Your culinary tour of Sicily begins on the slopes of Mount Etna. The soils around Europe’s highest active volcano are surprisingly fertile, as you’ll discover while tasting strawberries, almonds and pistachios grown amid the lunar landscape. When you reach the summit, a sommelier is poised to pour you a glass of sparkling wine as you drink in the spectacular views.
You don’t have to spend long on the island to realise that Sicilians are passionate about food but perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the island enjoys one of the highest numbers of designated DOP and IGP certified products in Italy. This includes five from Etna – pistachios, cherries, olive oil, wine and figs – and your gastronomic journey continues in a small town near the Alcantara Gorge where you will join a local group of women who will reveal the secrets of Sicilian cooking.
Guided by one of the mamas try your hand at preparing homemade pastas in the most traditional setting possible and master the art of dishes like pistachio arancini and decadent cannoli – all done with huge amounts of love.