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Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

1. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

Taormina: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

2. Taormina: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

Discover what makes an Italian local market distinct and learn how to recognize the best produce with the help of a local expert. Experience the joy of Italian food in a cooking class at a local home and savor the food you make over some red and white wines. During the lesson, your host will reveal their own personal secrets to making three authentic recipes. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with all the necessary ingredients and tools to make the dishes.  Finish your meal with a hot cup of coffee, and feel connected to a local cook. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you forever.

Messina: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

3. Messina: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

4. Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history of Catania on this guided tour. Visit the Ursino Castle and the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.  Start your day with a pickup, meet your local guide, and set off to explore the sites of Catania. First, you will visit the fish market - the biggest and the most colorful fish market in Sicily. Next, walk to Ursino Castle and be sure to take photos. Continue to Via Etnea and visit one of the oldest and most famous rosticceria bars. Taste Sicilian arancini's - delicious rice balls stuffed with meat ragout and peas. Stroll along until your reach Duomo Square. See the Elephant Fountain and visit the famous Cathedral - the most important church in Catania with a statue of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agatha.  Finally, you will walk around Piazza Stesicoro and see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

5. Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, this is a fantastic way to learn the locals' wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. You can visit the local market with your "Cesarina", enjoying the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of their family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Messina: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

6. Messina: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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A most enjoyable 4.5hrs. Chef MImmo patiently showed us typical Sicilian food and pasta making after buying the goods from a nearby market. He also sent us the recipes by email. He also offered us prosecco and water. Setting is also excellent. Great and much fun.

What a great day! We received a lot of explanation, we laughed a lot and had a delicious meal. A nice group and very good guidance from the chef and his wives ;-). For us it was worth every penny!

We had a wonderful time! Chef Mimmo was a delightful teacher and the food was superb. I’m so glad I added this cooking class to our trip!!

Brilliant. The owner of the restaurant gave us a first class lesson, and we learned a great deal. Food was amazing. Thank You

Great day …. Top guy …. Lovely family restaurant !!