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. The low-season price of
our popular 7-night Golden Sicily Tour is the same in 2013 as it was in 2010.
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 West→East (7 nights)
• Golden Sicily East→West (7 nights)
• Red Tour (8 nights West→East)
• Private Excursions: Palermo, Segesta, Cefalù
• Regular 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
|» Lodging, Accommodation...|
• Hotels in Sicily
• Sicily Bed & Breakfasts
• Country Retreats (rural bed & breakfasts)
• Villa Rentals in Sicily
• Restaurants in Sicily
• Airports in Sicily
• Regular Excursions & Day Tours of Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Erice and Cefalù!
Convenient, twice-weekly departures from central Palermo. The perfect complement to your independent travel in western Sicily. No need to rent a
car or deal with bus and train schedules. Just use Palermo as your base (with suggestions from our hotel page) and join
our day-long excursions to some of
the island's most interesting places.
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.