This travel agency gets good marks for all the really important things about European travel. Early on, they were responsive and helpful about travel opportunities and suggested trips/venues they believed I would be interested in based on several back-and-forth emails and an eventual direct phone call from them. They were responsible for the Sicily portion of our trip; we were also in Rome, but as guests of an international firm which provided our accommodations there. I was particularly impressed with this company's understanding when dates had to be changed and arrangements adjusted as the early months went by. They (2 agents worked with us) were both extremely responsive, answering our email inquiries generally within 24 hours. Most outstanding were the guides and drivers they had contracted to work with us. Every one was completely fluent in English, knowledgeable about the areas/sights/backgrounds of places visited and driven through, with charming personalities!
Yes, I recommend this company highly.
The only part of our trip they arranged in Rome was the "scavi" tour --- the tour of the excavations under St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. If you have the time, and interest in history, archaeology or religion, this is a fascinating small size (I believe no more than 10 to 12 people) tour of Roman and early Christian burial sites and traditions.
In Sicily, we stayed at an enchantingly beautiful hotel in Taormina on the eastern coast. I don't know how they managed it, but our travel agency reserved the most incredible suite with a view of the Mediterranean (really the Ionian at that point).
It is right next to the Greek theatre which is extremely well preserved/restored, is a "must-see", and was the venue for the International Film Festival as we were leaving.
We visited Siracusa (the ancient Syracuse founded by the Greeks). The visits to Siracusa, Agrigento and Selinute were my main reasons to visit Sicily and they did not disappoint, but Siracusa was my favorite.
The drive from Taormina to Palermo was informative and pleasant because of our knowledgeable driver.
There is nothing we did that I did not enjoy. Like all vacations, a few more days would have been great, but this was part business (the Rome portion) and part personal vacation, so for four days in Sicily, I believe we had the best that could be had in the short time, enhanced by the quality of the guides and drivers, and the pre-planning by our travel agency.
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