Enjoy an authentic experience during your Sicily holiday by taking part in a cooking class & producing some traditional Sicilian food.
Sicily is a destination with fascinating history, culture and identity, and discovering the true character of the island is one of the most enjoyable rewards of a holiday to Sicily. There are numerous ways to do so, from visiting ancient ruins and historical cities to perusing museums and interacting with Sicilian people; but nothing quite captures the flavour of a destination quite like its food.
One of the best ways to sample and learn about Sicily's diverse cuisine is to take part in a cookery course. Luckily, we have a number of hotels among our collection who offer guests the opportunity to take part in a class, educating you in an integral part of Sicilian identity, while also giving you a lasting memory to take home to your very own kitchen. Here's a list of our Sicily hotels which offer this authentic experience.
Palazzo Failla Hotel
The Palazzo Failla Hotel is located in the heart of the city of Modica in the south east of the island, surrounded by beautiful architecture and plenty of history and culture. The style and service of this hotel reflects the sophistication of the city of Modica itself, with attractive decor bridging the gap between classic and modern, while a range of great tours and activities, inclusive of the hotel's cookery school, provide superb opportunities for guests.
Monaci delle Terre Nere
A stay at Monaci dell Terre Nere will see you residing in the walls of a lovingly-restored Sicilian monastery set on a stunning 40-acre estate. The boutique hotel can be found on the outskirts of the Etna National Park, just to the south of Taormina, in a prime location for exploring some of Sicily's most intriguing attractions and destinations. Book a cookery class here and learn all about the traditional dishes and recipes of Sicily.
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea
Located in a luxury waterfront position and a historic garden overlooking the Gulf of Palermo, the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea's proximity to Sicily's capital makes it an ideal retreat on the cusp of action and adventure. The superb leisure activities and excursions on offer at the hotel are fantastic, including the cooking courses which are run by their award-winning chef who teaches guests everything he knows about preparing traditional Sicilian cuisine.
Among the most prestigious and luxurious hotels on the island of Sicily, this Sciacca-based resort will introduce you to endless entertainment, relaxation and service during your Sicily holiday. Highlights include the Verdura Resort's 4000 metre-squared spa, its two championship golf courses and a glorious stretch of private coastline. From a culinary standpoint, guests can take part in cooking courses, mixology courses and wine tasting sessions - best get booked in for one of each!
Eremo di Giubiliana
This old convent building is rich in many things, primarily history, but also top service, beautiful rooms and stunning surroundings. Located a short drive outside of the city of Ragusa, Eremo di Giubiliana is an incredible and authentic complex, promoting a sense of comfort and culture within its walls. Guests will love the fantastic on-site restaurant and sampling a selection from the wine crypt, but why not take this culinary exploration a step further by taking part in one of Eremo di Giubiliana's cooking and wine tasting classes?
Gill's cooking class experience
A cookery class in Sicily? Why not. I’ve never taken part in a cookery class, and those closest to me may argue I should do, so I jumped at the chance to learn to make Cannoli. Eremo Della Giubiliana is a beautiful 5* Deluxe hotel that offers cookery classes as an activity for guests to take part in during their stay. Cannoli was the challenge, a popular Italian dessert. Our chef was a lovely Sicilian chap who despite not speaking English, was able to communicate with us all thanks to our translator works at the hotel and speaks very good English, so there were no language barriers and plenty of giggles.
I had no idea how much was involved in making such a simple dessert. I’d never used a pasta maker before, nor had I realised how thin you could physically make pastry (which is very thin!) which are new skills I can take away with me and impress my friends and family with at home.
The cookery classes are really fun and hands-on and it’s all very light-hearted. We got to sample the end product which to my surprise tasted as delicious as the real thing.
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