The School

You will be cooking, dining, wining, relaxing, having fun and sleeping in the splendid restored Sicilian Villa Palamara right on the Tyrrhenian Sea a few kilometers from Cefalù

Our Courses

Our leisure totally hands-on cooking classes include the preparation of a multi-course meal. Our English speaking chef Antonio will teach you traditional Sicilian techniques of cooking and the history of each recipes! We only use local and fresh products and our extra virgin olive oil. Our guests get to prepare from scratch a complete meal consisting of 4 courses: appetizer, fresh pasta dough, main course with side dish and dessert.

The Manna

A very few producers of Manna still exist in the entire world and they all are exclusively in the towns of Pollina and Castelbuono, in the heart of the Madonie Mountain. But what is Manna?

Our Excursions

The itinerary of our Sicilian culinary vacations includes excursions to some of the "must" while in Sicily - Taormina, Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù - and to the splendid medieval towns and villages of the Madonie Mountain - Castelbuono, Collesano and Pollina - with time for shopping and visits to local producers of biological cheese, cakes, Manna and wine. And ... you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of Cefalù and Pollina

In 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Johann Wolfgand von Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his responsibilities and the agonies of unrequited love. As he travelled to Venice, Rome, Naples and Sicily he wrote many letters, which he later used as the basis for the Italian Journey. A journal full of fascinating observations on art and history, and the plants, landscape and the character of the local people he encountered. Well, he wrote: "TO HAVE SEEN ITALY WITHOUT HAVING SEEN SICILY IS NOT TO HAVE SEEN ITALY AT ALL, FOR SICILY IS THE CLUE FOR EVERYTHING"