Night 1: Flying from Gatwick I set off to Sicily, Taormina to be exact. The three hour flight was followed by a 45 minute transfer from Catania Airport in a deluxe private car. I was told to expect elegance in a contemporary style at the Hotel Imperiale by my FUSION host and it didn’t disappoint.
Met the others in the party. First evening was spent with welcome drinks and dinner at our five star hotel on the rooftop terrace overlooking Taormina, a fantastic start to the trip.
Day 2: After breakfast the morning was spent at a cooking class in La Cucina del Sole with Elenoral Consoli, one of Sicily’s finest cooks, where I was able to glean tips from her home -cooked Sicilian secrets. Set in her actual home it couldn’t be any more authentic. The day followed with a private escorted orientation tour with a late pizza lunch at Granduca Restaurant. Some of the best pizzas you’ll ever try are here in Sicily.
Day 3: Joined my group – who I had taken to with ease – we set off feeling very excited for the exclusive 4×4 trip to Mount Etna. It’s not often I can say I am about to go somewhere or do something I have never done before, and this was certainly a new experience. The trip was followed by wine tasting and lunch at Gambino, known to be one of Sicily’s finest wine estates – I certainly had no complaints – though my head was a tad fuzzy afterwards. Slept in car on return journey.
In the evening we dined at Da Lorenzo – fresh seafood and charming service in a lovely environment – fond memories to take home.
Day 4: After a relaxing morning I headed out to the vibrant food markets that are all over Sicily. That evening I joined the group for a specially designed tasting menu at La Bougainville .
Day 5: Dinner was at Casa Grugno, one Michelin star, (and I doubt it will be long before it receives another) – the restaurant served amazing food which was accompanied by a delicious wine list and the service was impeccable too. A fantastic trip! Extract taken from Sarah H’s diary about her trip to Sicily on a Fusion Gastro holiday.