Sicily has been occupied or settled by many different cultures over many centuries, and this history has shaped the island’s food traditions. Besides pasta, you’ll find couscous; besides the red and white wines you’ll find produced all over Europe, you will find the fortified wine of Marsala. Important throughout history for salt and wheat production, today Sicily is one of the most compelling foodie destinations in the world. You are invited to experience 10 days and nights eating and drinking our way through some of Sicily’s landscapes with a small group of like-minded travelers.
Our first two nights are spent in the city of Palermo, where we will have a guided city walk and explore the vibrant wine bar scene. We will see the famous mosaics in the church at Monreale, visit the enchanting seaside village of Scopello, and the Greek ruins of Segesta.
We will also explore the medieval hill town Erice and the important ancient trading hubs of Marsala and Trapani while based for three nights in the winery accommodations of Baglia Donna Franca.
Next, we will make our way to the northern part of the island, where we will stay two nights to explore Cefalu and Castelbuono, tour and taste at a cheesemaker’s farm, and visit some of the area villages for a taste of their local specialties.
Our final three nights will be spent in rural accommodation on the slope of Mount Etna, looking out to the sea. We will taste at several Mount Etna wineries, visit local bakeries and other food purveyors to taste many Sicilian delicacies, and learn to make some of them ourselves.
Mid-morning on the last day of the tour you will be dropped off in the city of Catania, at the train station, airport or hotel to continue the rest of your journey.
To reserve your spot, e-mail Shannon@GrapeHops.com or call (805) 886-1551.