Introducing Sicily - A course for all
  • No prior knowledge of Sicily needed – just a passion for learning more about this beautiful and fascinating island! We will tailor the course to your needs and interests.
  • The course will be a two hour session and will include film clips, food tastings and readings.
  • £40.00 per person.

You can choose your time in consultation with the tutors and select from the following topics. You tell us what you would like and we will tailor it to your interests. You may be travelling to Sicily in the near future or you may just have an interest in learning more about the island. If you want more than two hours, then just let us know and this can also be arranged. We will find a suitable venue which suits both students and tutors.

  • A history of the island as seen through the novel ‘The Leopard’.
  • A History of Sicilian food…with tastings… Arancini, Cannoli and Caponata
  • Sicily on Film – Cinema Paradiso and other classics.
  • A Sicilian wine-tasting.
  • Montalbano and friends – clips, characters and recipes.

In the meantime if you want to read more about Sicily we suggest the following:
Joseph Farrell: Sicily a Cultural History (Signal Books 2012)
Matthew Fort: Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons (Ebury Press 2008)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard (Vintage 2007)
John Julius Norwich: Sicily (John Murray 2015)
Mary Taylor Simetti: Bitter Almonds ( Bantam 2002)
Jeremy Dummett: Palermo,:City of Kings (IB Tauris 2015)
Jeremy Dummett: Syracuse City of Legends (IB Tauris 2010)
Norman Lewis: In Sicily (Jonathan Cape 2000)
Peter Robb: Midnight in Sicily (The Harvill Press 1998)
Elio Vittorini: Conversations in Sicily (Canongate 2003)
Plus of course the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri…

The Tutors

Francesca Marchese is a freelance Sicilian journalist, the co-founder of Cinema Italia UK, and has written for The Guardian, the Gambero Rosso and other newspapers.


Geoff Andrews is a writer and academic, author of The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure (2008), and the founder of Sicily Unlimited. His new book is The Shadow Man (2015).




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