With Silversea's carefully planned optional shore tours, travellers can fully immerse themselves in local culture and cuisine. One of our most popular excursions is the "Sicilian Market & Cooking Class - Cucina del Sole" offered in Taormina.
This fun and entertaining adventure takes you into the heart of Sicilian culture with a scenic drive to Catania and a visit to one of the island's colourful markets to get your first look at the array of fresh vegetables, fruits and fish that are typical of Sicilian cuisine.
Then it's off to the slopes of Mount Etna and the small village of Viagrande for a hands-on cooking class and lunch at the 18th-century home of award-winning food journalist Eleonora Consoli.
If you're a foodie at heart, you'll be pleased to know several Silversea Mediterranean voyages in 2011 and 2012 offer the chance to learn more about Sicily and its cuisine from the port of Taormina. Here's a small selection:
Voyage 5129: Silver Spirit, Athens to Monte Carlo, 30 September - 7 October
Voyage 2129: Silver Wind, Rome to Athens, 11 - 18 October
Voyage 1126C: Silver Cloud, Athens to Lisbon, 14 - 24 October
Voyage 2210: Silver Wind, Barcelona to Rome, 17 - 27 April
Voyage 2212: Silver Wind, Rome to Venice , 30 April - 7 May
Voyage 5211: Silver Spirit, Lisbon to Monte Carlo, 26 April - 5 May