Sicily & Naples with Michael Scelfo
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Culture & Cuisine
Immerse yourself in the food, art and culture of Sicily and Naples with Chef Michael Scelfo
July 11 - 17, 2022
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7 days, 6 nights
Best of Sicily, Siracusa, Mt Etna, Taormina, Naples
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Sicily is the stuff of legend, unlike anything you’ve experienced before now. Sicily has been ruled by no less than thirteen different empires, each leaving a mark on the land, the people, and the cuisine—a fascinating collision of cultures. 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.
Your traveling companion is acclaimed Boston chef Michael Scelfo. Michael is the heart and culinary soul behind two of Cambridge’s top kitchens, with an Italian family that’s inspired his love for food, growing up slow-stirring his grandmother’s red sauce. He’ll join us to uncover the delicious backstory of Sicily’s and Naples’ great dishes, from traditional Sicilian pastas and desserts to the freshest seafoods and, of course, pizza. We’ll meet vintners and cheesemakers, street artists and 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. Kick back with local winemakers. Sample street food. Then catch a sunset while sipping a world-class wine. 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.
Ancient Greek ruins, medieval villages and sun-drenched piazzas, the glory of a star-lit night under the gaze of Mt Etna
We’ll be in the literal birthplace of pizza, home of world-class wines and the freshest seafood—and we’ll try it all!
Connect with local winemakers, artists and chefs, and with Sicily's ancient cultures and traditions
In the finest accommodations—artful palatial hotels and noble rural villas, all perfectly located
3 Reasons to Travel with Michael Scelfo
For Michael, food is all about connection. He gets intimate with his ingredients, fusses over menus like he’s about to cook for family, and curates dining experiences that make conversation easy. If you pull up a seat to eat with Michael at one of his award-winning Cambridge, Massachusetts restaurants, you can trust that you’ll leave with more than a full belly.
The Scelfos are from southern Italy, and Michael still has family here. One of his early memories is learning to simmer his grandmother’s red sauce. So this trip is personal for Michael, a celebration of his own southern Italian roots.
Cooking with Heart
Michael views his Boston restaurants the same way he views his kitchen table: If you’re dining here, you’re family. He thinks about what his loved ones would want to taste and experience. Then he makes it for you.
Michael's motto is “Serious food does not have to be pretentious.” We couldn't agree more, and we'll savor every bite at top-end kitchens and humble street-food stands.
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.
Relais San GiulianoViagrande
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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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 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?
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?
For both departures, 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 $1,500 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.
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 March 13, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after March 14, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after May 12, 2022 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).