I can’t wait to meet you under the Sicilian sun!”Jane Curran
Learn to cook like an Italian in Sicily
Learning-to-cook holidays are a great way to experience the heart of a country, savour authentic local tastes and take home fantastic new recipes. Our new five-day break to Sicily will have you creating some of the island's traditional recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients while learning new techniques and skills to add to your repertoire. Plus, culinary expert and Woman & Home food editor Jane Curran will be there to share some of her extensive foodie knowledge in a Q&A and cooking demonstration.
* NEW DEPARTURE DATES ADDED! 6-10 MAY 2018 - SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS *
We've teamed up with learning holiday experts, Flavours Holidays, to offer this exclusive break because their culinary holidays are relaxed, fun and hands-on. You'll stay in a beautifully restored traditional villa, which sits in a private estate surrounded by olive groves in the southeast of the island.
Sicilian cookery is embedded in its history, as various civilisations - Greek, Roman, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and even British - have all left their mark on the cuisine. Lessons will take place in the villa's huge kitchen. The local chef will make authentic Sicilian dishes such as pasta alla norma from Catania, and the delightful sponge dessert, cassata. Jane will demonstrate how to perfect one of her favourite Italian dishes.
There's an outdoor pool at the estate, and after your lessons you can relax with an aperitif on the terrace surrounded by almond and olive trees. It will be in a small group so everyone will get to know each other, and these holidays are perfect if you want to go on your own as there's no single supplement.
The villa is close to fascinating local sights such as Syracuse's Greek Theatre, and the Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa, and there'll be plenty of time to explore. Plus, Sicily will be bathed in sunshine in spring, when our holiday departs.
Six reasons to book
Hands-on cooking lessons
Vineyard tour & wine tasting
Bask in Sicilian sunshine
Explore the island's ancient history
Your expert guides
- Four nights' accommodation in a private villa with en suite
- Return BA flights from London Gatwick to Catania, and airport transfers
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus a selection of local Sicilian wines with lunch and dinner
- Two cooking lessons and visits as per the itinerary
- Services of Flavours host throughout
- Exclusive talk and cooking demonstration from culinary expert Jane Curran
Day1Arrive, welcome drinks and dinnerCatania, Italy
You'll be met at Catania Airport and transferred to the villa, your home for the next four nights. In the evening you'll enjoy welcome drinks where you'll meet the rest of the group and dine on a delicious meal prepared by a local chef.
Day2Inspector Montalbano sights and Modica chocolate tastingModica, Italy
After breakfast, you'll have your first cookery lesson. That afternoon you'll enjoy a private sightseeing tour including a visit to a local seaside town, such as Marzamemi or Punta Secca. Fans of the TV show Inspector Montalbano will enjoy following in his footsteps, too. You'll also visit the Unesco-listed Baroque town of Modica for chocolate tasting before returning to the villa for dinner.
Day3Cooking lesson and Q&ACatania, Italy
Spend the day at the villa and enjoy a cookery lesson, lunch and a leisurely afternoon, before joining Jane Curran for a fascinating talk and Q&A in the evening.
Day4Noto & wine tastingNoto, Italy
After breakfast, you'll go on another sightseeing tour, taking in the nearby town of Noto. That afternoon you'll visit a local winery for a tutored tasting and lunch. You'll return to the villa late afternoon for dinner.
Day5Farewell to SicilyCatania, Italy
Today your adventure comes to an end. You'll be transferred to the airport after breakfast to start your journey home.
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