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Avola from the sea

Culinary Discovery in and around Syracuse

Wild herbs, Almonds and Chocolate

Length

7 Days

Capacity

4-12 travelers

Travel style

Insider

Siracusa and the Culinary Southeast of Sicily

Trip highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Site Syracuse

Vegetable and fish cuisine of Sicily

The Sicilian Baroque in Noto

Pasticceria Siciliana at Corrado Assenza

The Feast experience

Collect wild herbs and vegetables

Hike with the nature guide Fabio

Visit a famous winery

Accommodation on the waterfront

Syracuse was the most powerful city and the cultural centre of Sicily in ancient times. You will live in a family-run hotel in the old town, right by the sea. Naturalist guide Fabio looks for wild herbs and vegetables with us, shows us around his hometown of Syracuse, and we try the delicious Sicilian almonds!

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SAPIO Siracusa Ortigia
SAPIO Siracusa Ortigia
SAPIO Siracusa Ortigia

Map

Itinerary

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Individual Transfer airport Catania - hotel Gutkowski (Siracusa)

From

EUR 60

SAPIO Gutkowski Hotel
SAPIO Gutkowski Hotel
SAPIO Gutkowski Hotel

Welcome dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive to Hotel Gutkowski in the beautiful old town of Syracuse, directly on the sea. If you wish, we can organize your transfer from the Catania airport or ferry port, which takes about an hour. In the early evening, tour guide Monika Cortese will take you on a tour of the almost 3,000-year-old old town of Syracuse, located on a natural island. Get to know your fellow travellers over a dinner of traditional Sicilian dishes in an osteria in the old town of Siracusa.

Relax and enjoy the journey, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

Syracuse
Syracuse
Syracuse

Visit to a local winery

Uncovering the Rich Heritage of Syracuse

Exploring Syracuse with a local perspective

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a private dinner under the stars

Today, you will get to know the nature guide Fabio, founder and president of a nature club in Sicily. With him, you will discover the area around Syracuse and its wild herbs in the coming days. Fabio will show you Syracuse from the perspective of a local and historical connoisseur on a city tour, and then invite you to a delicious lunch with locals. The approximately 40-hectare island of Ortigia is uniquely located between two natural harbours directly off the mainland. Founded by the Corinthians in the 1st century B.C., Syracuse developed quickly due to its unique location, and rose to prominence thanks to its victory in the naval battle against Athens in 413 B.C. It became the most important city and cultural centre of Magna Graecia in Sicily for around two centuries. Archimedes lived here and developed a screw crucial for water management in the Sicilian salt flats. The old town, which fell into disrepair after the Second World War, has been coming back to life in recent years. In 2005, Syracuse was added to the World Heritage List for its unique remnants of the Greek, Roman, and Baroque periods. In the late afternoon, you will visit a famous winery just outside Syracuse. The 18th-century castle-like property hosts a rock festival every year. Of course, the house wines are excellent—one has been awarded the best white wine in Sicily several times! After tasting some wines, you are invited to enjoy dinner at the winery under the stars.

Relax and enjoy the journey, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

Wanderung Cava Carosello
Wanderung Cava Carosello
Wanderung Cava Carosello

Wild Herb Picking Adventure

Delicious picnic amidst the beauty of nature

Farm-to-Table Experience

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a homely dinner directly at Fabio's home

In the morning, you will travel to the area below ancient Noto, where you will collect wild vegetables and herbs with Fabio. It is a wonderful place, full of vegetation, with old mills along the Asinaro stream. You can even swim in a small lake that the river forms. For lunch, enjoy a picnic by the river. Fabio takes the wild herbs and vegetables that you have collected together home with him to prepare dinner for you while you have free time in the afternoon. In the evening, he invites you to his house for dinner. Note: June and October are not the ideal time to gather wild herbs and vegetables, as it is too warm. But you can always find some herbs, such as wild fennel (Finocchio selvatico).

SAPIO Modica
SAPIO Modica pasta grani antichi
SAPIO Modica cioccolato

Exploring the Charming City of Modica

The Secrets of Sicilian Chocolate

Chocolate Making Experience

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Learn how to make your own Modica chocolate directly from the local producer

Today, you will visit the beautiful town of Modica and find out what makes its chocolate so special. In the morning, you will visit a small, organic pastificio (pasta producer) that only uses ancient Sicilian grains. These ancient types of grain are particularly well tolerated and are even offered in pharmacies for gluten-intolerant people. The owner Giorgio is an engineer and has discovered many of the secrets of good pasta. Try the pasta at lunch in a cute restaurant in downtown Modica. Then, go to the sacred rooms of a small, organic Modica chocolate manufacturer. Francesca will explain everything to you, from cocoa beans to chocolate, so you can make your own chocolate. After such an eventful day, have dinner in the cozy, modern Gutkowskino, the hotel's restaurant.

Cavagrande del Cassibile
Cavagrande del Cassibile
Cavagrande del Cassibile

Homely Dinner at Fabio's Home

Discovering Sicily's "Grand Canyon"

Swimming in the pools beneath the waterfalls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover where locust bean gum comes from!

Hike with Fabio through the Cavagrande del Cassibile nature reserve, which some call “the Grand Canyon of Sicily.” The once raging Cassibile River cut the approximately 250-metre deep gorge into the mountains. The waterfalls and many pools are particularly popular, with glittering turquoise water against white limestone. Continue down into the valley where you will be rewarded with a refreshing swim. An interesting culinary aspect of the area is the cultivation of carob trees and processing them into flour. Hardly known as an ingredient in cooking, many branches of the food industry would not be able to do without locust bean gum as a natural thickener or as a stabilizer. It can be found, for example, in jams, baked goods, canned fruits, and vegetables, as well as ice cream and lemonades. Back at the hotel in the afternoon, you can relax, go swimming, or stroll through the old town. For dinner, you are once more invited to Fabio's house.

Hike: about 4 miles, with a 300-metre difference in altitude downhill. Difficulty: easy.

SAPIO Noto
Almonds
Pasticceria

Exploring the Beauty of Noto Town

Farewell dinner

Exploring Sicilian Almonds

Almond Tasting with Corrado Assenza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a cooking class with Alessia and learn all the secrets of local recipes.

Sicilian almonds are considered the best in the world and cost almost three times more than Californian ones. The botanist Giuseppe Bianca was one of the first to describe the diversity of almonds in Sicily. In his Manuale della coltivazione del mandorlo in Sicilia from 1872, there are descriptions of 752 different types of almonds on the island. The three most commonly grown varieties in Sicily today are Romana, Pizzuta d’Avola, and Fascionello. The area around Avola and Noto is the most important almond growing area in Sicily. The mandorla di Noto is also a Slow Food Presidio. Before you visit Corrado Assenza, one of Sicily's best pasticcerias in Noto, your guide will take you to an almond tree plantation so you can familiarize yourself with the plant. Corrado will then show you all the delicious things you can make from the almonds, from marzipan and almond milk to granita and gelato. For lunch, Corrado Assenza will give you a recommendation for a small local snack. To digest your meal, take the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful town of Noto. In the afternoon, return to Syracuse, where Alessia awaits to give you a Sicilian cooking class. Now you can put all the experiences of the week to use and then enjoy it together at the farewell dinner.

Sizilien
Sizilien
Wanderung Cava Carosello

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to Sicily. We would be happy to provide you with suggestions to extend your trip, here or in another area of Sicily.

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer hotel Gutkowski (Siracusa) - airport Catania

From

EUR 60

Dates & Prices

Start date

End date

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Price

6

Apr

2024

12

Apr

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,198

Info

English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Your guide for this tour

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The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

6

Apr

2024

12

Apr

2024

English speaking tour

FEAST logo no TC photo
Full

From

EUR 2,198

21

Apr

2024

27

Apr

2024

Available

Guaranteed

From

EUR 2,198

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Guide

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela

Katharina Maria

Your guide for this tour

Katharina Maria Nedela is originally from the Black Forest, but has lived in Italy and Germany for almost 20 years. After studying Italian philology in Potsdam, among other things, she made various stops in Rome, then back to Berlin, Munich and Naples before finally ending up in Sicily. The direction is pretty clear: off to the south! Here she worked in tourism at a desk for a long time until she followed the "call of the road" and now, as a cycling guide, makes Naples and Catania unsafe together with adventurous, bike-loving travelers. As a tour guide, she travels all over southern Italy and looks forward to experiencing culinary and sporting tours and activities together.

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

21

Apr

2024

27

Apr

2024

German speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Available

Guaranteed

From

EUR 2,198

6

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,198

Info

English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Your guide for this tour

FEAST logo no TC photo

The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

6

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

English speaking tour

FEAST logo no TC photo
Full

From

EUR 2,198

20

Oct

2024

26

Oct

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,198

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Guide

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela

Katharina Maria

Your guide for this tour

Katharina Maria Nedela is originally from the Black Forest, but has lived in Italy and Germany for almost 20 years. After studying Italian philology in Potsdam, among other things, she made various stops in Rome, then back to Berlin, Munich and Naples before finally ending up in Sicily. The direction is pretty clear: off to the south! Here she worked in tourism at a desk for a long time until she followed the "call of the road" and now, as a cycling guide, makes Naples and Catania unsafe together with adventurous, bike-loving travelers. As a tour guide, she travels all over southern Italy and looks forward to experiencing culinary and sporting tours and activities together.

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

20

Oct

2024

26

Oct

2024

German speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Full

From

EUR 2,198

27

Oct

2024

2

Nov

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,198

Info

English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Guide

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela

Katharina Maria

Your guide for this tour

Katharina Maria Nedela is originally from the Black Forest, but has lived in Italy and Germany for almost 20 years. After studying Italian philology in Potsdam, among other things, she made various stops in Rome, then back to Berlin, Munich and Naples before finally ending up in Sicily. The direction is pretty clear: off to the south! Here she worked in tourism at a desk for a long time until she followed the "call of the road" and now, as a cycling guide, makes Naples and Catania unsafe together with adventurous, bike-loving travelers. As a tour guide, she travels all over southern Italy and looks forward to experiencing culinary and sporting tours and activities together.

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

27

Oct

2024

2

Nov

2024

English speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Available

From

EUR 2,198

10

Nov

2024

16

Nov

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,098

Info

Spätsommer: Die Reise findet zu einer angenehm warmen, aber nicht zu heißen Reisezeit statt.

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in English.

Guide

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela

Katharina Maria

Your guide for this tour

Katharina Maria Nedela is originally from the Black Forest, but has lived in Italy and Germany for almost 20 years. After studying Italian philology in Potsdam, among other things, she made various stops in Rome, then back to Berlin, Munich and Naples before finally ending up in Sicily. The direction is pretty clear: off to the south! Here she worked in tourism at a desk for a long time until she followed the "call of the road" and now, as a cycling guide, makes Naples and Catania unsafe together with adventurous, bike-loving travelers. As a tour guide, she travels all over southern Italy and looks forward to experiencing culinary and sporting tours and activities together.

All CO2 emissions of your trip (flight, transport, hotel, etc.) will be 100% offset by a Gold Standard climate protection project of undefined for you.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

10

Nov

2024

16

Nov

2024

-

Spätsommer

-

German speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Available

From

EUR 2,098

Preferred date unavailable? You'd like to book further ahead in the future? Contact us

Info

Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is EUR 300 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

6 nights in the 3-star Hotel Gutkowski in Syracuse including rich Italian breakfast and accommodation tax.

5 dinners of at least four courses including wine (1/2 bottle per person), water and caffè

5 lunches including the drinks served

4 days with walking and nature guide Fabio: guided walks along the coast and Syracuse, to wild vegetables and herbs, to Sicilian almonds and in the Cavagrande del Cassibile

Tasting with Corrado Assenza from the "Pasticceria Siciliana" in Noto

Visit and tasting at one of the leading wineries in the area

All visits, guided tours and tastings

All transfers mentioned in the programme by comfortable coach

Tour guide and translation

10 EUR donation to the VSocial Foundation to support community projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Arrival and departure

Additional drinks

Tips

Cancellation and travel health insurance

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