Siracusa and Palermo  30 September to 9 October 2017

 

Every year after my Sicily Adventure I end up thinking I have spent too much time changing hotels and not enough time exploring my two favourite cities, Siracusa and Palermo. Next year I plan to change this so we will only use two hotels. For anyone who wants to visit the UNESCO World Heritage cities there will be a pre-trip (27 to 29 September)based in Modica, to take in Ragusa and Noto.

In Siracusa we will stay in fascinating Ortigia and explore the Greek, Roman and Jewish heritage. We will visit the local markets, shop and cook in one of the many inviting trattorias. During our stay there will also be an optional trip to Pachino, on the coast, further south than parts of Tunisia, to eat great seafood and sample the delicious fruit and vegetables that are famous throughout Italy.

In Palermo we will see another facet of Sicily as we explore the Phoenician, Arab and Norman influences on the architecture, customs and food. We will visit the home of Giuseppe  Lanza Tomasi di Lampedusa where he wrote "The Leopard" to cook and eat with his daughter-in-law, Nicoletta.

 

The course will include 9 nights, 9 breakfasts and main meals, three cooking classes, a wine-tasting and olive oil seminar. It will also include local private transport from Siracusa to Palermo. Participants should fly in to Catania and out of Palermo.

If you have not enough time to do the full course it might be possible to do a shorter trip.

Cost 3150 euros.