We had a wonderful, memorable trip to Sicily
Italy | Jan 23 - Feb 3, 2023

James R.
Hendersonville, NC | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2023

All of our guides were wonderful. We were impressed with how knowledgeable all the guides were. Marilu told us so much about the history of Sicily and took us on an interesting and varied walk around the old town of Palermo. And then met us again the next day to explain the incredible cathedral of Montreale. Claudio took us through the Valley of the Temples and explained each temple and the history of the Greeks and Romans in Agrigento. In Catania, Margherita was delayed due to unforeseen traffic conditions so she sent her friend, Angela to meet us at our hotel at the specified time. Angela was great. She took us to the Bellini Gardens and told us about their history. Then we met up with Margherita who condensed a lot of history into the next 3 hours while walking around Catania. We saw cathedrals, gardens, the market, streets of the old town and even stopped for coffee at a historic coffee shop.

All of our drivers showed up when they were expected and got us to the next location on time. Each of them made sure we met up with our host contact or the hotel where we were staying.

Our tour of the Amalfi coast with Antonio was amazing. He stopped several times for us to get pictures and took some of us as well. Lunch at Le Bonta del Capo was amazing! Picking lemons with the chef, making the limoncello, the wonderful meal and the limoncello at the end were among the most memorable experiences of our travels.

We couldn't have asked for more.

Hotel Review
Hedoné Design Experience B&B

Barbara met us on the street and directed us to the B&B which was hard to find. She gave us information about the town and offered to drive us to the Valley of the Temples the next morning for our early tour. She served us breakfast each morning with wonderful Italian pastries, jams, and spreads. She was more than gracious. The room had a view of the valley of the temples below and the sea in the distance. We would have enjoyed the balcony if it had been warmer, but we chose to travel in the winter.

Authenticity & Character
I don't know how to answer this question.
Barbara was absolutely wonderful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Air from the heater blew directly on the bed when it was on. I solved this problem by hanging the decorative bed cover over the top bar above the bed. I would have appreciated a light blanket as the duvet is too much for me. I have this problem in all hotels that use duvets.
Activity Reviews
Walking tour of Palermo
Valley of the Temples Tour
Catania Tour - City Highlights Walk
Catania: Food & Folklore
Full Day Tour Amalfi Coast: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
Amalfi Coast
Limoncello Tour & Tasting
Amalfi Coast
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on Feb 13, 2023

Dear James,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review!
We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and we're thrilled to know that everything went great and you enjoyed all the tours we planned for you and your wife.

I wish you and Cecelia all the best :)