Monday, April 18, 2011

Gastronomic tour of Sicily

Cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has introduced a new gastronomic adventure in eastern Sicily, celebrating the island’s rich culinary traditions and ancient history. One of 16 archaeological and cultural tours in Peter Sommer Travels’ 2011 program, the eight-day Gastronomic Tour of Eastern Sicily explores the markets, farms, vineyards and restaurants of the Italian isle, escorted by experts in Sicilian food, culture and history. Culture with a good feed thrown in - how good can it get?

Beginning in the World Heritage-listed city of Syracuse, the tour includes two cooking classes and opportunities to visit local producers of cheeses, olives, honey and wines. Its highlights include a day of swimming and fishing from aboard a local fishing boat, two nights at a Sicilian farm-stay (Agriturismo) and a walking tour of Mt Etna guided by an expert volcanologist.

Sommer says the new tour is perfect for anyone with a passion for traditional Italian food and ancient Mediterranean history.

“Eastern Sicily is home to a vibrant culinary tradition that mixes delicious local produce with cooking styles drawn from the foreign rulers of its past, including the Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spanish,” he says. “The rolling hills and fertile plains produce seemingly unlimited quantities of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables, while the abundant flocks and herds produce delicious cheeses and meats.”

The new tour is led by two expert guides - historian Dr Michael Metcalfe, the former Assistant Professor in Ancient History at Sicily’s Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, and Italian food and culture aficionado Marcello Baglioni, named Sicily’s top travel specialist by CondĂ© Nast Traveller magazine.

Peter Sommer Travels is a UK-based specialist tour operator offering archaeological tours and sailing cruises for small groups, visiting ancient sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy. A Gastronomic Tour of Eastern Sicily operates from 3-10 September 2011, priced from £2375 (approx A$3680) per person twin share, including all meals, accommodation, activities, cooking classes and transport (except flights to/from Sicily).

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  1. For a full description of this gastro holiday in Sicily together with a detailed itinerary please visit

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we will be delighted to help.

    Peter Sommer

  2. This sounds wonderful Bev. I've been discovering some Sicilian restaurants in Sydney lately and the food is delicious! :)

  3. Great blog. Your blog is interesting and so informative. Wait for your next blog post.
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