Join Signora Fiora Angela in the historic center of Siracusa for hands-on traditional Sicilian cooking and a true food lover’s experience. Your weekend program includes a hands-on cooking class with Fiora Angela, as well as excursions to Siracusa’s prized fish market. This program is perfect for those of Italian origin, looking to learn more about Sicily’s flavors, perhaps to bring back the perfumes that floated from nonna’s kitchen, or those just looking for an incredible cooking style in a beautiful and historic seaside setting. No matter what your interest, Fiora Angela in one of the most beautiful parts of Siracusa is sure to inspire your cooking skills. Though there are many artisan made products, wines, olive oils that your friends and family would love, the best souvenir you can bring back to those at home is the promise of lunches and dinners with your new Sicilian recipes learned in class.
Chef Fiora Angela is your teacher and her traditional kitchen is your classroom for your hands-on cooking classes. A member of the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina, Italian Cooking Academy, Fiora Angela provides a fun, informal environment in which to learn fresh and healthy recipes of the region. Her passion is cooking and she teaches the history and culture behind each recipe, reflecting the many different influences on Sicilian cuisine.
After each cooking class, participants sit down and enjoy the foods they made in class for a full course lunch or dinner, wine and beverages included. A recipe booklet is provided with the recipes made in class.
Menus vary based on the season, and may include: fried pizzette with tuna & anchovies, Sicilian cheese with pepper, beccafico fish, cherry tomatoes, olives, impanate and caponata. First courses include cous cous with fresh fish or eggplant timbale, or perhaps a fresh tuna fish with mint caponatina. One of Fiora Angela’s specialties is a local fennel & orange salad as a contorno, or side dish, and for dessert, cornucopia with ricotta. These are just a sample of foods you may make in class; all menus vary depending on the season and can accommodate special diet needs and/or menu requests.
Your base for your cooking week is in southeastern Sicily, in Siracusa. Dating back in time from the once Greek rule of this land, Siracusa is steeped with ancient traditions of cuisine, history and folklore. During your stay, you can also visit a most interesting part of Siracusa, a straight which is divided into nine neighborhoods, (each with a name also in Sicilian dialect): Graziella (Razziedda), Bottari (‘Uttari), Mastrarua (Masciarrò), Spirduta (Spidduta), Maestranza (Mascianza), Duomo (Domu), Giudecca (Jureca), Turba (Tubba), and Castello Maniace (Casteddu).
The Piazza Duomo offers a great place to have a caffè and do a little people watching, or simply admire the incredible architecture around you, presided over by the impressive Baroque-faced Duomo dedicated to Santa Lucia, the patron saint of Siracusa. The Duomo was originally a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, and the Doric columns can still be seen along the sides of the Duomo, though now built into the walls after two major earthquakes shook the ancient frame.
The island’s picturesque alleyways make for wonderful evening passeggiate, strolls, and the area around the Castello Maniace at the southern tip of the island, and the seafront promenade along the western shore is the center of local nightlife and is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. The Castello was originally built in 1038AD as a fort, but was transformed into a castle in the 13th century. Today, events and exhibitions are held in the parade ground inside the fortress walls.
The Fonte Aretusa, is the freshwater spring on the western shore of the island, named after the nymph Arethusa, who, according to Greek mythology, was transformed into this spring that flowed underground from Greece to Sicily while trying to flee from the river god, Alpheus. Papyrus plants grow in the spring today, and legend says that Greek flowers appear in the fountain, whose waters, they claim, flow directly from Greece.
The B&B is set in a historic palazzo overlooking the port. Décor is simple and reflects the traditional Mediterranean style. Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, TV, telephone and minibar. Breakfast is served each morning on the roof garden terrace surrounded with jasmine and bougainvillea and features Fiora Angela’s homemade cakes, marmalade, jams and fresh locally grown produce. Gambero Rosso even declared Fiora Angela’s mandarin orange marmalade ‘unforgettable.’ Upon request, lunches and dinners can also be served, and room service is available.
4-Star Luxury Siracusa
Our 4-Star hotel is located in an ancient palazzo on the waterfront of in Syracuse’s center. Keeping the old world charm while carefully refurbishing the rest, the property offers charming rooms each furnished differently with antique furniture, four-poster beds, refined interior Sicilian decoration and Mediterranean features such as colorful bathrooms tiles, large windows and marble floors. Each room is equipped private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet, mini-bar, and Satellite TV. Every morning International buffet breakfast is included with cappuccino, fresh Italian croissants, pastries, cereal and fresh fruit to satisfy any international palate. Dine in the hotel restaurant under vaulted ceilings on a full course traditional menu featuring the local cuisine of Syracuse. An excellent list of wine is also available. The professional staff welcomes you and is ready to assist with any request you may have.
Itinerary: 3 days, 2 nights
This program is available 12 months per year. You can check in and start your program on any day of the week.
Day 1: Arrival & Check In
- Arrival transfer from Catania Airport.
- Check in and relax
- Dinner is on your own. Suggestions provided upon request.
Day 2: Seafood Market & Cooking Class
- Breakfast is served
- In the morning, head to the seafront fish market home to the freshest catches of the day. See the many varieties of Mediterranean fish caught off the coast, and learn about how to choose the best fresh fish for every menu.
- Lunch on your own. Suggestion: Try the street foods available at the marketplace- such as arancini, fried rice balls, suppli’, fried potato and mozzarella, and more. Though perhaps not the most health-conscious options, they are a traditional treat, and certainly something to try.
- Meet in the afternoon for your Cooking Class with Fiora Angela. Menu includes traditional fish featuring the fresh catch from the market- and you cooking class includes preparation of a two course dinner. Dinner follows with the foods prepared in class.
- After your Cooking Class tour the quaint city of Siracusa with your personal guide.
Day 3: Check Out & Departure
- Breakfast is served.
- Check out and departure.
- Transfer to Catania airport.
- 3 days/ 2 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click to View!
- Daily breakfast.
- 1 cooking class, followed by lunch or dinner on the foods prepared in class.
- Tour of Siracusa with guide
- Visit to the fish market.
- Round trip transfers on arrival & departure from Catania Airport or Train Station.
- Recipe booklet.
$1,495 per person, based on double occupancy.
Please call for 4-Star prices.