Rome & Sicily with Steven Satterfield
September 15 - 23, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Italy's Heart & Soul
The ultimate culinary & cultural deep-dive with Chef Steven Satterfield
September 15 - 23, 2023
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
9 Days, 8 Nights
The very best of Rome and Sicily from Taormina and Mt Etna to Siracusa and Palermo
Thousands of feet above the world, you breathe in the crisp Mediterranean air and gaze at the crashing surf below. You’re in Sicily, ancient island kingdom that’s been ruled by 13 empires, each of which has left its own enduring cultural footprint. You’ve already strolled ancient amphitheaters redolent with flowering orange blossom and bergamot, wandered market stalls and learned the fine art of gelato-making. Now you’re meeting a shepherd to sample cheese produced by his flock grazing just outside, before heading to a centuries-old vineyard on the slopes of a volcano for a flight of reds unlike any you’ve ever tasted. This is the true essence of Italy.
Your host on this grand adventure is Steven Satterfield, award-winning chef and the powerhouse behind Atlanta’s Miller Union. Known in foodie circles as the “Vegetable Shaman,” Steven is all about root-to-leaf cooking. Italian cuisine and wine are also passions; he’s a frequent traveler to Rome and absolutely obsessed with the wines produced from the slopes of Mt Etna in from Sicily. Our trip with Steven is no mere vacation — it’s a cultural and culinary exploration in some of Italy’s most storied regions.
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 glamorous Belle Epoque palace 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, a star-lit night under the gaze of Mt Etna
World-class wines, delicate pastas and the freshest seafood — and we’ll try it all!
In the finest accommodations — palatial hotels and noble rural villas, all perfectly located
3 Reasons to Travel with Steven Satterfield
Steven is an advocate for preserving stories and heritage of American Southern cooking, but his passion for sustainable storytelling runs deeper than his Georgia roots. From learning the rituals of eating offal in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood to wandering centuries-old vineyards on the slopes of Sicily's Mt Etna, Steven is ready to show us the beauty and resilience of some Italy’s time-tested gastronomic traditions.
Steven has a background in classical music, and he studied architecture at Georgia Tech. In the '90s he even toured the US with his dream pop band, Seely. His love of design, food, and music shows in every detail of his award-winning restaurant, Miller Union, and cookbooks, Root to Leaf and Vegetable Revelations (forthcoming in April 2023).
Root to Leaf
Steven makes the most from every part of the plant, which he dubs “root to leaf” — a playful riff on “nose to tail.” His cookbook of the same name was an IACP First Book (Julia Child Award) and a James Beard Foundation Award nominee.
Force for Good
Steven serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta, started the Atlanta local network of Chefs Collaborative, and is an active member of Georgia Organics and the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Anantara Palazzo NaiadiRome
More than 2,000 years of Roman history are here in one gorgeous space. Ancient ruins of the baths of Diocletian are visible beneath the property's glass floors, and there’s no more quintessentially Roman setting than the hushed, soaring lobby. The hotel has every comfort you'd expect, and some that are wonderfully unexpected (like sunset cocktails at the poolside rooftop bar).
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.
This ancient, family-run baglio (fortified farm) is centered around a gracious manor house and 300-year-old citrus groves. It's a perfect home base to explore Siracusa and beyond. Meals are prepared over open flame in the enormous scullery fireplace, and culinary-minded guests are welcome to roll up their sleeves and join in the fun.
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 $2,000 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?
Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Rome to Sicily; private travel for all day trips and excursions; 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.
What does the price not include?
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.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins in Rome, Italy, at the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Hotel. The closest airport is Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. On our last day, 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 $2,500 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 18, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 19, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 17, 2023 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).