RESERVE EARLY and SAVE:
We're smashing prices! A golden opportunity for an exceptional price on our 2014 Golden Sicily tour, with almost-weekly departures. Reserve your
Summer or Autumn tour right now for up to two hundred euros off the standard price. For tour dates from
June through October, get a 100 euro discount. For tours in November and December, get a 200 euro discount (per participant
based on double occupancy). Each tour has a maximum of only 16 participants, so reserve soon to guarantee your
place. A hundred euros is around US $140 or GB £82. Click or tap on the shattered euro coin to
convert your currency. We hope to see you in Sicily this year!
There are at least a thousand ways to
experience our island in the sun. We have around a hundred suggestions to get you started.
Personalized travel, private tours, tailor-made itineraries and much more.
For a simple, ready-made solution, choose one of our scheduled tours of Sicily.
You'll find dozens of start-dates—almost every week of the year—more than any other company in the world.
A few of the most popular ideas are presented
on this page. You imagine it, we plan it. It's that simple. Because our
Sicily travel experts are actually based in Sicily, you're dealing directly
with the specialists planning and overseeing your Sicilian holiday rather
than a travel agent who must rely on an "outsourced" consultant.
Contact us if you'd like to arrange
something that you don't see here.
|» Tours & Excursions in Sicily
• Golden Sicily (6 nights) almost every week
• Sicilian Impressions (5 nights) almost every week
• Red Tour (8 nights) almost every month
• Peoples of Sicily with Jackie Alio (9 nights)
• Private Excursions: Palermo, Segesta, Cefalù
• Private Excursions: Messina, Taormina, Etna
|» Planning & Personalizing Your Visit
• Concierge: Personal Travel
• Personalized Scenic Transfers
• Cooking Classes in Taormina
• Cookery Classes in Wine Country
• Etna Jeep & Quad Excursions
• Walking Tours of Palermo
• (Not Only) For Travel Agents
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• Hotels in Sicily
• Sicily Bed & Breakfasts
• Country Retreats (rural bed & breakfasts)
• Villa Rentals in Sicily
• Restaurants in Sicily
• Airports in Sicily
Peoples of Sicily with Jacqueline Alio – 16-25 November 2014
Seeing is understanding. Discover the world's first multicultural island with the author of The Peoples of Sicily, the most important
Sicilian history published in thirty years. For over a decade, Jackie Alio has worked here in Sicily, publishing the results of her original scholarly research in medieval manuscripts and other records.
Until now, most tours of Sicily led by historians were offered by universities – and therefore unavailable to "outsiders" in the general market – or by a handful of firms promoting various tours led by
archeology professors knowledgeable in some aspects of Sicilian history.
This ten-day tour is led by one of Sicily's leading historians (whose work appears on this website and
in several books), featuring a lecture by the history editor of Best of Sicily – recognized internationally as one of our island's foremost
This year, tour Sicily with historian Jackie Alio. And meet the peoples! (Read more)
About Us: We're the kind of Sicily-based company that your local travel agent uses! Based in Palermo (Sicily's largest city), Tradizione Turismo
Chat & Tour (whose services are marketed under the names Best of Sicily and Sicily Concierge) is a
licensed tour operator and travel services company associated
with the IATA and the American Society of Travel Agents. Most of the services
mentioned on this page are provided directly by Tradizione Turismo; some
(specifically those presented on Best of Sicily's Bed & Breakfast
and Hotel pages) are offered by other firms and this is clearly indicated. Visit our main
tours page for terms and purchase conditions, as well as faqs, regarding our tours and excursions.
Visas: If you're an EU citizen you probably won't need a visa to enter
Italy. Visitors from certain other countries can visit Italy for up to 3
months without a visa, though their passports must be valid for the entire
duration of their stay. These countries include the USA, Canada, Japan,
Australia and others. Check the Italian Foreign Ministry website or contact the nearest
Italian consulate to see whether you need a visa to enter Italy.
Credit Cards: Some restaurants and shops only accept cash. Mastercard
and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards; fewer Sicilian establishments
accept American Express.
Currency Exchange: Italy's currency is the euro (€).
Banks cannot exchange large amounts of currency, usually limiting transactions
to €400 at a time. Visit our currency converter
for current exchange rates.
Dining: Lunch, the main meal of the day, is usually served around
1, dinner at 8. Expect exceptional Sicilian wines, but no poultry. Few restaurants
in Sicily serve chicken, which is roasted on a skewer and sold at stands
as a take-away meal. Pizza is an evening food, and coffees containing milk
(cappuccino) are usually served in the morning.
Tipping: 10% is normal in restaurants.
Smoking: Not permitted in restaurants or in any buildings open to
the public, including stores and hotels.
Safety: To discourage purse snatchers women should carry small purses,
if any, Along streets, carry your purse on the side away from traffic, as
some thieves steal them while riding motor scooters. Backpacks should not
be worn (but instead carried) in crowded areas or on buses.
Dress: In churches, including Monreale Abbey, Cefalù Cathedral
and Palermo's Palatine Chapel, women should not enter with uncovered arms
or wearing miniskirts or very short pants. Men should not enter wearing
Weather: Visit Best of Sicily's weather page for
forecasts and current conditions, as well as an idea of what to expect when you're in Sicily.
Business Hours: Most stores and offices are closed in the afternoon
from 1 until 4, when they open until 7 or 8.