Sicily Tours
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Dr. Anita Bestler M.A., a licensed guide with an academic background, provides tailor-made private guided tours in Sicily.
Palermo, Italy

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Travelers' Choice
2024

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Sigal K
Northbrook, IL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Whenever I travel I like to find a local guide who can provide an insider’s view into the life and culture of the place. Anita delivers
and more. As an immigrant who fell in love with Sicily two decades ago, she has a unique insider/outsider perspective. As an academic and a lifelong learner, there is non question Anita can’t answer. As a local, she knows everyone (from the caretakers of church grounds to the owner of the best coffee shop in Europe). Everyone loves her, and this translates into a tour of unexpected surprises and an insider’s perspective.

I had told Anita that I was interested in archaeology, and we spent a chunk mod time in the archaeological museum. She knows history and culture and has been to the excavation sites and lectures with world renowned faculty from various universities.

We found a gelateria and she pointed out the top spots for pastries. I wish I had
More than one stomach!

And of course Anita could not let me leave without bogging me a brief yet thorough historical tour through 3,000 years of Sicilian history. All this in one afternoon.

I wish I had more time with Anita.

My one suggestion is that you could tact her in advance and give her a sense of your interests. She will cater a
Spectacular tour for you.

I felt like we were old friends by the end of the day. And we may just be!

Treat yourself to some time with Anita. You will not be disappointed -
Just sorry that your time with her is too short!
Written October 1, 2022
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Teresa
Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Dear Anita, grazie di cuore for an incredibly beautiful guided tour through the quarter of Palermo. You showed us where to get the best tomato paste, introduced us to the locals and gave us such a deep insight into the history of this colorful city. What an impressive knowledge, the way you convey it with so much passion. Thank you so much. Cari saluti, Sophia e Teresa
Written October 21, 2021
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Peter K
Sydney, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Dr Anita Bestler, who provides these tours, is an outstanding guide, extraordinarily knowledgeable and most diligent. Gosh, she delivers. And she is fun, too. I am passionate about history and art. Dr Bestler led me around Palermo and responded to my interests superbly, even driving me in her super little Fiat up to Monreale. She also provided lots of useful guidance as to further things I could explore on my own. A very rich and rewarding experience. I cannot recommend Dr Bestler highly enough.
Written June 5, 2022
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Michelle B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Dr Bester provided us with an excellent experience while we stayed in Palermo. She has the ability to communicate her expert knowledge in a casual, relatable way that allows you to fully appreciate all of the wonderful sights and activities available in Palermo and the surrounding area. She took us on a great walking tour of the city one day, and on another day she took us to Monreale, an amazing hillside town nearby. Get the most out of your vacation - book with Anita!
Written October 23, 2022
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mrsmall2009
Liverpool, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Myself, husband and twelve year old daughter booked a private tour with Anita. What a wonderful afternoon we had. Anita gave us a bespoke tour tailored to our needs. She kept us all entertained, which is a tough ask with a twelve year old. Anita is so knowledgeable and can tell you things you just won't get from a guide book or visiting places yourself. Highly recommended - make the most of your time in Sicily and book with Sicily Tours.
Written June 6, 2022
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Ann D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Throughout the entire planning of our trip to Sicily, Anita was communicative and helpful. When we finally spent 2 days with her in Palermo she was even better in person . She knows history, art, locals, restaurants, speaks 3 languages and was a delight to spend time with. She made understanding the complicated history and culture of Sicily and especially Palermo easy to see and understand.
Written May 13, 2022
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Poseidon
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Throw her tour we got an vivid insight to the unusual and unique history of Silicy. Her enthusiasm for sicliy and its culture transfered to us. By her profound knowledge we got an idea of the histrical forces what shaped the actual culture of Siciliy and of the high religous tolerance in medival times in Sicily that are important to remember today.
Written November 3, 2020
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gbclark106
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Anita was an "outstanding, knowledgeable," and very pleasant tour guide. Her knowledge of history was impressive. She communicated details in a way that was interesting and enjoyable. Monreale will be a high point of our trip for sure. At my request, she recommended books that would further my knowledge of the history. I felt like I learned years worth of history in the short time we spent with her. I very highly recommend her!
Written May 27, 2023
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Brittney C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Anita, our tour guide gave us an experience that we would have never be able to experience on our own. Her knowledge was unsurpassed! She customize our tour based on our interests & abilities. She even helped us with some lunch choices to ensure we could have the best Palermo had to offer. With her easy demeanor she had us feeling more like friends than clients. Anita went above & beyond any expectations and we could not be more grateful.
Written June 26, 2023
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scintapelham
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were in many places over a long period of time in Sicily and beyond. The most interesting part of our trips were those places where Dr. Bestler was our guide and historian. The depth of her knowledge about the history of Sicily and her absolutely fluent language skills (in English, German, Italian and Sicilian) made every topic. interesting and understandable. She is Dr. BEST-ler to us!
Written November 5, 2022
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