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Palermo and Monreale Tour

Palermo and Monreale Tour

Pick up by private English speaking driver. This morning, follow your guide in a fascinating exploration of Sicilian culture and cuisine. The itinerary begins with a morning visit of the Capo market, the oldest in Palermo, where you will see and taste famous Palermo Street Food such as “panelle”, “arancine”, “crocchette” and “Pani Ca Meusa”. Admire colorful stalls featuring an abundance of fruit, vegetables, seafood, and meats as the sellers’ cry for your attention. Then, visit Palermo that stretches along a beautiful bay on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Founded by the Phoenicians in the VIIth and VIIIth centuries B.C., the city was conquered by Arabs in 831, and a period of immense prosperity commenced. You will be enchanted by the city’s wide boulevards, traditional Sicilian Old Quarter and baroque palaces. You will then visit the city’s main sights, including the Norman section, Quattro Canti di Citta (the Four Corners of the City), Palermo’s extravagant baroque square, and the twelfth-century Duomo (Cathedral). Lunch will be at your leisure and afterwards you will be driven to Monreale to discover the Arab-Norman splendour of the Cathedral and Cloister. This nearby treasure dates from the 12th century and shows the diverse architectural influences of both the Norman and the Arab population. Finally, you will return to your hotel.

Cooking class in Palermo

Cooking class in Palermo

Once you meet the chef, he will lead you to a historical and popular open-air market of Palermo to buy all the necessary ingredients to prepare your meal. On your way, you will also taste some of Palermo’s most typical delights such as “panelle” fritters of chick pea flour and “pane con la milza” bread with spleen. The cooking class is held in a typical Sicilian restaurant and the dishes you will have prepared will be served with good Sicilian wine and Sicilian pastries.

Cooking class With The Duchess

Cooking class With The Duchess

A cooking tour with the Duchess Nicoletta is not simply a cooking lesson, it’s also a fascinating journey through Sicilian culture and a chance to discover some hidden treasures of Palermo. In the morning, Nicoletta will take you to a colorful local open-air market, which are very popular in Sicily, to buy fresh seasonal ingredients. This will be followed by a quick walk through the streets of Palermo, one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean Sea, to admire the magnificent baroque style plaza of the Quattro Canti, the luxurious exuberance of Piazza Marina Garden and the majesty of the Norman Palazzo Chiaramonte. The cooking class will be held in an extraordinary location, an 18th century palace by the sea. The Duchess Nicoletta Polo will teach you how to create a whole Sicilian menu in a spacious kitchen where the old copper pots with the shiny blue and white Sicilian tiles create a magical atmosphere. After lunch in the elegant dining room, there will be a tour of the lush terrace and the beautifully restored palace, the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the world-famous novel “Il Gattopardo”.

Cooking School on Madonie Mountain

Cooking School on Madonie Mountain

Drive through the Madonie Region to get to Gangi. Here you will meet Giovanna, an award-winning cookbook author who won the James Beard Award for the “Best Italian Cookbook” twice. In her house, she will hold a cooking class teaching you the secrets of the traditional Sicilian cuisine. She will then join you for lunch, sharing the meals prepared during the cooking class.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Salt Pans

Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Salt Pans

Departure from Palermo by car with an English speaking driver to Castelvetrano, a Sicilian town well known for its great extra virgin olive oil production. You will arrive at the “Antica Tenuta Becchina” to visit its oil mill. The Antica Tenuta is located in the heart of the Valle del Belice and behind its high walls, which once enclosed the hunting grounds of the Spanish Princes of the Pignatelli Aragona Cortes family, there are 70 acres of orchard – about three thousand trees – nestled among the hills. You will visit the workshop and taste the “Becchina Green Oil”, an authentic extra virgin olive oil, made with rigorous production methods that ensure the freshest, highest quality olive oil. You will then enjoy lunch in the garden. On the way back to Palermo a special tour is planned along the coast from Trapani and Marsala. This coastline is characterized by the salt-pans. These are large salt water pools divided by narrow strips of land where, for centuries, salt has been produced. This route is called “la via del sale” (the Salt Road), remarkable for its many Dutch-style windmills, used to pump sea water and grind the salt. The many mounds of salt (piled up salt creating little white hills) are then covered with terracotta tiles to prevent the rain from melting them. The salt-pans were probably established by the Phoenicians who set these basins to collect the salt. Today, this thousand-year-old salt culture is still in use. Finally, you will return to Palermo

Wine Tour: Tasca D’Almerita Winery (Regaleali)

Wine Tour: Tasca D’Almerita Winery (Regaleali)

To begin, you will depart from Palermo by car with an English speaking driver. You will then arrive at Regaleali Estate, Tasca d’Almerita, which is a fine wine producing estate with an aristocratic background. It was founded in 1830 and has been considered to be a benchmark in high quality wine production ever since. Visit of the winery and tasting of their best award winning wines during lunch. Finally, you will return to the hotel.

Wine Tour: Abbazia Santa Anastasia Winery & Cefalù

Wine Tour: Abbazia Santa Anastasia Winery & Cefalù

Departure from Palermo by private car with an English speaking driver. You will then arrive in Castelbuono, a charming medieval town on the Madonie Mountains, to visit Santa Anastasia Winery, a beautiful Abbey during the XIIth century that has been artfully restored to its former glory. The Abbey is surrounded by lush and prolific lands that allow it to produce delicious wines. You will then proceed to a wine tasting (optional lunch on request). Afterwards, you will be transferred to Cefalù for a visit of the old town with the Cathedral that was built in 1131 by order of Roger II. It is one the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture. Finally, you will return to Palermo.

Wine tour: Donnafugata & FLorio Wineries

Wine tour: Donnafugata & FLorio Wineries

Departure from Palermo by car with an English speaking driver. You will be taken to Marsala to visit the Florio Winery, a place of warm, mineral-rich soil and sea-kissed breezes where Marsala wine has been produced for nearly two centuries. Then, you will be taken to visit the Donnafugata Winery. The Rallo family, who owns Donnafugata, has been in the wine business for over a century and the winery is known for its exceptionally wide range of wines, made with autochthon wine grape varieties such as Inzolia, Catarratto, Zibbibo, and Nero d’Avola as well as international varieties like Viognier. The wine maker will meet and show you his techniques of viticulture. You will enjoy a wine tasting with light lunch at winery. On the way back to Palermo, a special tour is planned along the coast from Trapani and Marsala. This coastline is characterized by the salt-pans. These are large salt water pools divided by narrow strips of land, where for centuries salt has been produced. This route is called “la via del sale” (the Salt Road), remarkable for its many Dutch-style windmills, used to pump sea water and grind the salt. The many mounds of salt (piled up salt creating little white hills) are then covered with terracotta tiles to prevent the rain from melting them. The salt-pans were probably established by the Phoenicians who set these basins to collect the salt. Today, this thousand-year-old salt culture is still in use. Finally, you will return to Palermo.



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