This is a unique opportunity to explore the history, literature and food of Sicily from ‘the inside’. We will be staying at two wonderful venues. Firstly, in Palermo, we will spend two nights at the last address of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of The Leopard, which is now looked after by his adopted son Gioacchino and wife Nicoletta, (the Duke and Duchess of Palma). The palazzo also holds the museum of the writer’s home and there will be the chance to discuss his life and work with the family. https://www.butera28.it/duke-duchess-lanza-tomasi/
Then, after moving to Agrigento, we will spend four nights at Fattoria Mose, a beautiful agriturismo owned by the family of the author Simonetta Agnello Hornby. Simonetta’s sister Chiara Agnello is a terrific cook and great host. http://www.fattoriamose.com
In Agrigento we will visit the Valley of the Temples and the Kolymbethra Garden and talk about the great Sicilian writers who come from the area, including Luigi Pirandello, Leonardo Sciascia and Andrea Camilleri, author of the Montalbano books.
We think this is the ultimate tour for people interested in the history, literature, culture and food of Sicily and expect it to be a very special week. We think it is a good deal!
Day 1: Friday 31 May
Arrive in Palermo. Meet from 12 noon at Butera 28 Apartments, in the centre of Palermo, in order to check-in and leave luggage. See map (scroll down) https://www.butera28.it/contact/
13.00-13.30. Gentle tour of Vucciria market
13.30 Streetfood lunch.
15.00: Tour of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Palermo.
19.00. Aperitivo in Piazza Verdi
Day 2 Saturday 1 June
8-9 am. Breakfast.
9.am. Tour of Palermo Arab/Norman
12.00pm Streetfood lunch at Antica Focacceria San Francesco
13.00. Tour of Palermo: Baroque
Day 3: Sunday 2 June
8.00-9.00. Breakfast. Depart for Fattoria Mose
11.00-12.00 Arrive at Fattoria Mose http://www.fattoriamose.com
14.30 Talk: ‘Agrigento, then and now’ with Giuseppe Taibi, President FAI (Sicilia).
16.00 Tour of Valley of the Temples/Roman Temple and Kolymbethra Garden with local guide.
Day 4: Monday 3 June
9.00 Talk on Luigi Pirandello.
12.00 Free time.
16.00 Visit to Casa di Pirandello and Centro Storico
Day 5: Tuesday 4 June
9.00 Talk on Leonardo Sciascia
12.00 Free time.
14.30 Visit to Racalmuto and Leonardo Sciascia Foundation, tour of town and aperitivo at Hotel Regalpetra.
Day 6 Wednesday 5 June
9.00: Talk on the history of Sicilian food; speakers from Slow Food Sicilia
16.00 Visit to Scala dei Turchi.
Day 7 Thursday 6 June
9.00-11.00: Free Time.
11.00: Panel discussion: Agrigento: A City of Culture, involving Giuseppe Taibi and others.
The talks are introduced by experienced tutors and local guides will be on hand throughout the week. We collaborate with local associations, including FAI (the Italian equivalent of the National Trust) and Slow Food and you will get many opportunities to meet and discuss Sicily with local people. Nearer the time we will send out a final programme and for those interested suggest some reading. Of course we would recommend everyone reads or re-reads The Leopard!