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Simone Scalas

I'm the Tour leader of Mediterras. After a BA degree, I did a masters in Tourism. Then I spent six months in South Africa to improve my English, starting as a volunteer in a shark cage diving company. Back in Sardinia, I started working in hospitality at the luxury Forte Village resort. Then, with my friend and business partner Marcello, we started a tourism consulting company.

We've been working for the Sardinian tourism board, promoting the island as a destination for active tourism. In the meantime, I started leading active tours for several international tour operators, mostly on the high-end market. After 15 years of tour leading all over Europe, we involved Gian Mario and started Mediterras, focusing on customized tours in the Mediterranean.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Sardinia, Corsica, and Tuscany are our main destinations. Yet being at the center of the Med we operate in all Mediterranean destinations. We do active travel in general, focusing on cycling, hiking, food&wine, and cultural tours. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I was a child I dreamed of adventure, being attracted by real adventure like exploring the immense Mediterranean forest close to home, and by the representation of adventure itself, since I've been always attracted by maps and atlas. The final revelation was leading my first cycling tour back in the days. I knew it was my life. Travelling is sharing, it can be a tough climb or a Michelin star dinner, and when people share an experience we make the world a better place."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I was leading a family reunion tour, for the 50 years wedding anniversary of the parents, Lisa and Jeff. Since Jeff lost his wedding ring, Lisa bought one from a local craftsman. So she asked me to organize something to offer the new wedding ring to Jeff. So, what's better than a new wedding for the new wedding ring? I took the whole group on the scenic lookout terrace in the old Cagliari, right at sunset. Then with the help of the bartender and the waitress acting as best man and maid of honor, using a high bar table as an altar and my co-guide that sang a serenade, I officiate a new "wedding". Mamma mia, we had lots of public and everybody was crying, including the celebrant."

Simone is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
Positano views
Explore the Amalfi Coast and Sicily - 18 Days

This tour starts along the Amalfi Coast, exploring picturesque hillside villages, the famous Path of the Gods hiking trail, the lively city of Naples, and the islands of Ischia and Capri. You'll then fly to the island of Sicily, where you'll discover the famous Sicilian-Baroque architecture in towns like Ragusa, Syracuse, Noto, and more, plus ancient ruins in Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. End the trip on the top of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and along the historic streets of Taormina and Catania.

Positano, on Italy's Amalfi Coast
Hiking Amalfi Coast & Naples - 11 Days

Explore Italy's spectacular Amalfi Coast with an 11-day trip that combines hiking, boating, leisure time and sightseeing. This hiking-centric itinerary revisits those old walking trails, including the legendary, rugged Sentiero degli Dei path, and includes stops on the islands of Capri and Ischia. Every turn along the Amalfi Coast road and pathways is like a postcard, with perfect scenes of bougainvillea, lemon trees, terraced vineyards, and that dazzling blue water beyond—and it's best explored on foot!

Cala Luna Cave
Hiking and Swimming at Sardinia's Best Beaches - 8 Days

Discover the beauty of Sardinia's best beaches, starting from Santa Teresa di Gallura, right at the northern tip of the island. Explore the secret heart of the island hidden in the scenery of the Supramonte limestone mountain range. Your grand finale will include a hike among the granite rocks and gorgeous beaches of the southernmost point of Sardinia. As you enjoy Sardinia's incredible scenery and crystal-clear water, you'll be surprised by the diversity of this enchanting island.

The Cinque Terre village of Vernazza.
Explore Liguria & Tuscany: Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa & Val D'Orcia - 13 Days

Explore Mediterranean beaches, Renaissance capitals, and medieval hill towns on this delightful 13-day tour through the Italian regions of Liguria and Tuscany. Start your adventure on the west coast, where you'll discover the quaint villages, rugged shorelines, and breathtaking scenery of the Cinque Terre. Head inland to spend a day wandering through history in Pisa, before journeying west to soak up the Renaissance splendor of Florence. The final five days take you deep into the Tuscan countryside, where you'll stay at a rural agriturismo villa and immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of the Val d'Orcia—wine tasting and truffle hunting around picturesque hill towns.

Our boat in Lavezzi
Sardinia & Corsica - Boat & Bike - 7 days

On this week-long adventure, you'll sail and cycle around two crown jewels of Europe's islands: Sardinia and Corsica. The landscapes here are the stuff of Mediterranean dreams, where sky-blue waters turn crystal clear as they reach the soft white sands of emerald coasts. Then there's the countryside, which abounds with landmarks both natural and man-made, from bronze-age ruins to the great granite rocks shaped by wind over millennia into unique formations.

Incredible views in Sardinia
Cycling Through Sardinia - 8 Days

Experience the stunning landscapes, delicious food, and incredible people of Sardinia on this 8-day cycling tour through the Mediterranean island. Journey through thousands of years of history as you cycle challenging mountain passes and coast alongside endless sea cliffs. Start in the Catalan-heritage town of Alghero, then cross the heart of the island through the Barbagia region to end your trip on the southern tip of the island.

Recent trip reviews for Simone

Marcello is amazing
Italy | Apr 22 - May 1, 2022

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Victoria M.
Louisville, KY | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Marcello was our local guide and he was just amazing. We had the best trip - everything we saw and did was great. It was a nice variety and we felt we got to really get a flavor of the island. The hotels we stayed at were all lovely. read more

Marcello was our local guide and he was just amazing. We had the best trip - everything we saw and did was great. It was a nice variety and we felt we got to really get a flavor of the island. The hotels we stayed at were all lovely.

Hotel Reviews
Politeama Hotel
Palermo

Great location! Our only complaint is the air conditioning doesn't really work.

Authenticity & Character
nice, modern design
Location
central location
Staff
very helpful, except for the AC issue
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean
Hotel Villa del Lauro
Ragusa

Lovely location

Authenticity & Character
a mix of old and new
Location
tucked into the winding roads of Ragusa
Staff
very helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
well maintained
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Taormina

This hotel is like a dream, it's so pretty.

Authenticity & Character
this is La Dolce Vita
Location
with a view of the sea, what's not to like?
Staff
very friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
nicely maintained
Local specialist: Simone Scalas

I have to say this was the best trip I have t...
Italy | Oct 19 - Oct 29, 2021

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Vince S.
Clermont, FL | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2021

I have to say this was the best trip I have taken. My friend and I planned this trip to Sicily over two years ago and due to covid had to postpone twice. The team at Kimkim were amazing to work with us and get us back on track. We spent two weeks driving all over Sicily planned out perfectly by Kimkim. We were never disappointed in anything planned. I do have to say the hi light of the trip for me was the cooking class...it was wonderful!

Every hotel and B&B we stayed at were fabulous, our... read more

I have to say this was the best trip I have taken. My friend and I planned this trip to Sicily over two years ago and due to covid had to postpone twice. The team at Kimkim were amazing to work with us and get us back on track. We spent two weeks driving all over Sicily planned out perfectly by Kimkim. We were never disappointed in anything planned. I do have to say the hi light of the trip for me was the cooking class...it was wonderful!

Every hotel and B&B we stayed at were fabulous, our tour guides were great and so helpful. Milena and Mario... Any time I had any questions I could call Simeon and it was taken care of. I will definitely recommend Kimkim to anyone traveling and looking for a trip designed just for them...I will use them again!
Vince Santo

Hotel Review
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Taormina

This hotel was amazing...the room was very comfortable and we had a beautiful view of the ocean. The staff was very friendly and helpful getting us dinner reservations and suggestions. The breakfast at this hotel was fabulous. They really went all out and the dining room was beautiful as well. Great hotel. Great staff. Thank you for arranging this hotel for us.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful hotel
Location
Far enough away from the city center but close enough.
Staff
Very helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spacious room
Local specialist: Simone Scalas