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Marianne Lopez

I was born in France from a half Spanish family so was used to traveling for my very first age between France and Spain. I learned to love discovering new places and learning different habits and languages. After living in Ireland and Spain, I dropped my luggage in Sicily 12 years ago and started working in making people discover Sicily and Italy.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Apulia, Rome, Venice, Tuscany
Wine experience, Self-drive tours, active trips, Classics"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first experience was being a tour leader for trekking tours on Aeolian Islands and Etna. After 4 years leading groups around Italian countryside and volcanoes, I started planning trips for people who want to visit Italy, and know it from inside."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I saw Rome and Venice and the impression that a lifetime would be enough to see all the wonders they hold."

Marianne is part of the following groups: Switzerland Travel Agents, Malta Travel Agents, Italy Travel Agents
Tuscany, Italy countryside
Tuscany By Bike: San Gimignano, Montalcino, Siena - 5 Days

Tuscany is famous for its beautiful landscapes, vineyards, cypress trees, farms, and medieval hill towns. What better way to experience some of the best views in Italy than by bike. You'll explore the hills and towers of San Gimignano, have a chance to taste Brunello wines in Montalcino, and learn about the history and architecture of Siena.

Francigena Way, Tuscany, Italy
Via Francigena: San Miniato, San Gimignano, & Siena - 5 Days

In 990 BCE, the Archbishop of Canterbury traveled from England to Rome to meet with the Pope. He wrote a detailed diary of the 80 stages of his journey through the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, and this path is now known at the Via Francigena (the Francigena Way), a path for religious pilgrims from Canterbury to Rome. The trail travels through Tuscany, and you can experience it on this five-day itinerary that winds through the Tuscan countryside.

Erice cityscape
Explore Western Sicily - 5 Days

Explore western Sicily on this 5-day trip, from cultural Palermo to sunny Cefalu. You'll see medieval churches, tour the macabre Caphucin Catacombs, and soak in the sunshine on Cefalu's beaches. From the hustle and bustle of the street markets to the quiet of the Palermo Cathedral, this trip is the perfect way to explore the region's diverse culture. 

Evening in downtown
Explore Northern Italy from Milan - 5 Days

Explore Northern Italy's cities and landscapes in this packed 5-day trip. Start in Milan, the fashion, culture, and business capital of Italy, to see the 16th-century Royal Palace-turned-art-museum and enjoy buzzing nightlife at the Navigli canals. Continue to Lake Como to enjoy a day on the lake and a trip on the funicular to see views of the snow-capped Alps. End in Bologna and Turin to explore medieval churches, the National Cinema Museum, and endless cafes and aperitivo bars.

Florence's City Skyline and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Explore Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Pisa & More - 5 Days

Spend five days exploring the art and cuisine of Italy's Tuscany region. Discover Rennaissance art in Florence, browse bustling markets for fresh produce and cured meats and stroll through narrow medieval streets to see the 1,000-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge. Head to the Tuscan countryside to visit Siena, tour a typical Chianti winery, and see the medieval Monteriggioni fortress. End your visit with a trip to see the famous leaning tower of Pisa and Lucca's historic city walls.

View of the Amalfi Coast
Naples & Amalfi Coast - 5 Days

This packed 5-day itinerary is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure who are on a time crunch. Explore the glass-roofed Galleria Umberto shopping center, enjoy coffee on the medieval Piazza del Plebiscito, and try the seafood cuoppo in Naples. Visit the Pompeii ruins, hike around Mt. Vesuvius, and visit colorful bohemian Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Make sure you try the Naples pizza—the Amalfi Coast's real highlight. 

Recent trip reviews for Marianne

Our trip to Italy was a long time coming!
Italy | Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2022

Michele
Michele F.
Santa Monica, CA | Jul 21, 2022

Our trip to Italy was a long time coming! I worked with KimKim Travel and Marianne for over 2.5 years, through the cancellation and uncertainty of the pandemic. We finally were able to go in June 2022. We went to Venice, Florence, Rome, and Amalfi.
I most appreciated coordinating all of the transport among cities. We took trains, private cars, boats, taxis! We had a hiccup with one of our drivers and the employees on the ground helped us in real time to rebook our train. It's really amazing... read more

Our trip to Italy was a long time coming! I worked with KimKim Travel and Marianne for over 2.5 years, through the cancellation and uncertainty of the pandemic. We finally were able to go in June 2022. We went to Venice, Florence, Rome, and Amalfi.
I most appreciated coordinating all of the transport among cities. We took trains, private cars, boats, taxis! We had a hiccup with one of our drivers and the employees on the ground helped us in real time to rebook our train. It's really amazing to have real time support when (not if) things don't go according to plan.

We loved the pace of the trip- I would definitely recommend spending 3 nights in each place, but definitely no fewer than 2 nights. Otherwise, you will really feel rushed. They scheduled tours of the Vatican museums (note- St. Peter's Basilica is no longer included in the Vatican Museum tour, so get separate skip-the-line tickets for that). Our tour guide Martina was amazing!
Our guides in general were all very good. We really enjoyed our golf cart tour of Rome- definitely a good way to see a lot in a short amount of time.
Our hotels were in very central locations and all included breakfast- a must when in Europe in my opinion.
Overall, I would highly recommend KimKim travel to book your Italian vacation!

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

This was our first time using KimKim, but we absolutely loved it!
Italy | Jun 4 - Jun 10, 2022

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Britton D.
Los Angeles, CA | Jul 05, 2022

This was our first time using KimKim, but we plan to use the service again in the future. It was so easy to communicate with out agent, Marianne, and we had a wonderful trip to Italy.

We were easily able to share what our desires/plans were, including specific dates and locations, and what types of activities we wanted to do. Marianne and her team put together a great itinerary that covered what we requested. We were able to stay in contact with Marianne even after booking to make small... read more

This was our first time using KimKim, but we plan to use the service again in the future. It was so easy to communicate with out agent, Marianne, and we had a wonderful trip to Italy.

We were easily able to share what our desires/plans were, including specific dates and locations, and what types of activities we wanted to do. Marianne and her team put together a great itinerary that covered what we requested. We were able to stay in contact with Marianne even after booking to make small changes (our flights were changed so that we arrived earlier and were able to request an additional tour the afternoon we arrived). Additionally, when one tour was canceled due to the leader testing positive for COVID, Marianne immediately contacted me with new arrangements for another tour. We were greeted at our first hotel with our printed vouchers, itinerary, and even souvenir books for the two areas we visited in Italy. One of the easiest parts of the trip was that our hotels and train travel was booked, as well as private tours, so we didn't have to worry at all about these details once we were in the country. Additionally, with the private tours, we skipped the long lines, which in addition to the phenomenal tour guides, was well worth the cost. We look forward to using KimKim to book a similar trip in the future!

Hotel Reviews

Culture Hotel Centro Storico

Naples

We were so grateful to the helpful staff and the air conditioning! The breakfast was delicious, and the atmosphere of the hotel overall was welcoming and comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Modern furnishings and bathroom
Location
Easy to get to the marina and the centro storico
Staff
Helpful and shared great information about Naples
Cleanliness & Comfort
We noticed ants the last day we were there

Impero Hotel Rome

Rome

The location of the hotel was great- very close to the train station, and within walking distance of many of the central Rome attractions, and even had a variety of restaurants all around the block. The toilet didn't flush well, and didn't improve after we informed staff, but there happened to be an extra bathroom near our room for the meeting rooms, so it was fine. The breakfast was large, and erred on the side of boring and Americanized, but was good enough to start the day. The air conditioning was very welcome!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Centrally located
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
My husband thought the bed was lacking in softness.
Activity Reviews

Private guided tour on Naples

Naples

Ludovica was absolutely phenomenal! She was extremely knowledgeable and did a wonderful job showing us around the centro storico. She answered our questions and shared details about history and architecture that kept us readily engaged for the whole tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
There is no way to experience the heart of Naples except on foot.

Tour the Colosseum and Forum area with a private guide

Rome

Martina from RomeGuides was phenomenal! Her husband, who we were originally scheduled with, had an emergency, so Martina conducted our tour. We are so happy she did! She was extremely knowledgable and engaging, and did a wonderful job of helping us better understand the history of Rome (there's SO much history!)

Quality of Experience
Everything!
Guides, drivers and staff
Seeing and hearing the history and architecture
Transport
This kind of tour can only be enjoyed on foot!

Visit the Vatican Museums and Sixtine Chapel with a private guide

Rome

Martina did an amazing job! We had a tour with Martina from RomeGuides the day before at the Colosseum and Forum, and touring with her a second time was a great experience. She was able to connect the history we had experienced at the Colosseum and Forum with all (SO much) we were seeing at the Vatican. Rather than just going through room by room and pointing out art, she wove a story that pulled everything together, culminating in the papal suites. We do wish we had had more time to see the modern art collection at the Vatican museums (which we didn't know existed until Martina briefly walked us through), but there was so much to take in, we would have probably needed another tour!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

My First Trip to Italy and...WOW!!!
Italy | Dec 15 - Jan 2, 2020

Tiana
Tiana B.
the United Arab Emirates | Jan 28, 2020

This is my 2nd time using kimkim to book a trip and I am so glad I did! This was my first time to go to Italy and I wanted to do/see all the highlights. Marianne created the ideal itinerary for me and I was able to do everything I wanted and more. I had the most amazing 19 days touring Italy-Venice (Murano and Burano), Florence (Sienna, Pisa), Naples (Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Pompeii), and Rome-with great tours and days to saunter and wander on my own. I mean, it was PERFECT! I did have... read more

This is my 2nd time using kimkim to book a trip and I am so glad I did! This was my first time to go to Italy and I wanted to do/see all the highlights. Marianne created the ideal itinerary for me and I was able to do everything I wanted and more. I had the most amazing 19 days touring Italy-Venice (Murano and Burano), Florence (Sienna, Pisa), Naples (Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Pompeii), and Rome-with great tours and days to saunter and wander on my own. I mean, it was PERFECT! I did have a few hiccups but Marianne was readily and immediately available via WhatsApp to help and get things sorted for me and she did. Everything from hotels, tours, and transportation (private car and train tickets) were all booked ahead of time and I received all of that information before I even headed to Italy. Not having to worry about those things allowed me to relax and enjoy my entire trip. Marianne even offered great suggestions for things to do in each location during my days I had to explore on my own. I'm really grateful that those exploration days were part of my itinerary. I was able to revisit some sites as well as see things I encountered along the way. I didn't feel like I missed out on anything! I highly recommend Marianne to help you plan your Italy trip!

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Jan 28, 2020

Hi Tiana,
I'm really happy you had such a great time exploring our country and a great experience using Kimkim.

We had an amazing trip to Italy. The plannin...
Italy | Oct 12 - Oct 30, 2019

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Judi W.
Yuba City, CA | Nov 14, 2019

We had an amazing trip to Italy. The planning went very smoothly with my contact taking into consideration the type of activities we were interested in and arranging for guides that were knowledgeable and excited to share their information. Marianne was a text or phone call away and very helpful in making last minute changes for us. We especially enjoyed Matilde’s pasta making class in Lecce, instructional and fun, delicious too! I think they could have done better with the mostly average... read more

We had an amazing trip to Italy. The planning went very smoothly with my contact taking into consideration the type of activities we were interested in and arranging for guides that were knowledgeable and excited to share their information. Marianne was a text or phone call away and very helpful in making last minute changes for us. We especially enjoyed Matilde’s pasta making class in Lecce, instructional and fun, delicious too! I think they could have done better with the mostly average accommodations. The two agriturismo stays we had were delightful. B & B Conti Luna in Sciacca, Hotel Palazzo Failla in Modica and Hotel Baia Delle Sirene in Taormina were among the better. The people we met along the way made our trip an adventure we will never forget! Thank you KimKim, overall, great job!

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Nov 14, 2019

Hi Judi,
Thank you for your comment.
We're happy you had a great time in our country.
We hope to see you again soon in Italy!
Marianne

Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 Days
Italy | Jun 7 - Jun 23, 2019

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ingrid B.
Canada | Aug 04, 2019

We had a wonderful 17 days in Sicily. Marianne and Alexandra where great. Communication while in Sicily was immediate. The guides they booked for us were knowledgeable and made our tours interesting. Each place we went to were memorable in different ways. Palermo, was the capital. We spent 3 days there which was enough. Had a great food tour with Streaty Tours. Trapani was a great little Port Town with lots to see and do near by. We cycled to the Salt pans, went to a winery ‘Baguio Soria’.... read more

We had a wonderful 17 days in Sicily. Marianne and Alexandra where great. Communication while in Sicily was immediate. The guides they booked for us were knowledgeable and made our tours interesting. Each place we went to were memorable in different ways. Palermo, was the capital. We spent 3 days there which was enough. Had a great food tour with Streaty Tours. Trapani was a great little Port Town with lots to see and do near by. We cycled to the Salt pans, went to a winery ‘Baguio Soria’. The service was not very good, as we waited for well over an hour for our tasting and when we went to buy wine, there was no one to sell us the wine. However we meet some really nice people at the wine tasting and decided to join them for a tasty lunch. One of our highlights was taking the ferry to Panarea and Stromboli. Two of the Aeolian Islands. On Stromboli there is an active volcano which we hiked part way up. Upon leaving, from the boat, we saw it shooting up lava. The captain waited along time for us to watch this. Amazing!! We also had a fun time at our cooking class in Taormina, at Ristorante Porta Messina. We loved!!! Taormina. We spent 4 days at Grand Hotel Miramare. The views from our room were spectacular! The itinerary that Marianne put together was very detailed. It was helpful to included how long, time wise and distance one place was from the next. Most of the accommodations were as expected. The tours we requested, had great guides. And if I had a question during our trip. A quick text via what’s app worked perfectly. I would definitely book with KimKim tours again. Thanks for planning our fun trip to Sicily Marianne.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Jul 01, 2019

Thank you Ingrid for coming to visit Sicily with us! We are happy you liked our island and had a great time here and agree with you that Stromboli has a special place in the Sicilian highlights!

english tours
Italy | Apr 12 - Apr 21, 2019

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emily e.
Greenville, SC | May 09, 2022

Marianne was so easy to work with. Anytime I asked for changes or to fix something she did it with no hesitation. Marianne adapted my trip to my needs, she was so accomodating and managed to schedule a seamless trip for me. Before during and after my tours she took the time to ask me how things were going and she always made sure I was content with my days. At one point during the trip a company accidentally forgot my tour when I called Marianne to explain the situation she had everything... read more

Marianne was so easy to work with. Anytime I asked for changes or to fix something she did it with no hesitation. Marianne adapted my trip to my needs, she was so accomodating and managed to schedule a seamless trip for me. Before during and after my tours she took the time to ask me how things were going and she always made sure I was content with my days. At one point during the trip a company accidentally forgot my tour when I called Marianne to explain the situation she had everything fixed in minutes. I would definetly book another trip through kimkim and I suggest it to anyone who wants to feel at ease with their travels.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | May 09, 2019

Hi Emily, it's been a pleasure to create a trip for you to discover all the beauties of Northern Italy.
I'm really happy you enjoyed your tour.

Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary
Italy | Nov 4 - Nov 7, 2018

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Jo R.
Standish, MI | Nov 08, 2018

I'm very grateful to Marianne and Carmello and the kimkim team behind them for their patience with my very specific interests and their continuing effort to find matches. Minori, on the Amalfi coast, was just the right size, the Hotel Lucia was simple and impeccable, local bus service to other coastal cities was as promised and their transfer arrangements spot on. I'm an experienced solo traveler but new to this part of Italy and wanted a little local insight beyond what's on the internet. I'll use kimkim again and recommend it to others.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Spectacular Self-Drive Tour Around Sicily - 14-Day Itinerary
Italy | Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2018

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alex p.
United Kingdom | Nov 10, 2018

All guides were very good.
We did not go much on Ragusa, this was part due to long trip after previous days journey, plus when we got there we had to search for information office, get town map etc. Maybe KimKim could provide this sort of info within welcoming pack, details of sites where not staying at hotel. Also checking of recommendations the week before would be advisable, the soap museum was closed and also website said booking required for visit. Yes we could of looked on website... read more

All guides were very good.
We did not go much on Ragusa, this was part due to long trip after previous days journey, plus when we got there we had to search for information office, get town map etc. Maybe KimKim could provide this sort of info within welcoming pack, details of sites where not staying at hotel. Also checking of recommendations the week before would be advisable, the soap museum was closed and also website said booking required for visit. Yes we could of looked on website before we left but also KimKim should not be recommending visits without suppling this sort of info.
Response by KimKim staff , mainly Marianne, mainly on WhatsApp, was very good, when we needed her she was usually there ,if not replied within minutes rather than hours.
Hotel at Palermo is very tired and lacking facilities we had become used to, ie safe in the room, basic toiletries, and fridge. Also it needs to be noted that hotels parking arrangement not available 13.00-21.00 on sundays. Resulted in us spending all of Sunday afternoon at hotel rather than exploring the city.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Trip to Italy
Italy | Oct 1 - Oct 12, 2018

Richard
Richard C.
Hayward, CA | Nov 12, 2018

My wife and I just returned from a 12 day (Sept 30-Oct 12) road trip around the island of Sicily. We worked with Marianne to book our car, places to stay and visit, and local guides. I started to work with Marianne back in early 2018 and she delivered on all counts.

The itinerary for each day provided us many interesting things to do, as well as plenty of time for us to explore this beautiful island. All accommodations were very comfortable and inviting. There were a few in which we would... read more

My wife and I just returned from a 12 day (Sept 30-Oct 12) road trip around the island of Sicily. We worked with Marianne to book our car, places to stay and visit, and local guides. I started to work with Marianne back in early 2018 and she delivered on all counts.

The itinerary for each day provided us many interesting things to do, as well as plenty of time for us to explore this beautiful island. All accommodations were very comfortable and inviting. There were a few in which we would gladly return without hesitation. Our local tour guides were excellent! We were with guides at the Vally of Temples, Villa d'Casele, Syracuse, and Palermo. It was great having our own guide, not like the oters in groups, 30-40, following one person. Our guides also knew of ways to bypass long lines, a great thing at the Valley f the Temples.

During the trip, Marianne was always just a text message away, but we didn't need much from her, since the trip was well planned in advance.

Overall, an excellent experience/vacation/trip! Our first time using KimKim, and not our last I'm sure.

Richard & Brigette

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Italy highlights (10 Days)
Italy | Aug 28 - Sep 9, 2018

lilia
lilia s.
Boston, MA | Oct 04, 2018

Marianne was great! Thanks to her, my mom and I got to enjoy Italy stress free. She was really patient, answering all my questions. She was thoughtful offering suggestions and options for tours and hotels. Marianne while in Italy checked on us, making us feel taking care of.
Thank you Marianne!

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Oct 04, 2018

Hi Lilia,
Thanks for your review.
I'm truly glad you and your mom enjoyed your trip in Northern Italy.
We love to hear that our travelers had a wonderful time!

Italy in September
Italy | Sep 13 - Sep 22, 2018

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Lynn Z.
Orlando, FL | Sep 24, 2018

This was the first time we have ever planned,booked and paid for a trip totally on the internet. We are older travellers and were a bit hesitant about "faceless" booking, but we are happy to say everything worked out wonderfully. We started planning our trip to Italy with local specialist ,Georgia who put together a fantastic package and was completed by Marianne, with a few changes that we decided to make. All in all, every detail worked out great with no problems with any of the... read more

This was the first time we have ever planned,booked and paid for a trip totally on the internet. We are older travellers and were a bit hesitant about "faceless" booking, but we are happy to say everything worked out wonderfully. We started planning our trip to Italy with local specialist ,Georgia who put together a fantastic package and was completed by Marianne, with a few changes that we decided to make. All in all, every detail worked out great with no problems with any of the arrangements. What we really liked was being able to plan exactly what we wanted to see and to have the ability to have days to ourselves such as we did in Amalfi for 3days.

HOTELS...... We asked for 3star hotels and were very pleased with all of them. They all were in prime locations for walking to all the sights. Particularly lovely was the Hotel Culture in Napoli, Il Piccolino Giardino in Taormina and the Via Della Giudecca in Syracuse, Sicily.
DRIVERS......Every driver was waiting for us at each airport to take us to our hotel.also punctual were the drivers between cities. Every car was a Mercedes!
TOURS......we had 2 tour guides, both very knowledgeable and approachable. Ludevicia for Napoli and Pompei was exceptional and Eva in Syracuse was very personable. The boat trip around Ortega Island was really fun. The cooking class at Porto Messina restaurant was a great day too.

We would not hesitate to use KimKim again for future travels. The cost was very fair for the quality of trip we experienced. Such a good idea to be able to plan with an agent who actually lives in the area you want to visit and also have the backing of the KimKim company throughout the process.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Sep 24, 2018

Hello Lynn,
It's been a real pleasure to plan your trip with you and we are truly glad you had a great experience.
Marianne

Sicily Trip
Italy | Jun 9 - Jun 26, 2018

John
John H.
New City, NY | Jul 03, 2018

We had a wonderful 14 days in Sicily with an extension of 2 nights in Lipari and 2 additional nights in Rome. Marianne was very helpful, especially when we altered our Mt Etna excursion and she then added an additional dinner to our trip. The only recommendation my husband and I were to make is if you plan to drive to Syracuse's part of the City called Ortygia, it should be mentioned that you need to 1st park your car in longterm parking and then take a taxi to the hotel as only residents' cars are allowed.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Jul 03, 2018

Thanks for your comments.
It's been a pleasure to help you before your trip and during your holidays on our beautiful island (and Rome).

Walking tour in Tuscany or Piedmont
Italy | Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2018

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Ashutosh C.
Durham, NC | Jun 28, 2018

Marianne did a great job of arranging our walking trip on the Francigena way from San Miniato to Siena. The hotel arrangements were great, the bag pickup was flawless and the taxis she arranged that allowed us to cut down each day to a reasonable 10-12 miles a day of walking were aways on time. Working with her was well worth the money.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | Jun 26, 2018

Thanks for sharing your comments.
Following the Francigena way is a great way to discover the splendid region of Tuscany and we are really glad you enjoyed your "pilgrimage".

Road Trip Around the Scenic Sicilian Coast - 15 Days
Italy | Apr 15 - May 1, 2018

Richard
Richard N.
Canada | Jun 08, 2018

An excellent trip. Choice of guides and destinations inside Sicily was excellent. Accomodation excellent except for two nights in Cefalu where the accommodation was too basic and better suited to backpackers.

Local specialist: Marianne Lopez
Marianne
Marianne Lopez
Local specialist in Catania | May 11, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are really happy that you loved our island and that you had a great trip.
Marianne