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“Exciting day with an exciting guide!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Continente Sicilia

Continente Sicilia
Ranked #9 of 33 Tours in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Custom Made Nature Trips to Etna, Alcantara, Nebrodi, Madonie, Eolian Islands ... and more sicilian Gems!Guided Nature Expeditions ... and spectacular night excursions to view one of nature’s most extraordinary phenomena ... The Volcanic Eruption!Gastronomic Tours to get a taste of sicilian wine and delicacies.Local Artisan Crafts.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exciting day with an exciting guide!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Although we traveled the mountain on a day between two awesome eruptions/paroxysms, our trip couldn't have been better. Davide's excitement and love for Mt. Etna was evident throughout the trip and my favorite quote was when he said "Its always a new mountain after an explosion!".

My wife and I had an amazing time learning about the history of the volcano, how different rocks are formed, and how to look for bombs! Our spelunking experience in an old lava tube was one I will never forget and recommend to all. You can't go wrong with Davide!

Visited April 2013
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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“Educational and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

We had a wonderful day on and around Mt Etna with Continente Sicilia, made even better by one of the most active eruptions for the volcano - an experience never to be forgotten. Davide was most generous with his time, giving us more than 8 hours of activity and education, all done with a sense of humor and a love for his land. His knowledge of the natural resources and his willingness to engage in discussions about any topic made the day fly. He took us to several back road beauty spots that we never would have found ourselves. This is money well spent for an insight not available on large, crowded tour buses.

Visited April 2013
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switzerland
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327 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“mount etna with an enthusiast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

I unfortunately missed all the red hot lava - the day before I arrived, and the day I left! - of which I saw photos, but to go on mount etna with davide is an experience in itself. not only because he really knows his subject, but because he will find so much to show you of interest, and he is still so enthusiatic to find different shapes or sizes of lava. we went after there had been an 'eruption' during very heavy winds, and the lava gravel that had fallen in huge quantities completely covered the area so as to be unrecognisable. lucky he has a GPS - its impossible to do this sort of trip without a guide, and davide will do a personalised trip to exactely fit your requirements. he is very competant and knows the whole area like the 'back of his hand'. top guide and top quality service.

Visited March 2013
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Southampton
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“First rate company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We can only agree with previous reviews. Davide Federico is the go to man for custom made nature trips in the Taormina region including Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Davide will escort small groups or couples up to the summit and all points in between of Etna. He will provide a tasty lunch and a wealth of information born out of a seemingly personal relationship he has with the volcano. He really brings Etna alive as indeed he does Sicily as a whole, an island he is justly proud of. We so enjoyed his company we arranged another trip to a national park in the north of the island with his business partner Deborah Ricciardi. We wanted to see vultures and eagles and they duly came up with the goods. We also had an excellent lunch in a wayside Inn/ restaurant and felt we had really seen the real Sicily. Davide and Deborah speak excellent English and the service they provide is in my opinion excellent value for money. Although we stayed in a local hotel Davide and his wife also run a B&B in the area and by the sound of it the breakfasts they provide are far superior to where we were staying. Thanks so much Davide and Deborah I do hope we meet again.

Visited November 2012
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Newcastle,UK
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30 reviews
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“Exceeded our expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We booked a trip to etna with Davide and it was excellent. From picking us up in the centre of taormina we travelled to etna, via a supermarket for a tailor made lunch. The walk up to etna was fabulous, if a little more challenging than I expected, not quite sure why I thought it may be easy!

Davide is so enthusiastic about etna and he is so knowledgeable about the mountain, Sicily and nature. Eating lunch overlooking the main valley was a highlight and even though part of our group struggled with the hike Davide was very accommodating.

We called at a honey farm on the way back, great for presents, a lava cave and the alcantra gorge. The latter was breathtaking, I loved it.

Davide even recommended restaurants to eat in and granita to taste in Taormina, bambar for the latter, yum yum.
I would recommend booking with Davide to anyone, a great,tiring but fun day.

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