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Syracuse food tour

Exploring Sicily's Culinary and Cultural Heritage: From UNESCO Sites to Almond-based Pastries

Length

7 Days

Group size

4-12 travelers

Travel style

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Sicily: Syracusan Delights - 7 Days

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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

Meals and beverages included

Hike with the nature guide Fabio

Collect wild herbs and vegetables

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!

Arrival information: By Plane: Airport Catania. We recommend our transfer service, which can be booked from Catania depending on your arrival time.

Nutritional information: gluten-free and/or vegetarian options available. Please reach out to us and let us know any dietary restrictions when you book.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
✔ Book with confidence: 20 years of experience VTT
✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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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

FEAST - Sicily ortigia
FEAST - Sicily Siracusa
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, your tour guide 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 every experience, 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

Slow Food Discovery in Syracuse

Today, you will also discover the area around Syracuse. In the morning, your tour guide will show you Syracuse from the perspective of a local and historical connoisseur on a city tour. The approximately 40-hectare island of Ortigia is uniquely located between two natural harbors, directly off the mainland. Founded by the Corinthians in the 1st century B.C., Syracuse developed quickly due to its strategic location and rose to prominence after its victory in the naval battle against Athens in 413 B.C. It became the most important city and cultural center 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 revitalized in recent years. In 2005, Syracuse was added to the World Heritage List for its unique remnants of the Greek, Roman, and Baroque periods.

Around 12:00, 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 a light lunch at the winery under the blue sky.

After lunch, you will have the afternoon free to decide whether to return to rest at the hotel or to walk around and discover new corners of Syracuse.

In the evening, a fantastic seafood dinner at one of the slow food restaurants in Syracuse awaits you!

Relax and enjoy every experience, 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.

FEAST - Sicily Siracusa
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. In the evening, a fantastic dinner awaits you at a charming agriturismo surrounded by nature and lemon trees!

Hike:

  • distance: 7 km
  • time: about 1h
  • altitude gain: with a 300-metre difference in altitude downhill
  • Difficulty: easy.
SAPIO Noto
FEAST - Sicily Siracusa
FEAST - Sicily Siracusa

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, you will stop by Corrado to enjoy some 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
FEAST - Sicily
FEAST - Etna

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

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6

Oct

2024

12

Oct

2024

Full

From

EUR 2,399

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!

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

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From

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27

Oct

2024

2

Nov

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,399

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

Almost guaranteed! : Only a few participants are still missing for the trip to be guaranteed!

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.

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


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27

Oct

2024

2

Nov

2024

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English speaking tour

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Almost guaranteed!

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Available

From

EUR 2,399


or


10

Nov

2024

16

Nov

2024

Available

From

EUR 2,399

Info

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

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.

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


or


10

Nov

2024

16

Nov

2024

German speaking tour

SAPIO Katharina Maria Nedela
Available

From

EUR 2,399


or


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 350 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 Family Hotel Gutkowski in Syracuse (Ortigia)

Daily Breakfast

No Hotel Change

5 Dinners (water, coffee, and 1/2 bottle of wine included): 1 at the hotel, 1 at a typical Trattoria, 1 at a slow food fish local Trattoria, 1 during the cooking class, 1 at the local guide's home

4 Lunches (water, coffee, and 1/2 bottle of wine included): 1 at a local winery, 2 picnics with Sicilian local products, 1 at a typical Trattoria

1 Tasting & light lunch by Corrado Assenza from the "Pasticceria Siciliana" in Noto

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

1 Visit to a Local Chocolate Producer

1 Cooking Class With Alessia

1 Visit and Tasting at One of the Leading Wineries in the Area

Entrance Tickets for All Services Included in the Tour Program

All Transfers During the Trip

Qualified, Multilingual Feast Tour Guide on Site

All Transfers During the Trip

Daily Small Extras: The Feast+

Travel Documents, Detailed Information, and Packing Tips

Your Trip Supports the Ventura TRAVEL Project for Holistic Environmental Protection

€10 EUR Donation to the VSocial Foundation to Support Community Projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Transportation to and from the destination

Additional drinks

Tips

Reviews

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Sicily: Syracusan Delights - 7 Days

Insider

Wir haben die Reise von Anfang bis Ende genossen. Das Programm ist sehr gut organisiert und sehr abwechslungsreich. In den 6 Tagen, die wir insgesamt in Sizilien unterwegs waren, haben wir die Region gut kennengelernt. Mit unserer 10-köpfigen Reisegruppe hatten wir großes Glück - wir haben uns mit allen gut verstanden, eine schöne Zeit zusammen verbracht und sehr viel gelacht. Die beiden Wanderungen mit Fabio und der gesamten Gruppe mit Badepausen und abendlichem Festmahl bei ihm zu Hause gehören mit zu den schönsten Erlebnissen. Das Highlight der Reise war Reiseleiterin Monika, die uns mit ihrer Begeisterung für Sizilien und Italien einfach angesteckt hat, sich um alles gekümmert hat, tolle Locations mit rausgesucht hat und das Ganze zu einem besonders schönen Erlebnis gemacht hat.

Travel Journal

Our past travelers and their adventures

Breakfast at Gutkowskis
Sea view from hotel Gutkowski
Stairs to Duomo San Giorgio in Modica

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You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

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