September 16 – 24, 2018
This exclusive nine-day journey delves into the history and cuisine of Sicily. Meet with artisans and chefs to explore Sicilian cooking, from olive farmers and cheesemakers to Michelin-starred chefs. Soak in the long history of the region, from Baroque architecture to ancient ruins.
Sicily is equally well known for its history as its cuisine. Learn how the different civilizations have influenced the flavors of this island, a crossroad in the Mediterranean. Meet with traditional cheese and chocolate makers, seafood merchants, vintners, olive farmers and other artisans to sample every aspect of traditional Sicilian cooking. Learn from professional chefs how the region’s best cooks are pushing the boundaries of their cuisine while staying true to its core. Experience the long history of Sicily while exploring the streets of Ragusa, Noto, Catania and a host of others, accompanied by one of the world’s renowned food writers.
Fred Plotkin is one of the world’s foremost experts on everything Italian, particularly that nation’s contributions to culture and civilization. In addition to majoring in Italian Renaissance history in the USA, he studied opera production at the DAMS conservatory (Italy’s Juilliard) of the University of Bologna. Later, as a Fulbright Scholar, he worked at the La Scala opera house in Milan. He is the author of seven books on Italian topics, five of which relate to the magnificent food and wine traditions of Italy. His Italy for the Gourmet Traveler is the most complete food travel book to Italy. Fred lectures on Italian topics at the University of Oxford and teaches Italian opera at NYU. For his services to spreading Italian culture, the president of Italy made Fred a Cavaliere (the Italian equivalent of a knighthood) in 2015.
Day 1: Ragusa: Welcome to Sicily
Arrive at Catania Airport in Sicily and be met by a Times Journeys representative. Transfer to your hotel, settle in and get to know your Times expert as well as your fellow Times travelers at a welcome reception.
Day 3: Ragusa: Cheese and Architecture
Donnafugata Resort This five-star resort is a short drive from the historic center of Ragusa.
Grand Hotel Ortigia Located in the town’s historic center, the hotel features a private beach with easy access to the marina.
NH Collection Taormina
The 5-star NH Collection Taormina Hotel is in the heart of beautiful Taormina, the famed city on Sicily’s eastern coastline.