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“Etna Grand Tour (full day)”
Review of Sicily Life Tours

Sicily Life Tours
Ranked #2 of 34 Tours in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sicily Life is the product of two young friends "Siciliani" natives: Sebastiano & Alessandro.We like to provide our local experiences to all who like to experience the secrets of Sicily.Our goal is to help people coming to Sicily feel like they are home and not tourists!We both have experience in hotel management and hospitality services; You will find we havean infectious love for our native land.Sicily Life is distinguished by the highest level of personalized service available to each guest;Your host is on hand to make your vacation come true and provide all the needed arrangements.
Melbourne, Victoria
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“Etna Grand Tour (full day)”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our family group of 4 kids and 3 adults had a great day out under our friendly guide, Luca, who picked us up from our hotel in a comfortable touring van and gave us a highly informative commentary as we ascended Mt Etna, visiting Zafferana Etnae and a honey and olive oil family farm on the way. Once we were high on Etna, we walked the Silvestri Crater, which was a breathtaking experience with amazing views. After the walk we visited the Gambino vineyard on the north side of Etna for a lunchtime feast washed down with plenty of very fine wine produced by the Gambino family. All 7 of us had a great day. The tour was 8 hours and the time just flew by. Great value for money.

Visited October 2013
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giovanna10028
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“Fantastic Week in Sicily”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

After researching several tour companies, we decided on Sicily Life for a week, traveling from Palermo to Taormina. Booking the trip was simple and Anna was very responsive. The trip exceeded our expectations. Our driver, Luca, picked us up at Palermo airport and was with us for the whole week from Palermo to Taormina. Luca was a great resource, very attentive and had a good sense of humor. We were sad to say goodbye to him at the end of the trip. The itinerary that Anna suggested allowed us to see all of the important sights but still left time for long lunch and leisure time. We did change it a bit as we did not want to go up to the volcano and Luca was flexible. The visit to the Gambino winery was very nice. We had a generous tasting of 5 wines with an ample lunch of antipasto and sausages. Sicily was much more beautiful than we imagined and the town of Taormina is a dream. I would definitely recommend this trip. It's not inexpensive, but when you add up the amount of driving and the invaluable services of having a local driver, we felt it was well worth it. We love you Luca!

Visited September 2013
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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“Sicily Life Mt Etna Tour was Excellent”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

I found this tour company on Trip Advisor and after emails with Anna set-up an appointment for the morning of Friday September 13. Luca was our driver / guide and he came to our hotel and our group of six was instantly at ease. There was some initial confusion caused by me on the length of the tour and how much we wanted to do but Luca worked with us to resolve everything to our satisfaction. The drive from our hotel to Me Etna was beautiful and Luca was a great source of information and a pleasure to be with for our half day tour. We stopped at a scenic lookout on the way up the mountain and he pointed out the various soil contrasts etc. He continued to talk about the terroir, local products etc all during our time with him so we had a better appreciation of the mountain area. He is very knowledgeable and speaks good English. Luca took us to the first level of the mountain which is all we wanted. It was fascinating and we had a great time walking around, looking at the various craters, soils etc. We could see the summit of the mountain and made the right decision to just take the half day, may be one day on a return visit we would do the hike to the summit but unless you are into that sort of thing the first level is just fine. After we left the mountain we had a short drive to Gambino winery. Wow, what a view. We have been to numerous vineyards and wineries in the U.S. (including four trips to Napa and Sonoma over the years ) and Europe and this might be the best view ever. The wine itself was excellent. We did the tasting and light lunch. The four wines we sampled were all high 80 to perhaps low 90 points. They had just opened their tasting room / hospitality house and so things were still getting organized but their service was excellent and we could have spent all day there. The wine was so good we bought some for our pre and after dinner enjoyment for the rest of the trip (we were in Sicily and southern Italy two weeks). They do have a distributor in the U.S. but the prices are obviously higher. After our winery experience we had Luca return us to Taormina right on schedule. Bottom line: Mt Etna is a must experience in Sicily and Sicily Life and Luca was an excellent way to have that experience.

Visited September 2013
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Long Valley, NJ
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“Thank you Fabiola!”
Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We took the Godfather tour with Fabio on 9/24/13 & so enjoyed this tour. Fabio was professional, prompt, courteous & very knowledgeable of Savoca, Forze D'Agro & Taormina. This was one of the highlights of our trip & would highly recommend this tour company to everyone.

Tom & Jill Vitale

Visited September 2013
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Redondo Beach, California
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“Thank you Fabio!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I will make this short and sweet. Planning this tour to Taormina and surronding areas was a breeze by email with Anna. She was very patient will all my questions. The rates competative and well worth it. Our guide Fabio was very knowledgable and fun. The transportation was great. Not a bad thing to say about this company. Don't be scared, just book it!

Visited September 2013
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