Allison Scola

Experience Sicily

Sep 16, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020

Stirring Sicily: Hands-on Cooking & Wine Tour - September 2020


Contact Allison Scola by email at or call 646-281-4324 to register or for more information. 


Delight in hands-on cooking classes, wine tastings of Sicily’s outstanding vintages, and interaction with locals. You’ll learn time-tested recipes of traditional Sicilian dishes while relishing the beauty and enchantment of some of Sicily’s UNESCO sites and hidden communities. We’ll savor moments in Palermo’s vibrant markets, among the trees at an organic olive farm, with singing sheep at a family-run dairy (mmm… fresh ricotta!), and by getting our hands in the dough with home-schooled mammas and trained chefs. Co-hosted by chef Antonino Elia of Lancaster, Penn., you’ll be entertained while having the peace of mind that we’ve taken care of all of the details.

$3,650 per person, double occupancy (Single Supplement $350). Land only. 
8 days, 7 nights
Includes all but one dinner (Includes seven breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners.)

  • Pay in-full by April 15, 2020 and receive $200 off the cost of this tour. 
  • Pay in-full by personal check and receive $125 off the cost of your tour.

Wednesday | Day 1 Sep 16

Arrival at Palermo Airport

Although our tour officially starts on Wednesday, September 16, international flights for Europe and Italy depart the night before. Please plan accordingly.

Flights are not included in the price of this tour; however, Experience Sicily can recommend to you flights and carriers that offer competitive prices and convenient flight routes. Please contact us prior to making your reservations.

If you'd like to arrive in Sicily before our tour officially starts on Wednesday, September 16, we can assist you with your travel planning and reservations. 

Group Transfer from Palermo Airport to Our Inn

Check in at Characteristic Family-Run Inn Outside of Palermo

Depending on Arrival Time, Light Lunch at Inn on Your Own

Tour Orientation Meeting

Group Welcome Dinner at a Local Trattoria

Meal Included for Today: Dinner

Thursday | Day 2 Sep 17

Palermo Market, Street Food, and Culture Tour

Time On Your Own in Palermo's Fascinating Historic Center

Visit UNESCO Recognized Monreale Cathedral with Expert Guide

Dinner as a Group at Local Eatery Near Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday | Day 3 Sep 18

Savor a Cannoli You'll Never Forget

Hands-on Cooking Class in Trapani's Historic Center

You'll learn to make couscous from scratch, busiate pasta, and the sauces and pestos that go with both! 

Walk Among the Salt Flats

Time On Your Own to Explore Castellammare del Golfo

Cork Your Own Bottle at a Winery Tour and Dinner Tasting

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday | Day 4 Sep 19

Meet the Sheep on the Farm with Cheese Making Demonstration and Tasting

Barbecue-Picnic Lunch In the Mountains

A Group Walk In The Forest

Passeggiata in Chef Nino's Hometown: Termini Immerese

Dinner as a Group at a Local Pizzeria

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday | Day 5 Sep 20

Boat Excursion Along the Conco d'Oro Coastline

Casual Lunch As Group Aboard Our Boat

Time and Dinner On Your Own In Cefalù

This evening you'll have time to enjoy the enchanting town of Cefalù on your own. A list of recommended restaurants for dinner will be provided. 

(This dinner is the only meal of the tour not included with your package.)

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Monday | Day 6 Sep 21

Hands-On Cooking Class in Sicily's Agrigento Province

Tour UNESCO Valley of the Temples with Expert Guide

Dinner at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday | Day 7 Sep 22

Cooking Experience with Chef Giuseppe

Farewell Dinner at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wednesday | Day 8 Sep 23

Check out at Characteristic Family-Run Inn Outside of Palermo

Group Transfer to Palermo Airport

Flights Back to USA from Palermo Airport

Arrivederci Sicilia!

Meal Included for Today: Breakfast, if time allows

Information & Documents


Contact Allison Scola by email at or call 646-281-4324 to register or for more information. 

Meet Your Cohost Chef Antonino Elia

Antonino “Nino” Elia is a chef, educator, and food historian with more than 40 years of experience in the kitchen. Nino's roots stem from Sicily, from where as a child in 1972, he emigrated to the U.S. with his parents, two brothers, and sister. His first American job in a pizzeria in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ignited his passion for food and defined his life's work. As a young man he hustled side-by-side with his parents in their own pizzerias and restaurants, and he later he traveled the mid-Atlantic and Florida as a chef, when honed his craft. Nino has owned and operated seven successful restaurants throughout his career and helped launch over twenty establishments for colleagues.

In addition to creating in-home dinner parties and coaching struggling restaurants to success, Nino teaches cooking classes. His knowledge, sense of humor, and endearing personality attract many followers. 

Always curious to learn more, he has spent the last two fall seasons in Sicily working with local chefs to learn traditional recipes and the latest trends in authentic Sicilian and Italian cooking.

About Your Host and Experience Sicily

Allison Scola has been traveling to Sicily regularly since 1996, when at 24 years old, she met her grandmother's sister and her children and grandchildren for the first time. Since the moment she stepped off the train at Palermo's Stazione Centrale, her life has not been the same: she fell in love with Sicily and Sicilians.

Combining more than 20 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, and performing arts with her deep knowledge of Sicily's culture, history, and hidden corners, Allison created Experience Sicily in 2013 with her Sicilian cousin and now business partner Evelina Buttitta. Together, with the mission to delight discerning travelers seeking authentic, locally-seasoned experiences set alongside the region's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Allison and Evelina create unique, personalized itineraries and multi-sensory, small-group tours with the aim to delight their clients with optimal hospitality and service. has more than 3000 posts about Sicily written by Allison and covering her travels throughout the region. 

Tour Dates and Details

  • The tour officially begins with your transfer from Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport on Wed., Sept. 16, 2020 and officially ends with a group transfer to Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Palermo on Wed., Sept. 23, 2020.
  • Flights from the U.S. will depart the night before our tour begins (on Tue., Sept. 15, 2020) and will arrive the morning or early afternoon of Wed., Sept. 16, 2020. Our first group event will the evening of Wed., Sept. 16 at our inn in Santa Flavia, PA. Please plan accordingly. The official conclusion of our tour on Sept. 23, 2020 is with check-out of our inn, and a group transfer to Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport.

What Your Tour Price Includes

  • Tour price includes costs for all excursions, planned entertainment and ticket prices, tour transportation, and all but one dinner (consult day to day description for details).
  • The trip price is for double occupancy and does not include airfare or travel insurance. There is a single supplement fee of $350. If you wish to share a room with someone, we will try to match you with another single on the trip.
  • Tour price does not include international airfare, travel insurance, mini-bar purchases, room service, or personal purchases and gifts.
  • The meals included in the tour price include 2 glasses of wine and/or soft drinks per meal. If you wish to enjoy additional wine or other alcoholic beverages beyond this allotment, you are welcome to purchase them separately from the group’s bill.
  • The cost of this tour does not include travel insurance; however, it is highly recommended that you purchase a comprehensive plan to cover the costs of your airfare, tour, loss of luggage, and medical expenses. Please ask us for quotations for insurance. We can help you purchase it. It is advised to purchase travel insurance within 14 days of purchasing your first trip expenses. 
  • Gratuities are included. Any additional recognition of our drivers, hosts, and guides is at your discretion.

Important Information for Your Tour

  • The boutique nature of this itinerary means that it is subject to change as we get closer to departure. Our objective is to include activities and events that are tailored to our guests’ interests. Therefore, in most cases, changes will enhance your experience, as it is our mission to provide you with the most memorable experience in Sicily.
  • Details about our accommodations will be released once you have paid in full. All information will be emailed to you about 30 days before departure. A complete, printed trip packet with preparation information will be sent via post.
  • Sicily is a large region that requires significant driving. It is also very mountainous and, as a result, has many winding roads. We have designed the itinerary to break up the driving as much as possible, but on some days, long drives will be necessary. If you suffer from motion sickness, please bring motion-sickness medication with you. Please alert Allison Scola as to what will make you most comfortable.
  • You must be in good physical health to enjoy this tour. Although we will not be engaging in physically rigorous excursions, there is a significant amount of walking on various surfaces and types of terrain as well as standing for extended periods of time, especially at archaeological sites. NB Slower travelers may have to self-elect to refrain from various activities so not to inhibit the rest of the group's enjoyment. If you require a cane or similar instrument to walk, please alert Allison Scola prior to registering for the tour. 
  • Please inform us in advance regarding any dietary restrictions, food allergies, physical limitations, and other personal concerns.
  • Photographs or, in some cases, videos of participants of Experience Sicily may be used for educational and promotional purposes by Experience Sicily. Participants expressly consent to this manner of promotional use when reservations are completed.
  • Experience Sicily appreciates constructive criticism and feedback. If you have any suggestions or issues while on the tour, please approach Allison Scola privately to discuss thoughts and solutions.

Responsibility Statement

Scola Communications Solutions, LLC d/b/a Experience Sicily (“Experience Sicily”) acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Experience Sicily, its respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person performing these services. Experience Sicily does not accept responsibility for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, labor strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided.Experience Sicily is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips it arranges. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects. 

Other Important Information

Once you express interest in registering for this tour, a Welcome Letter will be sent to you that explains our cancellation policies and other important notes to consider. 


Contact Allison Scola by email at or call 646-281-4324 to register or for more information.