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“Revisting Godfather!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tour of Sicily - Day Tours
Via Generale Sirtori 25, 90145 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 626 9685
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Owner description: Tradizione Turismo is a local fully licensed Tour Operator that offers private Tours, Shore excursions and scheduled escorted Tours all around Sicily
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Revisting Godfather!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

It was our first trip to Palermo and Corleone and what a trip it was!

Right from the moment we met Vincenzo Ciceraro and Rosario Pirrone, we knew they were the right people to take care of full tour for us. Everything was beautifully arranged and co-ordinated. Senor Vincenzo even obliged by taking us to Corleone on a brand new route which he opened up on the day of our arrival !

The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the visit to Corleone. Rosario was truly very helpful and attentive to our requirements. He showed us the historical and culturally important sights of Corleone and ensured we learnt as much as there is about the Godfather! He took a lot of interest in explaining the various aspects of the mafia and the history of the place.

We were truly sucked into the scene and completely engrossed with learning about the gangs!

The visit to the museum for the mafia was another highlight of the day. It has some great pictures of the mafia. It also some rare artifacts like court proceedings, different tools used by the mafia and so on..

It was truly a very nice gesture on the part of Vincenzo and Rosario to accommodate our request to change the plan and walk around the streets of Corleone even though it was not a part of the itinerary. It was just like what Michael did many decades ago! I actually felt like Michael there! it was truly an awesome experience.

Corleone looks so similar to the way Francis Ford Coppola portrayed it on screen. He truly captured the essence of the landscape and the feel of the place. It feels and looks just the same even today!

Even the small things we noticed were so reminiscent of the olden days. An old lady peered out of her window on that lazy afternoon as we walked along a narrow lane with nobody in sight. It just struck me how dangerous life could have been those days with gun totting mafia men ruling the streets...

I can't wait to come back to Corleone to meet the wonderful people and see more of it.

Thank you very much to Vincenzo and Rosario for making this trip possible for us and taking such good care.

Best Wishes,
Raghavendra Navad, India.

Visited September 2012
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Tour_Management, Manager at Tour of Sicily - Day Tours, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thanks a bunch Raghavendra N

all of us are really happy because you have enjoied the tour with us. Hope to have you again in Sicily for more explorations.

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“Excellent Godfather and Palermo private day tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had booked the Godfather and Palermo day trip after reading good reviews about Tradizione Turismo in Tripadvisor. From the very first contact with their office till the end of the day tour, it has been a very pleasant experience. The booking process is easy and very professional, hassle free.

Their tour usually starts at 9 AM but since our flight was landing in Palermo at 9.30 AM on the day of the tour, Vincenzo Ciceraro with whom I was in contact by email during the booking process, offered to pick us up from the airport and start the tour from there.

As promised, Vincenzo our main guide was there waiting for the three of us at the airport. Along with him was his co-guide Rosario Pirrone as well.
We started our tour from Palermo airport in a clean, new and comfortable 8 seater, air conditioned van.

We headed towards Corleone on a scenic route as suggested by Vincenzo. The landscape was spectacular and we were glad to be headed towards Corleone on that route.

Within a few minutes of interaction with Vincenzo and Rosario, we had a feeling that our expectations of a great day would be met. After a few minutes with Vincenzo and Rosario we felt like old friends. During the journey both of them gave us a fascinating insight into life in Sicily.Since I am from England and Rosario has lived in London for more than 10 years, we immediately found a lot of things in common to discuss. Rosario kept things fun and entertaining yet provided a good history of what we were seeing. He is a good story teller with a great sense of humour, not to mention he is highly professional.

The guided tour of the mafia museum at Corleone was certainly the highlight of the day. The guide at the museum told us a great story very passionately about the mafia. On our return we were given a tour of Palermo and then dropped off at the hotel.

Sicily with Tradizione Turismo - I would highly recommend them to anyone. In a nutshell, they were prompt, courteous, patient, informative and just overall nice people to go on tour with.

Visited September 2012
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Tour_Management, Manager at Tour of Sicily - Day Tours, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you so much Greazedlightning,

hope to have you again in Sicily with us to explore also other important local highlights.

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sarasota, FL
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“High praises to Chat & Tour (Tradizione Turismo) for 8 day tour of Sicily”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We recently took the Sicily Trilogy tour, also known as the Red Tour at bestofsicily.com. The experience was wonderful. The tour group goes the extra mile to assist and satisfy, starting with the inquiries and the booking process and then throughout the tour. Giuseppina and Vincenzo were our tour guides. Both provided excellent information about the places we visited and addressed our numerous questions about the island, the culture and the cuisine. The small size tour group definitely makes this a personal experience. We highly recommend this tour group.

Visited September 2012
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Tour_Management, Manager at Tour of Sicily - Day Tours, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thank you so much Mary r
we have been really pleased to satisfy your needs and hope to have you again here with us with the experience called: Sicily.
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“segesta/erice and agrigento/piazza armerina/taormina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

professional sincere tour guide and driver. Above and beyond our expectations. Highly recommend as these were the best tours we ever had in Italy. Joe and Ann Cicero Illinois U.S.A

Visited August 2012
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Tour_Management, Manager at Tour of Sicily - Day Tours, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Hello Ann q
many thanks for your review. We really hope to meet your needs again in the near future.
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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“Castelmola and Taormina day tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were a large party of 11 ranging in age from 7 - 82. Our tour guide was very accommodating and informative. We began our day in the port of Messina where were greeted by our guide. We were escorted by private van to the gorgeous village of Castelmola with its narrow winding streets, and sweeping panoramic views of Mt. Etna, Taormina, and the bay of Giardini Naxos. We loved this little town - very friendly and not terrlbly crowded considering it was the middle of August! Next, we made our way down to the resort town of Taormina. After exploring the town, our guide found us several restaurants which could accommodate our large party - making life much easier! After lunch and more pictures, we headed back to our ship in the port of Messina. It was a lovely, hassle free day and I would recommend this company to anyone wishing a similar experience.

Visited August 2012
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Tour_Management, Manager at Tour of Sicily - Day Tours, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Hello Melissa V
thank you so much for your tour-description and information provided. We are sure they will be really useful to the tripadvisor readers.
Hope to be able to assist you also in the near future for extra services in Sicily.

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