The Soul of Sicily Olive Harvest Program
September 24-28th, 2018
Experience a week in the heart of the Mediterranean, exploring food and wine with Soul of Sicily. Our journey will include visits to some of Italy’s most beautiful places, with a balance of nature, archeology and architecture. You’ll learn about culinary traditions in cooking lessons and tastings, and we will take you to the Soul of Sicily through food, art, culture and tradition on this journey.
Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, has some of Italy’s most pristine countryside, important archeological sites and stunning nature reserves and parks. You will learn all about the fascinating history of this island, where Africa meets Europe, where eastern and western civilization began to mingle centuries ago and where the Ancient Greeks built temples, theaters and more.
- 5 nights accommodations in an authentic villa with view of garden and countryside
- Cooking lessons and wine tasting
- Visits to Noto, Farm and Less-known Hilltown with Museum of Farmer, Modica, Ragusa, Fishing Village, Agriturismo and more
- Full buffet style breakfast each day
- One Sicilian meal with several courses and wine each day.
- Transportation with a private van and driver in Sicily
Monday, Sept. 24th Arrivals
As the group arrives, you'll settle into your home for the week and then we'll meet for a brief orientation and welcome dinner. D
Tuesday, Sept. 25th
Welcome! After a Sicilian buffet breakfast of cheeses, cereals, juices and more, we will begin a relaxed Sicilian style day in lesser known hill-town in the area with a visit to the museum of the farmer there. The old structures, workshops, wine press, olive oil press and artisans shops have been saved and turned into a living museum! You will have a chance to learn about olive oil production, artisan life and the old way of life in Sicily 100 years ago. We will enjoy a very long leisurely traditional lunch at a farm restaurant together. We'll taste many regional cheeses, home made pasta and specialties. Dinner is on your own tonight. B, L
Wed., Sept., 26th
Today we will have a cooking lesson at an agriturismo that produces organic olive oil and products, and we will cook with Sicilian herbs and ingredients such as Sicilian olives, pasta, seafood and more. You will have a chance for some hands on fun in this class. Then, we will enjoy lunch together there. After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore Noto’s churches and we’ll have a tasting at Noto’s most famous pastry shop. Dinner is on your own tonight. B, L
Thurs., Sept. 27th
In the morning, we’ll head to the Baroque town of Noto for breakfast. Then we’ll head to a charming fishing village where we will learn about the history of fishing in Sicily and then visit a producer of seafood products and Sicilian speciality ingredients. We will enjoy a lunch which is a tasting of specialities such as Smoked Swordfish, Pasta with Bottarga, Pachino Cherry Tomatoes & local wines like Nero d’avola. Dinner is on your own. B, L
Friday, October 28th
Today we will admire nearby baroque hill-town of Modica for chocolate tastings and shopping. After lunch , we'll visit Ragusa's historical center. There will be free time afterwards to pack and relax before our Sicilian Feast together on our last evening in Noto.
Double occupany: $2800
Single room: $500 supplement
Note: airport transfers are not included. You must arrive in Noto on your own by bus, train, rental car or taxi.