The Cuisine of the Gattopardo

24th - 28th April 2024 - fully booked

Spring 2025

A Journey of Cuisine and Culture among the Markets of Palermo

“In Sicily, even the cuisine is the sum of various cultures and religions that have followed one another over the centuries” Fulvio Pierangelini.

The Experience

A capital of art and gastronomy, Palermo is the ideal place to take a four night deep dive into the island’s cosmopolitan history via food and wine. And Villa Igiea, once the centre of the Sicilian social scene, is the perfect base. As Fulvio says, “the most important phase in approaching a new location is the discovery of the place itself and the people who live there.”

“Before entering the kitchen of a new restaurant, I visit the local markets. I try to understand as much as possible and then I go back there with the chef. This is where everything begins,” says Fulvio. On this culinary adventure, inhale the intoxicating atmosphere of the Capo and Ballarò markets of Palermo, buying the finest produce to transform into a delicious meal in the kitchens of Florio, Villa Igiea’s Belle Époque inspired restaurant.

With Fulvio as your guide, see what the sea has to offer. Have the opportunity to taste a selection of Sicilian wine in the opulent surroundings of Villa Tasca, a palatial historic home surrounded by sprawling gardens.

Pierangelini, Fulvio
"Palermo is a place of marvels, wonder and contradictions It conquers one’s soul"


Book Fulvio’s Culinary Secrets and enjoy:

  • 4 nights at Villa Igiea
  • Complimentary breakfast daily
  • Return transfer from the airport
  • All excursions on the itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Sicilian hamper by Fulvio Pierangilini

As a Rocco Forte Friend, you can enjoy additional exclusive benefits including:

  • 15% off drinking and dining experiences
  • 15% off selected spa treatments
  • Bespoke cultural experiences
  • Guaranteed early check-in and late check-out


Terms & Conditions

Our culinary secret retreat requires a minimum of 6 participants to proceed. The final program will be confirmed two weeks before the scheduled arrival date. In the unlikely event that the retreat may not take place, an alternative program will be offered to ensure you still enjoy a memorable experience. All offers and experiences are subject to availability.

Book through or contact your travel advisor.