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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Market Visit and Cooking Class in Palermo


A Culinary Journey Through the Heart of Palermo

Delve into the heart of Sicilian cuisine with Your Own Italy’s exclusive culinary adventure, beginning at the majestic Teatro Massimo and leading you through the vibrant Mercato Del Capo. This unique experience pairs you with a private chef, guiding you on a journey of flavors, traditions, and culinary craftsmanship. Your adventure culminates at the renowned “Cin Cin” Restaurant, where you’ll roll up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class, followed by a delightful lunch featuring the dishes you’ve crafted. This immersive experience is a celebration of Sicilian culture, history, and gastronomy, designed for food lovers seeking an authentic connection to local cuisine.

A Culinary Journey Through the Heart of Palermo

Meet at Teatro Massimo: Your culinary adventure begins at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy, where you’ll meet your private chef. This iconic location sets the stage for your immersion into Sicilian culture.

Exploring Mercato Del Capo: Accompanied by your chef, wander through the bustling stalls of Mercato Del Capo, one of Palermo’s oldest and most colorful markets. Learn how to select the freshest ingredients, from sun-ripened produce to locally sourced meats and seafood, as your chef shares insights into Sicilian food traditions and the importance of seasonality in Italian cuisine.

Hands-on Cooking Class at “Cin Cin” Restaurant: With your market finds in hand, proceed to “Cin Cin” Restaurant, a gem in Palermo’s culinary scene, for a private cooking class. Under the guidance of your chef, you’ll learn to prepare authentic Sicilian dishes, mastering techniques and recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Enjoy Your Culinary Creations: The highlight of your experience is the sumptuous lunch you’ve prepared. Sit down in the welcoming ambiance of “Cin Cin” Restaurant to savor the flavors of Sicily, complemented by a selection of local wines, celebrating the joy of Italian cooking and the pleasure of shared meals.

Your Own Italy: Savoring the Essence of Sicily

Your Own Italy’s private chef experience at “Cin Cin” Restaurant, preceded by a visit to Mercato Del Capo, offers an unparalleled journey into the soul of Sicilian cuisine. This experience is designed for those who cherish authentic culinary adventures and seek to immerse themselves in the flavors and traditions of Italy.

Ready to Embark on a Sicilian Culinary Adventure?

Are you prepared to explore the vibrant markets of Palermo, learn from a master chef, and indulge in the rich flavors of Sicilian cuisine? Contact Your Own Italy to book your private chef experience and cooking class at “Cin Cin” Restaurant, and get ready for a journey that delights the senses and deepens your connection to Italian culinary heritage.

What's Included

Embark on a culinary voyage in the heart of Palermo, where the essence of Sicilian cooking is unveiled through a blend of market exploration and hands-on learning.

Meeting with Private Chef: Begin at Teatro Massimo, the grand opera house, where your culinary adventure with a private chef kicks off.
Visit to Mercato Del Capo: Dive into the sensory richness of this famous market, selecting fresh, local ingredients under the guidance of your chef.
Private Cooking Class at “Cin Cin” Restaurant: Transition to a renowned local restaurant for an intimate cooking class, where you’ll engage in the preparation of traditional Sicilian dishes.
Sumptuous Lunch Included: Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious lunch composed of the dishes you’ve prepared, complemented by select Sicilian wines.
Culinary and Cultural Immersion: This experience not only teaches you about Sicilian cooking techniques and recipes but also immerses you in the local food culture, offering insights into the vibrant culinary heritage of Sicily.

This journey from market to meal offers a unique opportunity to connect with Sicilian culinary traditions, guided by the expertise of a local chef. It’s an experience that promises not only the development of cooking skills but also a deeper appreciation for the flavors and stories that define Sicilian cuisine.


Tips for Your Tour

To enhance your culinary journey in Palermo with practicality and enjoyment, consider the following tips:

Dress Comfortably: The market visit involves walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the day’s weather.
Market Etiquette: Engage with vendors respectfully, and feel free to ask questions about their produce. It’s a great way to learn more about local ingredients.
Dietary Preferences or Restrictions: Inform your chef in advance about any dietary restrictions or preferences to tailor the cooking class to your needs.
Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask your chef about cooking techniques, ingredient substitutions, or tips for capturing the essence of Sicilian cuisine.
Photography: Remember to capture photos of the market, dishes you prepare, and any memorable moments. However, always ask for permission before taking photos of people or individual stalls in the market.
Be Open to Trying New Things: Sicilian cuisine is diverse and may include ingredients or flavors that are new to you. Embrace the opportunity to expand your palate.
Enjoy the Process: Cooking is as much about the journey as it is about the end result. Enjoy the hands-on experience, the flavors, and the company of your chef and fellow participants.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.