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Arrive in Palermo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel located in the city’s historic center. In the afternoon you will learn how to prepare “Arancine” (deep-fried rice balls) and “Panelle” (chickpea fritters). Later, join your fellow guests for welcome drinks and dinner.
Explore Palermo, Sicily’s chief port, to see its Cathedral, Pretoria Fountain and Norman Royal Palace. After lunch visit the Cathedral of Monreale, lavishly decorated with mosaics depicting Biblical events. Continue to the cloistered gardens decorated with mosaics. In the afternoon you will enjoy a Cannoli cooking class. You will learn how to prepare this famous Sicilian sweet appreciated all over the world.
Travel along the Via del Sale toward Marsala, stopping to admire the windmills and learn about salt production. In Marsala, visit a local wine cellar to learn the history of making Marsala fortified wine and enjoy a tasting.
Today you will enjoy an authentic food experience in Agrigento in the best places of the city. It is amix of a gastronomic and cultural experiences tasting local delicacies in the best pastry shops, wine bars of the city and discovering the beauty of the most beautiful neighborhood of Agrigento. Don’t miss the Sicilian cannoli, the pastry shop where you can taste the freshly made cannoli. At the end you will enjoy a glass of local wine ans Sicilian finger food.
In the afternoon you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby to enjoy a walking tour to visit the Valley of the Temples which is certainly one of the most outstanding sites of the ancient world and one of the highlights of the tour. A string of imposing temples stands on a ridge facing the sea designed both to be visible to sailors and to signify that the gods protected the sacred city from danger. You will explore the Temple of Juno built around 450 BCE, the Temple of Concord c.440 archaic Doric style in 520 BCE, and the Temple of Zeus.
Drive to Piazza Armerina a graceful old countryside town, to explore Villa Romana del Casale. Its mosaics are unparalleled, beautiful depicting hunting and domestic life. Continue to Syracuse
Visit the Greek Theater in Syracuse, an important example of theater architecture, and Dionysius’ Ear, a nearby carved-stone cave with amazing acoustic qualities. Travel to the charming neighborhood of Syracuse known as Ortigia. You will taste fresh fish, typical Sicilian appetizers, homemade Sicilian pastries, and fragrant Syracuse wine and liquors.
You will reach Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage Site . The entire Val di Noto region, is seven towns influenced by Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, Romans, Normans, and Spaniards. Explore Ragusa, an explosion of Sicilian Baroque architecture. Continue to the village of Modica, known for its chocolate. Enjoy a private chocolate making demonstration and a tasting in the laboratory of an artisan chocolate maker.
Today you will reachTaormina, an elegant town situated at the foot of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, you will reach a height of 1800 meters, where you will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. On Mount Etna you will stop in a typical Agriturismo to taste local wine, oil olive and food.
This morning you will head into the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class featuring Sicilian specialties, such as fresh egg pasta. Each hands-on cooking class includes the preparation of a full Sicilian menu including a typical Sicilian dessert. Lunch follows featuring the foods prepared in class and is accompanied by local Sicilian wines, dessert included.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of the glamorous Taormina. Stroll its colorful main street, Umberto Corso, and then visit the Greek Theater for incredible views of Mt. Etna.
Enjoy a food walking tour in Taormina with a professional guide. You will taste traditional pastries, ice-cream, and coffee, and you will also pass the most important monuments of the city. The tour will include two food stops. The first in a typical bottega for cheeses, salumi, bread, and wine tasting. The second in a small pastry bar for tasting typical Sicilian sweets, liqueurs, and coffee.
After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport and depart