Easter in Sicily: Talks, Tours and Tastings. 13-19 April 2017

This week will offer a fascinating insight into Sicily’s rich culture at a time of traditional Easter festivities. We will be staying at the wonderful Edone agriturismo, deep in the Alcantara valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and within easy travelling distance of Messina, Taormina, Etna and Catania. The week will be a mixture of talks on Sicilian history and literature, nature and cultural tours to Etna, Taormina and Catania and food and wine tastings, including the renowned red wines from Etna. In addition, Edone itself has great accommodation and food, a swimming pool and a friendly environment and there will be plenty of time to enjoy its tranquillity.

Talks, Tours and Tastings: £545

Accommodation (6 nights), buffet lunch and dinner:

Euro €420 doubles per person

Euro €510 single occupancy


Geoff Andrews

Geoff Andrews is a writer and academic. He has written two books on Italy (‘Not a Normal Country’ and ‘The Slow Food Story’) as well as other books on British history, including most recently The Shadow Man: at the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle. In 2015 he founded Sicily Unlimited, which has the purpose of exploring Sicily’s rich history and culture through talks and summer schools and to promote sustainable links with local people and associations.

Francesca Marchese

Francesca Marchese is a London-based Sicilian journalist and the founder of SicilyCulture, which organises and promotes events on Sicilian film, food and features to a diverse community of Londoners. She helped establish Cinema Italia UK in 2014 and used her knowledge of Sicilian film to introduce the work of Sicilian directors to British audiences. Previously she spent a decade in Sicily as a TV reporter, with an interest in current affairs and migration.

Thursday 13 April

1-4pm. Arrival at Edone agriturismo,
Aperitivo and dinner.

18.00: Aperitivo

19.30: Dinner. Welcome to Alcantara with Salvatore Romano.

After Dinner: ‘Writers Inspired by Sicily’: Geoff Andrews and Francesca Marchese

Friday 14 April

9-10. Breakfast.

10.00. Nature trail.

1pm. Lunch

Pm. Visit to traditional Easter Venerdi Santo (Good Friday) procession in Francavilla di Sicilia.

8pm. Dinner

Saturday 15 April

9-10. Breakfast.

10.00 Etna Trip with local vulcanologist and visit to Firriato Vineyards for lunch and Etna wine-tasting.

8.30pm. Dinner

Sunday 16 April

Sunday 16 April
9-10. Breakfast.

10.00. The Leopard and the history of Sicily. D.H.Lawrence and Sicily. The Inspiration for Lady Chatterley’s Lover and other writings. Daphne Phelps and Casa Cuseni.

1pm. Lunch.

2pm Free afternoon. Cookery classes optional.

8pm. Dinner

Monday: 17 April

10.00..Talk on three Sicilian writers: Leonardo Sciascia, Elio Vittorini (Conversations in Sicily) and Vitaliano Brancati (Don Giovanni in Sicilia)
1pm.Pasquetta (Easter Monday) Picnic’ (lunch).

4pm. Visit to Taormina and Fontana Vecchia, the former house of D.H.Lawrence

9pm. Dinner

Tuesday 18 April

9-10. Breakfast.

10.00: A History of Sicilian food.

1pm. Lunch

4pm. Visit to local Slow Food producers (in association with Slow Food Sicilia). Granita tasting. Olive Oil Tasting. Sicilian cookery class (optional).

8pm. Dinner

Wednesday 19 April

8.30-9.00. Breakfast

9.00. Visit Catania for tour of Centro Storico, including fish market.

1pm. Lunch.

Pm. Depart.

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