The magic of Western Sicily is undeniable with turquoise seas, coastal hikes, and ancient temples. The western coast has beckoned people for millennia, including significant influences from the Arab and Carthaginian cultures. The idyllic Egadi Islands, located just off the coast of Trapani, offer laid back villages and seaside respites.
The lovely botanical garden was planted in the caverns of Favignana's ancient stone caves. The island is arid but here it is green and filled with flowers.
This is the homeland of the Gods of Greek mythology. Near these places, Pluto abducted Persephone from her mother. ....In the distance you can see the lake of Hercules and the rocks of the Cyclops. Land of Gods and heroes.
The Phoenicians and Greeks built temples on Sicily dating dating back hundreds of years BC. The Temple of Segesta was built by the Greeks in 430 BC. The nearby Greek amphitheater overlooks the rolling hills and still has Greek plays performed in the summer.
The Egadian Islands are surrounded by azure waters protected by a nature preserve, offering a rich marine life, ancient coastal shipwrecks and even caves with neolithic paintings of life millions of years ago. Favignana is the largest island, with sandy beaches to walk on and a lovely town to walk or bike in.
Palermo has many UNESCO world heritage sites, including the Palermo Cathedral built on top of a Muslim mosque by the Normans in 1185.
To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.
Your Sicilian cooking class will be at the 18th century palazzo of the great Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of “The Leopard.” His adoptive son lives there with his wife, Nicoletta who will be our teacher for the day and guide in the colorful markets. "The Leopard" became the best selling book in Italian history and was made into a movie in 1963 starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale.
“Palermo was lovely. The most beautifully situated town in the world – it dreams away its life in the Conca d’Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas. The lemon groves and the orange gardens were entirely perfect.”
Cost includes lodging, land transportation, ferry transport, all breakfasts, meals as indicated in itinerary, gentle early morning chair yoga and meditation when time and setting are appropriate, odyssey guide, local guides, entrance fees. Small group experience, max 10 people.
Cost does not include travel insurance, taxi/shuttle transport to and from airport to B&B, airline transport.
Cost: $3495, (may still be adjusted) based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 persons, Limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost. If you are willing to share but we are unable to pair you with a same-gender roommate, you will not be charged the single supplement
Contact us if interested. A deposit of $500 will hold your place. Credit cards or checks are accepted. Read the terms and conditions and fill out the registration form. Registration/Terms and Conditions