Join in hands-on cooking classes, food touring, landmark visits to the heart of Sicily’s two colorful cities, Palermo and Taormina. Our Taormina & Palermo 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.
The picture pretty seaside town of Taormina sits on Sicily’s east coast and provides the perfect respite from the island’s bustling cities. When you arrive in Taormina, you’ll immediately feel the magical atmosphere which has enchanted visitors from all over the world since the 1800s. Here, Chef Mimo leads our Taormina & Palermo Cooking & Cannoli ~ A Taste Of Two Cities program.
Start off your day with a Sicilian market tour followed by an authentic hands-on Sicilian cooking class where you’ll prepare delicious local specialties like sweet and sour eggplant, marinated anchovies, handmade pasta with sardines, pine nuts and raisins, swordfish involtini and one of the island’s much loved desserts, all with the help of Chef Mimo. Meet Angelo for a fascinating tour of Taormina, which offers the perfect combination of history, culture and his local knowledge while visiting Mount Etna, Italy’s highest active volcano. And if you fancy, add on a visit tour to the vineyard and cantina of our award wining producer a for a sip, swirl and high point view from Etna top.
Taormina Cooking Classes
Chef Mimo leads you through Taormina’s historic market so you can see and learn about the foods of the season. Visit the fruit and vegetable vendors, see spinach, onions, celery, wild fennel, lettuces of all sorts, and more grown in the volcanic soil of Sicily. See the fishmonger and choose the best fresh catch of the day, the butcher and artisan cheese maker ~ Sicily’s prized artisans of local products. Along with Chef Mimo, you will shop for local seasonal ingredients that will be used for your hands-on cooking class.
After your market tour, head to the kitchen to tie on your apron and get cooking! Your cooking classes includes the preparation of a full-course Sicilian meal, starting with an appetizer such as ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers; a rainbow of fresh sautéed vegetables: peppers, eggplant and zucchini. You will prepare caponata, stuffed artichokes with our secret Sicilian stuffing recipe; fresh hand-made pasta and either a fish, meat or vegetarian main course such as involtini, rolled stuffed beef; calamari ai sapori di Sicilia, Sicilian-style Calamari; or polpette, meatballs. Join our big Sicilian family creating delicious family recipes that you will be able to recreate in your own kitchen.
Lunch follows featuring the foods prepared in class and accompanied by a wine pairing of 2 local Sicilian wines suggested by our professional sommelier.
Originally a Greek colony, Taormina is perched on a hilly ridge on the coast and offers breathtaking views of the sweeping bay below and, on the southern side, of the top of Mount Etna. On a clear day it really does seem as if you can see you can see forever. Since antiquity, Taormina has proved a popular destination, with the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards choosing it as their residence thanks to its favorable position, mild climate and magical atmosphere. Today, visitors can enjoy the mix of history and culture, as well as the elegant new town. Enjoy a walk through the splendid Greek Theater, the public gardens, admire the many painting exhibitions held in local palazzi and churches, and treat yourself to some fine shopping along the Corso Umberto with its classical music cafés and pastry shops.
Your Taormina Accommodation is a luxury 5-Star hotel decorated in Sicilian style and boasting prestigious antique furniture. Originally an ancient Dominican monastery, the property offers views over Mount Etna and the Bay of Taormina. Enjoy charming Sicilian hospitality in a quiet relaxing atmosphere where modern amenities ensure maximum comfort. In every room you will find air conditioning, LCD television with satellite channels, direct line telephone, en suite bathroom with bathtub, safe deposit box and minibar. Breakfast is served each morning, and daily maid service is provided for your convenience. The warm and welcoming staff will certainly help to make your stay memorable, providing a true home-away-from-home in Taormina.
Itinerary ~ 4 Days, 3 Nights
Check in and start your program on any day of the week
Day One: Benvenuto & Chef’s Tasting Dinner
- Pick up and transfer from Catania airport/train station to Property.
- Arrival & Check in. Take time to relax and freshen up.
- In the evening, enjoy your Chef’s Tasting Dinner, a toast of wine & water included. (Additional wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are available at a surcharge).
Day Two: Market Tour & Cooking Class 1, Guided Tour of Taormina
- Breakfast is served
- Meet Chef Mimo in the morning for your tour through the local market. Meet vendors, discuss local products and recipes and enjoy the colorful morning-life in Taormina. Return to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class in Taormina and learn local recipes and family traditions from our charismatic and charming chef. Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch, with local Sicilian wines. Additional wines and beverages at a surcharge.
- Afternoon: Meet your guide Angelo for a guided tour of Taormina. Visit the town’s splendid Greek theater which is one of Sicily’s most important ruins, thanks to its remarkable preservation and beautiful location, and which is still used for events today. Explore Palazzo Corvaja, a medieval Sicilian palace dating from the 10th century that was originally built by the Arabs, and take in the town’s 13th-century cathedral. As you walk, Angelo will also explain more about Taormina’s gastronomy. Stop off at local pastry shops to taste delicate almond sweetmeats and sip a creamy cappuccino at one of the town’s historic cafés. Tastings included.
- Dinner on your own. Suggestions available from the hotel.
Day Three: Cooking Class 2 & Guided Tour of Etna
- Breakfast is served.
- Morning: Cooking Class 2: Tie on your apron and get cooking in your second hands-on traditional Sicilian cooking class with chef Mimo. Start with an antipasto, then get busy creating pasta, a main course and dessert. Lunch follows and includes the foods made in the cooking class. Everyone enjoys the foods together at the table. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, included. (Additional wines, beverages are available at a surcharge).
- Afternoon: Meet your driver and guide for a half-day tour of Mount Etna. Admire sweeping views over Sicily’s plains from Europe’s most active volcano. The driver takes you up to an official point with time for you to walk around. As you walk the slope of Etna, keep your eyes open for loose pieces of black magma and the picturesque views for photo opportunities as well. You can also add on a Vineyard & Winery Visit (extra cost) at one of Sicily’s most celebrated wine producer’s, with discussion, wine tastings and regional snack.
- Dinner on your own. Suggestions available from the hotel.
Day 4: Departure ~ or continue your tour in Palermo
- Check out & transfer to Catania Airport or train station
- Arrivederci Taormina!
OR – Add on Palermo 4-Day Program
Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saints days; festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.
- 4 days/3 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy in 5-Star Accommodations. Click to View!
- Daily breakfast.
- Chef’s Tasting Dinner on your first night, a toast of wine included.
- 2 Hands-on Cooking Classes (antipasto, pasta, second dish & dolce) followed by lunch/dinner with the foods prepared in class.
- Market trip with your Chef before Cooking Class
- Half-day landmark tour of Taormina.
- Excursion to Etna with private driver & guide. Stop along the way for fabulous photo opportunities.
- Round trip group transfers from Taormina to Catania Airport/Train Station
$2,350 per person, based on double occupancy.
Please contact us for single pricing.