Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Approximately 6 Hours
Blessed with an all-consuming passion for good food? Wonderful! This epicurean outing is designed just for you. Visit the Villa Trinità Estate to explore Sicilian cuisine -- a literal melting-pot of Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences. Married with a bounty of local fish and home-grown vegetables, these create a delicious culinary culture.
Make your pilgrimage to Villa Trinità in the town of Mascalucia, six miles north of Catania and perched on the slopes of Mount Etna. Roman famers once tilled the soil here, before it was buried under volcanic lava during the 1382 eruption. Centuries later, the Bonajuto family purchased the land and the 17th-century villa and, today, the soil has blossomed with new life.
You'll meet the owners of the estate and tour the garden, which boasts a large collection of palm trees, succulents, flowers, shrubs, exotic fruit trees and a citrus grove. The, join Salvatore and his wife, Donna Maria, for a cooking demonstration. Many time-honored Sicilian recipes are influenced by the island's various conquerors and thus include rice, saffron, raisins, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, pine nuts, cinnamon and olives.
Enjoy a lunch in the villa's relaxing garden setting and, if time permits, relax around the private swimming pool in the quiet of the Barone Bonajuto Estate, accompanied by hearty Etna wine and lively conversation.
Take home wonderful memories and a recipe that you can share with friends and family.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.