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Eat + Drink Taormina

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,787

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover Sicilian gastronomy as you relax in picturesque Taormina. Walk through the historical avenues of this town overlooking the Ionian Sea and discover volcanic Mt. Etna. Tour local bars and restaurants, take a cooking class, and visit local wineries to experience the flavours of Sicily.


This 5-day Italian vacation takes you to Taormina in Sicily to discover Sicilian food and wine. It features deluxe accommodations and small group tours. 

Your journey takes you to Sicily and the commune of Taormina located on the slopes of Mt. Etna in the municipality of Messina. Based in Taormina, you’ll have several days to delve into Sicily’s centuries-old food and wine traditions. A small group tour will take you to the Porta Messina area and down the city’s main walking street Corso Umberto to the Piazza Aprile to discover local restaurants and bars, tasting wine, pastries, and traditional fish dishes along the way. Another day, join a professional chef for a Sicilian cooking class. Start with a visit to an open-air market to pick out choice ingredients. Then head to the chef’s restaurant to help make fresh bread and pasta, sampling your savoury creations at lesson’s end. You’ll delve further into the culinary traditions of the region with a journey up Mt. Etna. Learn about the area’s agricultural history of oranges, lemons, olives, and almonds. Stop by a local winery on the slopes of the volcano for a wine tasting, complete with snacks of bruschetta, salami, and dried tomatoes. Then continue to a local farm for a bountiful lunch of grilled vegetables and Sicilian pasta. Cap off the tour with a liquor tasting. 

At the end of your tour, connect back to the Catania Airport to continue to your next destination or return home. 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,787

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Day 1

Catania Airport to Taormina

Duration1 Hour

Grand Hotel San Pietro

The 5-star Grand Hotel San Pietro has an ideal located overlooking the Ionian Sea and is close to the city center. The property occupies a restored villa dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it offers 63 beautifully appointed rooms, well furnished with modern amenities such as Free Wifi, satellite TV and gorgeous views of Mount Etna, the gardens or the sea. Guests will enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, wellness center, car park and free shuttle service to the center of Taormina. Guests also have access to a nearby affiliated beach area.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Hotel San Pietro

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    Grand Hotel San Pietro



    The 5-star Grand Hotel San Pietro has an ideal located overlooking the Ionian Sea and is close to the city center. The property occupies a restored villa dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it offers 63 beautifully appointed rooms, well furnished …

    The 5-star Grand Hotel San Pietro has an ideal located overlooking the Ionian Sea and is close to the city center. The property occupies a restored villa dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, it offers 63 beautifully appointed rooms, well furnished with modern amenities such as Free Wifi, satellite TV and gorgeous views of Mount Etna, the gardens or the sea. Guests will enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, wellness center, car park and free shuttle service to the center of Taormina. Guests also have access to a nearby affiliated beach area.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Room
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Shuttle Service

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Day 2

Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour

On this small-group excursion, you will take an evening stroll with a professional guide and discover traditional Sicilian restaurants, delicious cuisine, and local wine. The best local chefs will prepare their masterpieces for you! Start this tour near the ancient Porta Messina gate at a typical bar and restaurant. The Porta Messina is an arched stone gateway. It's also where you can start strolling down Corso Umberto, the main walking street, and reach the viewpoint square of Piazza Aprile midway. Porta Messina is one among 2 of the once fortified town's portals, the other being Porta Catania that's around 800 meters on the southwestern end of the Corso. From Porta Messina, your tour continues to the best food spots serving pastries, wines, and family fish trattorias. Your local guide will also introduce you to exceptional local wines and explain the production process and share interesting facts and stories.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Taormina Cooking Class

In this unique small group excursion with a professional chef, start with a walking tour to an open-air typical market of Taormina, and then learn how to cook traditional Sicilian cuisine! During the visit to the market, you will discover various vendors selling local fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Then, head to a restaurant where you will receive an apron for your cooking class. Your professional chef will share the history of Sicilian wheat, flours, and Sicilian cooking traditions. Together with the chef and the restaurant staff, you will cook some of the typical dishes of the Sicilian tradition such as fresh bread and pasta. Enjoy your bread with extra virgin olive oil and local cheeses and cured hams. Your lesson will be followed by a lunch to enjoy the dishes prepared from the attendees. At the end of the course, you will receive a diploma signed by the chef.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Food and Wine Lovers - Etna Landscapes

Enjoy a unique small group experience of the with a visit to the Mount Etna region and a taste of local Sicilian fare. With a professional guide, you will learn interesting facts about Sicily's rich culture, traditions, art and cuisines. Foods such as oranges, lemon, almonds and olive trees are just a few examples of local regional agriculture. Located on the slopes of Mount Etna (1000 meters), you will visit a local winery and enjoy a tasting of local Etna wine along with various regional dishes such as cold appetizers, dried tomatoes, olive oil, bruschetta and salami. You can admire the Etna landscape. The culinary journey continues to a local farm where you will enjoy a gourmet menu consisting of local Etna wine, grilled vegetables, Sicilian pasta with pistachio, asparagus, black port sauce and a delicious ricotta cheese with marmalade. The island is famous not only for its wines but for liquors as well. Your final stop will be a tasting of these unique liquors.

Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Taormina to Catania Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Monday, Wednesday: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights first class accommodation in Taormina
  • Small group Taormina Food and Wine Walking Tour - max 15 guests
  • Small group Taormina Cooking Class - max 15 guests
  • Small group Food and Wine Lovers - Etna Landscapes - max 8 guests
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, food and wine tastings

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Excursions
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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27 Oct 2021
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