Sicily & Naples with Ann Kim
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The Southern Italy Experience
Immerse yourself in the food, art and culture of Sicily and Naples with chef Ann Kim
September 6 - 12, 2021
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7 days, 6 nights
Best of Sicily, Siracusa, Mt Etna, Taormina, Naples
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Sicily is unlike anything you’ve experienced before now. 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, from Byzantine to North African, evident in every bite.
Our journey comes with unbeatable company: award-winning chef and pizza expert, Ann Kim. She’ll 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. You’ll find mouthwatering flavors and soaring scenery—and that’s only the beginning. This is an adventure to the birthplace of pizza, a journey of food and culture across Sicily and Naples. Immerse yourself in the true Italian experience. We promise, you’ll never see a pizza slice—or Italy—the same way again.
We’ll be in the literal birthplace of pizza, home of world-class wines and the freshest seafood—and we’ll try it all!
Ancient Greek ruins, medieval villages and hillside churches, the glory of a star-lit night under the gaze of Mt Etna
With local winemakers, artists and chefs who have honed their craft and want to share their passion with us
In the finest accommodations—artful palatial hotels and noble rural villas, perfectly located
3 Reasons to Travel with Ann Kim
Ann Kim breaks most every rule in the restaurant business except one: “I make the food I like.” Ann's obsession is pizza. She opened Pizzeria Lola in South Minneapolis in 2010, following up with Hello Pizza and Young Joni. All three restaurants are popular not-just-pizzerias that mix in Korean influences like kimchi, chili and banchan. Ann was the first woman, and person of color, from Minneapolis to win the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest.
After living in New York, Ann moved back to Minneapolis but missed those iconic slices. So she studied under Tony Gemignani, a 13-time world pizza champion, in San Francisco. Pizzeria Lola was the result—and just the beginning!
Ann’s taken the distinctive flavors of her Korean heritage and applied them in unexpected ways. Think pizza with kimchi or a bold and funky Korean inspired meatball sub.
She's Not Stopping
With three of Minneapolis' most beloved restaurants under her belt, Ann will soon open her fourth, Sooki & Mimi. We can’t wait to see how she keeps melding meticulous craft and Korean influence to make mind-blowing food.
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.
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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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What does the price include?
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.
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 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.
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 $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.
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.
What is the cancellation policy?
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.