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IraHoward wrote a review Oct 2019
Potomac, Maryla24 contributions8 helpful votes
Sicily Choice Private Tours and Gaetano Mendola created the most wonderful tour of Sicily for our group of six. Nothing was too much to ask of Gaetano who spent the better part of 9 days with us. He was most accommodating and always an absolute pleasure to be with. We have had private tours before, but never with someone who couldn’t do enough to make sure we we were happy. Gaetano also provided the most knowledgeable, friendly and accomplished guides for every city and site along the way. We couldn’t have asked for better planning (great hotel and restaurant recommendations) and company than what we got from Sicily Choice Tours and Gaetano. Five stars may not be enough nor could be our highest recommendation for his services Howard Diener
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Date of experience: October 2019
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SanFranciscoJune-bug wrote a review Oct 2019
San Francisco, California46 contributions1 helpful vote
We contacted Gaetano Mendola, owner of Sicily Choice, to arrange a search for our Sicilian roots, our Grandfather born in Trabia, Palermo and our Grandmother born in Piedimonte Etneo, Catania. We thought we had the correct names for each but were not exactly sure of the dates. We were introduced to Salvatore Mendola and he proved to be an amazing detective. He not only found our Grandfather’s birth record in Trabia, but he had them give us a certified birth certificate! He then walked around town asking where our family might have lived and found a local family that are very likely our cousins, they had us in for cookies. Then he drove us to Piedimonte Etneo and found the birth certificate for our Grandmother, even though we had the maiden name wrong! He then asked around and found our cousins there, so utterly amazing! Because he is fluent in both Sicilian, Italian and English, we were able to bond and connect with our Sicilian cousins! This service is priceless! We have become friends with Salvatore, he is such a sweet and knowledgeable man! He through in a free tour of Cefalù before we left for Catania, what a beautiful city it is! Our first trip to Sicily was a roaring success thanks to Sicily Choice and to Salvatore Mendola!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LisaJeanCamille wrote a review Sep 2019
New York City, New York6 contributions1 helpful vote
When preparing for a 4-week trip to Sicily I was fortunate to discover Sicily Choice Tours and engaged them to help create an itinerary that included a private tour for 2 weeks. Gaetano Mendola from Sicily Choice provided me with great advice to plan my itinerary. Taking a private tour was a very worthwhile investment and gave me the opportunity to experience each location in a very personal way. Gaetano Mendola is passionate about his country and is very generous as he shares insights and recommendations. His network of tour guides is truly exceptional. They are highly educated, passionate about their work, and incredibly personable. I'm amazed by how much I learned while on the road with Gaetano and his team of tour guides. He was flexible when I requested an itinerary change and was helpful with lodging and check-ins and making inquiry calls on my behalf. If you are looking for a meaningful and fun travel experience, the investment in a private tour is very well worth it. It's a great way to have a once in a lifetime experience in Sicily - which is like no other place in the world. Thank you Gaetano Mendola!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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CJFoodie000 wrote a review Aug 2019
38 contributions11 helpful votes
We booked a full day vineyard tour with Sicily Choice Tours for my friends birthday, and we are so glad we did. Everything was perfect. We were picked up on time, our guide was the legend that is Gaetano, and he made sure everything was what we wanted and that we had fun all day. Gaetano took us to the first vineyard - Vivera - and we were the only people there, it was pure bliss. The owner took us through all their delicious wines, whilst we sat outside on the terrace with fabulous views over the vineyards. If the clouds were not there we would have also seen an awesome view of Etna from the vineyard. We had some delicious bread to snack on whilst we were tasting, and were invited to top up our glasses as much as we wanted. The wine was delicious, we both ended up buying a bottle to take home with us. When the tasting was finished we then had a tour of the wine making facilities which was very interesting. After this we were taken by Gaetano to the next vineyard - Barone di Villagrande - which was a recommendation from Gaetano to avoid the tourist crowds at Gambino, and we were so glad we followed his advice. It was a secluded, beautiful place with a restaurant that served a beautiful 4 course lunch with wine pairings, all of which were delicious. The service was also faultless. We even got a little happy birthday plate for my friend without asking for it (I am sure Gaetano sorted that as well!). Then it was time to head home, and Gaetano recommended we stop off at a honey farm and shop, that sold all sorts of honey based products and quality oils etc. We cannot thank Gaetano enough for making our day fun and taking us to great places, highly recommend this day out!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Petra0366 wrote a review Aug 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
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Given our time limit (4 days break) we were looking for a private tour operator to get the maximum out of our time and retain the flexibility to go at our own pace. After some internet searches we chose Sicily Choice Tours and Gaetano Mendola.. we did not regret this. Everything worked perfectly well, he chose the guides for us (walking tour of Catania, day tour of Etna and Taormina + day tour Noto and Siracusa), all knowledgeable and fun to be with - thanks to Paula for reacting on the spot to my husbands idea of lunch at a winery rather than in town, it was fantastic..and to Giovanni for making our teenager smile even on a very hot day full of churches and architecture und the discovery of our new favorite summer drink, lemon water with salt.. Perfect organisation, when we come for the rest of the island, it will be with Sicily Choice Thanks Petra
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Gaetano0308, Proprietario at Sicily Choice Tours
Responded Aug 6, 2019
Ciao Petra. Thank you . Hope to see you again in Sicily. Gaetano
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