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."

Share a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the beautiful island of Sicily, where the mountains meet the sea and family and food are its heart and soul.

This tour commences in Sicily’s capital Palermo, known for its history, culture, architecture and world renowned street food scene featuring saffron arancini, crocchè di patate, panelle (chickpea fritters) and sfincione (Sicilian pizza). We also visit the nearby seaside town of Terrasini and the historical medieval town of Erice and more.



Tuesday 29 May – PALERMO

We meet at Palermo airport at 12pm and make our way to our hotel, home for the next three nights. Carmel will take us for a walk around this historical city, we’ll stop for a late light lunch and of course at a pasticerria for our first Sicilian ricotta cannolo.

We visit some of Palermo’s most famous monuments including 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. We visit the four corners “Quattro Canti” and the gates to the city “Porta Felice”.

In the evening, we dine at one of Palermo’s traditional trattorias for our welcome dinner. Time to taste a few Palermo classics like stigghiola, milza and panelle.

Inclusions: lunch & dinner

Wednesday 30 May – MARSALA & SALEMI

We head south of Palermo to the city of Marsala, which gives its name to the world-famous wine, the sweet Marsala. We visit Florio Winery, one of the region’s best wineries and nearby salt pans with their characteristic old windmills. The salt produced in this area is part of the Slow Food Italian Presidia.

This evening we dine at one of the most popular agriturismos at Salemi in the region of Palermo. Local rustic Palermitano cuisine in a country estate where everything is grown and produced on site, milk, cheese, vegetables and they raise their own livestock. Fresh hot bread, busiate al sugo, dolci di ricotta and so much more.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Thursday 31 May – ERICE & TERRASINI

We head to the medieval hill town Erice, famous for its almond biscuits and pastries that are on display right throughout windows of pasticcerie. We drive back to Palermo via the picturesque seaside town of Terrasini where we stop for a long seafood lunch with a spectacular view.

Tonight we have our first cooking demonstration given by Carmel’s cousin at his restaurant, where we make pizza in the woodfire oven, enjoy some music and true Sicilian family hospitality.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner


We depart Palermo and head to the North East of the island, the provincia of Messina. We stop at Castelbuono for a tasting of the world famous Fiasconaro Panettone and take a walk through this 14th century town and visit the Castelbuono Castle. On the menu for lunch is wild boar and forest mushrooms including Basilischi mushrooms, native to this area.

We head to our hotel in the hills of Patti overlooking the Eolian Islands. Time to relax with an Aperol Spritz or head for an afternoon swim.

This evening we visit the spectacular Tindari for a memorable dinner with a spectacular view. We visit the Black Madonna of Tindari, a large church perched on a rock high above the sea. A place of pilgrimage but also the site of an ancient Greek town.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Saturday 2 June – CAPO D’ORLANDO & MILAZZO

This morning we head to the seaside town of Capo D’Orlando where we meet world famous pastry maker Franco Giulio for a pastry making demonstration in his kitchen. Cannoli, cassata, arancini and lots more. The demonstration is followed by a seaside lunch. 

This evening we head to the port of Milazzo for an evening stroll with the locals and a seafood dinner at one of Milazzo’s finest seafood restaurants.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner


This morning we head to 3000 metre heights to the craters of Mt Etna.

We visit one of Sicily’s finest wine makers Cantina Firiato and then head literally across the road for a local family lunch where we meet farm animals, pick cherries and make fresh pasta with our family.

A light dinner for our final evening - apericena, Aperol Spritz and cocktails at the hotel.

Inclusions: breakfast, lunch & dinner


Breakfast at hotel. Our Sicilian Food Tour concludes.

Shuttle will depart at 9am for Catania Airport from the 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, a bilingual Italo Australian whose heart lives in Sicily.

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Book now – $4,000 AUD per person twin share, taxes included. Conditions apply.

Photography by Gina Milicia 2016
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