Province of Syracuse Culinary & nightlife

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Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

1. Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

The first stop on this 8-hour tour is Noto, the Garden of Stone, noted for its Baroque heritage. After the massive 1693 earthquake, Noto was rebuilt on Meti Hill. The town’s origins date to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Modica and visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. The city also has a rich history and a wonderful architectural heritage. See the cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and the Palazzo Polara and Palazzo Napolino-Tommasi Rosso, among others. Ragusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2002 for its monuments of the late Baroque period. Visit examples of this style including its cathedrals and palaces.

Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

2. Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

On this informative tour, follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily as you go off the beaten path. Visit St. Lucy Church where Michael married Apollonia and the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was shot. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi.

Syracuse: Sicilian Street Food Hands-On Cooking Class

3. Syracuse: Sicilian Street Food Hands-On Cooking Class

A real Sicilian cooking experience awaits you in Syracuse. You will participate in a cooking class and learn the tricks of the trade. In Sicily it is important to gather relatives and friends around a traditional table, elegant and full of genuine food. You too will have the opportunity to do so, enjoying, through this cooking class, a cooking service together with chef Ettore. During the Cooking Class with tasting, you will learn how to cook traditional dishes in a simple way: the warmth of Sicily will wrap you with its colors, aromas and scents of ancient flavor. You will discover how family traditions and creativity are intertwined in the creation of tasty, homemade dishes. Seasonal, first choice and always locally sourced ingredients will make your meal of unique goodness. The lunch includes two courses: the famous Sicilian arancini and for dessert the renowned cannoli, both symbols of Sicilian gastronomy. The Cooking Class will be a sensory experience, pleasant, gratifying and above all satisfying. A local wine will be selected for you, to enhance and accompany the tasting of the dishes.

Wine Tasting and Typical Tastings in the Val di Noto

4. Wine Tasting and Typical Tastings in the Val di Noto

A journey for explorers and wine enthusiasts. An experience that will take you to discover a winery in the heart of the Val di Noto, between two of the main baroque cities, spread over rolling hills among vineyards and almond groves. The estate is home to the best DOC wines of the area, including the original Nero D'avola wine. Savour the combination of nature and the art of wine, which only this food and wine adventure can offer. This itinerary offers the opportunity to visit the vineyards and delve into the cellar, and you will also be able to taste four of Sicily's territorial wines in a unique estate surrounded by nature.  However, the wine will not be the only product you will taste; you will also be offered samples of local products and specialities, which will give you an all-round understanding of the complexity and at the same time simplicity of Sicilian products.   Don't miss this opportunity and enjoy to the full the delights this land holds in store, in this wine tasting experience.

Syracuse: Traditional Cooking Class & Ancient Market Visit

5. Syracuse: Traditional Cooking Class & Ancient Market Visit

Enjoy a traditional Sicilian cooking class with a local chef in Syracuse. Browse for ingredients at the market, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Sicilian culinary heritage. With your local chef, you will enter the streets of the Ancient Market of the Ortigia island, where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the thousand smells and various colors of the stalls and the folkloristic street sellers' cries, competing for customers.  Only after having purchased everything you need and chosen the best products, you will get into the heart of this wonderful and authentic experience.  The doors of the kitchen of a local chef will open to welcome you: here, with your help, he will prepare some of the typical dishes of the Sicilian tradition that you can later enjoy. If you want - with a little extra - you can choose to host the chef directly in the kitchen of your accommodation to enjoy this exciting experience in total tranquility.

Syracuse: Market Tour with Home Cooking Class and Dinner

6. Syracuse: Market Tour with 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.

Syracuse: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Demonstration

7. Syracuse: Market Tour and Private Home Cooking Demonstration

Arrive at the home of your expert cook then go food shopping like a local. Enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce. When you return to your host’s home, enjoy a private cooking demonstration where your host will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you.   Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Syracuse: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

8. Syracuse: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert. At the end of the experience, not only will you take home your official apron, you’ll also have memories that'll stay with you for life.

Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

9. Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

Day 1: (Taormina) Meet your driver at your arrival airport and transfer to your hotel to check in. Start with a private Taormina lifestyle and gourmet walking tour. Stroll in Taormina city center with your guide to discover the lifestyle and best places for traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee,  food and handicrafts. Pass important monuments and highlights with two foodie stops. Enjoy an evening in sparkling Taormina at your own leisure. Day 2: (Taormina) After breakfast, start your foodie experience with a local chef. Visit Taormina's food market, pass the stalls of farmers, fishermen and butchers to select your ingredients. Learn culinary secrets for homemade pasta and bread plus several fish and vegetables dishes in a traditional Sicilian style. Savor your food with wine, before taking an afternoon of leisure time in Taormina. Day 3: (Taormina, Savoca, Forza d'Agro) After breakfast in your hotel, head to small antique villages on the mountains. Stop at Forza d’Agro and then Savoca, site of the famous scenes of The Godfather. Learn the secrets of The Godfather movie and the traditions and culture of the locals. Stop for an aperitif in the famous Sicilian Bar Vitelli, and enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch in typical family taverna.  Day 4: (Etna, Syracuse) Move on to Syracuse past Mount Etna, famous for its unique volcanic wines and organic food. Visit a well–known winery for a wine tasting with typical organic appetizers. Explore the authentic farmhouse for lunch with seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta and Sicilian grilled meat. Finish your tour in a local pastry bar and taste Sicilian dolce and liquors. Head to your hotel in Syracuse and discover the town in the afternoon. Day 5: (Syracuse) Meet your crew in Ortigia port and enjoy a 1.5–hour boat tour. See Ortigia island, Castello Maniace, Aretusa Fountain, and the Spanish Walls from your traditional gozzo boat. Explore colorful sea caves and stop for a cool swim. Have a light lunch and drink a glass of Sicilian wine. Next, take a food and wine walking tour. Taste fresh Sicilian food and fragrant Syracuse wine in three different venues.  Day 6: (Palermo) Move on to Palermo after breakfast. Stop in an ancient winery for a guided visit, appreciate the wines produced here and compare them with Etna wines. Savor your lunch served outside. Check in to your Palermo hotel and explore the town in the evening. Day 7: (Palermo) Sample the best of Sicilian street food on a 3–hour walking tour of Palermo. Explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily's capital and visit the famous Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets. Taste five different Sicilian treats along the way. Pass through Palermo old town and see the highlights. Finish your tour in a characteristic  bar for a wine tasting with fresh appetizers. After your tour, enjoy free time in Palermo. Day 8: (Palermo) If required, your eighth day consists of departure from Palermo and transfers.

Siracusa: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

10. Siracusa: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in the local culture with a cooking class in an Italian home. Learn the secrets of the most famous regional dishes and taste the fruit of your labor paired with local wines. Prepare three local recipes in the warmth of your host's kitchen. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with utensils and all the necessary ingredients to make the dishes. Enjoy all the food you have made with some wines that have been selected by your host. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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We were able to book this tour from Taormina. It was an extra long drive, but just outstanding. All three towns are different, but all were not to be missed. If your just thinking about going to Noto, don’t. Ragusa and Monica are wonderful. Allisio was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable and considerate in every way. He added greatly to the tour with his knowledge of the area and its history. Don’t miss this one.

Best tour guide ever! Don’t miss this extraordinary experience with Alessio - was the best tour we have ever been on . Alessio is extremely knowledgeable and fun to tour with! Don’t miss this one!

Excellent experience from visiting the market and local shops to teaching our family about Sicilian cooking. Hector even adapted the menu to do a special dish for our 9 year old - thank you!

The tour was amazing, Alessio is such a passionate and great guide ! Do not hesitate to book this activity, it’s really worth it. Thanks to Isabella also who is a really kind person :)

Our guide was really knowledgeable, friendly and informative. The wines were absolutely delicious! We will be ordering online for delivery.