Almond, Pastry & Chocolate Tour of Baroque Sicily - Itinerary
Day 1 - Monday, September 5th, 2016 - Arrivals
Welcome! Your day begins when you arrive at an authentic, family-owned villa by Noto, just minutes from Noto and with a lovely garden and views. After you settle in, we'll get together to begin our week with a toast. You'll enjoy a taste of Noto's famous almond milk and then we'll go for a stroll before we enjoy our first Sicilian style dinner together! D
Day 2 - Tuesday, September 6th - A Taste of Noto's Pastry & Baroque
After a Sicilian buffet breakfast of cheeses, cereals, juices and more we'll meet for a tour of the architectural highlights of Noto, the baroque pearl of Sicily. I will take you to visit a convent museum where cloistered nuns once prepared secret recipes for sweets. Then we will stop at all of my favorite pastry shops in Noto for a taste at each one! Sicily's distinct flavorful almonds are used in almond pudding, granita, cookies, frutta martorana, almond milk and more. There are infinite culinary creations to taste made with local citrus, pistachio, carob and herbs from our corner of Sicily. Lunch is on your own, but we will give you plenty of suggestions. After lunch, you can relax and you’ll have free time to explore the architectural treasures of baroque Noto or for shopping on your own. In the evening, we will meet for a traditional home cooked dinner in the historical center. B, D
Day 3 - Wednesday, September 7th - Noto Almond Tasting Experience & Visit to Farm
We will have the pleasure of visiting an almond orchard owned by my friends in the countryside, about ten minutes from the historical center of Noto -- and we’ll learn about almond production, agricultural traditions, culture and we will have a formal almond tasting along with other local products. You will learn why Noto's Cultivar Romana almonds have intense flavor and discover that Sicily's almonds are the tastiest in the world. Then, we will enjoy lunch paired with a variety of local Sicilian wines. Dinner is on your own tonight. B, L
Day 4 - Thursday, September 8th - Sicilian Chocolate Tasting & Making in Modica
Today we will visit the nearby baroque hill-town of Modica, admiring carob trees and the landscape during the scenic drive on the road from Noto. We have a cooking lesson in Modica, followed by a lunch at a favorite spot. After lunch, I will take you to visit my favorite historic chocolate makers, to taste chocolates, cookies and sweets. We will also have a chance to learn about the history of chocolate in Sicily, and see how some sweets are prepared. Afterwards, there will be time for exploring the historical center and shopping. Then, we'll visit Ragusa's historical center together for an early evening stroll. B, L
Day 5 - Friday, September 9th - Travel Back in time in Palazzolo Acreide
This morning begins with a classic Sicilian breakfast of almond granita and brioche! Then, we'll depart for an adventure. We will begin a relaxed Sicilian style day in Palazzolo Acreide to see the ancient Greek theater and Sicilian cultural museum. You will have a chance to learn about the old way of life in Sicily thousands of years ago, and also a century ago. We'll eat where the Sicilians eat today... enjoying a typical lunch of local specialites, followed by a taste of the most famous pastry shop to experience their cookies and Sicilian sweets. Dinner is on your own tonight (if you have room)! B, L.
Day 6 - Saturday, September 10th
Today we will explore the vibrant market in Siracusa, and enjoy plenty of tastings as we learn about Sicilian cheeses, olives, fruits, vegetables, speciality ingredients, seafood and more. After we tour highlights of the historical center, we'll delve into some of the most intriguing culinary traditions they have for the preparation of sweets for special holidays. It's a sorpresa! There will be free time afterwards to shop and have lunch. Then we'll return to our home base in Noto to pack and relax before our farewell Sicilian Feast together! You will leave with both an understanding of the culinary traditions of this southern corner of Sicily, and many new friendships!
Day 7 - Sunday September 11th
After breakfast, departures for Catania from Noto at 9AM, for flights from Catania airport. Arrivaderci! B