Make an independent trip extra-special with unique 1-day walking or cooking tours in Italy. Forage for wild edible plants, explore a Baroque hill town, revel in a wildflower walk, or learn to cook with Anita & Emanuele in their home kitchen. Available for 2 or more people, with discounts for children and small groups.
Clamber over limestone terraces picking wild asparagus, mustard tops, capers and chard, then lunch in Anita’s kitchen, on this 1-day foraging walk in Sicily
Traipse through the tiny alleyways to the cupola of a grand Baroque cathedral, through a canyon of secret gardens, and devour the best cannoli in Sicily on this unique 1-day Baroque walk in Ragusa
Learn the secrets of making perfect focaccia or pasta dishes with seasonal produce, cook with Emanuele in our home kitchen and lunch in our herb garden on a 1-day cooking class in Sicily
|•||Revel in endless fields of wildflowers, search for wild orchids, and lunch on local specialties on 1-day wildflower walks in Sicily or the Dolomites|
Get hands-on messy with a chocolate-making lesson at the Perugina headquarters, creators of Italy’s bacio-the Italian chocolate kiss. Taught by an Italian chocolate master, each student will have individual attention at their own well-equipped work space, and plenty of chocolate. This 3-hour lesson will focus on designing your own exquisite cioccolatini - little gift chocolates. Anita will be with the class, translating and getting messy, too. Join in the fun in Perugia at this new chocolate making class at an introductory price.
Meet in Ragusa or Modica and plunge into the beautiful unspoilt countryside where Anita lives. She’ll guide you along old mule tracks and over limestone terraces foraging for wild edible plants of the season, such as wild asparagus, capers, chard, mustard tops, or fennel, and learn how to use them in simple flavorful dishes that are the heart of Sicilian country cooking. Savor a leisurely lunch prepared by Emanuele and enjoyed in our home kitchen, with a visit to our herb garden.
Take a fascinating walk up the narrow stairways of Ragusa Ibla with visits to the town’s amazing Baroque monuments, while your local guide outlines the quirky history of this intriguing city. Enjoy sweeping views of the old town before a welcome rest at the award-winning café and pastry shop Di Pasquale. Munch on savory rice arancini, and save room for the best cannoli in Sicily, made from the freshest ricotta from the morning’s milk. Continue our walk through the fashionable district of upper Ragusa, then descend through a canyon lush with secret gardens, past the limestone quarries to the valley of the water mills. Our exploration finishes at the city gardens, where we recommend a stroll with a gelato in hand.
Transport from other cities such as Modica or Syracuse arranged on request.
Special offer: Save $50 per person on tours in March, 2011. Minimum 2 people.
Meet in Ragusa or Modica for a short drive to the home of Anita & Emanuele, a 100-year old stone house they lovingly restored, converting the stable into a spacious kitchen. Roll up your sleeves for hands-on cooking lesson based on strictly seasonal ingredients with a focus on using local products such as ricotta, fresh produce and locally grown hard wheat flour, as well as herbs you can pick from our garden. Depending on the season, you’ll learn the secrets of making perfect focaccia or pasta dishes with seasonal produce that Emanuele will teach you how to replicate in your own home kitchen. Enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking our Mediterranean herb garden and take a stroll in the nearby farm hamlet before returning to Ragusa.
Departures from Syracuse, with shopping at the outdoor market may also be arranged on request.
Indulge your senses in a mesmerizing wildflower walk at the peak of the wildflower season in either Sicily or the Dolomites with a local guide. Sicily’s wildflowers are a stunning variety of colors with red and purple ranunculus, orange calendula, pink campion, blue borage, and exquisite orchids in shades from pale pink to deep purple. In the Dolomites, you’ll breathe in the scent of vanilla orchids, revel in fields of forget-me-nots and yellow alpine poppies, be amazed by bright blue gentians, orange lilies and lavender climatis. Pause during your walk for a lunch of local specialties such as focaccia in Sicily or polenta in the Dolomites. Length of the walk can be designed to suit you.