Shared by Academic Travel Abroad’s Program Director, Emma Impavido.
My recent R & D trip to Sicily certainly didn’t feel like work because I was pampered with the best Italy had to offer! The primary focus of my trip was to prepare for a Times Journey culinary tour this Fall called Cooking with the Sicilians. As a Program Director, it is my responsibility to ensure the itinerary goes above and beyond what our travelers expect. To do this, I make sure each stop is as delightful as the next.
During my site visits, I marveled at the endless citrus groves and I reveled in the perfume and sweet taste of mandarins picked freshly from the tree. I drooled over the best fish I have ever tasted and then became a connoisseur of Sicilian sweets and pastries, particularly cannoli.
I also met some wonderful people who opened their hearts and homes to share their passion for Sicilian food and the love of their land. Learning about the food, seeing where it is grown, sampling traditional and innovative approaches to local dishes all made this experience a fascinating insight into the Sicilian culture that our travelers will enjoy this Fall.
We will begin the trip with a visit to Corfilac to witness the cheese-making process then stop at the oldest family-run chocolate manufacturer in Sicily. Then our travelers will enjoy a private wine and olive oil tour on a Sicilian Estate. We will have time to explore the winding streets and magnificent Baroque architecture, stop and savor the flavorful foods and delightful wines of the land, and attend cooking lessons given by famous Sicilian chefs.
Professionally and personally this was a delicious trip. I’m confident that our travelers will have a memorable tour here later this year! There are a few spots left! Visit Times Journeys- Cooking with the Sicilians