Charming Sicily & Aeolian Islands

A Gastronomical food, wine, culture and cooking tour of Sicily

A mixed group tour, traveling to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. This extensive culinary tour of Italy, allows you to soak up all the sights, sounds and tastes of Sicily. Your Sicilian hosts include Chef Dominique Rizzo, and passionate local chefs and guides. Travel through the major cities in Sicily on a gastronomic journey.

You will enjoy the amazing scenery with breathtaking views of sea and mountains. In addition, you will visit the best cultural and historical sights of the region. As well, you will meet and cook with the passionate local Sicilians and Aeolians. Most of all, we provide you with delicious menus, and delectable wine.

Destination: Italy; Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Travelling to:

  • Palermo
  • Monreale
  • Mt Pelligrino
  • Trapani
  • Segesta
  • Erice
  • Mozia
  • Marsala
  • Cefalu
  • Madonie
  • Polizzi
  • Castelbuono
  • Siracusa
  • Ortigia
  • Modica
  • Catania
  • Mt Etna
  • Taormina
  • and the Aeolian Islands.


Travelling 2019. Dates T.B.A.

Tour Length:

23 days, 22 nights

Register your interest for this personally escorted tour of Charming Sicily & Aeolian Islands!

Early bird discounts apply if you book early.

Charming Sicily Tour Glimpses:

  • Cooking

  • Food and Wine Tasting

  • Cultural Tours

  • Art and History Tours

  • Take a guided tour to the ancient ruins of Selinunte in the Temple of the Acropolis. Experience one of the most marvellous archaeological sites in existence in Sicily.
  • Head to Dominique’s favourite pasticceria for a sampling of traditional handmade “dolce.” This is a recipe handed down for generations.
  • Wake up in beautiful, historical and inner-city 4 and 5-star accommodation.
  • Wander the cobblestone streets. Enjoy a spot of shopping, practice your photography or just lose yourself in the 14th Century Baroque architecture.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of coast and mountains.
  • Learn to cook authentic Sicilian food.
  • Most of all, sample mouth-watering menus. There are wine, olive oil and chocolate tastings on offer. In addition, there are full degustations, alfresco lunches, banquets and more.


  • Couples

  • Singles

  • Australian Travellers

  • International Travellers

  • Foodies

Anyone who enjoys meeting new people and enjoys new experiences. This is a mixed group setting of up to 16 people. It is not necessary to have great cooking skills, just a love of beautiful food.

We offer a relaxed planned itinerary as part of this tour. Therefore,  if you like to have all the logistics taken care of to allow for flexibility and spontaneity this tour is for you. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or rather, this is your first time overseas, you are welcome. Perfect food tour for singles, or for couples who enjoy the comradery of a group setting.

Tour in Detail:

Why You Will Love This Tour

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sicily

All-inclusive personally escorted tour, which captures everything that Sicily has to offer.

This tour combines the best selection of Sicily and Aeolian Islands tours as selected by Dominique Rizzo. You get an amazing insight into the regions. We take you on a food journey and cultural discovery of these wonderful Islands. You also get an amazing insight into the contrasting Eastern and Western Sicily.

Food, Wine, and Cooking

This tour is full of gastronomical delights. Visit the most popular sites. Enjoy cooking classes in Sicily. As well, indulge in wine, olive oil and chocolate tastings. Furthermore amazing menus and degustations await you. You will sample some of the finest foods from these selected regions. We provide all meals during the tour.

Cultural Destinations

This tour will capture the historic and ancient Sicily. We visit places such as Cattedrale Di Palermo and Il Duomo in Monreale. This is considered one of the most stunning examples of Arab Norman art, and gold mosaics in Sicily.
We marvel at the Baroque architecture and some of the most important churches, monuments and sites. This includes Palazzo Reale, Cattedrale of Palermo and Catacombs. Also Monreale, Monte Pellegrino, Capo Markets, and Teatro Massimo. Also on the list is Piazza San Domenico, San

Also on the list is Piazza San Domenico, San Francesco and Piazza Marina. We take you to some of the world heritage listed sites such as the Villa di Casale. We visit the beautiful coastal town of Cefalu, Taormina and Syracuse. As well as Ortigia and the mountains of the Madonia. There is also a tour to the amazing archaeologocial site of Selinunte in the Temple of the Acropolis.


Beautiful and historical 4 and 5 star accommodation options.

Aeolian Islands and Sicily Tour Guides

Australian/Sicilian Chef, TV Presenter and Food Writer, Dominique Rizzo. Tour is also planned and coordinated in conjunction with Sicilian counterpart Gianluca D’ Alia. Gianluca is from Paesaggio Sicilia Travel.

A Taste of The Itinerary

A Taste of the Itinerary

Day 1 Palermo

You are met by your guide and Dominique in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily. We transfer you to the hotel. Once there, you are free to take in the city atmosphere and relax. Or if you’d rather, do some pre-tour shopping. We meet in the lobby in the afternoon for our first wonderful dinner to welcome you to Sicily. Overnight stay in Palermo.

Day 2 Palermo

First of all, we breakfast in a magical atmosphere. Lavish frescos, chandeliers, and precious antique furniture surround you. Then we take you on a guided tour of Palermo. Here, you will visit some of the most important churches, monuments and sites. In Palermo the reality and its opposite have always been the natural set of the political and religious powers in Sicily.

Palermo holds in its culinary hands a variety of food that has no equal in Italy. Palermo flavours are always intense. They do not hide the influences left by the civilisations that have made the history of Sicily. This includes influences such as Arab, Norman, Greek and Spaniard. The streets of Palermo are like a theatre stage. Here the gestural and facial mimics of the people will make you feel part of a daily comedy.

Capo Markets

Following this, we head out on foot to visit the vibrant and bustling Capo markets, one of the centres of Palermo’s food scene. Capo markets are bursting with the cries of the fish mongers. As well, the crowds of local shoppers and the excitement of all that these markets have become famous for. We snack on olives, cheeses, breads, and salami. We take the time to enjoy the richness of the bountiful foods.

In addition, we wander through to the famous Teatro Massimo. This is most noteworthy for its feature in the last of the God Father movies. Afterwards, you are free to wander the main streets for a spot of shopping. Or rather, you can admire the number of artisan shops that line the narrow cobbled laneways. Here you can find gifts hand-crafted by local artists.

Next, we pass through Piazza San Domenico, mercato Vucciria and Piazza Marina. From there, we visit the Church of San Francesco. This has a deceiving entrance opening into a stunning interior.


Lunch is at a real local Rosticceria. Here both the Palermitani and the foreigners share tables and enjoy the real street food of Sicily. Finally the afternoon is free for you to relax. You could wander the streets again or rather, read quietly on the terrazzo of the hotel. We meet at the lobby in the afternoon for our evening’s events. In conclusion, we have a tour to Monreale with a twist. Dinner is alfresco style. Overnight stay in Palermo. B/L/D

Day 3 Trapani

After breakfast we check out and leave for the beautiful city of Trapani on Sicily’s Western Coast. We visit the Doric temple of Segesta. This was built by the Elymians, an indigenous population of Sicily who also founded Erice. Segesta was an important trading centre in the Classical period. It has one of the best-preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Those of you with a sweet tooth will be beautifully satisfied as we head out and drive to the mountain town of Erice. Erice is known to the locals as “umunti” and usually shrouded in a cool mist called “the veil of Venus”. From here we sample some traditional handmade “dolce.” The recipe for this is cooked at Dominique’s favourite pasticceria. It has been passed down for generations. Furthermore, it was made famous by the nuns, as well as some of Sicily’s famous chefs and artisans.


After lunch you can wander up to the Castello. This is where the views of the heavens are spectacular. Here you will be taken back in time to the 14th Century. You are free to stroll down the cobblestone streets. You may like to shop, or capture some amazing photographs along the way. There is so much to admire in the baroque architecture. Afterwards, we drive along the gorgeous coastline to the province of Trapani. We check into our hotel in Trapani and give you a little siesta in the afternoon. Following this, we hit the streets and to one of the most famous restaurants, Pizza Calvino. Overnight in Trapani B/L/D

Day 4 Trapani

Breakfast is at the hotel. Then it’s a tour of Trapani. Trapani is the perfect port and fishing village. This is because it is set on a low peninsula stretching in an arc into the sea. The housing of the city melts into plains of salt pans. These salt pans are valuable to the region’s economy. Apart from its ancient trade in tuna, fishing, and salt, Trapani also deals in olives and wine.

At present, the province of Trapani produces more wine than Austria, Chile, Hungary, or the region of Tuscany. We give you free time to take in the sight and sounds as a local. You can try your Italian at ordering lunch. Or you could either do some shopping or just sit watching the passing crowds. This could be in one of the friendly local restaurants.


In the afternoon we meet to travel to Marsala to visit the Cantine De Bartoli. This is a 200-year-old family house. Here we will discover the origins of the true Marsala wine and the Grillo grape variety. We drive at dusk to the salt pans of Marsala. Finally, we dine in a local restaurant. In addition, we are treated to beautiful views of the Island of Mozia. Overnight in Trapani. B/D

This tour consists of 23 days and 22 nights of Sicily & Aeolian Islands. To discover more of this Pure Food journey contact me for your full itinerary.

Tour Inclusions and Highlights

Charming Sicily Tour Inclusions

Specialised escorted service of Dominique Rizzo, Chef/Author and owner of Pure Food Cooking, Pure Food Wine and Cooking Tours and Putia Pure Food Kitchen.

  • Private Italian Guide for 23 days
  • Pick up transfer from Palermo Airport or your Hotel in Palermo on tour start date
  • Transfer to Palermo Airport/train station or Hotel in Palermo on tour finish date
  • Air conditioned comfortable private bus and our own private driver
  • All accommodation in 4 and 5 star Hotels, B&B and Agriturismo, hotel taxes
  • Souvenir apron, bag, maps , printed recipes and hints and tips page
  • Private escorted visits to local cheese makers, salumi , olive oil producers, wine makers and Enotecca’s with accompanying tastings as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals provided – B- 22 breakfasts, L- 16 lunches and D- 22 dinners ,some morning/afternoon teas and aperitifs are provided.
  • Drinks – All beverages with meals including wine, juice, soft drink, beer, tea and coffee are provided
  • All guided tours as specified in the tour
  • All transfers by boat, bus, car, taxi as specified in the tour itinerary
  • Admission to all historical sites, galleries and museums mentioned in the itinerary
    market tastings
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Wine tastings
  • Tips for restaurants and Guides
  • And much much more….

This tour has been personally created by Dominique Rizzo to ensure exclusive and individual attention.

The fee does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Everything not included in Tour Inclusions
  • General expenses – phone calls, laundry, room upgrades
  • Transfers outside of tour dates, personal transport, excess baggage, security and government taxes, travel and medical insurance
  • Beverages outside of described Tour Inclusions
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price
  • It is your responsibility to ensure personal settlement of any extra charges not included in the inclusions is made to the hotel or provider of any service.
Costs, Dates Terms & Conditions


2019 TBA

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Prices are based on a twin share/ double booking. Single Supplement is $900. Single rooms are based on a double bed and standard double room size.

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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions Charming Sicily

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