Moorish invaders introduced spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron along with citrus fruits to the island. The Byzantines, Romans, Greeks and Spanish also left their mark on the architecture and cuisine.
This tour explores Sicily’s south east, surrounded by the crumbling grandeur of historical sites such as Siracusa’s Greek Theatre and the baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa – and within easy reach of some of the region’s best local produce.
Nearby Avola produces almonds, Ragusa wine, Caciocavallo cheese and Pachino, sweet, ripe, cherry tomatoes. Fresh fish is, of course, a highlight of this Mediterranean island: think grilled swordfish, tuna and anchovies along with regional specialties such as spaghetti con le sarde (a sardine and pasta dish) and pasta con le sarde e finnochio (with fennel). Then there’s sheep’s milk ricotta, also used to make one of Sicily’s signature sweets: cannoli are fried pastries stuffed with sweet ricotta and sugar and dipped in chocolate. The island is famous for its sweets: cassata is a delicious ice cream dish while granita, a semi–frozen dessert, was invented here.
Staying in a gorgeous old 19th century farmhouse (masseria) on a private estate surrounded by lovely gardens and with a fabulous pool, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after a morning in the kitchen. Or to enjoy a pre dinner prosecco on the terrace.
|DEPARTURE||2019: 28 Apr | 05, 12, 19, 26 May | 01, 02, 16, 23, 30 Jun | 07 Jul | 18, 25 Aug | 08,15, 22, 29 Sept | 06, 13, 20 Oct|
Pick up: Catania - near Modica | Drop-off:Catania - near Modica
Catania – near Modica Arrive and enjoy welcome drinks and dinner prepared by the resident chef. (D)
Near Modica First cookery lesson, followed by lunch. Afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beautiful villa. (B,L,D)
Near Modica Today enjoy a private tour, lunch and wine tasting at a local vineyard. In the late afternoon, participate in a second cookery lesson, followed by dinner. (B,L,D)
Siracusa - Noto Visit the coastal town of Siracusa and have lunch. Travel to Noto to taste local ice cream at a classic gelateria. Tonight’s dinner will be at the villa. (B,L,D)
Near Modica After breakfast, enjoy another cookery lesson and lunch at the villa. This afternoon is free to relax by the pool. Dinner this evening is at the villa. (B,L,D)
Modica – Ragusa Another cookery lesson this morning before heading to Modica to taste its famous chocolate. The afternoon will be spent exploring the stunning town of Ragusa before an evening meal at a favourite local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Near Modica Following breakfast, a cookery lesson and lunch. The afternoon will be spent at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a final meal at the villa. (B,L,D)
Near Modica – Catania Tour ends after breakfast. (B)