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A journey through the scents, flavours and tastes of Sicily and Etna Volcano

WHAT

Join us on a 4-days immersive experience in Etna wine region of Sicily.

Embrace the culinary culture of Sicily into two exclusive cooking classes designed by Ben Tish at Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa.

Explore the terroir of Etna while indulging yourself in noble wines grown on volcanic soils, accompanied by the scent of warm bread imbued in precious olive oil.

ACTIVITIES

  • Two cooking classes led by Chef Ben Tish following the thread of his latest book "Sicilia: A love letter to the food of Sicily".

  • Masterclass about Etna Wines

  • Visit of Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa 

  • Hike on Etna volcano led by and expert nature guide

  • Visit of one of the most ancient wineries on Etna, tasting of the wines from the estate and paired lunch

  • Foraging experience and olive oil tasting at the farm

  • Traditional Granita making and tasting by award-winning pastry chef

WHEN

28 April - 1 May 2023

4 days/3 nights

WHERE

Linguaglossa, Sicily ITALY

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PRICE PER PERSON

2950 £ | 3500 €

Limited to 6 people

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Ben Tish

Ben Tish is an experienced Chef, Restaurateur, Food Consultant, Cookbook Author and Cookery Teacher.

 

His last Cookbook is "Sicilia: A love letter to the food of Sicily" published by Bloomsbury.

"Sicilia is my letter of love to one of the oldest, most richly varied food cultures in Europe"

Ben will take you on a private and intimate journey around the green and lush lands of Mt. Etna.

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ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS

About Etna Volcano and Etna Wine Region

Etna is the greenest area of Sicily and the home of many agricultural entrepreneurs of Sicily that pioneered the production of Etna wine and exported it globally since the late 1880. The landscape of Etna is characterised by terraced hills where autochthone grapes and olive trees have been cultivated for centuries.

This is one of the oldest agricultural areas of Sicily since the times when the Previtera family moved here at the beginning of the 16th century and introduced many wines variety such as Nerello Mascalese in their lands.

Linguaglossa is situated on the north side of Etna which provides a mild climate that benefit from the wind of the Ionian Coast.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

DAY 1 | APRIL 28

Arrival at Linguaglossa

Check-in at Palazzo Previtera and enjoy a welcome aperitif in the enclosed garden.

Visit the Palazzo together with the actual owner, Alfio, who will be your host for the following days.

Join a shared dinner at a local Trattoria and have a walk in Linguaglossa

DAY 2 | APRIL 29

After breakfast, get ready for a nature hike on Etna volcano. tracing the old routes of German geologist Wofgang Sartorius Freiherr von Waltershausen, the first scholar of Etna's volcanic activities. Explore the wildest part of the mountain with a 2-hours hike among the Sartorius Craters, a button-line of seven extinct craters, and the lava flow that originated during the eruption of 1865. Observe the endemic species, local wildlife, and the volcanic bombs. 

Join one of the most ancient wineries situated on the Eastern slopes of Etna. Visit the vineyard, and be delighted by an exquisite lunch paired with wine from the estate.

In the afternoon, participate in the first cooking class masterfully conducted by chef Ben Tish. Over dinner you will learn more about Etna wines thanks to a Masterclass held by a knowledgeable wine expert.

DAY 3 | APRIL 30

Join a farm located in the Alcantara Valley, characterised by a volcanic rich soil and water streams. Learn about the autoctone crops of the farm together with the young farmers and participate in a foraging activity, collecting wild edible herbs and plants. Taste over a light lunch the precious oil and wine produced on the estate.

Digging deeper into Sicilian gastronomy, an award-winning pastry chef will show us the process of Granita-making how it was made before the arrival of electricity and machines. 

In the afternoon, participate in the second cooking class with Chef Ben Tish and a farewell dinner.

DAY 4 | MAY 1

Our time together has come to an end. We hope the energy of the volcano and these insights on Sicilian culture will nurture and inspire your creativity for a long time to come.

ACCOMMODATION

Palazzo Previtera - Linguaglossa

Palazzo Previtera is a family-run boutique hotel on the north side of Etna. Built in 1649, it offers eight rooms that tell the history of Etna, the greenest area of Sicily.  

You will be enchanted by the original decorative ceilings of its rooms; the geometric tiles and the beautiful original antiques will show you the history of interior design in Sicily. 

You will learn how food is at the centre of the life of the Palazzo. Execute the preparation of a Sicilian family gathering,  where food is unifying force of social life.

EXPERIENCE DESIGNING 

Emotional Sicily 

TRAVEL BY SENSES

Emotional Sicily is an Italian DMC and Tour Operator based in Sicily.

We craft immersive journeys connecting travellers with people, local culture and nature while sharing experiences with our community of like-minded and "like-hearted" partners.

Our team has a very in-depth knowledge of our region. This allows us to co-design meaningful and transformative journeys revealing the most intimate Sicily while supporting projects and small businesses committed with sustainability and community.

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PRICE PER PERSON

2950 £ | 3500 €

Based on shared accommodation

Limited to 6 people

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Two exclusive cooking classes led by Chef Ben Tish

  • Three nights at unique Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa in double occupancy

  • Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners

  • Local beverages with meals

  • All ground transportation and transfer to airport

  • Wine tasting, activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary

  • Welcome pack including Ben Tish latest cookbook

  • Travel insurance
     

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED 

  • International roundtrip airfare

  • Transportation to the trip’s starting point

  • Activities not included in the trip itinerary

  • Hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs

BOOKINGS

Reserve your spot today with a £ 650 per-person deposit. Full payment is due 60 days prior to your trip departure date (March 27, 2023).

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS

The experience will take place at Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa. The nearest airport is Catania Fontanarossa CTA which has daily direct flights from London.

A taxi from Catania airport to Linguaglossa costs 100/120€.

CANCELLATION POLICY

You may cancel before January 26, 2023 (90 days prior start of the experience) and receive a full refund minus a $200 per-person service fee. After January 26, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; If you cancel on or after March 27, 2023 (30 days prior to start of the experience), there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy

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