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Cooking, Wine, Volcano & Walking Tour in Sicily’s Mount Etna Hills

** This set itinerary gives you ideas for a custom designed tour for your private group. Or perhaps you like this delicious itinerary just as it is!  Please ask us for current prices.

4 nights

In untouristed little towns in Sicily, feel part of authentic local life in rich, truly one-of-a-kind cooking, wine and walking experiences with a cast of local people, passionate about sharing their food, culture and lives with you.

Cook, drink, eat and explore in Linguaglossa (pop. about 5000) in the unique Mount Etna foothills in private, insider visits in families’ homes, restaurant kitchens and wine cellars.

Immerse yourself in the boisterous Catania fish market as you talk with fishmongers and eat local street food in a grazing lunch at food stands.

Discover breathtaking natural beauty as you walk paths near Mount Etna and dine at a country wine estate.

An extraordinary series of enriching, local lifestyle and nature experiences!

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Tuesday: Welcome to Linguaglossa in Mt. Etna's hills

Arrive in Catania airport, transfer via private minivan to your lovely four star hotel in the heart of little Linguaglossa in Etna’s foothills. The 18th century palazzo, formerly a noble family’s home, was transformed to a chic, modern style hotel with very comfy, fun, minimalist style rooms.  You can step out and explore this typical Sicilian mountain town on foot and taste local life.

Welcome dinner of traditional Sicilian mountain fare in a great local restaurant.


Wednesday: Mt. Etna path hike, winery visit, restaurant cooking class

Abundant continental breakfast at the hotel every morning. The hotel owners have a bakery so you enjoy heavenly, fresh pastries and breads.

Optional two to three hour walk in the exotic foothills of Mount Etna following black volcanic sand paths and craters punctuated with green and gold trees overlooking the blue sea.

Or stay in Linguaglossa and pamper yourself in the hotel’s spa or explore Linguaglossa, full of interesting murals and good cafes stuffed with tempting Sicilian cookies and cakes.

At a winery in the hills, a local family gives you a warm Sicilian welcome as they show you around the estate and taste their Etna wines with you. At the winery, savour a light lunch of cheeses, olives, salamis and antipasti.

Return to your hotel to relax for a couple of hours.

In the late afternoon start your authentic Sicilian seafood cooking class in a hill side restaurant with the effervescent owner and his friendly, knowledgeable chef son. Drink some prosecco wine and congratulate yourselves. Later, dig into your creations with some good Etna wines.

Thursday: Tour Taormina, cooking class at family's home

In the morning explore Taormina with a friendly local guide and wonderful storyteller with a vast knowledge of history and local lore.

Discover fascinating layers of history at the amazing Greek theatre with spectacular views of Mount Etna and the sea. Explore narrow streets and pop into alluring bakeries full of Sicilian treats like cannoli

Lunch is on your own – perhaps at a relaxed local wine bar where you can taste local specialties and learn more about the regional wines.

Drive back up the hills to a home in Linguaglossa for an authentic Sicilian experience with the charming, hospitable family. They grow vegetables, olives, hazelnuts and have vineyards and sheep. The joyful, outgoing mother makes cheeses, salami, bread, and preserves.

Have fun making the local maccheroni, watch how to make tomato sugo and other genuine local dishes with the mother in her kitchen. Around their dining table with their family, eat all your creations together with their wine.

Friday: Visit Catania's lively fish market, dine at agriturismo

After breakfast, drive to Catania and dive into its famous, boisterous fish market. Street vendors at rustic tables shout out about their wares — everything from huge swordfish to gyrating octopus. (Enter “Catania Fish Market” on YouTube for a taste of the experience!)

Enjoy a grazing lunch (not included) at the market. If you wish, browse at street markets full of shoes and clothes or enjoy free time in Catania.

Back to your hotel for a siesta.

For dinner, drive in the Mount Etna foothills to a lovely agriturismo, formerly a wealthy landowner’s estate where they grow olive and grapes. From 1000 metres (3000 feet) up, magnificent views extend forever over the mountains, to the volcano, to valleys.

If you wish, swim in their beautiful pool and lounge on their panoramic patio before dinner.

Their popular restaurant features wonderful home style dishes of fresh, local ingredients is in the former grape pressing room.  An unforgettable dining and cultural experience.

Saturday: Ciao for now

After breakfast, depart for Catania airport or train station.

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  • 4 nights at 4 star hotel with buffet breakfast (The hotel owners own a bakery so you enjoy heavenly, fresh pastries and breads.)
  • 2 full menu cooking classes
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners
  • guided walk in Taormina including the Greek theatre
  • guided 2-3 hour hike on Mt. Etna paths
  • Etna winery visit with tasting
  • guided walk in Catania’s famous fish market
  • private transport from pick up to drop off at Catania airport with local driver
  • one group transfer from/to Catania airport
  • bilingual local guide/tour manager with you throughout the tour

Not Included:

  • 2 lunches so you can eat as light as you want
  • wines with meals so you can choose your wines

Tour Dates

Dates by request between May-Oct, subject to hotel rooms being available. Just ask us for the dates you want.

Tour Prices

** This set itinerary gives you ideas for a custom designed tour for your private group. Or perhaps you like this delicious itinerary just as it is!  Please ask us for current prices.

Based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.

For group 4-5

CDN: $2590 about
U.S.: $1970 about
Euros: about  €1725

For group 6-8

CDN: $2250 about
U.S.: $1710 about
Euros: about  €1500



Single Occupancy:  Please ask

Minimum group size is 4 people.

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