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Cooking & Culture Journey Tour in Sicily’s Baroque Towns


6 nights

Immerse yourself in authentic Siclian life as you live like a local in an untouristed beautiful town in south east Sicily. You feel like your Sicilian sister or daughter is teaching you to cook traditional dishes that local families eat. In Modica you learn cooking secrets with an excellent home cook in her grandmother’s former home and cook some of her grandmother’s recipes.

You live in the same home, now a B&B in the historic heart of Modica with grand views of its picturesque terraces and Baroque buildings. In a few steps you’re strolling with families down the bustling main street.

Your local guide, soon friend, takes you to discover hidden corners of stunning Baroque towns, meet winery owners and artisan food producers (rich chocolate anyone?) and revel in beautiful nature.

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6 Night Italian Cooking School Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Modica

Arrive at Catania airport, private transfer to Modica to a B&B in the beautifully renovated home of your host’s grandmother, in the heart of Modica.

From the B&B’s terrace, you gaze at wide views of the town. A few steps away you’re on the main corso to experience local life. Your rooms have private bathrooms, hair dryers, air-conditioning and TV.

Please note: Modica’s terraces have many staircases. The B&B is up about 80 steps. If steps are not for you, please let us know so we can find you accommodation on lower or flatter ground.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow food adventurers.

Day 2: Cookng class at home, explore Modica's historic centre

In a three to four hour class in the B&B’s kitchen, make authentic Sicilian recipes with your cooking teachers, many handed down from her grandmother. Savour your efforts for lunch at home.

After a siesta, explore Modica’s historic centre and its back streets with your guide.

Dinner is on your own in Modica. Lots of restaurants with local fare nearby!

Day 3: Cooking class at home, nature reserve, walk in Noto

Create a full, traditional Sicilian menu in your cooking class at home, followed by lunch.

Explore the coast starting at a lovely winery close to the sea. Move on to walk in the Vendicari Nature Reserve. On a walk, discover Noto, renowned for its magnificent Baroque architecture, home to wonderful honey, sweet wines and almond-based sweets.

Return to Modica for a light dinner on your own.

Day 4: Visit Siracusa, Ortygia, Greek theatre

Visit Siracusa’s historic centre of Ortygia to go to the market. Free time to explore Siracusa, one of the most important cities in ancient Greek civilization. See the Temple of Apollo and Greek theatre in the archaeological park. Relax in Ortygia’s splendid piazza dominated by its magnificent Baroque cathedral. Lunch on your own in Siracusa.

Return to Modica for free time. Dinner is on your own in Modica.

Day 5: Cooking class at home, artisan chocolate, water mill, seaside dinner

Cook more delicious Sicilian dishes and dine on your creations at home.

Modica is famous for its chocolate. Visit Bonajuto’s famous chocolate laboratory in town and sample their smooth and creamy chocolate.

Visit Mulino Cavallo, a traditional water mill and the old dwellings the family of the present owners used up until the beginning of the 19th century. We can see how they use the mill to produce whole meal durum wheat flour.

For dinner, visit the seaside village of Pozzallo. Walk along the seafront, lapping up gelato like the locals do.

Day 6: Winery & olive grove visits on all day excursion

All day excursion to visit a winery and olive grove near Chiaramonte to understand their extra virgin olive oil and wine-making production process. Lunch there.

Gather around the table for your farewell dinner.

Day 7: Ciao for now

After breakfast, leave via private transport for Catania airport.

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  • 3 cooking classes at home
  • 4 lunches & 3 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • visit chocolate making artisan
  • visit ancient water mill
  • all day excursion to winery & olive oil producer
  • guided walks in Modica, Noto, Ortigia food market, Vendicari Nature Reserve
  • transport to/from Catania airport

Not Included:

* 3 dinners on your own in Modica

Tour Dates

  • May 11-17
  • June 8-14
  • Sept 14-20
  • Oct 5-11
  • Oct 19-25

Please ask us for other dates you want.

Tour Prices

Double Occupancy

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.

CDN: $3045
U.S.: $2850
Euros: about €1950



Single Occupancy

CDN: $3435
U.S.: $3215
Euros: about €2200

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