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Explore Sicily

Immerse yourself in traditional Sicilian culture and cuisine alongside Chef Jamie Adams

MAY 3-10, 2020

7-night stay in Palermo, Agrigento, and Ortigia

Price per person from 

$4,750  

FLIGHTS

Travelers book flights independently. Fly into Palermo (PMO) and depart from Catania (CTA)

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How You’ll Spend Your Week in Sicily

Spend 7 days immersed in Sicilian food, history, and culture

 

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Dazzling, sunny Sicily is a crossroads of Mediterranean influence: Italian, Spanish, Arab, French. We’ll take you beyond the tourist attractions so you can enjoy a true Sicilian experience—traditional cooking demonstrations, tours of ancient sites and marketplaces, and special access to meet with farmers, artisans, culinary historians, and cooks. 

On our trips, you don’t just get to taste a fabulous meal—you get the recipes and knowledge to bring these ”old ways” home with you. In between all the excitement, you’ll have time to shop or take a siesta, and then relax in five-star hotels at the end of the day! 

 

Day-By-Day in Sicily

At a Glance

Sunday, May 3

Benvenuto! Check in and get settled, then join us for a wine tasting and welcome dinner at our first home, the Grand Hotel Wagner in Palermo.

 

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Monday, MAY 4

Get oriented on our walking tour of Palermo. Then, we’ll eat at Corona Trattoria, where Chef will prepare us a special lunch (he’s usually closed on Mondays). Cookbook author + culinary historian Mary Taylor Simeti will explain the traditions behind our delicious meal.

Tuesday, MAY 5

We’ll drive up to a beautiful wine estate, where we’ll get a special tour and guided tasting. Afterwards, Chef Jamie teaches us how to cook a traditional Sicilian meal—which we’ll get to enjoy, too!

 

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Wednesday, MAY 6

Find the best spots for world-famous Sicilian street food on our walking tour—taste pannelle, arancini, cannoli, and more! Then, we’ll tour the Monreale Cathedral, known for spectacular mosaics.

Thursday, MAY 7

We’ll tour the UNESCO site Agrigento, an ancient city filled with magnificent temples. Then, we’ll dine in the Valley of the Temple’s Hidden Garden, and have an olive oil tasting. Check-in and relax at our next hotel, the Antico Hotel Roma 1880

 

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friday, MAY 8

Chef Maurizio Moceo will guide us through the Ortigia marketplace, then take us for a special cheese tasting at Caseficio Borderi. After, Chef Jamie will teach us more Sicilian recipes during his cooking demo and lunch.

Saturday, MAY 9

Choose among three tours: a wine tour + tasting at Terre di Noto or Planeta, a chocolate-making experience at Bonajuto, or a historical tour of Ancient Siracusa + Medieval Ortigia. We’ll all come back together for an unforgettable farewell dinner.

 

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Sunday, MAY 10

Arrivederci! Today you will check out, and we’ll help you arrange your transportation to the airport—or, perhaps you will choose to continue your stay in Sicily on your own! 

 

 

Download full itinerary here

See Your 5 Star Accomodations

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A room at the Grand Hotel Wagner

Grand Hotel Wagner (Palermo)

This five-star, luxury hotel was named for the famous German composer Richard Wagner, who lived with his family on this street in the 1800s. With marble steps, a majestic chandelier, paintings, and a rare antique fireplace, it will be a beautiful home-base for us in Palermo. If you’d like, you can upgrade to a Superior Room (larger than a a Standard Room, with a beautiful cityscape view) or a Deluxe Room (larger than a Superior Room, with a living area, sofa, and desk.)

See pictures and read more about the Grand Hotel Wagner

Antico Hotel Roma 1880 (Siracusa)

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Outside the Antico Hotel Roma 1880

Ortigia is the name of the ancient city center of Siracusa, and here, there are very few hotels—but Antico Hotel Roma 1880 is one of them. Located next to the famous cathedral in the Old Doric Temple of Minerva, this hotel has a Sicilian design, with small hanging gardens, “secret” interior courtyards, balconies attached to all rooms, and Dammus arches carved from volcanic rock. It will be a stunning, centrally-located home for us during our time in Siracusa. 

See pictures and read more about the Antico Hotel Roma 1880

 

Meet the Chef You’ll Be Traveling With

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Photo from Il Giallo restaurant (Erik Meadows Photography)

Meet Chef Jamie

Our tour is led with Chef Jamie Adams of Il Giallo restaurant in Atlanta. You’ll get to know Chef Jamie and learn from his expertise as we tour Sicily with him. During two special culinary demonstrations, he’ll show us step-by-step how to make traditional Sicilian recipes.

After years of being enamored by virtually every aspect of Italian culture, Jamie Adams spent nearly five years honing his craft at some of the finest restaurants in Italy. While there, he learned from many highly acclaimed chefs (as well as Italian Grandmothers!) not only the nuts and bolts of the cooking, but more importantly about the culture, the people and the traditions behind the flavors.

Upon returning to Atlanta, Chef Adams began his twenty-year relationship with the prestigious Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and Pano Karatassos, first at Pricci, then at Veni Vidi Vici. It was at these two restaurants, that Adams achieved the reputation as one of Atlanta’s preeminent Italian Chefs.

Adams has been a featured chef at The James Beard House in New York, competed in The Food Network’s “Chopped,” selected to participate in a TBS-TV “Super Chef Cook Off”, and was highlighted on “Great Chefs of the South”, and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

In 2000 at the age of 41, Adams became, as he refers to it, “the lucky recipient of 4 Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG), fondly referred to as “Cabbage” aka, quadruple bypass. Faced with such a life altering (or ending…) event, Adams paid attention to the “wake-up” call and began a new life of healthy diet and exercise, primarily in the form of road cycling. It also rekindled in him the desire for a new platform to express his many influences, from the beautifully hand crafted pastas learned in Piemonte and Emilia-Romanga, to the wonderful variety of the Italian coast from Venice to Genoa.

In addition to building a loyal following and maintaining his great health, Chef Adams is exceptionally proud of his fundraising efforts for many organizations that are important to him, including Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry and Moving in the Spirit, among others.

(from Il Giallo)