Welcome to our neighborhood, southeastern Sicily! Hosted by Italian Connection’s founders, Anita and Emanuele, this walking and cooking tour in Sicily focuses on the quiet beauty and rich culinary heritage in Eastern Sicily, and includes a meal in our home for a true taste of life in the Sicilian countryside. Learn to cook with genuine locally grown ingredients that are the heart and soul of Sicilian food, meet artisanal Sicilian food producers, see heirloom wheat being stone ground and then learn to bake Sicilian focaccia, and walk off lunch on secret pathways discovered through local farmers. Take part in the traditional celebrations in honor of the festival of St. Joseph, with elaborate bread altars and lavish tables, parades and marching bands – you’ll love being part of the local scene with these insider experiences! Our March tour also coincides with the spectacular season of almond blossoms in Sicily – watch our short video for 20 seconds of beautiful blossoms!
Our walks are rated for their level of difficulty as follows:
- Stroll – Daily distance of 2-5 km (1-3 miles) through archeological sites and in towns with stone stairways. Footwear: Lightweight walking shoes.
- Easy – Daily distance of 8-10 km (5-7 miles) on dirt paths and gravel roads, with short ascents & descents. Good van access for assistance along the route. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes.
- Moderate – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with longer ascents & descents. May include cobblestone paths and steps, or narrow paths along terraced hillsides. Some van access or options for shorter walks. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes or lightweight boots.
- Fitness – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with steep ascents & descents. Walks are at altitudes of 1200-2450 meters (3500-8000 feet) on trails and forest service roads, some rocky or exposed sections. Limited van access, options for shorter or longer routes. Footwear: Lightweight boots.
– K.G., Canada
- Revel in the fabulous festivities in honor of St. Joseph, and visit private homes where devotees prepare lavish tables of festival breads and join the locals at a food auction (March departure only)
- Shop in the colorful food market in Syracuse with a friendly cook, explore the backstreets of Ortigia and learn about the town’s fascinating history beginning with the Greeks in the 8th century BC
- Traipse through the countryside in search of wild greens with Anita, watch Emanuele cook in their kitchen, and enjoy lunch overlooking their lush walled garden
- Taste Aztec-style chocolate spiced with red pepper at an historic sweet shop in Modica, cook a traditional Sicilian lunch in a cook’s home with views of the glorious Baroque cathedral
- Walk through a limestone gorge dotted with prehistoric cave dwellings, and visit a water mill where ancient varieties of wheat are milled with stone, and learn to make Ragusa’s traditional focaccia
- Explore the Baroque towns of Scicli and Modica, the settings for the Detective Montalbano series, and explore unspoilt countryside on this off the beaten path tour
March dates pending, 2020
Daily breakfast/ 7 lunches with wine/ 4 dinners with wine
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