Sicily, where chaos is harmony
CÚRATE Trips invites you to join this new and amazing 10-day Sicily Food & Wine Tour. Already in the 4th century BC the Sicilian Greek poet Archestratus wrote The Life of Luxury, one of the earliest pieces of food writing, and its verses were meant to be recited during a banquet. to this indulgent communal feast!
Nowadays, Sicilian cuisine is a melting pot of different cultures where Greeks, Romans, Normans, Byzantines, Muslims, Spanish, French and Italians have left their mark over the course of time resulting in a colorful patchwork you are about to discover.
By the hand of CÚRATE Trips team and the best local guides you’ll learn all about this biggest Mediterranean island – with nearly 650 miles of coastline – and its world-famous cuisine embracing the Mediterranean Diet with fun cooking classes, interacting with locals and touring around Sicilian markets and picturesque towns.
This nine-day adventure takes from Palermo to the best of the east of the island. She looks calm, untouched, uninhabited from afar but inside, she is palpitating and full of determination.
Our Sicily Food & Wine Tour will take us from its capital Palermo, a colorful port city where the old center is Sicilian decadence with remnants of palaces and centuries-old street markets. We will cross the island literally and stop at Vila Romana del Casale, listed UNESCO World Heritage Site for showcasing the finest mosaics in situ anywhere in the Roman world. Then will come the Golden Baroque Triangle before heading to the lovely and chic Ortigia island. We won’t miss a stop at the glamorous Taormina before our final destination, the extreme Etna region.
Let us feed your epic appetite! Limited to 20 participants.
Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
Palermo - Villa Romana del Casale - Ragusa Ibla
Ragusa Ibla - Noto - Ragusa Ibla
Ragusa - Modica - Ortigia
Ortigia - Sirucasa - Ortigia
Ortigia - Taormina - Etna
Etna, end of journey
Welcome to a culinary adventure in the idyllic island! Join us for a 10-day food Sicily Food and Wine tour where you’ll experience show-cooking, intimate visits, and connecting with local professionals who will offer their expertise. With the guidance of our team, you’ll embark on a journey that takes you through the heart of Mediterranean culture, where you’ll discover the secrets of authentic dishes and explore the local roots that shape them.
This dream program in Sicily is designed to allow you glimpses into the oldest foundations and techniques of ancestral gastronomic culture, leaving you with unbeatable memories and a newfound appreciation for Mediterranean cuisine.
WELCOME TO SICILY
Sicily can be defined as a strange and divine museum of architecture and culinary heritage. Sicily is is the land of a vibrant food scene with a dominance of Greek taste in the eastern area as opposed to the greater influence of Arab flavors in the western region. From Greece, Sicilians have maintained a taste for Mediterranean vegetables, especially aubergine, the protagonist of dishes such as caponata or parmigiana, while oriental aromas can be sensed in the use of spices and nuts. Let the journey begin!
SICILIAN COOKING CLASS
There is no better welcome being in Sicily than participating in a cooking class, since life in Sicily revolves around food and wine! We'll learn how to make some of the most traditional recipes in an outstanding palazzo. Our first dinner will be unexpected and glamorous.Dinner
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes
PALERMO, SICILY'S CAPITAL
Let's embark in private tour of Palermo led by a local expert. Palermo was the capital of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and has always been the center of culture. It houses the third largest European opera house Teatro Massimo, countless palazzi, churches and piazzas, impressive Normand-Baroque architecture and a vibrant food scene. We'll pass by iconic places such as Palermo Cathedral, Capo Market, Piazza Verdi, Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini and Quattro Canti.
A short trip to the hilltop town of Monreale, just outside Palermo, offers the chance to explore some exceptional Norman-era church: Monreale Cathedral, one of the architectural marvels of the Middle Ages. A church built to impress.
Back to Palermo, enjoy a free evening in intriguing Palermo.Breakfast, lunch
Grand Hotel et Des Palmes
VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE
On our way to Ragusa we will drive across inland and take the opportunity to stop at Villa Romana del Casale, a few miles from Piazza Armerina. Excavations have gradually uncovered this super-luxury Roman villa, the best preserved in the Mediterranean.
Guided by an expert archaeologist we will get to understand the geometric and figurative mosaics that constitute a unique catalog of the most select imaginary in Late Antiquity. The motifs used reflect, in a symbolic, allegorical or descriptive way, the aspirations and power of an owner who spared no expense in decorating his residence with fashionable scenes among the late Roman elite. It's listed UNESCO Heritage site since 1997.
We will enjoy a lovely lunch in a surf and turf style at one of the top restaurants in the heart of the island.
We will continue by. the road that leads to Ragusa Ibla, our base for the next couple of days, where a good restorative dinner awaits us.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
a.d. 1768 Boutique Hotel
Ragusa is our as a jumping off point to explore the Baroque Triangle and today's stop will be Noto. Not only it is one of the most beautiful towns of Sicily, but in Noto we find what is probably the best granita on earth! Sampling it at Caffè Sicilia is a must: let's order a small granita - almond and pistachio are our favorites - with a brioche while we keep strolling around. This is the way!
VAL DE NOTO WINES
It's time for our first winery visit. In Noto Valley wines made from Nero d'Avola are qualified under Santa Cecilia DOC and those from Moscato Bianco as Passito di Noto DOC. The Nero d'Avola vinified in purity, the result of a careful selection of the best vineyards for the production of an excellent wine. Our tour and tasting will be followed by a rustic lunch.
Back to Ragusa Ibla, feel free to take the most of your time strolling around beautiful Ragusa Ibla.
a.d. 1768 Boutique Hotel
Delightful Modica was almost eradicated by the earthquake in 1693 and now presents an irregular urban layout consisting of upper and lower areas, joined together by steep, narrow roads and staircases. On top of its beauty, what Modica is internationally kwon for is the chocolate.
Here you’ll find chocolate created with ancient techniques, dating from the time of the Aztecs, and brought to the region by the Spaniards in the 16th century, period when Spain dominated the island.
We won't leave Modica without enjoying another pleasant lunch.
After an exciting day, we'll head to our next destination, Ortigia, where we'll relish a lovely dinner.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel des Étrangers
ORTIGIA & SYRACUSE, CITIES OF LEGENDS
Filled with timeless riches, the island of Ortigia is one of the most lively and charming towns in Sicily of incomparable beauty, and it is linked to Syracuse by a bridge. Considering Syracuse was founded by Greeks around 734 B.C. and was the capital of Sicily for around a thousand years, our walking tour will unveil all the secrets of the corner of paradise, a maze of narrow streets, ornate Baroque churches and centuries-old palazzi.
NEOPOLIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
As much of the ancient city has crumbled since ancient times, the ruins can still be explored in Syracuse’s celebrated archaeological park home to a spectacular 5th century BC Greek Theater – the largest in Sicily –, a Roman Amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysus, a surprising large cave with excellent acoustics and an interesting legend.
Back to Ortigia to sample some rich traditional food.
Free evening to fully enjoy a passegiatta along the Lungomare Alfeo waterside promenade.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel des Étrangers
Set between the mountains and the coast, the proximity of Syracuse can be seen, among other things, in the importance of the Greek ruins that surround the town (the theater carved out of the rock, the temple of Aphrodite, the feral temples) that would be reason enough to turn any town into an essential visit.
But there is much more, you'll be surprised by the set of baroque churches declared a World Heritage Site, the palaces of Corso Vittorio Emmanuele or the spectacular Piazza del Popolo. And still, Palazzolo tends to take a backseat.
OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE
Of course, no visit to Sicily would be completed without visiting an olive grove, its mill and having a closer look to the steps of production of the golden liquid. Let's explore a farm producing Monti Iblei Dop Extra Virgin Olive Oil where olive varieties such as Moresca, Tonda Iblea and Nocellara Etnea or Verdese are grown.
Last evening in Ortigia, take the chance to do some fine shopping and explore some of the stylish cafés and bars.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel des Étrangers
Taormina is a gorgeous seaside town perched on a hilltop, it is the pearl at the foot of the Etna. Hollywood stars, scientists, philosophers, musicians and writers could not resist her charms and found peace here in this idyllic setting.
If the Grand Tour in the 17th century can be considered the prelude to modern tourism, Taormina has emerged, since the beginning of the 20th century, as the capital of what could already be called a true "influencer phenomenon": Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Truman Capote, D.H Lawrence, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Greta Garb to mention just a few did all adored Taormina.
Despite the actual mass tourism, there are still hidden corners and many stories to tell. Of course, we cannot miss the the jewel of Taormina: the Greco-Roman theater facing the Ionian sea.
Let's enjoy a lovely day, sample extraordinary food before we head to our last hotel by the Etna.
The evening will be free to do as you please at the hotel, from enjoying a cocktail at the bar, being pampered at the spa or sampling a gastronomic dinner at 12 Fontane.Breakfast, lunch
Villa Neri & Resprt
One of the main reasons to visit Sicily is discovering everything about the wines from Etna, grown around Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Let's understand Etna wines unique traits, the grape varieties, the soil and the different categories. We will visit a lovely winery and discover the power of the terroir in this volcanic unique territory.
In the evening, we’ll be treated to a special surprise farewell dinner, details of which we can’t reveal!Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Villa Neri & Resort
END OF JOURNEY
Today, private transfer to Catania airport at your appointed time.Breakfast
Dates & Prices
15 OCT - 24 OCT 2024
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
Please, fill the form to book your spots, we will get back to you by e-mail in the next 24 hours (remember we are based in Spain and we might be sleeping when you send your request). Feel free to share with us any special details we should consider.
Dates: 15 OCT - 24 OCT 2024
Single Suplement: €2,600
Available spots: SOLD OUT
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
- 9-Night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- 8 lunches and 4 dinners
- Private deluxe transportation throughout
- Private Palermo & Catania Airport transfers in and out
- Travel insurance (cancellation & assistance)
- Two tour leaders throughout
- Limited to 20 guests
- NOT INCLUDED:
- International flight
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis.
At the time of reservation: 30% of journey cost per person.
- 90 days before departure: Balance due.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard).
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire.
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, and WSET 3 with merit. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed WSET 3 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) with merit. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.