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


Join us for a 5-day immersive experience in the Etna wine region of Sicily.


Embrace the culinary culture of Sicily with two exclusive cooking classes: one designed by Ben Tish at Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa, and another at a baroque palazzo in Catania. Explore the terroir of Etna while indulging in noble wines grown in volcanic soils, accompanied by the scent of warm bread infused with precious olive oil


2950 £ | 3500 €/person

Limited to 6 people


  • Cooking class led by Chef Ben Tish, following the theme of his latest book "Sicilia: A Love Letter to the Food of Sicily"

  • Food tour of Catania fish market and 4-hands dinner with Ben Tish and Sicilian Michelin star chef Accursio Craparo

  • Masterclass on Etna DOC Wines: Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese grape varieties with wine expert

  • Visit to Noble Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa with owner Alfio Puglisi

  • Hike on Etna volcano with expert nature guide

  • Visit to a winery on the slopes of Etna volcano. Wine tasting from the estate and a paired dinner

  • Foraging experience, picking edible wild herbs at a farm, and olive oil tasting at an olive grove in the Alcantara Valley

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


MAY 23-27, 2024


Linguaglossa, Sicily ITALY


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Ben Tish

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


His latest 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 guide you on a private and intimate journey through the green and lush lands of Mt. Etna.


As seen in the Financial Times

Niki Blasina's article in print and available online exploring the gustatory delights of Sicily’s Mount Etna region with Ben Tish, Palazzo Previtera and Emotional Sicily.

About Etna Volcano and Etna Wine Region

Etna is the greenest area of Sicily and the home to many pioneering agricultural entrepreneurs who have been producing Etna wine and exporting it globally since the late 1880s. The landscape of Etna is characterized by terraced hills where indigenous grapes and olive trees have been cultivated for centuries.


This region holds a significant place in Sicily's agricultural history, dating back to the time when the Previtera family settled here in the early 16th century, introducing diverse wine varieties such as Nerello Mascalese to their lands.


Linguaglossa is situated on the northern side of Etna, benefiting from a mild climate and the refreshing winds of the Ionian Coast.


DAY 1 | MAY 23

Arrival in Linguaglossa

Check-in at Palazzo Previtera and enjoy a welcome aperitif in the enclosed garden. Explore Palazzo Previtera with Alfio, the owner who will be your host for the upcoming days.

We will spend the evening in one of the most charming wineries on Mount Etna, enjoying a dinner accompanied by the estate's wines.

The vineyards are situated between two ancient semicircular slopes, remnants of past lava flows that isolate the vineyard like old walls of French "clos", creating a unique microenvironment. Hazelnut trees alternate with vines, a few olive trees complete the agricultural puzzle of the terraces, which carve out cultivable land by enclosing them in dark walls of lava stone.

DAY 2 | MAY 24

Explore the vibrant streets of Catania and delve into the local roots of the world-famous fish market.

For this new event we have invited Accursio Craparo, the 'chef of the two Sicilies', from the Michelin-starred restaurant Accursio in Modica.
A full day with the two chefs in search of the finest raw materials between the Catania fish market and the slopes of Etna volcano.

Taste fresh produce from the market and street food from the vendors.

Select the fish, fruits and vegetables, and explore traditional Sicilian cuisine in a contemporary twist thanks to the 4-hands dinner in which Accursio and Ben will express their gastronomic vision.

Delve into Sicilian gastronomy as the award-winning pastry chef Giovanna Musumeci prepares Granita, using methods from before the advent of electricity and machines. She will also craft the perfect dessert to conclude our dinner, based on Gelato, her specialty.

The exquisite wines will be presented by a renowned winemaker, among the most skilled and passionate producers of Etna volcano.

DAY 3 | MAY 25

Prepare for a nature hike on Etna volcano, retracing the historical paths of German geologist Wolfgang Sartorius Freiherr von Waltershausen, Etna's first scholarly observer.

Discover the wildest part of the mountain during a 2-hour hike among the Sartorius Craters, a sequence of seven dormant craters, and the lava flow originating from the 1865 eruption.

Observe endemic species, local wildlife, and volcanic formations.

In the afternoon, visit a farm in the Alcantara Valley, known for its volcanic soil and water streams. Learn about the farm's native crops, engage with young farmers in a foraging activity for wild edible herbs and plants, and savour the estate's precious oil and wine during dinner.

DAY 4 | MAY 26

Embark on a day of culinary celebration.

Join Ben Tish for grocery shopping after breakfast, visiting the local grocery store to gather all necessary ingredients.

Take a break for an espresso and master the art of crafting Pasta di Mandorla (almond pastries).

Experience a delightful stroll through the vineyards of a nearby winery, where the cellar itself is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and artistry. Indulge in the exquisite wines of the estate accompanied by a light lunch.

After a siesta, participate in dinner preparation in Palazzo Previtera's kitchen. Engage in cheerful conversations and savour a glass of Etna wine.

Experience a masterful cooking class led by Chef Ben Tish.

Enhance your understanding of Etna wines through an enriching Masterclass led by Barbara Liuzzo, a passionate wine connoisseur.

DAY 5 | MAY 27

Our time together comes to a close.

Before bidding adieu, indulge in a delightful breakfast as Giovanna Musumeci enchants us with a demonstration on the art of crafting Cannoli – those delectable fried pastry shells filled with a velvety cream of sheep's milk ricotta, delicately flavored with cinnamon and orange zest. It's a sweet and memorable way to bid farewell.

We trust that the energy of the volcano and the insights into Sicilian culture will nurture and inspire your creativity for years to come.


Palazzo Previtera - Linguaglossa

Palazzo Previtera is a family-run boutique hotel located on the northern slopes of Etna. Dating back to 1649, it offers eight uniquely designed rooms that encapsulate the history of Etna, the greenest area of Sicily.


Prepare to be captivated by the original decorative ceilings adorning its rooms; the intricate geometric tiles and the exquisite antique furnishings eloquently narrate the evolution of interior design in Sicily.


Immerse yourself in the culinary heart of Palazzo Previtera, where food takes center stage in daily life. Experience the art of preparing a traditional Sicilian family gathering, where food acts as a binding force in social interactions.


Emotional Sicily 


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.


Giovanna Musumeci

Accursio Craparo

Barbara Liuzzo



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  • Four nights at the unique Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa in double occupancy (extra charge of 1,000€ for single occupancy) 

  • Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners

  • Local beverages with meals

  • All ground transportation except transfer from/to airport

  • Wine tasting, activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary​

  • Welcome pack including Ben Tish's latest cookbook


  • International roundtrip airfare

  • Transportation from/to the trip’s starting point

  • Activities not included in the trip itinerary

  • Hotel incidentals (including room service, laundry service)


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€.


A deposit of £860/€1,000 per person is required to reserve a space in the program. The balance is due 30 days prior to departure. If making a reservation within 30 days of departure, the payment is due in full at the time of booking.


For cancellations made 31 days or more prior to departure, fees paid are refunded, less the deposit paid.
Cancellations made 30 days prior to departure will result in a refund of 30% of the total amount paid, issued as a voucher. This voucher can be used for other experiences and events by Emotional Sicily or for a stay at Palazzo Previtera. The duration of the voucher is 1 year from the date of issue.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy.
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