Accolades

Client Testimonials for Experience Sicily

“Allison and team thoroughly mapped out every aspect of the trip. The whole thing felt very tailored to us and our interests and not generic in any way. We felt truly heard.  Further, they clearly have extensive and detailed understanding of Sicily with a tremendous variety of excellent recommendations. They are sensitive to the needs of their client and helpful at every step of the process. The team was also friendly, kind and thoughtful – I would recommend their services to anyone or any age who is planning a trip to Sicily.”

~ Michael from New York City | August 2018 |


“Experience Sicily put together a beautiful experience that is up there as one of our best trips ever. We have traveled Europe many times, however; with Allison and Evelina’s knowledge and experience, it took it to totally different level of enjoyment. Every step of the way was magical. All we needed to do was discuss our ideas and time frame and they did it all, much better than we ever could have. With so many exciting things in the mix. It was enriching and life changing.”

~ Susan and John from New York City | September 2017 |


“Allison and Evelina of Experience Sicily understood the mission of our trip: to research our heritage in Mussomeli and Nicosia. They listened and delivered! We located documents and living relatives and had an experience we will cherish for our lifetimes.”

~Sue from Illinois | March 2018 |


“If you want a true and personal experience in Sicily, meeting and interacting with the locals, I strongly recommend Experience Sicily as your guide!! We visited places off the map where English was not spoken, but people were friendly and through a few words and hand gestures we were understood. Everyone involved had a chuckle. It was a true immersion in the Sicilian culture.”

~Elizabeth from Reamstown, Pennsylvania | September 2018|


“Allison has an excellent breadth of knowledge of the history of Sicily, it’s people, cuisine and sights. She does thorough research down to which rest stops are appropriate! This attention to detail and her affection for Sicily made our trip feel personal and genuine. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves, knowing she was always prepared for each excursion.”

~ Monica from Ho-Ho-kus, New Jersey | September 2017 |


“Thank you thank you thank you for all that you did to make our Sicily experience so perfect.  The agenda and flow of trip was perfect.  Most everyone who knew you, mentioned you were due in within days with a new group.  We’re only hoping they had half as good a time as we did. We are forever grateful.”

~Sheree from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


“Friendly, fun, professional, and well curated tour offering quality accommodations and delicious food experiences plus a diversity of activities that includes the ‘best of Sicily’ destinations and, this is what makes Experience Sicily very special, those that are excitingly unique, distinctive, uncommon, and off the grid.”

~Tony from New York, New York | May 2018 |


“The most memorable experience of my trip were my cooking lessons–but not because of the cooking. The women I met with were wonderful human beings. We laughed, we cried, we confided in one another. I went to cook and eat but I did so much more. I found a connection with them that is truly invaluable.”

~Josephine from Brooklyn, NY | August 2018 |


“The trip was very well planned. Our trip leader Allison was a delight – knowledgeable, patient, and professional. The pace was good. We traveled a fair amount, but that was necessary to get the most out of our trip. The van was comfortable and just the right size for our group. The accommodations were each very different – attractive, comfortable and clean. The week’s bus driver and the tour guides were all outstanding. We loved Sicily – so many historic and interesting places to see, the countryside was beautiful, the food was authentic and delicious, and the people friendly.”

~Elizabeth from Boston, MA | May 2018 |


“Experience Sicily was VERY thorough in ‘interviewing’ both of us to learn of our wishes and desires for our much anticipated journey. SO much information was offered to us in selecting our own agenda, historical visits and hotels. The final travel packet included extensive information in making our trip stress free, and the drivers provided us great comfort in traveling around beautiful Sicily.  We  savored a fabulous adventure.”

~ Carol and Benjie from Charlotte, North Carolina | October 2017 |


“My wife and I went to Sicily last year with Experience Sicily and came home with fond memories, new friendships (we even had a reunion this past May!), and a deeper appreciation of authentic Italian cuisine.  All those things, coupled with our travel leader’s intimate knowledge of the country and its people, made the trip unforgettable.”

~ Lou from East Earl, Pennsylvania | September 2016 |


“I don’t think our trip could have been improved upon – except if we could have made it even longer as it was so much fun and so educational. It was all that I could ask for in the designated time frame. The warmth of the locals, the great food, amazing historical sites, the great tour manager [Allison], and camaraderie of the group were incredible. Molto grazie per tutti.”

~Cynthia from New York, NY | May 2018 |


“My most memorable (and lucky) experience [of our Sicily trip] was finding Allison and Experience Sicily. I usually research, plan and organize our international trips. It was heaven to work with Allison, who listened to my husband and I and totally “got” us. The suggestions Allison made were exactly right: hotels, restaurants, activities, rental car insurance and guides. And then Allison booked and organized everything for us. Our room in Ortigia, Siracusa had a terrace overlooking the water. [The agriturismo in the countryside] was delightful. We had 4th row center seats for The Phoenician Women by Euripides at the outdoor Greek theater in Siracusa; a spectacular evening I will remember always. Allison even provided addresses for parking garages. Her travel trips were extremely helpful. Do you see why working with Allison was my most memorable experience? Allison created a trip we will remember for a lifetime and all I did was relax and enjoy myself with my husband.”

~ Gerilyn from Larchmont, NY | May 2017 |


“Absolutely loved this trip! Allison and the Experience Sicily team are professional and accommodating. A pleasure to deal with, capable and detail-oriented while keeping the goal of the trip in focus. Loved all the added cultural moments that came up along the way. Brava!!!!”

~ Lisa from Mahwah, New Jersey | July 2017 |


“We loved our day tour of Agrigento and the small village nearby where we got to experience bread making, cheese making as well as see a great beach and a contemporary art museum. Our guide that day was terrific and the sites were wonderful—totally unique! I would recommend Experience Sicily to my friends and family because of the responsiveness, personalized service, and deep understanding of Sicily—the guides, distances, hotels, and excursions.”

 ~ Andrew from Greenwich, Connecticut | July 2017 |


“I just wanted to say thanks for all your help and suggestions for our trip. We had a fantastic time in Sicily. The recommendations of where to go were all beautiful. The hotels were amazing. People were so friendly and helpful. The food was awesome. It’s hard to be back. Driving in the fiat 500 which I was initially nervous, but it turned out to be a blast. I have recommended your services to several of my clients.

~Dave from Weston, Conn | October 2018


“Allison and her team did an outstanding job. The trip was complete in all respects. [My most memorable experience was seeing] the total enjoyment of the entire family of 18–seeing everyone involved and engaged. The local guides were outstanding.”

 ~ Tom from Norwood, New Jersey | July 2017 |



“Having Allison and Evelina at Experience Sicily arrange our trip to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands was a smart decision. Travelling off the beaten path can be difficult so having two knowledgeable professionals with direct contacts in the places we planned to travel was priceless. The itinerary, including hotels and restaurants, was to our liking, the service and care we received was exceptional. There is no question that we will highly recommend Experience Sicily to everyone!!”

~ Donna and Sidney from Chestnut Ridge, NY | May 2017 |


“I recommend Experience Sicily because of the personal attention, attention to detail and ease of use! Great connections and knowledge of the island–you saved us a lot of work and provided unique experiences that we could not have found ourselves. For example, the play in the Greek Theater in Siracusa was a highlight! Thank you for finding it–we thoroughly enjoyed it and got to feel like one of the locals. Sicily’s version of Shakespeare in the Park–a real treat.

Experience Sicily responded to our interests and desires and planned a unique itinerary that delighted us. It was over and above, particularly evidenced by the written guide provided up front. That was incredibly useful!”

~ Wendee from Allendale, NJ (Traveled with her husband and 22-year-old daughter) | June 2017 |


It was a delight working with Allison on our family trip to Sicily in March 2017. We met with her and she asked not only about what we thought we wanted to see, but also about each member of our family. She designed a perfect trip–one that was sensitive to our family dynamics and geared to the interests of all members of our family (even my grumpy teenage son). My only other experience of working with a travel professional was not good as that person seemed to equate in every case cost with quality. Allison recommended great hotels and restaurants and they didn’t break the bank. Every splurge she said was worth it WAS worth it. Every tour guide we hired—on Allison’s recommendation–had so much information and energy, they added to the experience in really meaningful ways.”

~ Betsy from Hastings on Hudson, New York | March 2017 |


“Throughout our trip to the Amalfi Coast, we could feel Allison’s terrific attention to each and every detail…as if she were there with us handling everything personally.  We were constantly saying “Allison hit it out of the park on this one….”

~ Sharon from Lititz, Pennsylvania | September 2016 |


“The Sicilian people we got to meet were so friendly and so proud of their heritage. They were so accommodating and welcoming to help us and show us around their city, town, or farm. They truly made you feel like they you were part of their family from out of town coming to visit. That is why we loved Sicily. We want to go back again. We were so amazed at how much they have influenced our lives here back in the States. We think of Sicily almost every day.”

~Kelly from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania | September 2018 |


“Allison led us to a fantastic agriturismo place in Cammarata called Casalicchio. It was in the mountains surrounding Cammarata and it was picture perfect. The rooms were very clean, the views were straight out of a painting and the food was some of the best we’ve ever had. In fact, our most memorable activity on our trip was eating a four hour meal at this agriturismo. There was no menu and food and wine just kept showing up. It was by far one of the best meals I have ever eaten.

“I would recommend Experience Sicily to my friends and family because of the professionalism of the way Allison handled our trip and the knowledge she has of Sicily.”

~ Dave and Julia from New York City | August 2016 |


“The positive attitudes and the attention to detail of Allison and her cousins Evelina and Filippo who live there were wonderful. Not a stone was left unturned to ensure that the participants would have a high quality experience.”

~ Barbara from New Haven, Connecticut | September 2014 |


“I would recommend Experience Sicily to my friends and family because it was a well planned trip with unique activities, great lodging choices, wonderful meals, fun companions, and excellent tour staff.”

~ Eileen and Tony from Brooklyn, New York | September 2016 |


“Experience Sicily planned a trip that was exactly what we wanted.”

~Mariann from Chicago, Illinois |April 2018|


“With very short lead time the Experience Sicily team arranged an unforgettable adventure for us at the height of the Easter Season that included unique Sicilian celebrations we would not have been able to participate in without their help.”

~ Karen from Lontana, Florida | March 2015 |


“Discussing organized crime in Italy with two judges at Allison’s cousins’ home in Palermo was a unique experience I wouldn’t have had without Experience Sicily’s thoughtful programming.”

~ Guy from New York City | October 2015 |


“Experience Sicily tailors its itineraries to the needs and desires of the traveler. Each day reflected my wishes and wants. All arrangements for my trip were made by Experience Sicily–recommending each step from beginning to end based on a long experience in the area.”

~ Anthony from New York City | June 2015 |


“If you want a trip to Sicily that encompasses the must see major attractions as well as the off the beaten track amazing experiences that make your trip the journey you dreamed of, contact Allison. I did and am so grateful I did.”

~ Eileen from New York City | September 2014 |


“The combination of culture, food, music, sightseeing, religious sights, and camaraderie is wonderful. It is a unique way to see this beautiful island and experience its people and culture. Our guide and driver were the best team I can imagine.”

~ Carol from Chicago, Illinois | October 2015 |


“The tour offered many opportunities to interact with Sicilians. This was very important to us, as we don’t like to visit as a tourist and remain isolated with Americans. The excellent guides selected by Experience Sicily made our trip memorable. Most were fluent in English, and excited about the site they were guiding us through. We loved the Targa Florio museum as we stayed as long as the guys wanted to, and spoke with everyone there! Experience Sicily researched all of the information about the Museum to insure a lovely visit. The entire island of Sicily is just an extraordinary place to visit and soak up the culture, the food, and the atmosphere.”

~Bob from Mercer Island, WA | May 2018 |


“Experience Sicily tastefully planned a trip that accommodated all of our interests. Great pacing allowed for us to tour and to have days to rest. Wonderful hotels and delightful time spent with local Sicilians and Italians. Their planning and customer service was of the highest quality.”

~ Carin from Staten Island, New York |May 2016|


“We were able to experience different things that we never would’ve known about on our own. [Experience Sicily and its local hosts] seemed to genuinely care about our trip and made it more personable. I would definitely recommend Experience Sicily to my family and friends. Grazie mille, it was a wonderful trip!”

~ Patrick from Milwaukee, Wisconsin  |May 2016|


“Allison was very helpful and accommodating under all circumstances. We are very happy that we went on this tour. It was a wonderful journey.”

~ Mimi from Staten Island, New York |October 2015|


“My most memorable experience was the religious ceremony at Porticello. The outpouring of people’s faith, and the sense of such a strong belief in something resonated with my childhood experiences of these things, and it was like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.”

~ Norman from New York City |October 2015|


“Our trip to Sicily exceeded every expectation. The hotels, restaurants, and immersive experiences permitted us to see the world through the eyes of Sicilians and truly experience a unique perspective.  Budgets are set by the travelers and special needs, requests, and options realized……….Sicily is the road less traveled. Experience Sicily will give you a personalized road map.  Grazie! ”

~ Milan and Tammy from Ada, Michigan |July 2015|


“You’re a gem, Allison!

“Allison knows Sicily well and worked with us to coordinate three separate agendas within our party. Our family vacations are typically strained by the different individual needs. Allison handled all of that expertly. This was by far our best family vacation. We can’t wait for our next trip to Sicily!”

~ Bridget from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |May 2016|


“There was no waiting on line for admission to various sights. We were not in the midst of crowds. Driver and guide (Allison) were available and responsive to any concerns. Getting into hotels and handling luggage was seamless. There was very little or no waiting time.”

~ Anne from New York City  |October 2015|


“Our information packet was outstanding. Everything we could possible need was included, even the arrangements we made ourselves such as the air travel and Rome hotel. Not only was it our ‘bible’ during the trip, it will be a valuable keepsake to remind us of everything we did.”

~ A Couple from Chicago, Illinois  |January 2018|


“Experience Sicily’s design services offered something extra that I could not have planned on my own.”

~ Bruce and Karyn from New York City |January 2016|


“We appreciated the personal and professional guidance of Experience Sicily and their efforts to make this visit personally meaningful and suited to our interests. This was not an ordinary tour. We really felt like we had an authentic experience of Sicily in all its richness, beauty, and diversity.”

~ Tom and Karen from Huntington Station, New York  |May 2016|


“Experience Sicily offers a unique and remarkable way to tour this beautiful island. The arrangements were perfect and took the stress out of traveling. Our trip exceeded our expectations.”

~ Alice and Larry from New York City |May 2017|