Sicily 2019

11 days in Sunny Sicily!

April 9 – April 19, 2019


4/9/19 – 4/19/19
*12 person maximum
$6,200 per person


Palermo, Bronte, Ragusa, Siracusa, Modica, Sciacca, Trapani, Erice, Marsala, Calatafimi, Balestrate, Segesta, Castellammare del Golfo


Wine, ceramics, chocolate, pistachios, cheese


Sicilian markets, ancient Greek temples, baroque architecture, cheese-making demonstration, boat tour of the stunning Mediterranean coastline, wine tasting luncheon, 4-star hotels, cooking class, shopping, eating and drinking!


Breakfast Daily
Four Lunches
Six Dinners

The island of Sicily is a unique place full of art, archeology, history, folklore and breathtaking scenery. And, of course, great food! The culture of fine dining may have been conceived in Sicily when Archestratus, a Greek poet born in the 4th century B.C., wrote Gastronomia as an ode to the pleasures of the Sicilian table. Outsiders before and since have sung the praises of the bountiful seas and fertile volcanic soils of this island crossroads of the Mediterranean.

Here is your chance for an unforgettable culinary tour of this unique region of Italy.

We will visit excellent, traditional Sicilian restaurants, and at our meals together you will enjoy specialties made from local, fresh, in-season ingredients and local wine pairings.

Behind the scenes visits to small scale food makers will give you an intimate look at Sicilian cuisine and artistry. We will visit a hundred-year-old chocolate maker in Modica, a traditional cheesemaker in Ragusa, a producer of fabulous dessert wines in the storied winemaking region of Marsala.

We will accompany a Sicilian chef on a trip to the market, followed by a hands-on cooking class with him as we prepare a multi-course traditional Sicilian meal together.

Our tour includes private bus transportation, luxury 4-star hotel stays, tours of ancient temples, gourmet meals, plenty of free time to explore on your own, and the chance to go behind the scenes to see and taste the foods of Sicily at the source.

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Deposit is due by December 1, 2018!

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Day 1

Tuesday. April 9

Morning arrival in Palermo Airport.* Our guide Gioacchino will pick you up and bring you to Hotel Mercure located right in the city center on a street renowned for its luxury boutiques, yet surrounded by greenery, including the English Garden. Explore Palermo’s rich architectural heritage and soak up its multicultural atmosphere from our hotel. You can take a trip up Monte Pellegrino, the spectacular mountain overlooking the city or relax at Mondello, Palermo’s up-scale seaside resort.

Our first group dinner will be at L’Ottava Nota Ristorante (Reviews include: “The food is fun, adventurous and delicious”, “an amazing place to eat!” and “one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten!”)

*Please send flight information to so we can arrange transportation to/from airport for you. Due to time difference, all flights should be made 1 day prior to itinerary start date.

Day 2

Wednesday, April 10

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a walking tour in the historic center of Palermo to discover the wonderful Arabic and Norman architecture. This afternoon we will enjoy a street food lunch together in a lively local market of Palermo. Spend the rest of the day to yourself – go shopping or enjoy the beach in nearby Mondello. Dinner on your own tonight!

Day 3

Thursday, April 11

After breakfast, we’ll stop to taste the typical Sicilian sweets at a local pastry shop before visiting Tre Erre for a workshop tour of this stunning ceramic producer. Afterwards, have lunch on your own in Palermo and explore and shop all afternoon. Tonight we will have dinner at Restaurant Luci e Calici.

Day 4

Friday, April 12

After breakfast, we’ll pack our bags and head to Ragusa with a stop in Bronte for a visit and tasting at an artisanal pistachio producer. Tonight after checking into our new hotel Villa Carlotta, we will have dinner at Restaurant La Fenice in Ragusa.

Day 5

Saturday, April 13

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a guided tour of Siracusa. More than any other city, Siracusa encapsulates Sicily’s timeless beauty. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, cafe tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas, and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. After the tour, we’ll have time to explore on our own and grab some lunch. Tonight, we will head to the beautiful town of Modica for a visit and tasting at the world renowned Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, followed by a chocolate dinner at Restaurant Fattoria delle Torri, then head back to the hotel.

Day 6

Sunday, April 14

After breakfast, we will meet cheese producer, Maria, at Cilone Family Farm. We’ll watch her make caciocavallo and ricotta by hand and then enjoy a tasting of the freshly made cheeses. From there we’ll visit the local market and butcher shop to shop for ingredients before heading into Chef Claudio Ruta’s kitchen at Ristorante la Fenice for the ultimate cooking class.

Day 7

Monday, April 15

We leave Villa Carlotta this morning. While we enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the Attavola staff will collect luggage as we prepare to head to Trapani on the west coast of the island. On our way we will stop near Agrigento at the Temple Valley Greek Ruins. Along the way, we’ll enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline. We’ll relax over lunch at Porto San Paolo, a local restaurant located right on the waterfront. We will then head to our hotel, Baglio Sorìa, which offers spectacular views of Trapani. (Some hotel reviews include: “Boutique luxury in wine country overlooking the sea” and “a hidden gem in Sicily”). Tonight you will have free time walking, shopping and dining on your own in Trapani.

Day 8

Tuesday, April 16

After breakfast at our hotel, we will visit the vibrant fish market in Trapani. From there we will travel to the enchanting hilltop town of Erice. Here you have time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and admire the views of Trapani, and the brilliant blue sea. You will have free time to shop and have lunch on your own.  Tonight we dine at Restaurant Serisso 47.

Day 9

Wednesday, April 17

After breakfast, we leave for our final hotel, Marina Holiday, in Balestrate. On the way we will visit the Greek temple and amphitheatre of Segesta, and have a tasting lunch at the winery Azienda Agricola Ceuso in Calatafimi. About 3:30 we will check in at the Marina Holiday and have the afternoon free to relax or wander about the town and dinner will be on our own tonight.

Day 10

Thursday, April 18

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the lovely port of Balestrate for a boat tour around the Gulf of Castellammare. A snack lunch will be served on board. Relax for the rest of the afternoon before our farewell dinner at Restaurant La Tonnara.

Day 11

Friday, April 19

After breakfast, we’ll leave Balestrate for Palermo Airport (PMO) where we will all say our goodbyes.

Ciao for now!

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Your Host

Nancy and her guests will be joined by guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!

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