Siracusa and Palermo  May 26 - June 4   2019

 

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 we will concentrate onSiracusa and Palermo, but also visit Mandranova, with its award-winning olive oil. and the famous Planeta winery. There will be time to visit the Greek temples in Agrigento, and Selinunte, as we explore the beautiful western coast.

In Siracusa we will stay in fascinating Ortigia and explore the Greek, Roman and Jewish heritage. We will visit the local markets, and  cook in one of the many inviting trattorias. In between feasting we will have time to visit the famous  archaeological site, with the limestone cave, known as  Dionysius' Ear because of its acoustics.

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, two 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.

Cost 3150 euros.