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Fascinating Culinary Tour in Southern Sicily

Join Santa Margarita Tours in this exciting one-week gastronomic adventure, where you will live like a local on the exquisite 18th-century villa for the whole stay, let a Michelin star chief teach you the authentic Sicilian recipes in a fun and lively cooking class and try the most delicious wines in a winery at the foot of Etna. Enjoy the breathtaking views over Monti Iblei hills, intriguing excursions in UNESCO heritage cities, authentic experiences, and delightful meals in the best local restaurants. All of the experiences in the program are included in the price of the tour, so you will need your wallet only for personal expenses. Live the dream, travel the Sicily with Santa Margarita Tours!

Meet the instructors

Natalia
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Highlights

  • Cheese tasting in an organic bio farm
  • A cooking master class with a Michelin star chef
  • Private wine tastings in three unique Sicilian wineries
  • Guided excursions in UNESCO heritage cities: Modica, Ragusa, Caltagirone
  • Included lunch in the best restaurant in Sicily - Il Duomo with two Michelin stars
  • Comfortable transportation with a private driver from one destination to another
  • 7 nights accommodation with full board meals
  • Complimentary airport transfers

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

Throughout this gastronomic tour, you will be staying at one of the most comfortable villas with a large swimming pool with a beautiful view of the nature reserve in Southern Sicily. It is a historic villa from the 18th century, which was renovated in 2014 and belonged to bishop Rosso for more than six decades.

Its five beautifully furnished rooms, featuring hand-painted wardrobes, plasma TVs, orthopedic mattresses, Wi-Fi, and much more will allow you to relax after long days of experiencing the true Sicily. You always can take a stroll around the property, which has 11 hectares of olive groves, a vineyard, and a natural reserve, only 10 minutes away.

Program

Embark on a Sicilian Adventure with Host Natalia at Villa Santa Margherita

As your host at Villa Santa Margherita, I invite you to join me on an extraordinary journey through the culinary delights of Sicily. Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of Sicily, our villa stands as a testament to the island's rich heritage, dating back to 1815 when it was home to the esteemed Bishop Sebastian Rosso. Today, it serves as a sanctuary of tranquility and indulgence, boasting sprawling olive groves and a magnificent panoramic poolside oasis.

Day 1: Via Sicily!

Arrival and Check-in: Let your Sicilian adventure commence as we greet you at Catania airport. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic drive to Villa Santa Margherita, where I'll personally guide you through our historic estate and the fragrant olive groves.

Sicilian Welcome Dinner: Join me for a sumptuous Sicilian feast, curated to celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean and the beginning of your Sicilian escapade.

Day 2: Chiaramonte Gulfi and Cooking Master Class

Exploring Chiaramonte Gulfi: Immerse yourself in the enchanting medieval charm of Chiaramonte Gulfi, known as the "Balcony of Sicily." Traverse its cobbled streets, visit the Olive Oil Museum, and savor traditional Sicilian cuisine at a local meat restaurant.

Culinary Master Class: Return to the villa for an interactive cooking session with Chef Davide di Corado, where you'll learn the secrets of Sicilian gastronomy under my guidance.

Day 3: Baroque Splendor and Michelin Magic

Discovering Ragusa: Explore the UNESCO-listed treasures of Ragusa, from its majestic churches to the opulent Donnafugata Castle. Indulge in a gourmet lunch at the renowned DUOMO restaurant, followed by an evening stroll along the enchanting Marina di Ragusa.

Marina di Ragusa and Oysters: Delight in the coastal charm of Marina di Ragusa, where we'll savor freshly shucked oysters paired with local wines, all while basking in the beauty of the Mediterranean sunset.

Day 4: Unique Winery and Journey to Etna Volcano

Murgo Winery: Embark on a sensory adventure to Mount Etna, where we'll visit the esteemed Murgo Winery and indulge in a tasting of exquisite Sicilian wines. Explore the town of Zafferano and its quaint shops offering honey, pistachios, and other local delights.

Evening at the Villa: Return to Villa Santa Margherita for a delightful dinner featuring fine local wines, set against the backdrop of the majestic Sicilian landscape.

Day 5: Modica's Chocolate Reverie and Buffalo Farm

Modica and Chocolate: Dive into the world of chocolate in Modica, renowned for its ancient recipes and artisanal craftsmanship. Explore the city's Baroque wonders and indulge in Sicilian street food delights.

Buffalo Farm Experience: Visit a local buffalo farm and savor the finest cheeses, including straciatella and mozzarella, paired with an array of Sicilian liqueurs.

Day 6: Ceramics and Old Winery

Exploring Caltagirone: Ascend the iconic staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone, the heart of Sicilian ceramics. Enjoy lunch at a local trattoria before embarking on a wine tasting journey at Valle del Acate Winery, steeped in centuries of winemaking tradition.

Day 7: Shopping

Sicilia Outlet Village: Indulge in a day of retail therapy at Sicilia Outlet Village, where you'll find designer brands at unbeatable prices. Shop till you drop before bidding farewell to Sicily.

Day 8: Ciao Sicily!

Departure: After a leisurely breakfast, our driver will escort you to Catania Airport, bidding you farewell as you depart with cherished memories of your Sicilian adventure.

Join me on this culinary odyssey through Sicily's enchanting landscapes, where every moment is infused with the spirit of la dolce vita.

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
  • Shopping at the largest Sicily Outlet Village

Instructors

Natalia Muravyeva

Location

Why Sicily?

Sicily is the gateway between Europe and Africa, a meeting place for Mediterranean civilizations, a mysterious land of contrasts, a "country with many realities." Nowhere in the world can one find such a wealth of monuments and 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, Neapolitan color - in such a small space and combined with the abundance of original Sicilian baroque.

Outstanding wines, the active volcano Etna, cascades of sculptures and fountains, charismatic Sicilians with character! 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 see and taste the unknown Sicily?

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding

Food

The tour includes 7 breakfasts on the farm, 5 lunches (including Michelin-starred restaurant ), and 5 dinners.

Enjoy the Sicilian tastes of haute cuisine:

  • Pasta, main course and delicious dolce in the Michelin-starred restaurant in the ancient city
  • Spritz and vibrant Sicilian street food snacks in an authentic bar
  • The chic Nero D'Avolo and Frappato by the baron at his winery
  • Natural organic ice cream and chocolate, the best olive oil “St. Margherita”
  • Peerless sparkling wines at the foot of Mount Etna

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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

  • 7 nights accommodation on a cozy historical farm of the 18th century
  • Airport shuttle
  • Transport service in accordance with the program
  • Welcome dinner
  • 7 breakfasts on the farm, 5 lunches (including Michelin-starred restaurant ), and 5 dinners
  • Culinary master class from a Michelin-star chef
  • All excursions and wine tastings in accordance with the program
  • Full support from the tour leader
  • A small personal gift

What's not included

  • Flights to Catania
  • 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 7 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Monday October 21, 2024
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