Sicily's Culinary Splendors
Cantalupo Tours To Italy, an Italian tour company, conducts a specialized small-group food tour to Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island. At the center of the Mediterranean, but on the periphery of Europe, la Sicilia is a quite distinct entity from the rest of Italy. Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, and Aragonese conquerors have transformed the landscape, and Sicily's diverse history has left it with an abundance of archaeological remains. Sicilian cuisine, one of Italy's most varied, has also been influenced by its unique location and the invaders it attracted. During the food tour to Sicily guests sample the region's food and feast on exquisite Sicilian culinary specialties. In addition, they also visit some of the spectacular Greek ruins and explore the rugged coastline of Sicily.
Italian Food Expert Leads Tour
During Cantalupo Tours To Italy food tour to Sicily, Michele Scicolone, the tour leader, conducts daily lectures about the local specialties and seasonal dishes. Michele is the highly respected author of nine cookbooks, including the blockbuster bestseller The Sopranos Family Cookbook. Her latest book, 1,000 Italian Recipes, features a wealth of recipes for traditional and regional Italian specialties. Michele visits Italy several times a year and and she teaches at cooking schools around the U.S., including De Gustibus in New York.
In addition, local English-speaking tour guides escort guests to archaeological sites including Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, and Siracusa as well as visits to world-class museums, monuments, and churches in Palermo.
Tour Itinerary and Highlights
Guests on the tour will have the opportunity to:
- Savor the local delicacies at Palermo's bustling food market La Vucciria
- Visit a famous pasticceria and watch a pastry-making demonstration
- Sample the region's wines at a local vineyard
- See a cheese-making demonstration at a traditional cheese making facility
- Observe the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea
- Enjoy a guided tour of Palermo, including the Duomo and the Monreale Cathedral
- Tour Agrigento's Valle dei Templi, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Marvel at the well-preserved Roman mosaics at the Villa del Casale.
Based on simple ingredients, Sicilian cooking is simple to execute, yet sophisticated to the palate. An abundance of fresh fish, local ingredients including eggplant, capers, and olives, and special dishes such as cassata, an elaborate sponge cake with ricotta and candied fruit, make any Sicilian meal a feast. Traditional specialties include pasta con le sarde e finocchi (pasta with fresh sardines and wild mountain fennel), caponata (sweet and sour eggplant ragout) and sfinciuni (Sicilian pizza).
In a country with online magazines specializing in culinary itineraries ( Enotour), museums dedicated to food (Musei del Cibo) and roads devoted to specialty food products (Strada del Prosciutto di Parma), it should come as no surprise that Italy is a logical choice for a food tour.
You can discover the regional flavors and savory culinary traditions of Sicily, such as the piatti tipici palermitani (typical dishes of Palermo) and the traditional cuscus alla trapanese, a seafood couscous served in Trapani. If you're a buongustaio (gourmet, connoisseur), have already been to Italy and want to try a new adventure, or just love Italian food, a food tour to Italy can be squisito (exquisite, delightful, refined)!