Top 7 Sicily Food Tours: Must-Try Experiences in 2023

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Sicily food tours introduce you to the sumptuous flavors found across the island. This large and diverse Italian island offers distinctive flavors from one side to the other.

We spent about 6 months in Sicily traveling around the island and exploring the local cuisine. 

Taking food tours in Sicily with local guides helped us understand the nuances of the cuisine.

As you plan your visit to Sicily, consider taking a Sicily food tour. Learn the stories and flavors of the local dishes and wines with a knowledgeable guide.

Depending on what part of the island you visit, you’ll find a food tour to meet your tastes.

To help you plan your culinary adventures, here are the 7 best Sicily food tours to sink your teeth into.

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Comparison of Best Sicily Food Tours To Choose From

Sicily Food ToursPrice (USD)Start TimeDuration (hours)Location
Taormina Food and Wine Tour$98.316:30 pm2.5 hTaormina Center
Street Food Tour in Syracuse$132.5511:30 am2.5 hOrtigia City Center
Palermo Food And Walking Tour$65.1710.30 am and 11:00 am3 hPalermo Food Markets
Palermo Street Food at Night Tour$65.176.30 pm and 7.00 pm3 hPalermo Food Markets and City Center
Catania Street Food Tour$65.1711.00 am3 hCatania market and City Center
Catania Food Tour at Night$65.176.00 pm3 hCatania market and City Center
Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour$164.5810.00 am6 hEtna
The food tours in Sicily are in euros (€). We provide USD conversion at the time of writing. Prices might vary slightly when you book your tour.

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Best Sicily Food Tours To Take

1. Taormina Food and Wine Tour

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Taste delicious Sicilian desserts

The splendor and picturesque beauty of Taormina draws visitors from all over the world. Taking a food tour to explore regional food specialties in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy is an unforgettable experience.

This Taormina Food and Wine Tour takes you on a fascinating discovery of amazing food, wine, and fascinating culture.

Spend about  2.5 to 3 hours in the evening getting to know the city and the best local food stops.

There are three main stops on this Sicily food tour in Taormina. You start out with local wines paired with fresh seafood and mouth watering appetizers.

At a local wine bar, you’ll dive further into Sicily wines as you savor hearty great food.

No tour would be complete without a sampling of traditional desserts. In addition to local pastries and sweets, you’ll also savor dessert wine and limoncello.

This food tour is a history trip of sorts with stunning views of notable edifices and ancient ruins. 

This is a great tour for someone who appreciates a mix of history and discovering traditional Sicilian foods.

Cost: About $98.31 per person. Minimum 2 people per tour

Time and Length:  Approximately 2.5 hours. Evening tour starts at 6.30 pm

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people

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2. Food Tour in Syracuse

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The spectacular fountain of Diana in Syracuse historic center

The seaside town of Syracuse or Siracusa in Italian is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean. And, its historic center, Ortigia, or Ortygia is one of the most beautiful places in southern Italy.

It was once described as the “biggest and most beautiful Greek city” by Cicero, a famous Roman orator.

A visit to Ortigia should not be missed when visiting Sicily. And, its history and flavors are best expressed in this Street Food Tour in Syracuse.

This 2 to 2.5-hour walking tour is dedicated to Sicilian street food and starts with a visit to Ortigia Market. 

You’ll learn about local food traditions from market vendors and taste a variety of traditional foods.

Stops at three different family eateries are included where you’ll sample Sicilian appetizers and homemade Sicilian pastries.

Along the way, you’ll stop at landmark sites and learn about the captivating history of Ortigia from your local guide.

Cost: Group tour $132.55 per person. Minimum 2 people per tour

Time and Length:  Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour starts at 11:30 am

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people

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3. Palermo Food And Walking Tour

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A sampling of Palermo street foods

This Palermo Food and Walking Tour is offered by Streaty the original and first food tour company in Palermo.

Created in 2013, it was born from the love of a passionate local to save Italian street food traditions.

Angelo, our tour guide in Palermo gave us food, cultural and historical insights that only a local could provide. 

This small group street food tour takes you to two of the city’s most famous – Vucciria and Capo.

For about 3-hours, you’ll navigate the bustling markets, meet local vendors and try seasonal produce right off the stalls and sample the best Palermo street food.

Some of the delicious Palermo street food you’ll try, include panelle or chickpea fritters to arancini or fried rice balls.

Traditional Sicilian sweets also feature on this tour with full portion tastings of granita, a type of slushy to the famous cannoli pastry.

In addition to sampling street food and local wine. You’ll also explore the culture, traditions, and hidden areas of Palermo that you may not discover on your own.

This original food tour in Palermo is one of the best food tours for authentic street food and culture. 

Cost: About $65.17 per person

Time and Length:  Approximately 3 hours. Morning tours at 10.30 am and 11:00 am

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people

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4. Palermo Street Food At Night

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The animated La Vucciria street food market in the evening

Palermo by night is a delicious culinary journey on a walking tour with a local guide. 

At night, the streets of Palermo come to life in a unique way. With a local guide, you’ll explore the sounds and smells of street food grilling at the best vendors in the city.

This Palermo Street Food At Night tour is an original in the city. It is part of the same company offering the daytime Palermo food and walking tour. 

This 3-tour walking tour kicks off with a tasting of Sicilian sparkling wine and delectable bruschetta at a wine bar. 

You then move on to enjoy the flavors of traditional street food at food stalls at the local markets.

Your passionate local guide will take you along the backstreets to experience the real and unfiltered version of Palmerian life.

Be prepared to be blown away by authentic tastes. Some foods may be familiar, but most will be new. One of the favorite stops is for a large brioche with gelato or ice cream-filled buns.

The portions are generous. Get ready to eat and have fun as you explore Palermo’s vibrant local night scene. 

Cost: About $65.17 per person

Time and Length: Approximately 3 hours. Night tours at 6.30 pm and 7.00 pm

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people

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5. Catania Street Food Tour

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Freshly grilled fish at Catania seafood market

The culture and food history of Catania comes alive on this unforgettable Catania street food tour.

Our tour was guided by the lovely Agata who is a wealth of knowledge on Catania, Sicilian history, and food.

For about 3 hours, you’ll discover the local mouth watering delicacies the Catanese love as you explore the city.

Your adventure into Sicily food in Catania begins at the main plaza, the Piazza del Duomo, surrounded by cultural treasures.

At the nearby, La Pescheria, one of the largest fish markets in Italy, you’ll learn about seafood in Sicily as you navigate the stalls.

You’ll go underground to a lava tunnel and to the Castelo Ursino, a 13th-century royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily.

Along the way you’ll stop for several regional specialties and traditional Sicilian dishes. Some of our most memorable foods were baked cipollina and horse meatballs.

Sweet Catania delights like brioche with pistachio ice cream or sweet cakes dedicated to the patron saint will end your tour.

This food tour of Sicily from the point of view of Catania, provides a understanding of the regional cuisine and rich cultural influences.

Cost: About $65.17 per person

Time and Length:  Approximately 3 hours. Tour starts at 11.00 am

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people

6. Catania Food Tour at Night

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Claire and Rosemary biting into the famous arancino on a Catania food tour

Catania, a student town, has a vibrant evening street food culinary culture.

This Catania food tour at night takes you through the back streets to sample traditional Sicilian cuisine. As you explore the city, you’ll get a glimpse of everyday life, with culinary and local history woven in throughout.

This 3-hour food at night allows you to escape the heat and discover the best local foods.

Staying off the tourist path, you’ll visit historic Catania landmarks and sample a variety of street foods. 

Adventurous eaters will enjoy local delicacies like horse meatballs while also understanding the culinary context and significance.

This Catania night tour combines unique flavors with history and culture making the perfect starting point in understanding food in eastern Sicily.

Cost: About $65.17 per person. 

Time and Length:  Approximately 3 hours. Night tour starts at 6.00 pm

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people

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7. Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour

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Savor Etna Wines from this unique Sicilian wine region

Starting from Taormina, this food and wine tour takes you to the Etna countryside for a taste of local Sicilian food and wine.

The tour starts off with a scenic drive towards Mount Etna. You’ll enjoy amazing views and stories about Sicilian food and culture as you pass through the picturesque villages.

Your first visit will be to one of the most beautiful vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna. After an introductory glass of Prosecco and a vineyard tour, you’ll savor Etna Red and White wines with a delicious appetizer platter.

The tour continues to a nearby traditional Sicilian farmhouse for a hearty 3-course lunch.

Wine tastings of local Sicilian wines add to the gastronomic experience.

The food and wine tour ends with sampling authentic Etna liquors before heading back to the starting point.

The best part about this 6-hour day tour is not having to drive. Go ahead and indulge in traditional Etna flavors and leave the driving up to someone else.

Your knowledgeable and entertaining guide will introduce you to the magic of Mount Etna. And, you’ll leave knowledgeable about the culture, food, and lifestyle of the people in this region.

Cost: About $164.58 per person. Minimum 2 people per tour

Time and Length:  Approximately 6 hours. Tour starts at 10.00 am

Group Style: Small group tour with a maximum of 8 people. Private transfers from Catania and Messina are available at an additional cost.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Food Tour in Sicily

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Catania’s Elephant Fountain, a symbol of the city in the Piazza Del Duomo

While most Sicily food tours share common elements like discovering local Sicilian food and wine, the experiences vary. The time of day, areas visited, private tour versus group, and length of tours all differ.

Before booking your food tour in Sicily, here are a couple of things to consider. 

What Kind of Sicily Food Tour Experience Do You Want

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Delightful freshly cooked seafood to sample in Syracuse

We personally took some of these food and wine tours and enjoyed the rich cultural and culinary scene in this famous Italy region. 

You can be assured of authentic and memorable experiences you’ll remember for a long time.

On your Southern Italy visit, what kind of food tour in Sicily would you like to experience?

Do you prefer market food tours or food tours with wine tastings?

Are you more inclined to avoid the heat and hot temperatures and go on a night tour instead?

Is a small group tour your style, or do you prefer a private experience with friends and family?

Whatever your preference, choose the experience that aligns with your tastes and book your Sicily food tour.

What Is Your Budget for Your Sicily Food Tours?

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Traditional street food snack in Palermo

The gastronomic experiences you choose will depend on your travel plan and budget.

The best food tours in Sicily range from about $65.17 to $164.58 per person.

However, depending on the size of your group, you may be able to get discounted rates.

All tours featured continue to adhere to Covid safety guidelines. However, if you prefer some offer personalized tours that you can take enjoy at your own pace.

On a positive note, all these tours allow free booking cancellation up to 24 to 72 hours before your Sicily food tour.

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