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IMPORTANT: A growing 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 your protection. Most of the "guides" who offer walking tours for a tip or a minimal hourly fee lack legal permission to lecture at historical sites (Segesta, Agrigento, Siracusa, Monreale Abbey, Palatine Chapel).
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Palermo, Monreale, Cefalù, Segesta, Erice
Jackie Alio (firstname.lastname@example.org) has worked in this field for over a decade. A leading historian, she has authored three books on Sicilian history and written articles for this site. Jackie has worked with, among other media, The Discovery Channel, and lectured university classes. In addition to her exceptional insights into the histories of the Fatimids and Normans in Sicily, her knowledge of Palermo's Jewish history reflects the kind of arcane scholarly (original) research that fosters an exceptional expertise. Jackie specializes in personalized tours as well as tours for larger groups. Visit her Palermo tour site for more information.
Francesca Lombardo (email@example.com), a native of Palermo, has worked in tourism for over twenty years, and has been a licenced guide for most of that time. At university she majored in foreign languages and literature, with a concentration in art history. As a professional educator, Francesca brings a special talent to her profession as a guide. She speaks German and French as well as English. Francesca is the kind of guide familiar with all kinds of fascinating details, and a "go to" expert for highly specialized tours like "winemaking and the English families of Marsala." A certified sommelier, she wrote a book on Sicilian wine and cuisine. For more information, visit her site.
Archaeology: Agrigento, Segesta, Mozia, Solunto, Selinunte, Himera, Piazza Armerina
Andrea Masi (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an archaeologist – the kind that excavates ancient sites, reports his findings at conferences, and organizes museum exhibits. British-educated, he is the only professional archaeologist in western Sicily who speaks English as his mother tongue, though he is very Sicilian (Andrea is Italian for Andrew), a background that makes his insightful perspective especially cosmopolitan. He specializes in the ancient Greek, Roman, Punic, Elymian and Sicanian archaeological sites of western and central Sicily. An archaeological excursion with Andrea Masi is a foray into a true understanding of Sicily's ancient civilisations. Visit his website for more information.
Siracusa, Catania, Piazza Armerina, Messina, Taormina, Ragusa
Rosa Rizza (email@example.com), who also works in the Taormina area, was raised and educated in Italy and in the United States. Over the last two decades, her vast experience as a guide and group leader has made the "Sicily experience" of thousands of visitors memorable and interesting but also extremely informative - and highly educational. In addition to her work as a guide, Rosa's experience includes organizing weddings and events in Sicily. The depth and breadth of Rosa's knowledge is remarkable, and as she explains the history of ancient Syracuse you sense that Plato and Archimedes were people she actually knew. It's almost as if they had come back to life and were speaking to you themselves.
Tour Guides in Malta (Malta on Best of Sicily)
Joan Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org) has many years of experience as a licenced guide on the Maltese islands which, like Sicily, boast a multicultural heritage necessitating a guide's highly-refined knowledge of peoples, cultures and faiths.
Genealogy: Family History Tours (Genealogy on Best of Sicily)
Rosy Bartolotta (email@example.com), who was educated in the United States, is a specialist in
19th-century vital statistics records in Sicily. Her expertise is discovering family history in ancestral localities around Sicily, something she has been doing for over ten years. Visit her site for information.
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Last updated in April 2017. Come to Sicily this year!
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