Eastern Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Celebrating East Sicilian cuisine

Tour departs from Catania.

The Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands tour is one of our shorter Sicilian tours. We have planned a unique 11 days to experience the best of Eastern Sicilian cuisine. As well, discover the jewels of the Aeolian.

You can explore the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna in Sicily. Furthermore, you can journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces. Namely Catania, Taormina, Randazzo and sail to the islands of Salina and Lipari.


Sicily private tours to Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands travelling to:

  • Catania
  • Taormina
  • Mt Etna
  • Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Randazzo
  • St Alfio
  • Salina Island
  • Lipari Island
  • Monreale
  • Palermo


18th May to 28th May 2019

Tour Length:

11 days, 10 nights


Tour Type:

  • Private Guided Tours

  • Private Group Tour

  • Cooking

  • Food and Wine Tasting

  • Cultural Tours

  • Art and History Tours

Tour Glimpses:

  • Stay in the heart of historical baroque Catania. Enjoy sweeping views from the hotel terrace across historic Catania.
  • Enjoy hands-on cooking classes, wine tastings and unique artisan demonstrations
  • Experience amazing seafood and produce freshly plucked from the local markets that morning.
  • Journey to the Aeolian Islands and experience true Mediterranean lifestyle.


  • Couples & Small Groups

  • Large Private Groups

  • Foodies

  • Australians

This tour is ideal if you only have a limited holiday schedule. Or rather, if you are wanting to experience a part of Sicily that highlights this region. In addition, it is perfect to tack onto your existing holiday plans.

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.

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.


Eastern Sicily Tour in Detail:

Why You Will Love This Tour


Chef Dominque Rizzo has designed this shorter tour of Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands as part of her personally escorted Sicily tours. Consequently, this tour of 11 days and 10 nights showcases a snapshot of the Aeolian and Eastern Sicilian cuisine.

It also includes some of the finest cultural experiences of this wonderful region.

This stunning tour of Eastern Sicily offers you the opportunity to discover the islands of the Aeolian. As well, the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna. You also journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces of Italy. This includes Catania, Taormina, Randazzo, St Alfio and Palermo.

This is one of our fully escorted Sicilian tours, rich in culture and cuisine.

It offers you the contrast of city, mountain and sea through our food tastings, wine events, hands-on cooking classes and guided tours.

A Taste of The Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Catania

Saturday 18th May
We welcome you to the beautiful city of Catania and check you into our hotel giving you time to settle in. Depending on your arrival we offer you a fun bus tour to take in some of the local scenery. We meet in the lobby to wander to a fabulous restaurant for our welcome dinner in Catania. D Overnight in Catania

Day 2 – Catania cooking Class

Sunday 19th May
Today we head out by foot for a guided tour of Catania exploring this interesting city. After a light lunch in an historical patisserie we head out of the city for our first cooking class and a night of fun, laughter, eating and drinking. Overnight in Catania B/L/D

Day 3 – Catania – Taormina

Monday 20th May

After breakfast we visit the famous “La Pescheria” markets with an atmosphere that has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. This historic fish market is noted especially for its huge range of the freshest seafood and it is where we can witness the colourful behaviour of local fishermen selling their morning’s catch. Here you will also find all sorts of wonderful fruits, vegetables, meats, and deli items. It’s where the locals pick up their daily fresh produce. We wander through the markets nibbling as we go and stop for morning coffee and pastries. We are then off to Taormina in the province of Messina. Set in a magnificent position above the sea, Taormina is famous for its breathtaking and most photographed views. Here you can spend time wandering around the beautiful historic city, take a visit to the Greek theatre, admire the medieval churches and get lost amongst the narrow medieval streets and beautiful, luxury gardens surrounding gothic styled villas. We give you the afternoon free to visit, drink, shop or relax in the main square watching passers-by. We meet in the late afternoon to return to the hotel and meet in the evening for a sensational dinner in one of Catania’s foodie hot spots. Overnight Catania B/L/D

To discover more of this Pure Food journey contact me for your full itinerary.

Tour Inclusions and Highlights
  • Fully escorted tour with a guide for the 8 days and 7 nights in the beautiful scenic surrounds of Eastern Sicily
  • Fully escorted tour, 11 days, 10 nights in the beautiful scenic surrounds of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
  • Specialised escorted service of Dominique Rizzo, Chef/Author and owner of Pure Food Cooking, Pure Food Wine and Cooking Tours
  • Private Italian Guide for 11 days – also speaks German/English/Spanish
  • Pick up transfer from Catania Airport or your hotel in Catania on the tour start date
  • Transfer to Palermo Airport/train station or hotel in Palermo on the tour finish date
  • Air-conditioned comfortable private bus with our own private driver
  • All accommodation and taxes in 4 and 5-star Hotels/Agriturismo and Spa Resort
  • Souvenir apron, bag, maps, printed recipes, travel hints and tips, Dominique’s contact phone number and name, address and phone numbers of the all the hotels on the tour
  • All Private, escorted visits and tastings
  • Meals – All breakfasts are provided, 8 lunches and 10 dinners are also included, some morning/afternoon teas and aperitives are provided as stated. Where lunches are not provided, morning activities, food tastings and cooking classes are of ample abundance
  • Beverages – All beverages with meals including wine, beer, juice, soft drink, tea and coffee are provided
  • All guided tours as specified in the tour are included
  • All transfers by boat, bus, car, taxi as specified in the tour itinerary are included
  • Admission to all historical sites, galleries and museums mentioned in the itinerary are included
  • Tips for restaurants and Guides

The fee does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Tip for the guide
  • A guide for the 4 days on Salina Island although one can be arranged for you by our office
  • 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
  • Lunches for the duration of Sicilian land tour
  • Lunch and dinners during the Aeolian island tour
  • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • All optional excursions or activities that may be offered in the 4 days on the Salina island and Aeolian Island Options

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, Terms & Conditions

$7,899. Rooms and prices are based on a twin share/ double booking. If you are booking a single room a Single Supplement $1300 is required to be paid.

For detailed terms and conditions about this Sicily tour, visit the Terms and Conditions Page.

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