Reaping the fruits of the land maybe is the oldest rite in the world. You will share the joy of taking part in these feasts.
The Grape harvest, at the end of the summer, and the Olive picking, in the late autumn, are the main when the fruit is ripe though still green. As was once the custom, olives are hand-picked, one by one, and made fall onto large cloths specially provided for the purpose under the trees. (October and November)
Arrival at the airport and transfer to the Mandranova Country House. The farm stands out among the colours and fragrances of the immense olive groves which surround it. The splendid orchard consists of 12,000 plants, many of which are native. Visit to the farm, the olive tree groves, and the oil press. Dinner consisting of characteristic foods, such as oil, cheeses, local breads, and other traditional dishes. Overnight stay.
Breakfast with traditional foods. In Sicily, the olive harvest begins in late autumn when the olives are mature but still green. They are picked by hand or with the aid of a baton. This is a very characteristic scene that will whisk you back to ancient times. Nets are placed under the trees, and baskets are brought to collect the olives using traditional techniques.
Lunch break and relaxation period.
In the afternoon you will bring olives to the Mandranova oil press where you can see how oil is produced. Finally tasting of oil with bread, garlic and oregano. You will also receive an oil bottle completely free.
Dinner and overnight in the agriturismo.
Breakfast. In the morning you will be free to enjoy the pool or hike in the countryside.
Lunch. In the afternoon we will meet our guide who will take us to Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples. Along the “Sacred Way” we will visit the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Concord, and the Temple of Juno. Finally, we will visit the wonderful Garden of Kolymbetra, an old water reservoir of the Greeks, and the Archaeological Museum.
Dinner on your own, return and overnight stay.
Breakfast. Today you will learn how to prepare some Sicilian dishes such as almond sweets and cannoli with ricotta cheese.
Lunch and tasting of the Sicilian Moscato matched with Sicilian pastries.
At 3:30 p.m., we will start the second part of cooking lesson and you will learn how to prepare “anelletti al forno” with eggplant, sauce, and fresh basil. We will also cook, in various ways, some typical Sicilian vegetables. We’ll also prepare the polpettone di carne (meatloaf) and a vegetable side dish with ingredients harvested from our garden. At dinner, we will taste the dishes we have just prepared. Overnight stay.