Western Sicily & Favignana
with Chef Anita Lo May 16-23, 2023
Sicilian cuisine is simple but complicated, reflective of the island’s rich, diverse past. It’s fascinating history is characterized by centuries of foreign dominations, including Arab, Greek, Roman, Spanish, and French rule, which brought many different dishes. Sicilian cuisine has traces of fusion while at the same time, seeming as if it has always been there.
Who better to guide us through this fusion than Chef Anita Lo. She leads our small group 8-day epicurean adventure? You’ll explore the bustling historic markets of Palermo, discover such architectural wonders as the medieval Monreale Cathedral, forage and then lunch with author Mary Taylor Simeti amid the olive groves, fruit orchards and hillside vineyards of her charming organic farm, and sample the world-famous fortified wines of Marsala. A short ferry ride will take us to Favignana. One of the trip highlights is Chef Lo’s hands-on cooking class, where she puts her spin on local cuisine, using local products.
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Meet your fellow travelers and depart for a stroll in the city centre. Enjoy artisanal gelato or granita at Antonio Cappadonia, one of the great masters of Sicilian ice cream. Return to hotel.
A 20-min walk to our welcome dinner at Dispensa Giuseppe Costa
This morning we'll walk into the very heart & soul of Palermo – the markets of Ballarò and Capo which are very like Arab “souks”. Discover delicious local delicacies, fruits, vegetables and traditional food: a true heaven for foodies.
Lunch at a local trattoria.
This afternoon, enjoy a private visit to Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy and known for its perfect acoustics.
A light dinner of Sicilian 'tapas'
(B, L, D)
Continue to a Liberty villa overlooking the Bay of Porticello. Inside we'll meet Chef Marta Messeri, with whom we'll enjoy a cooking class, including the preparation of Cassata Siciliana, and lunch in the gardens. Return to Palermo, with enough time to hit the shops and stroll in the centre. Evening and dinner at leisure with recommendations.
Transfer to Monreale to see the UNESCO-listed Norman Cathedral, which is covered in shimmering golden mosaics.
Return to Palermo for free time and dinner. Or, an opera performance at Teatro Massimo.
(B, L, D or O)
. Afterwards, we'll check into our hotel, Room of Andrea, followed by a visit to discover the coral creations of the town of Trapani, where Platimiro Fiorenza, works as coral sculptor master. Dinner at a local osteria.
(B, L, D)
Discover Favignana with a bike ride and the option to swim in the island’s pristine waters.
If biking isn't your thing, there is a fascinating museum Tonnara di Favignana, exploring the island's history of tuna fishing. Enjoy lunch at leisure.
Depart Trapani for Marsala for a cooking class and dinner with Chef Anita Lo. Return to Trapani after dinner. (B, D)
Antonio, Mary & Natalia Simeti
• Seven nights boutique hotels
• Private tour guides
• Daily driving services
• Lunches & dinners with selected wines, as indicated in itinerary
• Cooking class with Chef Lo
• Foraging experience
• Excursions & tastings as indicated in itinerary
• Anything not mentioned in Included
• International Airfare
• Airport transfers
$6,800 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement $1,100