What could be better? Soul of Sicily's authentic cooking classes in baroque Noto. Welcome to your home away from home in Sicily.


Soul of Sicily programs with Renée Restivo cover Sicily's ancient history, culture, traditional cooking, organic agriculture and herbs. Our base is the lesser-known UNESCO world heritage town, baroque Noto -- just minutes away from some of the island's most pristine beaches, ancient Greek ruins and Vendicari nature reserve of the southern coast.

Come enjoy Sicily's authentic meals with wine, and meet farmers, chefs, local experts, guides and artisans who are actively involved in projects to preserve their cultural heritage and environment. Our cooking classes are authentic experiences which give visitors the chance to connect with locals, get to know Renée's insider's Sicily and create memories that will last a lifetime. 


Culinary Tours

We have offered culinary tours to Italy since 2004, and culinary tours of Southeastern Sicily for a decade now. These week-long adventures give travelers a chance to explore Sicily's rich culinary tradition and meet talented Sicilians who are food artisans, home cooks, culinary professionals, artists, herbalists and more.

Cooking School

Renée Restivo, the Founder of Soul of Sicily has over 17 years of experience in culinary education. She began her career in New York City and spend the past 15 years in culinary education in Italy. We have the most experience in culinary education in the Noto area, offering you a balance ofauthenticity and professional, organized service.

Private Cooking Programs

We specialize in creating customized culinary program itineraries for small groups of 2-7 people. Gather your friends and family, send us your available dates and dream itinerary (including the recipes you'd like to learn). Let's make your dream happen!


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Featured In

National Geographic Traveler
Travel Channel Sicily episode
Tastes of Italia magazine
The book Seeking Sicily
Rick Steves Radio Show