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Mt. Etna & Eastern Sicily with Chef Anita Lo: May, 2020

Travel allows you to "expand your palate," writes Chef Anita Lo in Cooking Without Borders. She leads our custom 8 day culinary adventure to discover Sicily's diverse and exciting cuisine that has evolved from the influence and the ancient traditions of its conquerors, the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. Stay in boutique hotels and enjoy wine tastings, market visits, sailing, fishing and a hands-on cooking class with Chef Lo. Dining will include farm-to-table feasts, elegant Michelin starred experiences, and tastings of gelati and cassata siciliana.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival at the Catania airport and private transfer to Zash, located on the slopes of Mt. Etna, a cozy and exclusive country boutique hotel & spa with pool and restaurant.
A light lunch will be served.
Afternoon to relax and recover from your flight.

Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2:

Breakfast at the hotel.
Weather permitting, private transfer to the port for a wonderful day of sailing, swimming and fishing. The magnificent 56 foot sailboat is the perfect way to enjoy views of the Sicilian coastline and of flying islands
A light light lunch will be served on board.

Dinner in a local trattoria. (B, L, D)

Day 3:

Breakfast at the hotel.
A full day excursion to Mt. Etna to taste wines, olive oil, and visit a cheese making factory. Lunch at a local winery. (B, L)

Day 4:

Breakfast at the hotel.
Private transfer to Catania. Guided tour of Catania and the magnificent fish market, to purchase fish for this afternoon's cooking class. Lunch in Catania.
Afternoon cooking class back at the hotel with the Executive chef at Zash and Chef Anita Lo. Dinner will be served. (B, L, D)

Day 5:

Breakfast and check out.
Transfer to Acitrezza to see the lava stacks of Polyphemus, as described by Homer in the Odyssey and enjoy lunch in the fishing port
Late afternoon, transfer to the town of Noto and your hotel.
Dinner in Noto. (B, L, D)

Day 6:

Breakfast at the hotel.
Private tour of Noto to see baroque architecture is at its best. Years after the devastating earthquake of 1693 destroyed the region, the town was rebuilt sixteen kilometres from its original position. At this time baroque architecture was in fashion and the Sicilians gave it their spin. This architecture, along with seven other towns in the area, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002. Lunch in Noto. Transfer to Modica for a tour and tasting of the cold-processed chocolate at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. Return to resort and dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7:

Breakfast at the hotel.
Weather and sailing conditions permitting, transfer to Ortigia for a day sailing, fishing and swimming off the shores of Plemmirio. Lunch on board.
or,
Private cooking class in Ortigia.
Farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8:

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Catania Airport.
End of services. (B)