Rome & Sicily with Anthony Falco
September 14 — 23, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Italy's Heart & Soul
The ultimate culinary & cultural deep-dive with Anthony Falco
September 14 - 23, 2024
One exclusive departure — likely to sell out, reserve your spot
10 Days, 9 Nights
The very best of Rome and Sicily, from Taormina and Mt Etna and Palermo
You haven’t even reached the secondi, and already the table brims with food. Before you, chilled bottles of natural wine vie for space between plates of handmade bucatini and lasagnetta stippled with porcini and herbs. You would have never guessed such a feast awaited inside this family-run osteria, but here in Italy, magic resides in the most unassuming of places. All week has been a celebration of the country’s time-honored flavors and impeccable craft. You’ve shared stories and laughed alongside Sicilian cheesemakers, savored impeccable wines from the slopes of Mount Etna and dined on the freshest, just-caught seafood in Catania. This is Italy like you’ve always dreamed of, an experience made richer by the kindred spirits at the table and the company of a humble artisan at the pinnacle of his craft.
Joining us on this incredible journey is the one and only Anthony Falco, the former “Pizza Czar” of Brooklyn’s Roberta’s and the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic pizza joints. As a restaurant consultant, Anthony’s helped build pizza programs in more than 20 different countries, bringing his passion for natural fermentation and artisanal ingredients to kitchens across the globe. His favorite destination of all? Italy, of course. Anthony’s family hails from Sicily and many of the chefs, artisans, and producers there are his closest friends and relatives. To travel with him here is to travel with family; intimate and profoundly personal.
If you like your food and culture layered over thousands of years of history, this trip is for you. From the buzz of Rome’s markets to starlit nights in the shadow of Mt. Etna, serene al fresco picnics to lively pizza dinners, we’ll explore Rome and Sicily from every angle, tasting everything as we go.
With local winemakers, artists, and chefs in the heart of Rome and the backroads of Sicily
Ancient Greek ruins, medieval villages, breezy olive groves, and heritage vines
World-class wines, delicate pastas, and the freshest seafood—we’ll try it all!
In the finest accommodations—palatial hotels and noble rural villas, all perfectly located
3 Reasons to Travel with Anthony Falco
There is nobody who knows pizza quite like Anthony Falco. The former “Pizza Czar” of Brooklyn's Roberta’s now operates a wildly successful restaurant consulting business, helping to grow cutting-edge pizza programs from the ground up in more than 20 countries. He's also sort of the person to travel with in Italy. From his longtime amici Marco in Rome to his cousin Veronica in Sicily, many of the country’s up-and-coming artisans and producers are Anthony's closest friends and relatives.
Driven to Create
Art is a major part of Anthony’s life. He once described his desire to create as a “compulsion,” and you’ll even find a few of his illustrations gracing the pages of Pizza Czar, his award-winning cookbook.
Zest for History
Anthony devours history books, trying to learn as much about the places he visits as he can. His passion for the past extends to food as well—he’s fascinated by ancient ingredients and traditions.
Anthony’s built his career on a deep respect for artisanal craftsmanship. When sourcing ingredients like flour and mozzarella for clients, he opts for small operations that do things the hard (read: sustainable) way.
The Sina Bernini Bristol has long been esteemed as a symbol of opulent hospitality in the Eternal City for over 140 years. Nestled in the core of Baroque Rome, amidst Italian fashion and La Dolce Vita, it proudly stands as the sole 5-star luxury hotel on Piazza Barberini, a picturesque square mere steps away from the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
Monaci delle Terre NereZafferana Etnea
This exquisite boutique hotel is perched high on the eastern skirts of Mt Etna, forged out of an old palmento (wine estate) lovingly restored to traditional splendor, down to its chestnut flooring and lava-stone walls. The property boasts its own 15-acre winery, and its in-house restaurant draws heavily from the gardens. This is rustic living at its finest.
Villa Athena stands as the sole 5-star hotel within the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Just 200 meters from the Temple of Concordia, an exquisite example of Doric art from the 5th century B.C., Villa Athena has witnessed the harmonious coexistence of nature, art, and beauty for over 2,500 years in the divine surroundings.
This immaculately restored palazzo is a fever dream of turrets, colonnades and classical statues, spilling out onto terraces overlooking the sparkling Tyrrhenian sea. For more than a century the Belle Epoque property has attracted A-List celebrities; today, after a top-to-bottom remodel by renowned interior designer Olga Polizzi, there’s nowhere grander on the entire island.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Nine nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Rome to Sicily; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; 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.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), where we’ll transfer to Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Hotel in Rome, Italy. Our adventure ends in Palermo, Italy. The closest airport is Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino (PMO) airport. Your flight should be scheduled to depart at 12pm or later from PMO airport.
What travel documents are needed?
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.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
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.
Who is leading this trip?
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.
Do I need travel insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before May 17, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 18, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 16, 2024 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).