Featured holiday Cookery holiday in Sicily Italy

4 nights/5 days
This is a 4-night cookery holiday in Sicily for a minimum of just 2 people, with two hands-on cookery classes at the 5-star Eremo della Giubiliana, on a country estate near Ragusa. During the cookery holiday you have time to visit the Baroque town of Ragusa and nearby Modica, setting for the Montalbano TV detective series. We can offer you private car transfers or the use of a hire-car.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay or private transfers
  • Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury cookery holiday in Sicily

Highlights

• Two cookery lessons each of three hours’ duration • Explore the estate of the hotel with its farmland and wine production • Visit Modica and Ragusa

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,490 Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

£1,820 Apr-Jun, Aug-Sep

Holiday Code FHIT15

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury cookery holiday in Sicily

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,490 Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

£1,820 Apr-Jun, Aug-Sep

Holiday Code FHIT15

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Catania return, economy
● Use of a group B hire-car for the duration of the holiday (private transfers possible at a supplement)
● Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a double or twin classic room at the Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa
● Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,490 Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

£1,820 Apr-Jun, Aug-Sep

Holiday Code FHIT15

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Catania return, economy
• Use of a group B hire-car for the duration of the holiday (private transfers possible at a supplement)
• Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a double or twin classic room at the Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa
• Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Catania. The flight times may vary from day to day. You collect a hire-car at Catania airport and the drive to Ragusa is about 1 hour and 20 minutes. We can arrange for you to have a private car transfer instead of the hire-car.

Luxury cookery holiday in Sicily

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Ragusa
Eremo della Giubiliana

Eremo della Giubiliana is a 5-star deluxe, historic, boutique hotel in a beautiful natural location. The excellent local cuisine and indulgent spa facilities afford guests a truly relaxing experience, and a luxury taste of Sicily.

Double classic room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,490 Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

£1,820 Apr-Jun, Aug-Sep

Holiday Code FHIT15

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Catania return, economy
• Use of a group B hire-car for the duration of the holiday (private transfers possible at a supplement)
• Four nights’ bed and breakfast in a double or twin classic room at the Eremo della Giubiliana, near Ragusa
• Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Catania. The flight times may vary from day to day. You collect a hire-car at Catania airport and the drive to Ragusa is about 1 hour and 20 minutes. We can arrange for you to have a private car transfer instead of the hire-car.

Luxury cookery holiday in Sicily

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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