Rome & Sicily with Steven Satterfield

September 15 - 23, 2023 | Join Waitlist Below

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Italy's Heart & Soul

The ultimate culinary & cultural deep-dive with Chef Steven Satterfield

September 15 - 23, 2023

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9 Days, 8 Nights

The very best of Rome and Sicily from Taormina and Mt Etna to Siracusa and Palermo

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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.

Go Deeper

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.

Renaissance Man

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.

Your Experience

“In Italy, there's so much delicious raw material: the seafood, olive oils, even the pistachios are some of the best in the world. ”
Steven Satterfield

Rome, Taormina, Siracusa, Palermo

“I'm excited to share some of my favorite spots in Rome, and my favorite Sicilian wines.”
Steven Satterfield

Day by Day

Day 1: Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! We’ll slip right into the teeming street life of Italy’s capital on a foodie walking tour with Steven’s close friend Katie Parla, author of award-winning cookbook Tasting Rome. Together with Katie, we’ll visit and taste at off-the-beaten-path bakeries, covered markets and gelaterias, and try Italy’s finest pizza by the slice (sorry, Naples!) in Rome’s former Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere neighborhoods.

We’ll have time to relax back at our hotel before meeting up for cocktails with Steven, followed by dinner at one of Steven’s all-time Rome favorites, Rimessa Roscioli. This traditional trattoria is run by one of Rome’s famous baking families — and it’s the perfect celebration of Rome’s classic dishes.

We’ll end the day with the ultimate when-in-Rome adventure: zipping around the city in classic, candy-colored Fiat 500s. Some three million of these iconic little beauties were produced between 1957 and 1975, and nothing could be more quintessentially la dolce vita than this very special nighttime excursion.

Day 1: Rome Highlights

  • Food tour with Katie Parla
  • Dinner at Rimessa Roscioli
  • Fiat 500 night tour
  • Stay at Anantara Pallazo Naidi

Day 2: Rome

After breakfast we’ll meet back up with Katie, who’ll take us to some of Rome’s most storied attractions — Palatine Hill, the Forum, the Pantheon and (time permitting) Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps — guiding us through ancient Rome’s palatial and civic spaces. Our path will take us through olive groves and gardens teeming with wild herbs, a feast for all the senses.

The afternoon is ours to explore Rome’s backstreets and caffè-lined squares, before diving into two of Italy’s greatest culinary gifts: pizza and gelato. We’ll tackle gelato first, hands-on, learning every step in the process from sourcing ingredients to mixing techniques. While our gelato sets in the freezer, we’ll turn to pizza, crafting and rolling out our own dough and selecting just the right toppings: perhaps a mix of zucchini blossoms and artichoke, or spicy salami and Sicilian peppers — or whatever fresh, delicious ingredients capture our imagination.

Day 2: Rome Highlights

  • Rome walking tour with Katie Parla
  • Hands-on gelato making
  • Hands-on pizza dinner
  • Stay at Anantara Pallazo Naidi

Day 3: Rome to Sicily

We’ll be up bright and early this morning for the short flight to Sicily, landing in Catania on the island’s east coast. We’ll head straight to the dock, where we’ll meet up with a local fisherman to examine the catch of the day. Steven will wrangle enough fresh seafood to take to our next stop, the rustic Trattoria Vuciata, where he and the chef will prepare our lunch with an emphasis on classic Sicilian flavors.

After lunch we’re off to Taormina, pearl of the Mediterranean, to explore on foot starting with its ancient Greek amphitheater, overhanging the crashing surf below. From our perch at arguably the world’s most famous outdoor theater, the views of the bay of Giardini Naxos to the south, and mainland Italy to the north, are spectacular. 

Relax and explore our hotel’s grounds, nestled among the foothills of Mount Etna, before settling in for dinner. Every single dish on the menu, from the wild fennel risotto to the rabbit, features ingredients from the property’s abundant gardens.

Day 3: Rome to Sicily Highlights

  • Flight to Catania
  • Fish market tour
  • Trattoria lunch with Steven
  • Stay at Monaci Della Terre Nerre

Day 4: Mt Etna & Around

After breakfast we’ll head out to visit majestic Mount Etna, an active volcano that towers almost 11,000 feet over the island — and occasionally glows red with lava! We’ll meet a local shepherd and sample his homemade ricotta, then head to one of the area’s vineyards, I Custodi dei Vigni. Steven is a longtime fan of the wines produced here, on the slopes of Mt Etna, once Sicily’s most important wine-producing region. Heritage vines clamber up the volcano’s slopes to an altitude of over 3,000 feet, producing delicate whites and intense, fruit-forward rosés and reds.

Following our tasting, we’ll sit down to a family-style lunch under the benevolent eye of Le Mamme del Borgo, a collective of local grandmothers who will teach us how to knead the ancient flours into a supple pasta dough for our maccarruni, a typical Sicilian pasta that’s traditionally rolled by hand and served in a wild boar sauce.

We’ll feast on our handmade pasta with grilled meats Steven has prepared for us over an open fire. Dessert is a tasting course courtesy of pastry chef and granita maker Giovanna Muscumeci from nearby Randazzo. Granita is now famous world-wide, but it was invented here, on the slopes of Etna, using ice from the volcano’s summit.

Day 4: Mt Etna & Around Highlights

  • Mt Etna cheese & wine tastings
  • Pasta workshop & lunch with Steven
  • Granita tasting with Giovanna Muscumeci
  • Stay at Monaci Della Terre Nerre

Day 5: Siracusa

We’ll head for Siracusa today, wending our way across the island to this 2,700-year-old seaside wonder that’s an intricate blend of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and North African influences.

Siracusa’s ancient heart is the island of Ortigia; we’ll dive in on a walking tour of its cobblestone alleyways — crowded with markets and temples, castles and churches, tucked around every corner. Then we’ll head to Tenuta Cavasecca for a visit to its olive groves and the ancient temple that now houses vats of freshly pressed oil as it rests after harvesting and milling. Finally, we’ll head to the ancient hall for a tasting of this liquid gold, followed by a family lunch straight from the garden.

We’ll have time to rest back at our hotel, and explore the sprawling grounds of this beautifully restored baglio (fortified farm), before reconvening for dinner and a nightcap with Steven.

Day 5: Siracusa Highlights

  • Ortigia market visit
  • Olive estate visit and tasting
  • Dinner & nightcap with Steven
  • Stay at Baglio Occhipinti

Day 6: Ragusa & Modica

Ragusa, the City of Bridges, is a harmonious jumble of Greek and Roman ruins, Arab neighborhoods, ancient monasteries, Baroque churches and endless beaches. We’ll explore the old town of this UNESCO World Heritage site, squeezing our way into the warren of tiny medieval streets leading up to the magnificent Cathedral Square.

In the afternoon we’re off to Modica. It’s hard to know whether Modica is more famous for its chocolate or its beautifully preserved caves and catacombs — both are stunning. We’ll visit a cioccolateria and sample its wares, picking up a few favorites to add to our stockpile for tonight’s dinner, courtesy of Steven.

We’ll have the option of playing sous-chef for tonight’s feast, selecting vegetables and herbs from the hotel garden, then rolling up our sleeves and assisting Steven to craft a menu celebrating many of the market ingredients he’s foraged over the past week. One thing we know for sure: today’s chocolate will make its way into a special cannolu, the quintessentially Sicilian dessert better known to us as cannoli.

Day 6: Ragusa & Modica Highlights

  • Ragusa walking tour
  • Modica chocolate tasting
  • Dinner prepared by Steven
  • Stay at Baglio Occhipinti

Day 7: Agrigento & Palermo

We’re off to Palermo this morning, stopping along the way in Agrigento. This former Greek colony was established in the 6th century BC and was a leading city-state in the Mediterranean world. Agrigento’s magnificent Doric temples dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact among acres of olive, pistachio, almond and fruit trees. We’ll drink in the sumptuous beauty of the gardens over an al fresco lunch.

Palermo, the former capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, is one of the most dynamic cities in the Mediterranean. We’ll have some downtime and then meet for dinner at our hotel, a gracious Belle Epoque space with views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, showcasing timeless Sicilian dishes and flavors

Day 7: Agrigento & Palermo Highlights

  • Transfer to Palermo
  • Agrigento exploration & picnic
  • Dinner at Villa Igiea
  • Stay at Villa Igiea

Day 8: Palermo

There’s no better introduction to freewheeling Palermo than the colorful Capo market; even better, experiencing it in the company of Nicoletta Polo, a Sicilian duchess who will share stories of Palermo life as we wander the stalls, listening to the singsong calls of vendors and inhaling an intoxicating swirl of aromas: the sharp tang of Sicilian citrus fruits, fragrant sesame-seed loaves pulled from a wood-fired oven, savory arancini (fried rice balls) and thick slices of sfincione topped with  sweet tomato sauce.

We’ll meet the duchess again tonight at our farewell dinner at Palazzo Lanza Tomasi, the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the iconic novel The Leopard. Nestled in the heart of Kalsa, the old Arab quarter, this 18th-century palace overlooks Palermo’s stunning seafront, its terraces and courtyards a tapestry of hanging gardens perfumed with subtropical essence. It’s the perfect setting for our farewell banquet, as we raise a glass to toast Steven, our new friends and our adventure together.

Day 8: Palermo Highlights

  • Capo market & Palermo city tour
  • Farewell dinner at Palazzo Lanza Tomasi
  • Stay at Villa Igiea

Day 9: Palermo

Arrivederci Sicilia! We’re off this morning after nine immersive days of adventure and culinary adventure. After breakfast we’ll say ciao to Steven, and to each other, knowing the memory of our adventure together will live in our hearts forever! We’ll organize a group transfer to Palermo’s PMO airport for flights to mainland Italy and beyond.

Day 9: Palermo Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Palermo's PMO airport

Where We Sleep

Beautifully curated accommodations—we’ll relax under the gaze of a volcano in Sicily, and feel like we’re part of the vibrant story of Rome

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi


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 Nere

Zafferana 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.

Baglio Occhipinti


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.

Villa Igiea


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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

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