With Sicilian wine and cuisine as our inspiration, and a luxurious hotel as our home base, join us as we embrace the beauty of Sicily. An intimate, small-group atmosphere and authentically Sicilian experience distinguish this nine-day program. Immerse yourself in a cultural and culinary adventure: indulge in a decadent brioche and granita for breakfast, just like a local; converse with winemakers, and learn secrets from celebrated chefs; and taste boutique wines paired with locally renowned antipasti, secondi, and historic dishes such as iconic pasta alla Norma. Relax amid the serenity of your private villa, Don Arcangelo all’Olmo. Journey through the landscape with talented guides who will thoughtfully introduce you to the traditions of this glorious place, and return home with stories to share that will remain with you forever. Read more
UW Faculty Tour Hosts
Grazia Menechella — Professor Menechella teaches modern Italian culture in the Department of French and Italian. Along with courses on the history of Italian literature and popular culture in Italy, Menechella regularly teaches courses on the food cultures of Italy in European context. An accomplished cook, Menechella grew up working in her family’s restaurant in southern Italy (it’s still in operation today) before embarking on an academic career that would take her first to Canada and then the United States. A popular teacher both on campus and in study-abroad programs in Italy, Menechella brings a wealth of knowledge of the culinary traditions and cultural history of Sicily and the Mediterranean Basin.
Patrick Rumble — Professor Rumble teaches modern Italian culture and film studies in the Department of French and Italian where he is also affiliated with the Center for European Studies and the Visual Culture Studies program. Rumble has served as Chair of the Department of French and Italian, Director of the Center for European Studies, and he has directed and taught in study-abroad programs in Italy and the UK. A popular teacher and past recipient of the UW Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rumble regularly offers courses on the culture, politics, and history of modern Italy, including southern Italy, which he has been visiting and studying for more than three decades.