Experience some of the best food tours in Italy and Sicily for Australian food, wine and travel lovers. Dominique Rizzo – Australian chef, food writer and TV presenter takes you to her beloved ancestral homeland of Italy on the most unforgettable Italian food tours, traveling to places like Sicily, Sardinia and Puglia.

Italy is a Mediterranean paradise. It boasts mountain ranges in addition to a great expanse of beautiful coastline. Italy has left its stamp on the world. It has done this perhaps most of all, with mouth-watering cuisine.

Sicily and its surrounding islands are south of the Italian Peninsula. Sicily has a rich culture and hugely celebrated cuisine. This makes it Italy’s ideal holiday destination for food, wine, cooking and culture.

What better way to experience all the country has to offer, than by joining Dominque’s guided food tours in Italy?

Authentic travel through Italy, with your comfort in mind

Dominique’s carefully prepared Italian tours strike the perfect balance between authentic travel and creature comforts. Your trip takes you off the beaten track, finding the best local venues and experiences for culture, cuisine and scenery. At the same time, Dom is very attentive to your comfort and needs. She seeks out great service in restaurants, bars and cafes around Italy. You also travel in a private airconditioned bus and stay in quality 4 or 5-star bespoke accommodation during your holiday.

Sicilian food tours with Dominque Rizzo

At the heart Dominique’s signature food tours in Italy, are her comprehensive tours to the stunning Island of Sicily. This is the place of her heritage, and due to this, she brings a deep knowledge and passion for the island.  Dominique brings to you a Sicilian gastronomic experience like no other. Sicily, is often referred to as “God’s Kitchen.”

Enjoy hands-on cooking classes, taste the region’s best wines and feast on delicious regional flavours. Italian cuisine is well known for being diverse. There is a richness of different tastes on offer in each region. Most of all, at the heart of Italian cuisine is simple food of great variety. Regional Sicilian cooking centres on quality ingredients. Most of all, locally sourced.

This means recipes are often handed down through families, or are local favourites. Dominque’s Sicilian Food Tours are a great way to experience real Sicilian cuisine from local festivals to star restaurants.

What is special about Dom’s tours of Sicily?

Dominique’s Sicily travel tours embrace the heart and soul of Sicilian food and life. The culture and cuisine in this amazing part of the world is unique. It is also rich in history. Dominique personally designs and hosts her Sicilian Food tours. In addition she sources friendly local tour guides, passionate and knowledgeable about all of Sicily and its history and culture.

Visit the most popular cities in Sicily and surrounds. Also, enjoy some of the finest foods Europe can offer. We treat you to cooking classes, wine, olive oil and chocolate tastings. In addition you can enjoy cultural exploration, and scenic tours of Sicily’s stunning sea and mountains.

2020 Tours In Italy and Sicily

Savouring Sicily

(Personally Escorted Mixed Group Tour of Sicily)

Travelling 20th May to 1st June 2020, 13 days 12 nights

Travelling to: Palermo, Trapani, Marsala, Erice, Agrigento, Monreale, Collesano, Castlebuono, Cefalu, Syracuse, Catania, Taormina, Petralia, Polizzi.

Sicily’s diversity in history creates a distinct culture and cuisine which you can savour in this unique food, wine and cooking tour. Spend 12 days and 11 nights touring with Dominique personally guiding you, visit some of the historic cities and sights in Sicily. Journey from the city of Palermo to the towns of Siracusa and Polizzi taking in the sites of Trapani, Erice and the coastal town of Cefalu.  This is a culturally rich and delicious tour. As a result, it is a tour of the senses.

Gastronomic Puglia Immersion

(Personally Escorted Mixed Group Tour of Puglia)

Travelling 6th to 16th May 2020, 11 days 10 nights 

Experience the country, sea and city as we take you on an exciting culinary and cultural journey of Puglia and its surrounding towns. Known for its whitewashed hill towns, century-old farmhouses and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline. Puglia is definitely worth a visit if you want fresh, tasty and local food. Among the dishes that most strongly define the traditional Puglian cuisine, are the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, Apulia focaccia, Fava Bean Puree and Chicory Greens just to cite a few. Furthermore, the wines of Puglia are admired wherever they go. Aside from the beaches and gorgeous sea villages, Puglia has a rich archaeological heritage and boasts 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Castel del Monte, Alberobello and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. A special mention should be dedicated to Lecce commonly nicknamed “the Florence of the south”. Together with the city’s Baroque architectural monuments, churches and religious buildings, there are Greek influences in the utilization of the renowned “Lecce stone”.

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Eastern Sicily & Aeolian Islands

(Personally Escorted Mixed Group Tour of Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands)

Travelling 2020, 16 days – 10 June to 25 June 2020 

Travelling to: Catania, Syracusa, Ortigia, Caltagirone, Taormina, Marzamemi, Noto, Mt Etna, Randazzo, St Alfio, Castiglione di Sicilia, Salina Island, Lipari Island, Monreale, Palermo.

The Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands tour offers 16 days to experience the best of Eastern Sicilian cuisine and discover the jewels of the Aeolian.

You can explore the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna in Sicily. Furthermore, you can journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces. Namely Catania, Taormina, Randazzo and sail to the islands of Salina and Lipari.

Succulent Sardinia

(Personally Escorted Mixed Group Tour of Sardinia)

Travelling 2020, 10 days – dates to be advised 

Discover Italy’s second largest island as we lead you through one of the important geographical and political regions of Italy. Famed for its beautiful beaches and fascinating history, Sardinia has survived countless invasions by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Byzantines giving this island its rich cultural heritage. When it comes to food & drink, you will discover that Sardinia is located in a gastronomic paradise. Sardinia’s cheeses, Liguria’s pesto, Corsica’s cured meats, to name a few, are the treats of everyday dining. Discover small, unique food artisans, who open their local, private kitchens to us. From ravioli making sessions, cheese making, demonstrating culinary skills passed down from generations to a stroll through a rolling vineyard with the actual winemaker and his family. This tour will give you an intimate food, wine and cultural experience that you won’t get from the guidebooks. Sailing, fishing, walking tours, hands-on gourmet experiences, and immersing yourself in the local lifestyle. This is a tour you won’t want to miss.

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