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Giorgia Carraffa

Travel is my absolute favorite thing! I took my first plane when I was 6 months old…and since then I’ve never stopped! Thailand, United States, Patagonia, Brazil, Iceland are just some of the fantastic destinations I have had the fortune to explore. However I come from the most beautiful, incredible and fascinating country in the world…Italy! So there is no better place to explore than home with our thousands of years of history, incredible gastronomic tradition and a stunning variety of landscapes. I lived in different cities...Rome, Milan, Florence and then I moved back to my hometown Catania, Sicily, a place where in the same day you can go for a swim in the deepest blue sea and after few hours be on the top of the highest active volcano in Europe! Isn’t that incredible?!? I'm part of a great and active travel company, Discover Italy. We do every day our best to create unforgettable travel experiences, let the clients know the inner and secret parts of our fabulous country and to spoil them with the world famous Italian hospitality!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Italy, everywhere! Sicily, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Cinque Terre are only a few of the magic places that my country has to offer. We specialize in hiking, cultural tours and active culinary tours. Individual travelers, small groups and families are our target customers and we know how to accommodate different needs. We have travelled up and down all of our 20 regions and have met hundreds of local suppliers, We have hiked along the Italian trails to know which are the best to offer to our clients. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started to travel with my parents since I was very little and since then I have always enjoyed it so much I have never thought of any other career but working in the tourism business. So I studied Economy of Tourism at the University of Florence. I just can’t help it, I keep planning trips for me, my family and my clients! I love the feeling of walking through an unknown place, discovering new spots, meeting people with different cultures, backgrounds and stories to tell you! And the best thing is that you don’t always need to travel for miles and miles… Sometimes by just getting out of town you can enjoy a special winery, talk with a local artisan or taste a fresh cheese from a local farm! These small things about travelling are the fuel that makes me keep moving around!

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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first memory that comes to my mind is during a trip in Thailand. My husband and I were hiking up to the Doi Inthanon, a fantastic mountain surrounded by lush forest, incredible plants and flowers. Once on the top, luckily we were the only people there with the exception of a local family with two lovely kids. I just remember that we ended up sitting all together in a circle sharing our food, without speaking a word in a common language. Our talk was made by smiles and little laughs and I can still feel today how everything was just so peaceful and full of beauty. "

Featured trips & expertise

Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary

Experience Sicily in all its glory by driving around the island in 2 weeks. Highlights of this tour include Palermo, a cultural melting pot with its stunning monuments and vibrant local markets; Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theater and the postcard views of Mount Etna; The continuous activity of the volcano Stromboli and its breathtaking coastal scenery; Syracuse and Agrigento with their archaeological masterpieces and Mt Etna: Europe's highest active volcano.

Discovering the Italian Highlights - 8-Day Itinerary

Discover the sights and delights of Italy on this week long highlights tour. Visit Rome, the Eternal City, Florence the  Renaissance Jewel and Venice  one of the world's most romantic cities. Then head to the picturesque Tuscan countryside to taste its tradition, culture and  famous Italian food and wine.

Agrigento

Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 day itinerary

Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims and Normans. This 7-day itinerary will let you discover the cultural footprints all these conquerors left behind. You will travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, have a stroll under Baroque façades and enjoy the colorful and vibrant local markets, while enjoying spectacular scenery, and experiencing the relaxed island lifestyle, cuisine and wine of Sicily.

The town of Manarola

An active tour of Cinque Terre National Park - 8 Day Itinerary

This one week tour of National Park of Cinque Terre lets you explore this UNESCO heritage site in all its glory. This is a unique area where houses are painted in vivid multi-colored shades and the sea is brighter than the sky. The hiking routes consist of ancient paths and mule tracks. Short train rides connect its five classic colorful fishing villages.

Alicudi panoramic view

Volcanoes of Sicily: Exploring Mt Etna and the Aeolian Islands - 9-Day Itinerary

Dominated by volcanic peaks, some of them still active, Sicily and the Aeolian islands offer dramatic, rumbling cones, stunning coasts, and fertile interiors. Explore the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago, made up of 7 diverse islands including Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli, whose active volcanic cone dominates the horizon. The literal highlight of this trip is the climb to the top of Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, with its combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. During your trip you will enjoy panoramic walks, wonderful beaches and excellent Sicilian food and wine.

Sunset view from the island of Alba

Explosive Adventures in Southern Italy - 7-Day Exploration of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Explore Naples and the Amalfi Coast on this active and culinary 7 day trip. You will visit the island of Capri and the fascinating remains of the Roman town of Pompeii as well as vibrant Naples, an incredible city rich with culture, museums and food. The landscape varies from typical Mediterranean macchia (shrub), to the cultivated terraces of citrus, olives, and vines. Lemons from the Sorrentine Peninsula have inspired the liqueur limoncello, sipped ice cold after dinner. Fresh seafood, mozzarella, and pasta dishes unique to the region are among other tastes to be savored in this exploration of a mythical coastline.

Recent trip reviews for Giorgia

Sicily with paul, Italy - Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2017

Traveler: Erik H. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Several accommodations were outstanding - Palazzo Failla Hotel in Monica and Hotel Olympia in Venice were great and exceeded out expectations. However, the hotel in Catania, Hotel Alla Giudecca was in a good location but was pretty "spartan" and dark; the kitchenette for our purposes was unnecessary. The hotel in Catania, Hotel Etna 316, was also only marginally acceptable. Again it was in a good, central location. Problems include: it had poor air conditioning; our room was literally... read more

Several accommodations were outstanding - Palazzo Failla Hotel in Monica and Hotel Olympia in Venice were great and exceeded out expectations. However, the hotel in Catania, Hotel Alla Giudecca was in a good location but was pretty "spartan" and dark; the kitchenette for our purposes was unnecessary. The hotel in Catania, Hotel Etna 316, was also only marginally acceptable. Again it was in a good, central location. Problems include: it had poor air conditioning; our room was literally connected to the breakfast dining area and was noisy; the host who greeted us, Marco, was rude and obnoxious, and instead of answering our basic questions about the neighborhood, safety, etc, he felt compelled to brag about himself and avoid answering our questions. Also, somewhat curiously, they demanded to hold our room key at the front desk when we went out.
The tour guide in Siracusa, Eva Greco, was outstanding and should always be recommended for her knowledge and personality. Our guide in Venice, Fiona Giusto was also very solid.
The transports to hotels and back to the airport were also very dependable, calling the hotels to remind/confirm our departure times.
One of the highlights of the trip was wine tasting and lunch at Cantina Planeta Buonovini. They had a great presentation, excellent wines, and a great lunch in an outdoor setting.

Giorgia was very responsive to the several questions we had while on the trip, and sent reminder messages to us about tour times and connections. Her choices for accommodations and tour guides were, overall, excellent.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Erik for this review! It was a real pleasure assist you and your family during your stay in Italy !
Your feedback about the accommodations are very very useful and I will keep them for my next booking...specially about Catania. Sorry for this choice.
Glad to read that you liked Eva and Fiona, I love to work with them.

Have a great week and I hope to have you back in Italy soon!
Giorgia

Everything italy, Italy - Oct 3 - Oct 24, 2017

Traveler: Alicia M. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

There were a couple of problems when we were using the private transfers. We couldn't find the drivers and had to call the car service a couple times. The drivers were actually there but they were hard to find. They usually had a sign with our name but those times we couldn't find them, the drivers were in a high traffic area or not holding the sign up at all. When we called the car service number we provided, they often did not speak English so it was difficult to communicate the problem.... read more

There were a couple of problems when we were using the private transfers. We couldn't find the drivers and had to call the car service a couple times. The drivers were actually there but they were hard to find. They usually had a sign with our name but those times we couldn't find them, the drivers were in a high traffic area or not holding the sign up at all. When we called the car service number we provided, they often did not speak English so it was difficult to communicate the problem. Otherwise, the transfers were fine.

Giorgia was very attentive and answered questions quickly. When we had problems with the private transfers or with a tour guide meeting point, she was attempting to troubleshoot and find solutions. She always checked in with us to make sure everything was going well and was very friendly.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Alicia! so nice to read this and hear from you! Your it was a really long trip and I'm glad that , except the small transfers issue, you enjoy my country! It was a pleasure work for you and I really hope to have you back in Italy soon...maybe next time let's explore Sicily! :)
Rgards,
Giorgia

Sicily trip, Italy - Oct 3 - Oct 17, 2017

Traveler: Robert L. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

The itinerary - Giorgia worked with us to create the trip that was suited to us, at a fair price.
She was always there if we wanted to contact her with any queries or comments.
The hotels - Were all in great locations, and were very good to excellent rooms. There was only one that was unsuitable, and this complaint was quickly rectified by the hotel and Giorgia. The staff were always helpful and friendly, and were always expecting us.
The connections - All connections were met, the drivers... read more

The itinerary - Giorgia worked with us to create the trip that was suited to us, at a fair price.
She was always there if we wanted to contact her with any queries or comments.
The hotels - Were all in great locations, and were very good to excellent rooms. There was only one that was unsuitable, and this complaint was quickly rectified by the hotel and Giorgia. The staff were always helpful and friendly, and were always expecting us.
The connections - All connections were met, the drivers were on time, English-speaking and well-briefed.
Extra activities - All activities that we booked were arranged with excellent guides, and were great experiences for us. Tour guides were professional and fluent, and activities such as food tours of particular towns and the cooking class were outstanding value for money.

All this meant that we were able to be confident in our itinerary, certain about what would happen, and therefore fully able to experience the trip without worry.

Thanks to Giorgia of Kimkim for her great work in organising and implementing what was an excellent and memorable two-week immersion into Sicily. We have great memories for life.

Robert Lewis and Ros Gilchrist

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Robert and Ros, Thanks you so much for tis review! It was a pleasure help such a good travellers like you! I'm glad to read that Sicily will remain a great memories for life...this is one of the reason I love this job!
Hope to have you back in Italy soon!
Giorgia

Tour sicily, Italy - Oct 1 - Oct 8, 2017

Traveler: Pamela B. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Only one slip-up on a day which was overpacked with 2 archaeological sites and a guide scheduled too close together.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pamela!
thanks for your review and the 5 stars!
hope to have you in Italy again soon!

Sicily, Italy - Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2017

Traveler: Silvana R. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

It was mostly perfect. The drivers were all wonderful. They were punctual, friendly, obliging and cars were immaculate . The guides were even better, especially Valentina in Palermo who we adored.The others were fabulous too.Accommodation was mostly good,but we found the agiturismo in Agrigento tooooo remote,and my brief did say we were city slickers . Also it was feragosto eve and they had a party.
However,I have been recommending you to everyone.

Also nearly perfect but better than good.... read more

It was mostly perfect. The drivers were all wonderful. They were punctual, friendly, obliging and cars were immaculate . The guides were even better, especially Valentina in Palermo who we adored.The others were fabulous too.Accommodation was mostly good,but we found the agiturismo in Agrigento tooooo remote,and my brief did say we were city slickers . Also it was feragosto eve and they had a party.
However,I have been recommending you to everyone.

Also nearly perfect but better than good. As I mentioned,The accommodation in Tenuta San Giovanni was really not us, we would have preferred something in the city of Agrigento. This place was 7 kilometres from the nearest village and 50 minutes from Agrigento.I have stayed at farmhouses before but they were walking distance to piazza's. Not this one.
Also, the voucher for the Etna excursion said meet at 9.30 at the hut. When we arrived at 9.23,they told us the 9.30 group had gone and we would have to wait for the 10.30 group. This would've got us back to our transport to Messina too late, and also we had arrangements in Messina to get to on time.So we paid for the shorter version out of pocket. The man in charge of hut Etna excursion said we should get a refund for the one we missed,so I am also enquiring about that .

Sicily, Italy - Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2017

Traveler: Teresa K. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Every part of your itinerary went off without a hitch - perfect! Thank you, thank you. We never waited a minute for any of our transfers or activities. Would definitely recommend and use you and KimKim again.

Transfers: The drivers who did our transfers all were in time, polite and had nice, clean luxury cars.

Lodging: Our accommodations were well selected. The locations were great and staff very helpful. Our only comment on hotels was the the Hotel de Corsa in Taromina : the location,... read more

Every part of your itinerary went off without a hitch - perfect! Thank you, thank you. We never waited a minute for any of our transfers or activities. Would definitely recommend and use you and KimKim again.

Transfers: The drivers who did our transfers all were in time, polite and had nice, clean luxury cars.

Lodging: Our accommodations were well selected. The locations were great and staff very helpful. Our only comment on hotels was the the Hotel de Corsa in Taromina : the location, staff and breakfast were good but the rooms were small and "tired" looking - no "wow" factor, seemed more two star, we wished we had upgraded. Just two doors down was a similar boutique hotel called "Hotel Taodomus", prices for lodging looked similar...you might
want to look into that one for future bookings.

Activities: Taromina - Our day of Mountain Biking on Mt. Etna with Luca from "Sicilybiketouristservices", was fun and challenging. Luca was waiting with all the equipment for us (nice comfortable mt. Bikes) plus a picnic lunch. He made it safe and accommodated our skill level- which was "beginner."

Would strongly recommend him again- a lovely kind person who refused to take a tip, only asked that we give him an hi set review. A great day to away from of the crowd streets of Taromina - still back with plenty of time for dinner and shopping.

The next day's cooking class at Porta Messina with owner Stephano was top-notch . Learned much about Sicilian food with a trip to the market first, then back to his restaurant for the cooking and learning experience -so much fun and so much food to eat !!! Five star experience!

Modica: A nice drive to a different part of Sicily- arrived with our road bike tour guide" Raffaelle from "Sicilybikeroutes.com" was waiting for us with wonderful road bikes. We took a nice ride through the countryside on stone fenced roads and almost no car traffic- a dream for us cyclists.

We visited a cheese farm where we watched them make fresh mozzarella cheese and then we sat down to wonderfully prepared lunch awaiting us. A different scenic route back with a stop in Scicli to view beautiful church, then a fun climb navy to our luxury hotel in Modica. We later heard that the restaurant at the hotel was so good it should be Michelin star rated, but we had already been offered the chance from the hotel to go to an evening cooking class in an old villa in town, which we did (and enjoyed immensely.

The following day's bike ride took us to the Noto region for another fun ride with a private tour and lunch at a winery with the owner, Baron Sergio. Raffaelle and his company "Sicilybikeroutes.com" were top notch- excellent bikes, clean transport van, great food selection activities plus some added flexibility when we asked to visit a local bike store one morning. We felt like we were treated like royalty and would definitely highly recommend using Raffaelle again.

Ortigia: Our bike operator transferred us to Ortigia where we had very nice accommodations at Hotel Alla Giudecca. The next morning our city guide Eva was waiting for us with a taxi to take us on our private tour of the history sites of Syracuse. She was an excellent choice of a guide for us - very knowledgable, spoke great English and a lot of fun- again a great choice.

Our early transfer to the Catania airport worked out good. The airport was very crowded and by the time checked in at the airline, we had something to eat we had little time to spare, so you were right to get us there 2.5 hrs early.

All and all we had a lovely, stress-free time in Sicily - all due to your good planning.

Scicilly, Italy - Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2017

Traveler: Joseph T. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

One small issue, airport pickup in Sicily did not show up on time and had to get a cab.

Giorgia was a pleasure to deal with!

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joe!
Thanks!It was a pleasure have you in Sicily...sorry for the last inconvenience!

Scicilly, Italy - Sep 13 - Sep 19, 2017

Traveler: Thomas E. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Awesome trip

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you so much!!

Spectacular self-drive tour around sicily - 14-day itinerary, Italy - Sep 1 - Sep 11, 2017

Traveler: Mary L. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

We loved this trip! Hike to the top of an active volcano at sunset (Giorgia ordered the full moon, too), snorkel in the Ionian Sea, learn about the earlier inhabitants of Sicily, their architecture and way of life, amble Baroque towns, hike to ridges looking over volcanic islands and along the seashore and through the marsh (Giorgia organized the flock of wild flamingos), eat gelato, drive and explore at your own pace. The hotels were FABULOUS! The hiking routes really made the trip,... read more

We loved this trip! Hike to the top of an active volcano at sunset (Giorgia ordered the full moon, too), snorkel in the Ionian Sea, learn about the earlier inhabitants of Sicily, their architecture and way of life, amble Baroque towns, hike to ridges looking over volcanic islands and along the seashore and through the marsh (Giorgia organized the flock of wild flamingos), eat gelato, drive and explore at your own pace. The hotels were FABULOUS! The hiking routes really made the trip, especially the hike on Lipari and the Vendicari Nature Reserve south of Siracusa. The Stromboli volcano was unforgettable. I appreciated having an expert guide us on the itinerary and loved just calling the rescue number when the ferry and flight were delayed. Thank you!

Georgia was super responsive, especially when we were experiencing delays in flights and ferries. It was very helpful to have someone to brainstorm possible itineraries with.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary,
thanks for your feedback! It was great to have you in Sicily and I hope you will come back to Italy soon!!
Giorgia

Genoa to cinque terre, Italy - Jul 27 - Jul 27, 2017

Traveler: Todd-Paul T. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Kimkim did a great job. Our liaison (Giorgia) coordinated exactly what we wanted and when one of the tours fell through, arranged for a substitute on short notice. Well done!

Giorgia was amazing! Couldn't have asked for anything better. Timely responses, adaptable to our desires, and provided excellent advice.

Trip to italy, Italy - Jul 7 - Jul 10, 2017

Traveler: Molly B. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Overall the hotels were excellent and the trip-planning advice was spot-on. I was thinking of renting a car in Amalfi but was VERY glad I did not! Great job.

One hotel was not great, since it provided little in the way of service. We wished we had a guide in Pompeii. I'm sure I'm the one who didn't want it, but it would have been good to have one.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

thanks Molly! glad you liked the South of Italy and thanks for these lovely pictures! :)
Hope to have you again here in Italy!
All the best,
Giorgia

Italy0517, Italy - May 2 - May 12, 2017

Traveler: Toni B. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Planning and booking went pretty well. I would suggest that the organizers answer all of the questions asked by the clients, even if they seem unrelated to the actual booking, just so that there are no misunderstandings. Questions such as recommendations for restaurants were simply ignored. Answers to questions like that would have been extremely helpful.

Giorga did a nice job. She answered emails in a timely fashion and her responses were mostly clear. She was as responsive as... read more

Planning and booking went pretty well. I would suggest that the organizers answer all of the questions asked by the clients, even if they seem unrelated to the actual booking, just so that there are no misunderstandings. Questions such as recommendations for restaurants were simply ignored. Answers to questions like that would have been extremely helpful.

Giorga did a nice job. She answered emails in a timely fashion and her responses were mostly clear. She was as responsive as possible when our driver did not show for a pick up from the VCE airport. Considering we were using a water taxi as transportation from VCE and had never been to Italy, this was somewhat challenging.

No title, Italy - May 1 - May 7, 2017

Traveler: Laurence V. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Small exception with one of the drivers but overall it was exceptional.

Giorgia was quick to respond with any question or issue.

Giorgia Carraffa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks a lot Laurance!!
Hope to have you back in Italy soon!

Sicily - culture, walking, active, local food, Italy - Apr 10 - Apr 24, 2017

Traveler: maggie c. - Local specialist: Giorgia Carraffa

Great experience with the website and working with Georgia. She was great. The package of materials was excellent. I loved all the maps and they saved us a few times - I couldn't have gotten the Sicily road map on my own but not all the local maps she sent us. Also loved the driving directions and suggestions with details for optional tours. She worked with us to create our itinerary and her knowledge was so good. We never would have done what we do without her help. I loved all her... read more

Great experience with the website and working with Georgia. She was great. The package of materials was excellent. I loved all the maps and they saved us a few times - I couldn't have gotten the Sicily road map on my own but not all the local maps she sent us. Also loved the driving directions and suggestions with details for optional tours. She worked with us to create our itinerary and her knowledge was so good. We never would have done what we do without her help. I loved all her suggestions for options on our transition days. Lodging was great as well. I really liked having the resources of her office - she sent us stuff that was important during the trip as well - for example, revised driving directions to a hotel because of road construction. The team she works with backed her up and someone always answered the phone and responded to our messages. Joost was great to work with as well.