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LEARN TO MAKE PASTA THE SICILIAN WAY

I do not know about you, but I have always wanted to take a cooking inspired vacation. What a better a place to learn how to make pasta  than in Sicily. Sicily is one of those magical mediterranean destination, just do not say Mafia in the streets. SoloSicily, the Sicilian villa specialist, has introduced pasta-making lessons under the guidance of a professional chef, at a selection of its villas. 

LEARN TO MAKE PASTA THE SICILIAN WAY

Families can get hands-on experience of making pasta by booking a private Sicilian chef for a lesson in the comfort of their own villa.  Ideal for younger members of the family to join in and for adults to hone their skills, the lessons include the preparation of a typical pasta dish, such as cavatelli pasta with traditional fresh tomato sauce or with Trapanese pesto (tomato, garlic and almonds). One of SoloSicily’s chefs is Stefania Petrotta, a talented local chef with a passion for organic, local ingredients and the history of traditional Sicilian dishes.  She co-authored the book, ‘Il Sole a tavola’.  The lessons take three to four hours including a pasta lunch accompanied by Sicilian wine and cost £53 (70 Euros) per person.   SoloSicily offers pasta-making lessons at more than 20 of its villas, which include:

Kalia, Mondello, Palermo, north Sicily

Situated in Mondello, a vibrant beach town just outside the island’s capital Palermo, Kalia is a striking, modern villa with luxurious facilities and plenty of outdoor space. New for 2016, the villa has a large lawn with a pool and a Jacuzzi under a covered terrace.  An electric projector screen linked to Sky TV enables guests to enjoy a film from the comfort of the Jacuzzi. Kalia, which sleeps eight, is full of contemporary furniture and chic, neutral tones.  It has a large bright kitchen with a French window leading out to the swimming pool area.  There is a games room for children with a pool table, table football and arcade games.Mondello has plenty of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a great beach.  The island’s capital Palermo and the airport are just 20 minutes’ drive away. One week at Kalia costs from £3,431 in low season to £4,118 in July and August (Euros 4,550 to 5,460). 

http://www.solosicily.com/kalia.aspx

LEARN TO MAKE PASTA THE SICILIAN WAY

Palummara

Palummara is a spacious hilltop villa, with panoramic views across the countryside and Mediterranean.  The villa is designed on a split-level and every room has large double French windows to make the most of the sea views.  Sleeping eight, there are four double en suite bedrooms on the lower floor, three with sea views and a large open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on the upper floor. The outdoor terraces provide dramatic views from their elevated position and there is a hammock, barbeque, wood oven and dining area. The nearest beach is just five minutes’ drive away and the Torre Salsa nature reserve is fifteen minutes’ drive and is home to sandy beaches and wildlife.  Palermo airport is one hour and 45 minutes’ drive from the villa.  One week at Palummara costs from £1,665 in low season to £3,086 in the high season (Euros 2,210 to 4,095).

http://www.solosicily.com/palummara.aspx

Casa d’Eraclea

Situated in a quiet corner in south-west Sicily, which remains largely untouched by tourism, Casa d’Eraclea is perched on a hill overlooking a sandy beach and a pine forest that extends along the coast below the villa. This cool, modern villa has an infinity pool that looks out over the Bay of Eraclea and the sandy beach is just ten minutes’ walk down a private road.  A large covered terrace overlooks the pool and is perfect for al fresco meals with a long table and barbeque. This bright and comfortable villa, which sleeps six, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and an open-plan living room with a dining area and kitchen that lead directly onto the terrace. Two of Sicily’s most important archaeological parks are within an hour’s drive of Casa d’Eraclea.  Selinunte has sea views and examples of Greek architecture and The Valley of the Temples is one of Sicily’s top sights with remains of seven Greek temples. Palermo airport is one hour and 45 minutes’ drive from the villa.  One week at Casa d’Eraclea costs from £1,584 in the low season to £3,127 in the high season (euros 2,099 to 4,145). http://www.solosicily.com/casa-deraclea.aspx

Casa d’Eraclea

Situated in a quiet corner in south-west Sicily, which remains largely untouched by tourism, Casa d’Eraclea is perched on a hill overlooking a sandy beach and a pine forest that extends along the coast below the villa. This cool, modern villa has an infinity pool that looks out over the Bay of Eraclea and the sandy beach is just ten minutes’ walk down a private road.  A large covered terrace overlooks the pool and is perfect for al fresco meals with a long table and barbeque. This bright and comfortable villa, which sleeps six, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and an open-plan living room with a dining area and kitchen that lead directly onto the terrace. Two of Sicily’s most important archaeological parks are within an hour’s drive of Casa d’Eraclea.  Selinunte has sea views and examples of Greek architecture and The Valley of the Temples is one of Sicily’s top sights with remains of seven Greek temples. Palermo airport is one hour and 45 minutes’ drive from the villa.  One week at Casa d’Eraclea costs from £1,584 in the low season to £3,127 in the high season (euros 2,099 to 4,145). http://www.solosicily.com/casa-deraclea.aspx

Founded in 2006, SoloSicily is a private villa rental company with a collection of over 40 hand-picked villas in Sicily.  The portfolio is designed to suit all needs, with romantic hideaways, chic beachfront villas, family-friendly holiday homes, luxury villas with private pools and aristocratic country estates.  Based in Palermo, SoloSicily has a dedicated team of people who are passionate about Sicily and use their local knowledge to find the best villas on the island.

For reservations visit www.solosicily.com or call SoloSicily on 020 7097 1413.

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