It’s been a dream of mine to take people from all over the world through my island of Sicily to experience it the way I do.
— Carmel x

Join restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri as she takes you through her part of the world, her island, Sicilia.

Immerse yourself in Sicilian food and culture through Carmel’s eyes and that of her Sicilian family.

"Sharing pure and simple local food and immersing them in the true rustic charm of my Sicily. The cannoli, the cheese, the tomatoes… simple produce you will never ever forget."

"My family will open their homes to you and share the warmth and feasts that I experience every time I visit."

"There is so much to do and see on this picturesque island," says Carmel. "I’m offering you a taste of Sicily’s great food and inevitably pure enjoyment. The Sicilians are warm people and I promise, you will leave your heart there just as I have so many times before."

Carmel will take you to: the small fishing village of Scoglitti on the south coast of Sicily, the home of Modica Chocolate, local wineries and villages specialising in cheese making and tomatoes – every stop a photo waiting to be taken.

This year we will commence our tour in Sicily’s capital Palermo, known for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy.  We spend two days discovering this city which is like no other in Italy, particularly its world renowned street food scene featuring saffron arancini, cazilli (potato croquettes), panelle (chick pea fritters) and sfincione (Sicilian pizza). We also visit the nearby seaside town of Terrasini and the historical medieval town of Erice.


 

ITINERARY

TUESDAY 30 MAY – PALERMO

We meet at Palermo airport at 12pm and make our way to our hotel, home for the next two nights. In the afternoon Carmel will take us for a walk around this historical city, of course we’ll stop at a pasticerria for our first Sicilian ricotta cannolo. We then head to one of Palermo’s most famous monuments and Italy’s largest opera house, Teatro Massimo located on the Piazza Verdi. It’s one of Europe’s largest theatres renowned for its perfect acoustics and where the final scenes of the film The Godfather Part III were filmed.

In the evening we dine at one of Palermo’s traditional trattorias.

Inclusions: dinner

WEDNESDAY 31 MAY – ERICE & TERRASINI

We head to the medieval hilltown Erice, famous for its almond biscuits and pastries that are on display right throughout windows of several pasticcerie.

We drive back to Palermo via the picturesque seaside town of Terrasini where we stop for a long seafood lunch. Tonight we have our first cooking demonstration given by Carmel’s cousin at his restaurant, where we will make pizza in the woodfire oven, enjoy some music and true Sicilian family hospitality.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner

THURSDAY 1 JUNE – SANT’ ANGELO MUXARO, AGRIGENTO & SCOGLITTI

In the morning we say goodbye to Palermo and head to rural Sicily to meet the local Sicani people of Sant’ Angelo Muxaro. Here we meet Angelo, the shepherd as he herds his sheep through the hills of provincial Agrigento.

On our way to Agrigento we stop at the picturesque agriturismo for a leisurely afternoon lunch. We then meet our guide, archaelogist Marco who will explore the Valley of the Temples with us.

In the evening we head to the seaside village of Scoglitti, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and where Carmel’s family is from; our home for the next three days.

Inclusions: breakfast & lunch

FRIDAY 2 JUNE – SCOGLITTI & TOMATO FARM

Breakfast today will be at the local pasticerria in town featuring granite and brioche and followed by a gelato tasting. Mid morning we head to Salvatore Vitalunga’s tomato farm, one of Sicily’s finest tomato producers, cultivating tomatoes for decades. We take a walk through the tomato hot houses, “serre” and enjoy a delicious rustic barbecue lunch.

In the evening, dinner at one Scoglitti’s finest seafood restaurants where we will enjoy a 13 course seafood degustation. A guest from a previous tour was quoted as saying, “I’ve never, ever experienced anything like this in my life!”

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner

SATURDAY 3 JUNE – MODICA, VALLE DELL’ACATE WINERY & RAGUSA IBLA

We spend the morning discovering the beautiful Baroque Valley of Ragusa, Modica. Here we visit Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily founded in 1880. The New York Times called it “…chocolate of astonishingly pure, powerful flavor.”

We visit the Valle dell’Acate winery run by the Jacono family where our host Giovanni Carbone takes us through the original 19th century palmento for a tasting of Frappato, Nero D’avola and Cerasuolo, Sicily’s only DOCG wine followed by a light rustic Sicilian lunch.

This evening we take a walk throughbreakfast, lunch & dinneraces and churches. We enjoy a special dinner at one of Ibla’s finest restaurants.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner

SUNDAY 4 JUNE – SCOGLITTI

Today is all about family. We enjoy a traditional Sicilian Sunday lunch feast at Carmel’s aunt’s home where food, wine and liqueurs will be aplenty.

Before lunch, Zia Maria and cousin Carmel will demonstrate how they make fresh pasta and Ragusane scacce, similar to a folded pizza filled with sausage and ricotta or tomato and onions followed by a traditional dessert such as sfingi di ricotta, ricotta filled doughnuts.

We stroll back along the beach for evening drinks at the Capanina, a little lido on the beach of Scoglitti right by our hotel.

Inclusions: breakfast & lunch

MONDAY 5 JUNE – SCOGLITTI TO CATANIA

Breakfast at hotel. Our Sicilian Food Tour concludes. Shuttle will depart at 10am for Catania Airport from the Scoglitti hotel.

Inclusions: breakfast


7 days & 6 nights

Style: Classic relaxed fun and food

Included in price:

  • 6 nights in standard hotels
  • Private vehicle with a professional driver
  • 6 x breakfasts per person
  • 9 x main meals (lunch/dinner) per person
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including
  • entry fees and local guides where appropriate.
  • Personal services of restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri, the owner of Sicilian Food Tours, a bilingual Italo Australian whose heart lives in Sicily.

To book please email info@sicilianfoodtours.com

Book now – $3,800 AU per person twin share (single supplementary extra $200), taxes included (conditions apply)


Photography by Gina Milicia 2016
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