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

Join me on the magnificent island of Sicily and immerse yourself in our food and culture.

Cannoli, juicy ripe tomatoes, Sicilian cheeses, giant eggplants, Sicilian salsiccia, pistachio salami, the best gelato in the world, local Sicilian wines, produce you will never ever forget.

Come meet my family, they will open their homes and you will get to experience the true Sicilian warm hospitality. Zia will show you how we make pasta and some of our favourite sweets.

Our tours commenced in 2013 and I’m overjoyed at the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many people from all over the world over the last 6 years.

I look forward to showing you a bite size of this picturesque island.

— Carmel x


Itinerary

 

Tuesday 18 June – CATANIA TO SCOGLITTI

We meet at Catania Airport for a two hour bus trip to the undiscovered south coast of Sicily, to the small fishing village of Scoglitti overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Here we settle into our beachfront hotel for lunch on the beach and sample the first of our many Sicilian delights prepared by my cousin Carmel. A cooking class on the beach!!!

Carmel will then take us on an informal afternoon walk around the town, our home for the next seven days. This includes a stopover at the fish markets & of course we stop for our first gelato at our cousin’s bar.

In the evening, we will enjoy a 15 course seafood degustation dinner at one of Scoglitti’s best restaurants.

Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday 19 June – MODICA & RAGUSA IBLA

We spend the morning discovering the beautiful Baroque Valley of Modica. 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.” Here you will also get to taste, what I believe to be the best cannoli in the world.

For lunch we head to Santa Croce for a pizza class with cousin Massimo at his pizzeria.

Time to have some fun. Massimo will demonstrate how to make pizza and you get to make, cook and of course eat lot’s of pizza, my personal favourite is the Cicciotella, It’s topped with tomato, mozzarella, hot salami, sausage, pancetta & spicy mushrooms, buonissimo!!! For dessert Maccale’, nobody makes them like the guys in Santa Croce. They’re like gigantic twisted donuts filled with sheep’s milk ricotta from the Ragusa area.

Time this afternoon to relax on a sun lounge by the beach or head out for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

This evening we take a walk through the cobblestone town of Ragusa Ibla, which is always a tour highlight. Ragusa Ibla hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture including palaces and churches. We enjoy a special dinner at one of Ibla’s finest restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday 20 June – SCOGLITTI & ACATE

This morning we head to the tomato farms & discover how tomatoes are cultivated in the “serre” the tomato hot houses. Ragusa is perfect for the tomato farms with its arrid, sandy, flat land. Wait till you take a bite of these delicious, juicy tomatoes. We’ll take some home for dinner tonight.

We visit the Valle dell’Acate winery run by the Jacono family where my dear friend, 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. Their Frappato was voted one of the best in the world by the New York Times in 2018.

We enjoy a light rustic Sicilian lunch of arancini & Ragusane scacce.

Tonight you meet the family. We have a traditional Sicilian family feast at Carmel’s aunt’s home, where food and wine will be aplenty. We try local wines & finish off with the famous traditional Sicilian digestif “Averna”, which comes from nearby Caltanisetta.

Zia Maria will demonstrate how we make Sunday sugo, fresh pasta, caponata & everyone’s favourite dessert, sfingi. Time to roll up your sleeves, join in and have some fun making pasta and cooking.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday 21 June – SIRACUSA & NOTO

This morning we head to the markets in Ortigia (old Siracusa) and take a stroll through this magnificent town. Lunch is at one of Ortigia’s most famous delis where you get to taste an array of salumi, anchovies, capsicums & artichokes in oil & many other deli delights. The panini here are incredible. Combine these fabulous Panini with a tall, cold, local craft beer and you will be in heaven.

We spend the afternoon at the UNESCO heritage town of Noto, one of Sicily’s most picturesque towns. It’s flanked by grandeur baroque palazzi and churches.

Breakfast, Lunch & Optional Dinner

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Saturday 22 June – TAORMINA, MESSINA

This morning we say goodbye to Ragusa and head to the region of Messina.

Destination is the hilltop town on the east coast of the island, Taormina.

We take a walk through this world class town and visit the ancient Greek theatre, the seaside Isola Bella & for those that like shopping you can head on down to Corso Umberto.

This afternoon we learn the art of cannoli making.

This evening we enjoy a delicious meal at one of Taormina’s best trattorias followed by a passeggiata & gelato on the main Corso through the town.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sunday 23 June – MESSINA REGION & TAORMINA

Today we discover a little bit of this beautiful region, take a drive through some of the picturesque towns of Messina, Linguaglossa, Passopisciaro & we head past the bottom part of Mt Etna, do a little wine tasting, honey tasting and stop for a BBQ lunch of delicious Sicilian salsiccia and lot’s of other local favourites.

Tonight we have our farewell dinner at my dear friend Mimmo’s restaurant Ristorante Nettuno da Siciliano. Mimmo will explain a few of his recipes. A delicious meal accompanied by exceptional wines.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monday 24 June – TAORMINA TO CATANIA

Breakfast at hotel

Our Sicilian Food Tour concludes.

Shuttle will depart at approximately 9am for Catania Airport from the hotel.


7 days & 6 nights

Style: Classic relaxed fun and food

Included in price:

  • 6 nights in standard hotels

  • Private vehicle

  • 6 × breakfast per person

  • 10 × main meals per person

  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entry fees and local guides where appropriate.

  • Personal services of restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri or one of her team members.

To book please email info@sicilianfoodtours.com or complete our online form:

Book now – $4,300 AUD per person twin share, taxes included. Conditions apply.

Information provided is considered to be true and correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.

Photography by Gina Milicia & Melissa Castelli


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