Greek temples, Baroque cities, great museums—Sicily is justly renowned for all these. But of course, there is more: the life of the island, its cuisine, and its spectacular spring wildflowers. With author and lecturer Olivier Bernier, we invite our members to explore all of this and more with behind-the-scenes art visits and festive group dining experiences.
What to Expect
Joining us on this distinctive trip with lecturer Olivier Bernier will be Mary Taylor Simeti, the well-known author of On Persephone’s Island and other books on Sicily. She will tell us all about the life, the food, the customs and the flowers—the very essence of this beautiful island.
Ours will be a visit in depth. As we move from the Greek monuments of Syracuse and Segesta to the Norman glories of Palermo and Monreale, we will relive Sicilian history. We will stop at Piazza Armerina to see its spectacular Roman villa; we will place ourselves in the age of the Baroque—especially exuberant here—as we look at Noto, Ragusa and Modica. Everywhere the island will be awash with wildflowers that so excited the travelers of the Grand Tour.
Then, there will be the cuisine and the wine, varying as we move from site to site. Mary Simeti, who has written about Italian cuisine for the New York Times, will comment on the island’s magnificent cuisine which, like its art and architecture, reflects the unique palimpsest that is Sicily.
WhenApril 17-28, 2018
Length12 days / 11 nights
Type of TravelerArt Lovers , Foodies , Intellectuals