Sicilian Cooking: the Gourmet Traveller in Taormina

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The trend is to learn to cook on location: Villa Carlotta Hotel in Taormina, in Eastern Sicily, offers a package with cooking lessons included

An interest in cooking seems to have become the latest trend these days, getting increasing coverage on the TV programs and on the pages of newspapers and magazines. Everyone wants to become a chef and to be able to serve up wonderful dishes to their family and friends, to general acclaim and appreciation.

But cooking isn't as easy as all that. Villa Carlotta, an elegant 4-star hotel in Taormina with only 27 rooms and suites, has decided to extend its offer beyond the elegant surroundings, all-Italian comfort and dazzlingly beautiful panorama over the Ionian sea and the Etna volcano, culture and shopping, and to teach its guests all the secrets of the many culinary specialities for which Sicily is famous throughout the world. So it is now offering a package aimed specially at gourmet tourists that will allow them to discover all the little secrets of great Sicilian cuisine; at 1,600.00 euros (around 2.270 US dollars) for two people, the package offers five nights in a junior suite with sea view terrace, including breakfast and all taxes, personalized check-in/check-out, and a welcome bottle of Etna DOC wine in the bedroom or the lounge bar. The package is available until the beginning of November 2009. The nearest airport to Taormina is Catania.

The tastiest part of the package - in the real meaning of the word - is the fascinating guided wine and food tour, included in the package, during which guests will be able to visit the colourful open-air market in Taormina and wander around the stalls loaded with delicious local products from the island, to shop in preparation for the cooking lesson that is to follow (everything that is purchased will be included in the price). The tasty cheeses, especially the Nebrodi provola, the excellent local extra virgin olive oil, and, in season, the fragrant white-fleshed Tabacchiera peaches, which owe their name to their unusual, flat shape (Tabacchiera means tobacco tin). Once you have learnt from the cook how to cook some delicious Sicilian food according to the traditional recipes, you will be able to recreate these dishes in your own kitchen.

But as well as indulging in the pleasures of eating and drinking, a stay at the luxury hotel Villa Carlotta makes it possible to get away from every day life in the warm Southern climate of Sicily - no small advantage nowadays! Once you go through the front door of this exclusive Sicilian resort, in the Moorish-style tower, you will find yourself as though by magic in an atmosphere of fairy stories and genuine romanticism. The building, with architecture reminiscent of a fairytale castle, was built at the end of the nineteenth century by an aristocratic family, and is a historic stately home open to the public. Among other features, the luxuriant garden with swimming pool that surrounds the house has some Byzantine tombs in excellent condition, and a stretch of basolato, the typical stone slab flooring used in Roman times. All in all, in what is definitely one of the most beautiful 4-star hotels in Taormina, you will breathe an air that remains outside time, relaxing the nerves and making you ready, especially if there are two of you, to enjoy good food and wine, and moreā€¦

Hotel Villa Carlotta, Via Pirandello 81, 98039 Taormina (Me), Italy
Telephone +39.0942.626058, Fax 0+39.0942.23732
http://www.villacarlotta.net

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