Frequent Asked Question
How long are the cooking lessons and how are they structured?
Your lessons will range between two and three hours and take place each day. They include the preparation of a starter, main and dessert and with a true passion for cooking, our local chef will ensure that you’ll get the most out of each and every class. Just like the Sicilian cuisine, we make sure that the recipes you’ll learn are tasty but simple. This way, it will be easy for you to recreate the dishes once you are back home.
What type of food will we be cooking?
You’ll learn new techniques and skills, while creating recipes traditional to the region using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dishes you will sample will be different from day to day. Whilst the dishes will vary, one thing is guaranteed: the food will be local and authentic to the Sicilian culture. To find out more about the dishes you will prepare on your cooking holiday, check our social medias.
What level do I have to be at when coming on a cooking holiday?
Guests on our holidays arrive with different abilities which means that you don’t have to be at a certain level. Our inspiring chef will ensure that your individual needs, abilities and learning expectations are met by demonstrating and developing with you appropriate cooking techniques.
How many people will be in my cooking class?
For our cooking holidays, we keep the groups small with a minimum of four and a maximum of ten people per class. This way your teacher can focus on the individual needs in the group and you’ll get the most out of your holiday.
What age group are the people going on your holidays and where are they from?
We tend to have different age groups joining our holidays. As we understand that it is important to be with like minded people we always do our best to match ages so we always make sure that you will be in the same age group as your fellow travellers.
Where are the people going on your holidays from?
Our guests are from all over the world! We are very popular to US and UK travellers but we also have lots of international guests from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
How many people will be in my cooking holiday?
For our cooking holidays, we keep the groups small with a minimum of four and a maximum of ten people per holiday. This way your teacher can focus on the individual needs in the group and you’ll get the most out of your holiday.
Will I feel lonely as a solo traveller or, worse, not have enough time for myself?
The balance of cooking, free time and excursions is just right, and as a solo traveller you will to get to know your fellow guests very easily in very comfortable surroundings. Whether you’re used to travelling alone or simply taking some time out for yourself, our venues are geared towards allowing you to be part of the group when it suits and striking out on your own when you want to.
What other activities will I enjoy on my holiday?
Joining a WhereinSicily holiday is not just a typical tourist experience as we focus on travelling with a purpose and the opportunity to see the authentic Sicily. Our local Italian hosts have lived both in Sicily and abroad, and know exactly what to do to avoid making our guests feel like tourists. They will always be by your side and organise trips to wine tastings, local food producers and market visits, and sites of cultural interest.
What cities am I going to visit on my holiday?
By joining a WhereinSicily holiday you will be able to combine learning the true Sicilian food, and visit the main towns and attractions of the southeast of Sicily. You will be going on day trips to Ortigia Island in Siracusa, visit baroque capital Noto and fishing village Marzamemi, and visit the Val di Noto and its beautiful late baroque architecture in the stunning city of Modica and Scicli.
What culinary tours will I enjoy on my holiday?
By joining a WhereinSicily holiday you will be participating to local culinary tours such as wine tasting in local vineyards, cheese tour in local farms, chocolate tours in Modica and experience gastronomy at its finest with a variety of market tours across the cities that we will be visiting.
Where are we going to meet?
Your WhereinSicily holiday starts in Catania Fontanarossa Airport. Our WhereinSicily transfer will collect you and your fellow guests and take you to our venues where you can meet your chef and start your holiday right away.
What is included in my holiday price?
WhereinSicily all-inclusive holidays include everything you need. Once you’ve paid and booked flights, there’s nothing else to worry about or pay for. All you have to do is arrive at the airport in Sicily and we’ll be there to meet you and transfer you to your villa accommodation with your fellow guests. After that your all-inclusive holiday week or short break includes daily tuition in your chosen activity, delicious meals and wine, and excursions to local places of interest. Your holiday price includes 7 nights accommodation in our gorgeous venues, 4 cooking classes, personal chef and tour leader, all meals and drinks including wine, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, 3 meals at local restaurants, 3 culinary tours of which a wine tasting experience in a local vineyard, a cheese farm experience, and chocolate tour in Modica, round trip airport transfers and all transportation throughout your stay, and a gift box with local produce for you to bring at home.
What is not included in my holiday price?
The only things that we do not include on our holidays are flights, insurance, visa and personal expenses.
What dates are your cooking holidays running?
Our WhereinSicily cooking holidays run from mid April to mid October. Throughout the year, however, we give the chance to guests to design their own private tour with their family and friends, therefore, if you wish to request an ad hoc holiday in Sicily, do not hesitate to contact us. Our calendar with dates and availability is available on this page.
Do I have to pay a Single Supplement?
We have never charged a single holiday supplement and we never will. We did actually promise that we will never penalise single travellers. When you join our WhereinSicily holidays you will have your own private room with ensuite bathroom and plenty of space for you to be relaxed and feeling at home.
Where will I be sleeping in my holiday?
We have two venues which you choose from. Do you like countryside or the historic centre? you can choose between a 19th century traditional villa in Sicily, based near Ragusa, a typical farmhouse (Casale), now refurbished with en-suite rooms, a large pool and a garden, or a 18th century palace in the historical centre of Modica, with a terrace overlooking the town's lower and upper part, a wine cellar and a kitchen carved into the rock.
What is Villa Carmela like?
Villa Carmela is a typical Sicilian farmhouse from the 19th Century. The villa is an oasis of peace located in the countryside of Ragusa, just a few kms from Modica. Its architectural beauties are perfect for those who love peace and quiet before setting out to discover the Val di Noto. The villa has been recently renovated with a luxury but still typical touch, featuring a large pool and a beatiful garden..
What is Boutique Barocca like?
A hotel in the historic centre of a city rich in history and traditions such as Modica, a symbol of elegance, of the Baroque, a Unesco heritage and home of chocolate. An enchanted place to spend your holiday in the best possible way. The doors of an ancient 18th century palace. With a terrace overlooking the city to admire the town's lower and upper part. The wine cellar and the kitchen carved into the rock, are one of a kind experience which you won't be forgetting.
Where in Sicily are the two venues located?
We are based in the southeast of Sicily, across the Val di Noto. This comprises ancient cities such Siracusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Modica, Ragusa and Scicli. The farm Villa Franca is based in the countryside of Modica, Boutique Barocca is based in Modica historic centre.