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Syracuse: Sicilian Street Food Hands-On Cooking Class

1. 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.

Syracuse: Traditional Cooking Class & Ancient Market Visit

2. 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: Food & Wine Walking Tour

3. Syracuse: Food & Wine Walking Tour

Enjoy an evening of gastronomic and cultural discoveries with a passionate local guide. Your guide will share the secrets of ancient Syracuse with you and invite you to dine in the authentic family Tavernas hidden among the small streets of Ortigia. These tavernas are always known for their charm, hospitality and, of course, delicious traditional cooking. The tour perfectly combines wine and food with a walking tour of the most important monuments in the old city: Piazza San Rocco; Piazza Duomo; Santa Lucia church; Piazza San Giuseppe; the Jewish district; Piazza Archimede; and many other treasures. First Stop: Seafood with white wine and Prosecco; fresh breaded fish of the day; mussels soup in a Sicilian style; tuna in sweet-sour onion sauce; little fresh fish fried in olive oil; Sicilian white wine and Grillo IGP Sicilia tasting. Second Stop: Land-based food and red wine with Bruschetta (hot crunchy Sicilian bread) and Sicilian Caponata; classic bruschetta with dried tomatoes and basil; Sicilian Arancino (rice balls filled with Sicilian sauce); typical Syracuse focaccia filled in with broccoli; cheeses and salami; homemade Cannolo with Ricotta cheese; two typical Sicilian red wines (Nero D’avola & Syrah) Third Stop: Sweets and liquors with Saint Lucy pastry; almond pastry; pistachio pastry; Limoncello, Sicilian sweet Passito wine and almond wine. 

Syracuse: Market Tour with Home Cooking Class and Dinner

4. 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.

Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

5. Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

To begin, take a walk with your native local guide who will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history, and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that give Taormina a special charm. The next day involves a half-day trip to the small antique villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of the Godfather movies were made. Next, get a real taste of Taormina. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food and wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. The next day involves an adventure to visit Mt. Etna. You will have free time to walk on the old lava flows before continuing your tour to a famous winery located on the slopes of Etna, famous for it’s unique vulcanic wines and organic food. You will then head to magnificent Noto. While walking around, taste a famous Modica chocolate and Sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary flavor. The next day will feature a 2-hour walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. It’s then time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing the ancient Temple Valley. The following day, sample the best Sicilian streetfood during a 3-hour walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes a visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets.

Syracuse: Fruit Orchard Tour with Tasting

6. Syracuse: Fruit Orchard Tour with Tasting

Take a break from your usual routine and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sicilian landscapes. Be surrounded by unspoiled greenery in magnificent scenery, where even the smallest insect will seem distinct to your eyes. Enter a fairytale world framed by wonderful tropical fruit trees, originating from Mexico and Brazil, such as mango and avocado. Rediscover tranquility, nature, and the forgotten rhythms of life on an inimitable experience. Walk through ancient and fertile Sicilian lands as the owner of the orchard tells you the story of their cultivation. Understand the Sicilian agricultural culture, from ancient times until today. To conclude the experience, collect and taste local fruits. Sample some delicious jam made from these fruits while soaking in an incredible landscape. Let time stand still as you spend a day in the lap of nature.

Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

7. Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

The Walking Tour of Ortigia will start from the Temple of Apollo, the oldest greek temple in Sicily. Continue, then, in the direction of Piazza Archimede, where you can admire the Fountain of Diana, linked to the myth of the nymph Arethusa, who is represented here with the Greek goddess Artemis, the most important moment in which he transformed it into a source. In the days when it is open to the public, you can then reach the Church of San Filippo Apostolo alla Giudecca. Here, in the depths, is hidden a secret Ortigia: you will visit the crypt, an anti-aircraft shelter used in World War II and the well, which was previously a baptismal font. You will arrive in Piazza Duomo. Here you can visit the majestic Cathedral and immediately after, if you want, you can independently visit the Hypogeum. Before ending the tour arriving at the enchanting Fountain Arethusa, linked to the love story between Arethusa and Alfeo, you will have the opportunity to taste the cannoli after assisting in its preparation, a symbol of the Sicilian confectionery art.

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.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

9. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

From Syracuse: Private Etna and Taormina Tour

10. From Syracuse: Private Etna and Taormina Tour

The "Exclusive Etna & Taormina Tour from Syracuse" will start with the Pick-up at your accommodation. Before reaching Rifugio Sapienza (1920 m a.s.l.) we will stop near a cave of lava origin, where you will enter with a helmet and a torch. From here, you will trek through a simple paths of the Etna Park, accompanied by our Local Expert. The tour will continue to Zafferana Etnea: the city of honey. Here you will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of honey processing. In the village square you will discover some of the typical culinary specialities of the area.   Immediately afterwards, you will leave for the beautiful Taormina. Situated on a promontory, from here  you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views; there are two entrances, leading to the city centre: Porta Catania and Porta Messina.  Along the medieval streets of Taormina every corner smells of Sicily: you can taste typical food, buy typical Sicilian souvenirs and observe the beauty of the sea. You will visit the Teatro Antico that is the main monument of the town and the Villa comunale, inspired by the English gardens and home to a remarkable variety of exotic plants.

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What people are saying about Syracuse

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Informative and fun evening

We had a great time on this tour and would recommend it as a great way to learn about Ortigia’s history and about the food and wine of the vicinity. Everyone we were introduced to by Valeria ( our charming guide) was warm , friendly and gave us explanations about the delicious food we were sampling. We also tasted and learnt about the wine produced in Sicily. Thanks also to Alex for keeping us informed/ giving directions etc. Great!

Christina was an amazing guide, showing us some of the sights in Ortega we wouldn't have known to look for, as well as taking us to some brilliant restaurants for delicious food. She was a charming person who gave great conversation to everyone there, and I work of highly recommend the tour to anyone who really wants to see the city in the evening

A great way to sample the food and wine of Syracusa.

Our guide Valera was wonderful. She kept us entertained and interested, the food was excellent as was the wine. We got to see some amazing places and she pointed out other places of interest for us to visit later. A really enjoyable experience.

sympathetic guide and good addresses to eat

Our guide Valeria not only showed us around Syracuse to various restaurants, but also told us a lot about the city. Great locations to eat, (3 different) Highly recommended

Top interesting city tour with a really great guide. Eat and drink plentifully. Very interesting and extensive