are you ready to discover the "Unexplored Sicily"?

Food

A total of six breakfasts on the farm, six lunches, including in a two-Michelin starred restaurant, and six dinners will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A culinary masterclass from a Michelin-star chef
  • All excursions and wine tastings in accordance with the program
  • 6 breakfasts on the farm, 6 lunches (including in a two-Michelin-starred restaurant), and 6 dinners
  • Welcome dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle
  • Transport service in accordance with the program
  • Full support from the tour leader
  • A small personal gift

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) or Comiso Airport (CIY). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Santa Margarita Tours will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Sunday October 20, 2024
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