A Taste of Two Cities™

Palermo & Taormina Cooking & Cannoli~4 Days

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Join in hands-on cooking classes, food touring and landmark visits to the heart of Sicily’s two colorful cities, Palermo and Taormina. Our Palermo & Taormina Cooking & Cannoli ~ A Taste Of Two Cities program gives you the option to cook and tour with the finest food purveyors and chefs in either both cities or just one city (choose Palermo or Taormina or extend your stay to include both). This combined tour gives you a taste of city and sea, cooking with Chef Paolo in Palermo and Chef Mimo in Taormina, experiencing the contrasts of regional Sicilian food on the wonderful island of Sicily.

Palermo is a melting pot of history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, and makes a most welcoming destination for travelers. Located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, Palermo is a vibrant and theatrical town where life is lived on the streets and every day is a new act. Visit busy markets where stalls are brimming with gleaming fruit and vegetables, fishermen hawk the day’s catch and canny Sicilian housewives battle for the freshest produce. Enjoy Palermo’s famous street food: follow your nose to discover sellers offering panelle – bite-sized snacks made from chickpea flour, crocché – special fried potato croquettes, or the famous arancini – stuffed rice balls that are lightly fried until golden. And of course, you have to visit Palermo’s majestic Cathedral which encapsulates the town’s complex past, its various Medieval, Renaissance and Neoclassical elements still visible today; Palazzo Normanni, palace and museum; Martorana, the vibrant Byzantine church, Cappella Palatina, and Quattro Canti, Palermo’s grand square with symmetrical fountains.

Palermo Cooking Classes

Head to the kitchen where, along with Chef Paolo you will create many of Palermo’s best loved foods such as pasta con le sarde, pasta with fresh sardines, dressed with golden raisins, pine nuts and chopped wild fennel fronds; pasta alla Norma, slow-cooked eggplant chunks tossed in a simple tomato sauce with thyme, oregano, and grated pecorino, then tossed with pasta and garnished with grated ricotta salatainvoltini di pesce spade, little rolls of thinly sliced swordfish stuffed with pine nuts, raisins, breadcrumbs, anchovy filets, orange juice and lemon juice and pecorino cheese; involtini di melanzane, stuffed eggplant rolls; and even fagioli alla menta, marinated white bean salad with fresh mint.  Each cooking class ends with a sweet dessert featuring one of Sicily’s famous: cassata made with local ricotta or delicious almonds; cannoli, granita con la briosce col tuppo, Sicilian shaved lemon ice on a spongy sweet bread, cartocci Siciliani, pignoccata, small dough puffs with honey or biancomangiare, a milky almond custard topped with pistachio ~ to tempt with just a few! Classes and menus vary with the seasons and the availability of fresh produce, and can be tailored to accommodate food allergies and dietary needs.


Palermo has many attractions, its various monuments reflecting the city’s rich and diverse history, and the many cultural and natural attractions can make for an wonderful experience to those willing to explore it. Take a walk and admire the Cathedral  – honey-colored and Catalan influenced, the Quattro Canti – the symbolic crossroads at the old center of the city and the nearby small, but pretty La Martorana church with byzantine mosaics inside. There is also the famous Museo Archeologico, and the Catacombe dei Cappuccini that contain over 8000 mummified remains from Palermo and its surrounding villages. Just outside Palermo is the impressive Cathedral of Monreale which is one of the most important examples of Norman architecture in the world. On warm summer nights there’s often live music in the piazza and people dancing. Join in and kick up your heels or simply sit at a nearby café and soak up the city’s magic.

Palermo Accommodations

Your elegant 4-Star Accommodation is ideally situated in the heart of Palermo. Recently restored, the rooms are furnished in modern and elegant style and tastefully decorated, each room with an ensuite bathroom, mini bar and individual climate control, to ensure your stay is comfortable and relaxing. Breakfast is served each morning and daily maid service is included for your convenience. Our professional and helpful staff are always ready to assist you with any needs you may have during your stay. Rooms are also available for guests with special disabilities, just ask when reserving.

Itinerary Taormina & Palermo~4 Days

Day 1: Benvenuto & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Pick-up and transfer from Palermo airport or train station to the property.
  • Arrival & check-in.
  • In the evening, enjoy your full course Chef’s Tasting Dinner at our favorite local restaurant. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 & Landmark Tour of Palermo

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Head into the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class. Lunch or dinner follows and everyone eats the foods prepared in class. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, included. (Additional wines, beverages are available at a surcharge). Transfers included.
  • In the afternoon meet Giorgio, your guide, for a landmark tour of the city. Visit the cathedral and some of the most important piazzas like Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini, then on to the Royal Palace. Giorgio’s knowledge of Palermo and it’s history and culture will make will take you into the city as a local making your stay one in a lifetime.
  • Dinner on your own. Check your Cooking Vacations Restaurant Hot Pick List for options.

Day 3: Food Lover’s Tour of Palermo

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, meet your guide Giorgio for a Food Lover’s Tour through Palermo’s markets and to artisan food producer’s. Stop off at the city’s oldest and most important pastry shop, tour the open markets and visit salumi, prosciutto and cheese makers. Food discussions and tastings included along the way.
  • Afternoon free. Suggestion – take a trip up to Monreale to visit its world famous cathedral.
  • Dinner on your own. Check your Cooking Vacations Restaurant Hot Pick List for options.

Day 4: Departure ~ or Continue your tour onto Taormina

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out & departure transfer to Palermo Airport or Train Station.

OR – Add on our exclusive Taormina 4-Day Tour


Program Includes

  • 3 Nights in 4-Star Palermo Accommodations. Click to View!
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 1 Cooking Class with lunch or dinner following. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, included. (Additional wines, beverages are available at a surcharge). Transfers included.
  • 1 Landmark Tour of Palermo, English-speaking guide included.
  • 1 Food Lover’s Tour of Palermo, English-speaking guide included. Tastings included.
  • Round trip transfers from Palermo airport or train station to accommodations.
Program Price:

$1,195 per person, based on double occupancy.
Please contact us for single pricing.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week, as this program is offered 12 months per year. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.