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.
You'll learn to make couscous from scratch, busiate pasta, and the sauces and pestos that go with both!
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.)
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.
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.
ExperienceSicily.com has more than 3000 posts about Sicily written by Allison and covering her travels throughout the region.
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