Preparing for Secret Sicily 2022

Thank you for entrusting Experience Sicily with your travels!

Your Itinerary

Secret Sicily, Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 24, 2022

Read the Day by Day Itinerary

NB more specific details for your travels will be published in the final itinerary to be issued about one month before your arrival in Sicily.

Your What to Expect preparation document will be sent to you May 31, 2022.

Optional Palermo Prelude Package

Palermo offers travelers intriguing historic sites from ancient Phoenician ruins to spectacular Arab Norman palaces to dazzling rococo baroque churches. These attractions are punctuated by dynamic outdoor markets, extraordinary street food, and live music from opera to folk. Street- to contemporary art will provoke you, and the shopping with high-end to artisanal offerings will thrill you. Arrive early to acclimate to Sicily and explore Palermo with the guidance of Experience Sicily.

Ask us about adding this optional prelude to your itinerary.

Palermo Pre-Tour Package

Join us for this small-group, pre-tour Palermo itinerary from Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 15. 

Palermo Pre-Tour Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 15 

Day 1 | Tuesday, July 12 – Transfer from Palermo Airport, Orientation, and Dinner as a group

Day 2 | Wednesday, July 13 – Market, culture, street food tour (includes lunch) led by expert, local guide, Opera dei Pupi performance and demonstration, Dinner on your own, Time to enjoy the festivities around the Feast of Santa Rosalia

Day 3 | Thursday, July 14 – Tour Monreale Cathedral with expert guide, Time on your own in Cefalù, Evening’s Il Festino festivities for the Feast of Santa Rosalia in Palermo (lunch and dinner on your own)

Day 4 | Friday, July 15 – Visit the Catacombs of Palermo, Travel as a group to Licodia Eubea/Secret Sicily’s home-base with lunch at a family-run trattoria along the way … Start of Secret Sicily …

$1,400 per person, double occupancy (Single Supplement $105). Land only.

4 days, 3 nights

  • Led by Experience Sicily’s Owner/Curator Allison Scola
  • Includes 3 nights of 4-star accommodations in Palermo’s historic center
  • Price covers costs of all group activities and related gratuities
  • Includes three breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner
  • Includes airport transfer from Palermo Airport and all group transportation, including transfer to Licodia Eubea, our home-base for Secret Sicily

Let’s Get Started

Start here to learn about next steps to prepare for your departure.

Video Agenda:

  • An overview of your trip and option for Palermo Prelude
  • Once you arrive in Sicily/Transportation from the airport to our first hotel
  • Reserving your flights to and from Sicily

Concerns About the Pandemic and Travel in Italy

COVID-19 travel protocols for the 2022 travel season will be clearer once you are closer to departure. I’ll update you with the latest mandates and expected behavior then. Watch this video to learn about current expectations regarding traveling during the pandemic.

Video Agenda:

  • What is required to enter Italy
  • The current mandates in Italy
  • Requirements to re-enter the United States
  • How to prepare

For your information:, the at-home official COVID-19 test for travel mentioned.

Your Tour Cancellation Policy and Terms and Conditions Explained

The following video was recorded to help you understand the details included in the Welcome Letter and your Acknowledgement of the Cancellation and Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions.

Video Agenda:

  • Details about what is included in your tour package
  • Outline of Cancellation and Refund Policy

Travel Insurance

Experience Sicily tour packages do not include insurance coverage. Experience Sicily all-but-requires that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to protect your trip investment. A comprehensive insurance policy includes coverage for medical expenses, evacuation coverage, loss or damage to luggage, personal accident, loss or damage to property, trip cancellation or postponement, personal liability, legal expenses, and emergency expenses. It should also include coverage for pre-existing health conditions.

Video Agenda:

  • When to purchase travel insurance
  • Why to purchase travel insurance
  • What policy benefits should you consider

Next Steps

  1. Review your Welcome Letter and electronically sign the Terms and Conditions Acknowledgement.
  2. Pay your travel package invoice. See the invoice sent via Intuit/Quickbooks for payment instructions.
  3. Submit the Traveler Details form for each person in your party at
  4. When completing the Traveler Details form, you will indicate if you’d like us to reach out to you regarding covering your trip investment with travel insurance. If you elect to have Experience Sicily help you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy, we will be in contact in the days ahead to help identify and purchase the right policy for you.  It’s best to purchase a policy within 14 days of the first purchase towards your trip.
  5. If you elect to decline travel insurance, we will send you a Travel Insurance Waiver form to complete.
  6. Purchase your flights to Sicily. For help identifying and purchasing your flights, please contact our agency partner. See the video above for more explanation.

Marlene Gelardi
Sr. Vice President
Travelong of Summit
4 Chatham Road
Summit, N J 07901
908-277-2700 x 316

When contacting Travelong, please have ready/send them your exact travel dates, your full name as it appears on your passport, and your birthdate.

Further Ahead

  • Please submit your Emergency Contact information by May 16, 2022. We’ll send you a reminder closer to when it’s officially due.
  • Your What to Expect travel preparation document will be delivered to you by May 31, 2022.
  • Consider purchasing  an EMed COVID-19 testing kit at to make your testing requirments easy. More details about the latest requirements will be available as we approach your departure.
  • Your final, detailed, electronic itinerary will be delivered to you on or about June 15, 2022.
  • The official start date of your tour is Friday, July 15, 2022.

The Experience Sicily Team

Over the course of the next months, you may hear from different members of the Experience Sicily team.

Allison Scola
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Evelina Buttitta
Palermo, Sicily

Elizabeth Uppenbrink
Client Support Manager
Rockland County, NY

Anna Scola
Project Coordinator
New York, NY

We look forward to delighting you with a phenomenal trip to Sicily!