Sicilian Food Tour 2016

More than just a food tour…

Join restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri as she takes you through her part of the world, her island… Sicilia.

Temple Of Concord © Lindavanhuffelen, All other images Gina Milicia.

Taste your way through the Ragusa region of Sicilia

Wednesday 1 June – Catania to Scoglitti, Ragusa

We meet at Catania Airport for a two hour bus trip to the undiscovered south coast of Sicily, to the small fishing village of Scoglitti overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Here we settle into our beachfront hotel for lunch and sample the first of our many Sicilian delights.

Carmel will then take us on an informal afternoon walk around the town, our home for the next seven days. This includes a stopover at the fish markets where the owner of tonight’s restaurant will decide what seafood we will have for dinner. Of course we stop for our first gelato at Carmel’s cousin Franco’s bar.

In the evening, dinner at one of Scoglitti’s best restaurants where we will enjoy a seafood feast.

Meals included today: lunch & dinner

Thursday 2 June – Modica

We spend the morning discovering the beautiful small town of Modica, known as Sicily’s Baroque Valley in Ragusa. It is situated in the Hyblaean Mountains and is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.

Here we visit Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily, founded in 1880. The New York Times called it “…chocolate of astonishingly pure, powerful flavour…”

We spend the afternoon at Villa Casina di Grotto di Ferro where we will take part in our first cooking demonstration and enjoy a long alfresco dinner.

Meals included today: breakfast & dinner

Friday 3 June – Agrigento

Agrigento is a city on the southern coast of Sicily. Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC, Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world.

We visit Agrigento’s great row of Doric temples, one of the most outstanding monuments of Greek art and culture as well as wineries where we sample local wine and cheeses.

Meals included today: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Saturday 4 June – Valle Dell’acate Winery & Ragusa Ibla

This morning we will visit Vittoria Markets where local seasonal produce is on display and where the locals shop.

We then visit the Valle dell’Acate winery run by the Jacono family, producing local wines including Frappato, Nero d’avola & Cerasuolo. We sample their wine, local cheeses and other produce.

We spend the late afternoon at the cobblestone town of Ragusa Ibla, which hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches. This is followed by an evening of fine dining at Ragusa Ibla’s Michelin Star restaurant ll Duomo.

Meals included today: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Sunday 5 June – Scoglitti

Today is all about family. We enjoy a traditional Sicilian Sunday lunch feast at Carmel’s aunt’s home, where food and wine will be aplenty.

Before lunch, Zia Maria will demonstrate how she makes and bottles passata from fresh tomatoes, as well as pasta and bread in her wood fire oven. Carmel’s cousins will demonstrate how to make Sicilian sweets such as macale.

We then enjoy a stroll, “the passeggiata” with the locals.

Free time in the evening for more strolls and/or a visit to a pizzeria, restaurant or gelato bar.

Meals included today: breakfast & lunch

Monday 6 June – Ricotta & Tomato Farms & Scicli

We spend the morning at the Baglieri ricotta farm for a demonstration on how Sicily’s favourite cheese is made, like only the Ragusani know how to make it and sample the most delicious ricotta at various maturity levels.

We then head to a tomato farm where tomatoes have been cultivated for decades. We take a walk through the “serre”, tomato houses and enjoy a delicious rustic barbeque lunch.

Farewell dinner in the beautiful little town of Scicli where we share our Sicilian highlights over our final Sicilian feast

Meals included today: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Tuesday 7 June – Scoglitti to Catania

Breakfast at hotel. Our Sicilian Food Tour concludes.

Shuttle will depart at 10am for Catania Airport from the Scoglitti hotel.

Meals included today: breakfast

Let’s go!

Tour dates

Wed 1 – Tue 7 June 2016

Join restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri as she takes you through her part of the world, her island, Sicilia.

Immerse yourself in Sicilian food and culture through Carmel’s eyes and that of her Sicilian family.

Carmel will take you to: the small fishing village of Scoglitti on the south coast of Sicily, the home of Modica Chocolate, to local wineries and villages specialising in cheese making and tomatoes – every stop a photo waiting to be taken.

Joining Carmel on this trip of a lifetime is her good friend Gina Milicia, Australia’s photographer to the stars and fellow Sicilian. Watch and learn as Gina captures moments in time through her lens and learn invaluable tips to make the most of your holiday photographs with this incredible island as your subject.

7 days & 6 nights

Book now – $3,800 AU per person twin share, taxes included (conditions apply)

Included in the price:

  • 6 nights in character hotel
  • Private vehicle with a professional driver
  • 6 x breakfasts per person
  • 10 x main meals (lunch/dinner) per person
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entry fees and local guides where appropriate
  • Personal services of restaurateur Carmel Ruggeri, the owner of Sicilian Food Tours, a bilingual Italo Australian whose heart lives in Sicily. Personal photography tips from famous portrait photographer to the stars and fellow Sicilian, Gina Milicia.

It’s been a dream of mine for so long to take a group of my fellow Australian friends through my island of Sicily to experience it the way I do.

Sharing pure and simple local food and immersing them in the true rustic charm of my Sicily. The cannoli, the cheese, the tomatoes… simple produce you will never ever forget.

My family will open their homes to you and share the warmth and feasts that I experience every time I visit.

There is so much to do and see on this picturesque island. I’m offering you a taste of Sicily’s great food and inevitably pure enjoyment. The Sicilians are warm people and I promise, you will leave your heart there just as I have so many times before.

Carmel x