Sicily & Naples with Elizabeth Falkner
September 4 - 12, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heart & Soul of Italy
A culinary and cultural deep-dive with Elizabeth Falkner
September 4 - 12, 2024
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
9 Days, 8 Nights
The very best of Naples and Sicily, from Taormina and Mt Etna to Siracusa and Palermo
You wind down buzzing market stalls and narrow alleyways that pulse with 2,500 years of storied history. Around you, Naples serves up a feast for the senses. Through dusty windows, you spot apron-clad nonnas kneading soft mounds of dough as steaming pots simmer in quiet harmony on the stove. Outside, locals clink glasses of Aperol, pausing to indulge in soft salty cheese graced by sun-ripened tomatoes. Later today, you’ll walk the rustic paths of a generations-old mozzarella di bufala farm in Caserta, and sample world-renowned pizzas at Caiazzo’s beloved Pepe in Grani. Resplendent with glitz and glamor, tradition and craftsmanship, this is Italy in high definition.
Your host on this grand adventure is Elizabeth Falkner, award-winning chef and the powerhouse behind some of San Francisco and New York’s most iconic restaurants. Known in foodie circles for her “stay fit to cook” philosophy, Elizabeth is all about expanding accessibility to seasonal produce and local ingredients—there’s no better fellow traveler with whom to explore the abundant cuisine of Naples and Sicily. She’s also a passionate pizzaiòla, having taken first place (!) in Italy’s largest, most renowned pizza-making contest, the Caputo Cup.
If you like your food and culture layered over thousands of years of history, this trip is for you. From the buzz of Naples’ markets to starlit nights in the shadow of Mt Etna, serene al fresco picnics to glamorous Belle Epoque palace dinners, we’ll explore Naples and Sicily from every angle, tasting everything as we go.
With local winemakers, artists and chefs in the heart of Naples and the backroads of Sicily
Ancient Greek ruins, medieval villages, a starlit 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 Elizabeth Falkner
Elizabeth Falkner is a chef of many (award-winning) talents. She’s a force of nature who cemented her place in the culinary world of San Francisco with Citizen Cake in the late ‘90s before following up with four more successful restaurants between San Francisco and New York. She’s a multiple James Beard House chef, a Food Network star, a long-time member (and former president) of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, a filmmaker, athlete, LQBTQ+ activist — we could keep going, but it’s way more fun to hear Elizabeth tell her own story.
In 2012, on the heels of retiring from her San Francisco restaurant empire, Elizabeth was ready for a new challenge. And that was competing in a freestyle category at the Caputo Cup — Italy's largest, most renowned pizza contest, in Naples. And she took first place.
Elizabeth’s style of cuisine is global and she cooks both savory and sweet, traditional and modern. It's no surprise that she finds inspiration everywhere—Frank Gehry's stunning buildings influenced some of her most coveted confections at Citizen Cake.
Fit to Follow
Elizabeth is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook.” She played soccer for 28 years, and has studied Jungshin and Iadō martial arts. Whether it’s light yoga or a hardcore workout, she’s always game to break a sweat to start her day.
Grand Hotel VesuvioNaples
Doors open to seasoned travelers and diplomats since 1882, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio is just as much a cultural landmark as a stunning 5-star sanctuary.
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 $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
Per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flight from Naples to Sicily.
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What does the price include?
Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flight from Naples 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 Naples, Italy, at the Grand Hotel Vesuvius. The closest airport is Naples International Airport (NAP). 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 7, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 8, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 6, 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).