I was born in Sicily, Catania. I have always been fascinated to discover new places, colors, flavors. Travel helps to open my mind, staying away from home gives you the opportunity to reflect on your life, so It is the best way to discover more about yourself. Travel also offered me a great opportunity to make new friends, and I could visit them or journey with them.
I always find a good reason to take a trip. It could be a birthday, wedding, graduation etc. Every opportunity is good to take advantage of it and leave, so I will have memories that I can share with my dearest people.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Sicily, Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Lombardy, Lazio, Apulia, Amalfi Coast & Naples. Wine and cooking class, trek experience, tour of monuments."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Learning is a good reason why I love to travel, I want to experience something unfamiliar and learn new skills or knowledge. Every country has something unique to teach us. Traveling, people can even learn something specific: a new language, different culture, a new cuisine, different habits of life."
Featured trips & expertise
Embark on the trip of a lifetime with a visit to not one but two of Italy's most historic locales. On this 10-day jaunt you'll enjoy city tours of Rome plus a cooking class where you'll learn to prepare traditional Italian dishes. Then you'll fly to the island of Sicily, where on a road trip you'll travel to coastal cities like Palermo and Cefalú, visit ancient Greek ruins at Syracuse, and even ascend Mt. Etna.
Find your inspiration on this 15-day luxury trip through northwest Italy. Bask in the sun-baked hues of Portofino, rich culinary scene of Piedmont, and churches of Turin. Then, continue high into the Alps and down to the indulgent villas of Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands, where carefully cultivated beauty can be found around every corner.
Explore the small villages, rugged coastline, and the incredible scenery of the Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera on this comprehensive 15-day trip. Stay in old-world towns where you'll hike cliffside paths, visit coastal medieval fortresses, and learn to cook in a local's home. Visit Genoa for the food & old town, then end your trip in Pisa to climb the famed tower and hunt for truffles in the Tuscan countryside.
If spending a week and a half exploring the best that Italy has to offer sounds good, this luxurious itinerary is perfect for you. Start in Venice where city-wide canals, ornate palaces, and famously fresh seafood leave you wanting more. Continue to Tuscany for world-famous art and medieval architecture, then head to Rome for exclusive access to the Vatican. End on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea to see Pompeii's ruins and the dramatic coastline from a helicopter ride.
Spend two weeks experiencing Italy's cities and Amalfi Coast in luxury. Start with a private tour of Venice to see ornate palaces and visit a traditional gondola workshop. In Florence, dine on world-class food and wine and go on a hot-air balloon ride above the Tuscan hills. Dive into history with priority access to the Vatican and a private tour of the Colosseum, then soak up the sunshine and ocean views on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast.
Many travelers with 10 days to spend in Italy choose to explore two to three cities or regions—you can easily see the top sights in Venice, Florence, Rome, adding the Amalfi Coast for good measure. Or, take a food-focused trip that includes detours to Chianti and Parma. Another option? Immerse in the culture and nature of one region with a tour around Sicily or a hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Read on for five unique itineraries.
Recent trip reviews for Carmelo
Highlights of Italy – 14 Days · Italy - Jul 15 - Jul 29, 2019
I took my 12 years old daughter to her Bat Mitzvah wish trip.. I was worried it’s just the two of us and couldn’t really find an organized tour that was right for us. We wanted to start in Milan and end it in Amalfi Coast in two full weeks. Carmelo was super helpful from day one.. I started clueless about where and how I’m going to tour Italy and I left the States confident with a fabulous, detailed trip plan! He helped me through step by step. If it’s to get private transportation when it’s... read more
A Week in Sicily: 3 Great Self-Drive Itineraries · Italy - May 25 - Jun 1, 2019
Carmelo was absolutely INSTRUMENTAL in the booking of my vacation package. Everything was taken care of, from the reservations to the transfers between airports and hotels, and even the transfer from hotel to rental car pickup. He even revised the plan about 4 times cause I wasn't sure. The places were incredible, to say the least. Catania is worth a couple more days than I was able to be there, but I was strapped for time. The farmhouses (Agriturismo) I stayed in were more than... read more
Naples & Amalfi Coast - 5 Days · Italy - May 11 - May 16, 2019
This was a wonderful tour. Any glitches that came up were quickly resolved through the kimkim site. The guide for our tour in Naples was outstanding and our hotel in Maori was simply gorgeous. We did get stuck in a small elevator for about 10 minutes, perhaps the kind of thing that might happen in a three star hotel. The hotel in Naples was ok but not terrific. On the whole, a wonderful experience. I suggest that you add advice about taking the ferry from Amalfi to Positano, which is more expensive than the bus, but much less nerve- wracking. Overall, 8.5 out of 10.
Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary · Italy - Apr 30 - May 10, 2019
All the guides were first rate , the gentleman who walked us round Palermo and the guide at Syracuse we’re particularly good , the latter was very knowledgeable on horticultural matters as well as history and archaeology. We had a series of excellent drivers who took us around the island. They were immensely helpful anddrovewithgreat care.
Carmelo, our tour organiser was excellent , we were delighted to meet up with him in Catania where we could thank him in person. He had enormous... read more
7 Days in Sicily - 3 Unique Self-Drive Itineraries · Italy - Apr 18 - Apr 25, 2019
This first trip to Sicily was a truly wonderful experience for us. The suggestions of sites and locations to visit as well as the selection of accommodations throughout the trip have been great experiences, thank you Carmelo. We really liked the small accommodations in the rural country side (especially the Terra des Mezzo near Riposto) as well the amazing hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica. The food was truly amazing. It was always a pleasure to talk to people (most could speak English and we... read more
Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary · Italy - Apr 17 - Apr 30, 2019
Well what great organisation! Many congratulations Carmelo. We had a fab holiday thank you all very much.
Taxi was waiting at the airport, all the Hotels and B&B's were simply first class, the hosts were so friendly and so helpful, and the local guides were all excellent. We learnt so much from all of them.
The whole holiday was a joy and all places were memorable for their own reasons.
Katia was a particuarly instructive guide at Casale de Romana, her knowledge and manner was lovely.
It... read more
Spring Break 2019 - Italy · Italy - Mar 29 - Apr 5, 2019
Awesome trip that covered the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Rome. Loved the accommodations arranged by Carmelo - its sometimes a challenge to travel as a family of 5 and the hotel, then apartment, then shared suite that he arranged for us were perfect! Each had great locations in easy walking distance to the town centers and attractions. Also had first rate drivers and guides in each location, and appreciated the way Carmelo checked in with us throughout the trip to make sure all was well. Things were smooth from start to finish.
ebike tour central italy · Italy - Aug 6 - Aug 13, 2018
Carmelo arranged an eBike tour for us in Tuscany, starting in San Gimignano, through to Siena and up to Montalcino. We finished it off with a couple of days on Lake Como. This was fabulous, and Carmelo organised everything perfectly. The bikes were waiting for us when we arrived, with very easy to follow route instructions. Drivers were there to pick up and carry our bags between towns when they said they be there. The accommodation Carmelo selected was perfect and the cycling route was... read more
Almalfi Coast · Italy - Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2018
Trip to the Almalfi Coast was amazing! Carmelo was super helpful in planning and tailoring the trips to our needs. The agency was also very quick to respond during our stay in Italy and was very accommodating in helping us work out some last minute changes to our trip. It was truly an unforgettable experience in a beautiful place!
Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary · Italy - Aug 10 - Aug 31, 2018
We had a terrific experience working with KimKim. There were some glitches and problems along the way, but the fact that we had a cell phone number to call and that someone ALWAYS answered the telephone and assisted us immediately made a huge difference in our feeling that we did not have to resolve the issue on our own. The hotels that were booked through KimKim were fine, and without exception the staff at the hotels, many of which were family-run, were kind and helpful. Regarding the... read more
Rome excursions · Italy - Jun 29 - Jul 1, 2018
Took forever to get answers on the tour then once in Italy tour was not what I paid for and they were unable to purchase the tickets for the underground Colosseum as purchased. Very disappointing experience in all.