Connect with local winemakers and top regional chefs, explore ancient Greek ruins and climb Mt Etna—and, of course, dive deep into Ann's personal obsession, pizza, in its birthplace.
Food, art and culinary culture with chef Ann Kim
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Best of Sicily, Siracusa, Mt Etna, Taormina, Naples
Sicily is the stuff of legend, unlike anything you’ve experienced before now. No less than thirteen different empires have ruled the island, each leaving a mark on the land, the people, and the cuisine—a fascinating collision of cultures. This is Italy, so of course the wine is delicious, and the views take in medieval alleys leading to buzzing piazzas bathed in golden sunlight. But Sicily goes deeper. Food and culture are layered over thousands of years of history, a tribute to the Mediterranean Sea and an age-old mix of flavors and cultures, evident in every bite.
With you is award-winning chef and pizza icon, Ann Kim. Eleven years ago, Ann almost bought a Jimmy Johns franchise because she was too scared to start her own restaurant. Then she decided to give it her best shot. “Fuck fear,” she said. “Lesson learned.” Today her three Minneapolis restaurants have topped countless top restaurant lists, and led to her earning a James Beard Award for Best Chef. Ann will join us to uncover the delicious backstory of the world’s greatest foods, from traditional Sicilian pastas and desserts to the freshest seafoods and, of course, pizza. We’ll meet vintners and cheesemakers, street artists and top local chefs, we’ll hike to vineyards perched atop a mighty volcano with sweeping views of the Ionian sea, as we go deep in the story behind what makes southern Italy so deliciously unforgettable.
If you want to venture into iconic Italy, but do it like a local, this is the trip for you. Mouthwatering flavors, beautiful beaches and soaring scenery—and that’s only the beginning. We promise, you’ll never see a pizza slice—or Italy—the same way again.
We’ll be in the literal birthplace of pizza, the home of world-class wines and the freshest seafood—and we’ll try it all!
In the finest accommodations—palatial seafront hotels and noble rural villas, all perfectly located.
Ann Kim's obsession is pizza. All three of her Minneapolis restaurants are popular not-just-pizzerias that mix in Korean influences like kimchi, chili and banchan. Ann earned a James Beard Award for "Best Chef" in 2019.
“I’ve spent the last 11 years dedicated to the art of pizza making. Now I get to experience the birthplace of pizza for the first time—that’s frickin’ amazing!” —Ann Kim
“If my work has made what's been a traditionally narrow path a little bit more inclusive, that will be my greatest achievement.” —Ann Kim
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Authentic, lovingly curated accommodations—we’ll relax and unwind under the gaze of a volcano in Sicily, and feel like we’re part of the vibrant story of Naples
In Sicily, even post offices are palaces. You’ll feel that fully, entering this magnificent, palatial former post office from 1920 in the perfect spot in historic Siracusa. It’s a joy to stay here. Sprawling rooms are decked with fine Italian designs, lounges have expansive views of the Mediterranean coastline—and Siracusa’s iconic monuments, shops and restaurants are just footsteps away.
Set at the foot of Mt Etna, this intimate, 13-room hotel is made from a luxurious mansion dating from the early 1700s that makes any guest feel like a Sicilian noble returning home. The chic rustic feel benefits from wood beam ceilings in its alluring interiors—the perfect place to set up while exploring the area’s best wineries and a hike up an active volcano.
Filled with antiques, modern art and Liberty stained glass, this 19th-century, neoclassical villa is the perfect spot for a base right in the historic center of vibrant Naples. Most rooms come with terraces, others face the courtyard pool, and lovely staff serve wonderful breakfasts in the oasis-like courtyard.
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Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; internal flight from Sicily to Naples; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Our adventure begins in Catania, Italy, at the Il Principe Hotel. The closest airport is Catania's Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. On our last day, the closest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP) in Naples, Italy. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12pm or later from NAP airport.
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
For solo travelers, there is a $1,575 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
You may cancel on or before May 9, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 10, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 8, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.
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