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OCTOBER 17-21, 2018

  • Sambuca di Sicilia italy (map)

LIFE IN SICILY autumn food/wine tour: an Italian adventure through western Sicily with Chef Linda Sarris + Di Giovanna winery

On this culinary road trip, guests will source local products and learn how to make the most of these ingredients in their hands-on cooking lessons. Participate in the local olive harvest and follow the story from the grove to the mill and into the kitchen. Western Sicily is the perfect place to experience true Sicilian life as a local and to immerse yourself in it’s rich culture. 

Live like a local and experience #lifeinsicily during this all-inclusive autumn food/wine tour with Di Giovanna winery. Linda Sarris is a NYC-based private chef who splits her time between meal planning for her mover-and-shaker clients and olive harvesting on travels around Sicily to write her upcoming mini magazine, SNACK Sicily.  Her unparalleled love for Sicily, cooking, and her insider access to the best food and wine producers make her the perfect leader for exploring all the best things about Sicilian life, culture and cuisine. 



Wednesday: welcome to Sicily, check-in, light lunch, evening passeggiata in historic Sambuca di Sicilia, wood-fired pizza with artisanal Sicilian beer tasting
Thursday: morning visit to a local cheesemaker, hands-on cooking class lunch, vineyard walk, wine cellar tour and dinner at Cantina Di Giovanna
Friday: optional morning yoga, participate in the local olive harvest, picnic lunch, visit the town’s mill + evening cooking lesson/dinner featuring new harvest olive oil and Sicilian amaro
Saturday: optional morning yoga and morning trip to Castelvetrano, visit a flour mill and ancient olive grove for lunch, evening cooking lesson + farewell dinner in Sambuca
Sunday: departure after breakfast


BOOKINGS: OCTOBER 17-21, 2018 

1800 DOUBLE / €2000 SINGLE


50% deposit is required to secure your booking, 50% balance is due two weeks before departure. Deposit payment can be made by Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) or Personal Check made payable to Montecastelli Selections.



For more information, feel free to contact our organizer Amie Ruditz. +1 (973)-327-2336

  • The 4-day trip includes overnight accommodations at Don Giovanni hotel in Sambuca di Sicilia (voted one of Italy's most beautiful villages), all of your meals, local transportation as described in the itinerary including pickup and drop-off at Palermo airport. We've included all of the materials for your cooking classes, optional morning yoga, organized day trips + local wine during all meals/tours/tastings. oh yea!
  • This intimate trip will be limited to 12 people max so grab a few friends and join us for a semi-private tour!
  • Not included in pricing: Airfare, all extra beverages and food outside of itinerary, additional transportation outside of itinerary. 
  • Read more about our hosts' organic wine + olive oil : Di Giovanna
 photo by: Katie June Burton

photo by: Katie June Burton


Raised in a big Greek-American family with a Chef grandfather and a fisherman dad, Linda has been in love with food her whole life. She’s traveled to over 25 countries in search of caipirinhas, fresh octopus and oysters, volcanic wines + hardcore street food. After the French Culinary Institute and a few stints in restaurants, Linda took off to sharpen her culinary skills in her own adventurous way - working on a farm-to-table cooking school and wine estate in Sicily, spending two summers private-cheffing in Tuscany and consulting for restaurants in Bucharest, Romania and Bogota, Colombia. Linda now splits her time between New York City and Palermo while writing her travel guide, SNACKsicily.

Earlier Event: October 1
OCTOBER 1-6, 2018