IMPORTANT: A number of independent "guides" in Sicily offer excursions (driving you from place to place). Unfortunately, most of those found on the internet are not licensed as tour guides, tour operators or taxi drivers. This means that they probably lack accident insurance that covers a client who (for example) incurs an injury while walking from the guide's parked car to an archeological site, such as the temples at Agrigento and Segesta. Worse yet, some of these "guides" may deceive you into believing that they are licensed when they are not. In Italian law, only a properly licensed company qualifies for the insurance described. In Italy the tourism/travel industry is highly regulated for clients' protection.
Sicily is a fascinating place. We offer unique, customized tours of Sicily and excursions from Palermo for small groups. This is our specialty. We are trained, tour guides and drivers. What is equally important, we have years of experience and we are located in Sicily. By choosing us, you are working directly with the professionals who plan your tour, with no intermediary agent or "go-between."
Who is Sicilian Guide? While most travel service firms are based on the tour operator model, Sicilian Guide was founded by licensed tour guides and drivers who have worked in Sicily for decades, with Francesca Lombardo as Director. Some of our staff are actually published authors and experienced lecturers. They stand out for their familiarity with the history and culture of a timeless place and their ability to convey its every nuance, bringing with them a very insightful, pragmatic approach to working with you.
Here's what some clients from around the world have to say about us:
I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful walking and driving tour of Palermo and Monreale last month and say that it was one of the high points of my Mediterranean Cruise. It was also very special to visit Villa Malfitano and share in Kathleen's excitement in seeing her ancestors home.
- Barbara S.
Julie, Richard and I all send our greetings from Australia and thanks for your great guide services. We all enjoyed our first visit to Sicily and hope it can be repeated sometime in the future. On the cooking side, thanks to your help, I have been able to google and assemble a respectable version of recipes for the three fantastic dishes we enjoyed at the Fontanaslsa farm. A memorable experience.
Our best wishes and good health.
- Roger S.
We would all like to thank you for a most informative and enjoyable day. I think we all were amazed by the church in Monreale, so we were very happy we were able to get in.
Thank you again.
- Janice B.
Thank you once again for the wonderful tours that you provided to me and my family in September! It was a great pleasure for us to spend our days with you. I especially enjoyed our conversations while driving in your lovely Fiat Multipla. We learned so much from you, not only about the places we visited, but also about Sicilian life in general. Yes, Joanie followed your advice to fry eggplant in peanut oil instead of olive oil. The taste was great! I have been eating eggplant for a week!
- Allan L.
JoAnn and I just wanted to thank you again for the fun day we had together in Giuliana and Monreale, and for your help at the municipio and cemetery, where we searched for my granparents. I wrote to Celestina (from the bar where we had lunch) and gave her some information and dates for my family. She promised to ask her grandfather if he knew anything about them.
- Peter T.
Ellen and I wanted to thank you again for taking us up to Campofiorito last Friday and for your knowledge of the area and Palermo in general. We both feel that you gave us some background on Sicily that we never got from any of the guides on our tour. The visit to the birthplace of Ellen's grandparents, also served to finish the genealogy project we started years ago and it answered some questions we had in our minds. You are a very capable guide, and a very pleasant person too.
- Bill & Ellen M.
We wanted to extend my warm regards and sincere thanks for guiding our Sicily tour. You truly made the experience an adventure for me, you were a very gracious host. Sicily remains one of my most favorite destinations. Marcella and Ettore guided with us for a couple of days. Lo Zingaro was magnificent and we had a chance to visit Mondello.
- Pam M.
Aminah and I want to thank you again for the fabulous guided tour you gave us last Wednesday: You explained things so well; the pace was just right for us; and we enjoyed immensely your sense of humor! And we are especially appreciative of your very careful driving too.
- Phuong & Aminah N.