At Home in Sicily!

I return to my roots, experiencing a dish and its simplicity: fava beans gathered fresh from the farmer down the road, ricotta brought from a shepherd in a nearby hill-town, sweet onions from the earth, salt from the sea, pasta made of Sicily's grain and wine, olive oil... nourishment and pure joy...
~Renee Restivo
Founder of Soul of Sicily

The Soul of Sicily

We offer the rare chance to learn about Sicilian food, culture, literature and art, to step into homes of Sicilians, and to begin to understand the love and devotion Sicilians have for their land.

Our programs give you the chance to experience Sicily as an insider does. Programs are all the result of a labor of love: a collaboration between Renee Restivo (writer, educator and Sicilian culinary travel pioneer) and her friends and family in Sicily -- home cooks, artists, artisans and agricultural experts and farmers. "My calling is to educate others about the genuine food of Sicily, its connection to the landscape and the rich culture and traditions the island has to offer." ~Renee

Our Programs

Our programs offer an in-depth exploration of South Eastern Sicily and the area around the Baroque town of Noto. We offer organic, local sustainable food and the chance to learn about agriculture, farming and artisan food making. Our sustainable group programs (for up to 14 participants) are at Renée's favorite agriturismo and our home cooking school (for private groups of up to 7) is at a private villa which is your home of the week.

Our Mission

All of our programs have a mission: documenting and continuing culinary traditions, educating visitors about the island's agriculture, finding ways to travel in a more sustainable way with respect for nature and most important and often overlooked -- taking care of the Sicilian countryside to make sure it will be there for generations after us!

Our programs offer travelers to Sicily the chance to have exclusive experiences in homes with Sicilian families. Providing seasonal and specially prepared home-cooked meals and dining in the company of a Sicilian family in their home often costs more than dining at fine restaurants, and is an exclusive service. The food takes a long time to prepare (as it is all done from scratch) and most ingredients are hand-picked, carefully selected, and usually organic or fresh from the garden.

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For small private groups of 2-7 friends or family members traveling together, this charming Liberty style villa is nestled in a dramatic landscape overlooking the Mediterranean, surrounded by 200 olive trees, just a short drive from the Baroque town of Noto (a UNESCO world heritage site) and was once the home of Sicilian artists. It is the perfect place for a peaceful creative retreat.