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David Gershon
David Gershon
7 months ago

The pictures tell it all. One of our best vacations ever. Sicilyroutes, Ciro Grillo collaborated with us in putting together an incredible 4 days in Sicily. Our guide, Franchesca was the best. Friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, she help make this more than one can imagine. At lunch in Ceflau, the first picture you will see Ciro on the right. In the second picture is Francesca, sitting with Susan in from of the famous bar in Savoca where a scene from the first God Father was filmed. That was so cool!! And one other picture , with an art piece of a cinematographer , is showing the church in the background where the wedding took place. Other pictures we are showing speak for themselves, a wine tour and wine tasting at the Gambino Winery, and an incredible view in Palermo where we had our anniversary dinner. However one picture , we had to get, is showing Susan in the courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel where the 2nd season of The White Lotus was filmed.

Again we thank Ciro, Franchesca, for putting this tour together , helping us celebrate our 36 wedding anniversary.

Susan and David

Nick & Marilyn Powlovich
Nick & Marilyn Powlovich
8 months ago

We landed in Sicily for 7 days to attend a two day open house in June. When we were researching tours my friend recommended we talk with Ciro Grillo, owner of Sicily Routes. Ciro provided the logistics of the three day event, which included transporting 88 guests 1-1/2hrs into the hills, and catering for the open house.  

At the party I was introduced to Ciro and the next day we hired him to arrange our ‘private’ tours to Mt Etna, Syracuse, and a wine tasting that was a three course meal with four 4 wines at a private table.

The transportation was with the same company I contacted for our arrival at the airport and coincidentally was the company Ciro used for my friend’s open house. The driver, Stefano is quite the tour guide talking about the history and changes of Sicily including frequent stops like a well known honey farm and panoramic views.

We cannot convey our gratitude to Ciao for making out trip memorable. read the other reviews on this site and do not exasperate yourselves weighing the merits of your trip research and just call CIRO at Sicily Routes.

Jan Banister
Jan Banister
1 year ago

Many thanks to Ciro Grillo and his guides for a delightful, enlightening and fun three weeks in Sicily, travelling from significant historical and artistic attractions to the village birthplaces of both of my grandparents. The trip included a wine tasting, cannoli discovery, street foods on a walking tour of Palermo,, and ancient temples.
For first-time visitors to Sicily especially, the logistical services of pick-up and drop-off at the airport, arranging accommodations, travel to sites, translation, and helpful information along the way is invaluable. The guides are all engaging and knowledgeable, and the experience can be customized to exactly one’s interests.
I would most definitely reach out to Sicily Routes and Ciro for any future visits. Ciao!

Steve & Marianne Busby
Steve & Marianne Busby
1 year ago

Ciro was everywhere meeting us, shifting plans, restaurant set ups, and best of as walking guide in the old city.

Nancy Monti Barcalow
Nancy Monti Barcalow
1 year ago

Our experience with Ciro Grillo and his Sicily Routes team members (Enrico Todaro, Mariacarolina Valguarnera) was absolutely superb! They truly cared about helping us discover our Sicilian roots and providing a very special and personalized experience. We are so fortunate to know them and benefit from their knowledge and expertise. They truly care. Their service was above and beyond expectations. Thank you, Ciro, Enrico and Carolina!

Joanne Schenk
Joanne Schenk
1 year ago

Ciro took great care of us! I highly recommend Sicily Routes! We flew into Palermo & he got us transportation to our hotel. The next day Ciro met us & took us to Trabia. I wanted to see where my grandparents & great grandparents came from. He showed us all the areas I had researched. As a bonus, we dropped in the records office, not knowing how this would work. I was able to get a copy of my great grandparents marriage certificate!! And copies of their birth certificates! It was amazing! We also visited the church where my great grandparents were married & all were baptized. He truly went above & beyond.

William Pearson
William Pearson
1 year ago

We had a tremendous experience with Ettore as our guide. We went to Erice, Trapani and Segesta. Loved the Cannoli and the lunch!! Highly recommend and look forward to returning to Sicily to experience the wonders of the island

William Pearson
William Pearson
1 year ago

We had a marvelous time with Ettore on our trip to Erice, Trapani and Segesta. Professional, personal and very knowledgeable. The cannoli was unbelievable!! Would highly recommend to anyone. Communication was excellent!

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

I connected with Ciro Grillo thru fb and although skeptical at first about this process, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. Admittedly I probably wasn’t his most decisive easiest client but when I expressed my needs he was immediately responsive with options. We arrived in Palermo airport to be greeted by his colleague Jennifer who was very pleasant and full of recommendations. She introduced us to our driver Ettore and he happily drove us to our 1st 2nd and last hotels. Not only was he a good driver he was thoughtful in his roadside commentary’s.
Ciro accompanied us to Palermo’s Capo Market for a tour of some famous street food delicacies. Ciro also gave excellent recommendations for restaurants in all cities.
I would highly recommend Ciro for as much or as little as you want to see, he is responsive and very knowledgeable.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

We had a great experience led by Ciro in Sicily. He and his colleague, Marco were prompt and very easy to work with. They brought us to all of the main attractions of the cities we visited, and even took us for a street food tour in Palermo. They were a dynamic duo who are very knowledgable about Sicily. For a reliable and local Sicilian experience, book with Ciro!

Michael A Genello, Esq
Michael A Genello, Esq
1 year ago

Enrico and Nicola were the best guide and driver! Ciro arranged a beautiful , spirited birthday dinner for my daughter in law as well! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sicily, especially visiting my great great grandfather and grandmothers hometown! Grazie Ciro/Enrico/Nicola

Helen Pentaleri Berman
Helen Pentaleri Berman
1 year ago

Within the first two weeks in May this year, 2022, my Husband Bruce and I, along with my Sister JoyceAnne and her Husband Robert, experienced a wonderfully exciting tour of planned and unplanned cities throughout Sicily.
Sadly, Ciro was recovering from COVID, so we were unable to be in his care.
But, our guide, Marco Pomara, was so attentive and accommodating, that we couldn’t have had a more magnificent visit to our Ancestral Sicily.

Bob Cotitta, Kansas City
Bob Cotitta, Kansas City
1 year ago

Completed my fifth Sicily Tour with my good friend Ciro Grillo in May 2022. They have all been wonderful for myself and the entire Group that I bring with me for the visits.

Barbara Angelico
Barbara Angelico
1 year ago

Good morning, we made it to Rome, the driver arrived promptly, took all the back roads to the airport but after a little airport confusion we made our plane with minutes to spare. We are on board waiting to be carried back to reality!!! I cannot tell you how much we appreciated all that you did for us in arranging this wonderful Sicilian holiday. From beginning to end, all the accommodations, the choice of sights to see, all the extras, the wine, food, but especially your company and Rosario’s made it even more special. I feel that we have made new friends. We will be great sales reps promoting your businessCiao, a presto!

Joanne Osgood
Joanne Osgood
1 year ago

Wow! What a great tour of Sicily we had with Ciro as our guide and driver. He developed an itinerary that me and exceeded our expectations. Ciro drove expertly through hilltop villages, winding our way to the top, stopping for photo moments along the way. In addition, Ciro was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of where we were going and always recommended good restaurants, gelato, and places to get regional culinary delights. At the end of our tour, he sent a video showing pictures of where we had been, providing lasting memories we will keep forever. Looking for a great tour? We recommend Ciro as your guide! Ciao!

Andrea Pace
Andrea Pace
2 years ago

My recent 12-day adventure in Sicily was amazing! It was wonderful to have a local guide on a customized private tour geared to our interests at a very reasonable rate. Ciro was great…knowledgeable, entertaining and flexible with my friend and I. From the moment we set foot in Sicily from the Malta ferry until the time we left Palermo, we were taken care of. He goes out of his way to make sure you are happy and having an unforgettable experience. The accommodations he set up for us as well as our itinerary were excellent! I would definitely use him again and recommend him highly.

Denise Parker
Denise Parker
2 years ago

My sister and I just got back from our trip to Sicily. It was too short! Having Ciro as our guide & driver was the best move we could have made. Ciro was very knowledgeable about all of the areas that we wanted to see. His recommendations for hotels and restaurants were perfect for us. We wanted to visit the town where our Grandfather was born and would never have made it with out him.
We would highly recommending using his services if you are planning a trip to Sicily. We would use him again.

Bobbie J Wright
Bobbie J Wright
2 years ago

We were so lucky to find Ciro at the last minute. I thought I could travel Sicily on my own but was totally overwhelmed with all I wanted to do and see…small towns, wine tastings, special tours. Ciro made it all happen and more and took the stress out of our travels. He provided drivers, guides, special tours, made all hotel/airbnb reservations, saw that all our needs were met, suggested and added stays and excurcions to meet our interest and stayed within our budget.

He provided a driver and guide but also allowed a lot of free time with suggestions for attractions, restaurants, etc.

Definitely contact him if you are planning a trip to Sicily. He knows the country, the culture, the people and is flexible to meet your needs.

Kim Cummings
Kim Cummings
2 years ago

I would like to express how happy we were to have connected with Ciro!! Not only is he a super nice man, he really knows his trade! Our time spent with him was extremely informative and pure joy! He showed us so many things with explanation. His English is very good so communication was so simple. We will certainly use his services when, not if, we return to beautiful Sicilia!! Thanks for some much fun Ciro!!!

Joe martin
Joe martin
2 years ago

If you’re coming to Sicily be sure to contact Ciro for all your travel needs. He and Marco were wonderful. Very informative and helpful. Made our trip very enjoyable.

Brooke
Brooke
2 years ago

If you’re going to Sicily, then you MUST get in touch with Ciro! I booked several FULL day tours with him that were amazing! I saw the best of every corner of the island! He was very accommodating and knowledgeable! Not to mention a pretty good photographer! My favorite part was walking on Mt Etna and a few hours later watching it erupt from a distance! He obviously pulled a few strings
If you want to have a great time, I HIGHLY recommend booking with Ciro!

Catherine Steele
Catherine Steele
3 years ago

Ciro did a great job showing us Roccamena and Santa Margherita de Belice. He was able to get have them open the church so we could see where my grandfather was baptized and the municipal building to get a copy of the birth cert. He even located a distant cousin of mine in town. I couldn’t imagine flying all the way to Sicily without having someone to help us navigate through these rural areas. Thank you Ciro!

Jill Gordon
Jill Gordon
4 years ago

If you are traveling to Sicily you MUST tour with Ciro’s fabulous guides, Cristina,Massimo, and Gianni. I have never been so pampered en route, nor exposed to such delightful off the beaten path experiences ,as well as expertly exposed to the more predictable. Seems there Was a delightful surprise daily -I didn’t want the tour to end!

Bill & Connie Thornton AR
Bill & Connie Thornton AR
4 years ago

In our travels, we have had numerous tour guides, and Ciro is the BEST!!
We were taken to every place we ask to visit, and then all of the wonderful places we explored with Ciro.
We can hardly wait to return to Sicily and experience more adventures with Ciro.
Anyone who is planning a trip to Sicily should meet this man.
Thank you Ciro~

Josephine 's Travel Service KC
Josephine 's Travel Service KC
4 years ago

I contacted Ciro as I had a small group I wanted to escort on a trip to Sicily. It was a wonderful trip! There is so much beauty in Sicily! Ciro is very knowledgeable in history and territory. He and his driver Rosario made our trip very special! He knows all the special places in Sicily and I will contact him again for my small group tours. I am a travel advisor in Kansas City, Missouri.

Frances Guastello KC
Frances Guastello KC
4 years ago

Ciro, Mike and I had the most amazing trip with memories to last a life time. We and our friends the Maddi’s can’t stop talking about it. A heartfelt Thank you to you and your amazing company. You showed us this beautiful island and all it’s treasures. Rosario was so kind and wonderful to us. Enrico was so respectful and accommodated us in every way. To think my ancestors left this beautiful, serene island is a wonder.

God bless you, Ciro, and your famiglia.
Frances and Mike Guastello

Dianne Maddi KC
Dianne Maddi KC
4 years ago


Thanks so much for providing a great time in Sicily for us and the Guastello. We saw and did everything that was on our lists. We had a great time with you and Rosario and enjoyed our time with Enrico. Sicily was so beautiful that the four of us cannot stop talking about it. We will recommend you to all our friends. Take care of yourself and God bless you and your fantastic company.

Stephanie and Marc - NY
Stephanie and Marc - NY
4 years ago

Thank You Ciro!!
We had a wonderful experience exploring Palermo and the surrounding area. Ciro was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable of the area both past and present. In addition to the major sites Ciro assisted us in exploring our ancestral towns near Palermo. He really went the extra mile (kilometer?) to make it a fun and meaningful experience for us. He also knows where all the great food is!

Camilla Falotico O'Keefe, Denver CA
Camilla Falotico O'Keefe, Denver CA
4 years ago


Ciro Grillo showed us around Palermo, including visits to Segesta, Mondelo, Trapani, Erice and Monreale. All of these sights were breathtaking. One of our days of touring, Ciro took us to a restaurant and bakery that were off the beaten path. The couscous lunch and cannoli were by far the best I have ever had!

But the highlight of our trip was meeting our Italian family, for the first time in Palazzolo Acreide. Ciro coordinated all activities and accommodations with family members, which we never would have been able to do (since we don’t speak Italian). All the while he was able to interpret for us (and them), bridging the language barrier, which was essential to having a successful family gathering. Ciro was also well versed in the history of Palazzolo Acreide which made our visit even more special.

Thank you, Ciro Grillo for making our trip to Sicily one my family will not forget. We will be back!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton
4 years ago


Thank you Ciro for planning our wonderful trip to Sicily. Marco was a wonderful guide for myself, my husband, sister and brother-in-law to Valledolmo, Termini Imerese, and Palermo. We enjoyed the Sicilian culture, finding our roots through meeting cousins and visiting churches and cemeteries. Thank you for making our dream come true!

BetteJo Becker
BetteJo Becker
4 years ago

My sister, brother-in-law, my husband and myself used Ciro Grillo’s tour guide service while visiting Sicily. Marco was our guide for all three days. He was a very kind and considerate young man during our time together. By the end of our visit, we had formed a friendship. Marco navigated many difficult road situations and was very proficient in getting us to the designated towns in the Palermo region. I would definitely use this tour guide service again.

Jim Bruno - Buffalo
Jim Bruno - Buffalo
4 years ago

Ciro is the absolute best. Our trip to Sicily was like visiting a new place with an old friend. While we only had two days together he took us to the most wonderful places, shared amazing food and told us more about Sicily’s culture and history than you could ever learn without someone like him.

The highlight of our trip was a visit to Valledolmo where we met so many welcoming local people including some with the same surname as my mother. We could have never done that without Ciro’s guidance.

If you really want to EXPERIENCE Sicily, you must do so with Ciro.

Kathyrin Molfino Logan NJ
Kathyrin Molfino Logan NJ
4 years ago

Ciro was an excellent guide. He listened to what interested us and made adjustments to our liking. I believe his motto should be “I aim to please”. He is very well versed on all of Sicily; therefore, he exposed us to the authentic and real feel of the different towns and people’s cultures. He was a breathe of fresh air and always worked around us. Both my husband and I felt like we had two vacations in one! Worth every penny! Extremely enjoyable and may I add a trip of a lifetime!

Glen & Staci Gulino - Louisiana
Glen & Staci Gulino - Louisiana
5 years ago

We have just returned from a most wonderful trip to Sicily with family and friends, and are grateful to Ciro Grillo and his team for making this trip that was so important to us a reality.

Before our arrival, Ciro communicated with my husband’s cousin in Vallelunga and set up our visit with them – we had a simply lovely day there, and made memories we will always treasure. Additionally, he connected me with a most wonderful geneologist there, Giovanni Montanti, who assisted me in furthering my research in the ancestral villages.

Ciro worked with me prior to our arrival to carefully craft an itinerary that reflected our needs and desires. We covered much of the island in a matter of 12 days, and did so comfortably with expert drivers and in a very comfortable van that accommodated most of our group.

At my request, Ciro arranged for a recording session in a special church in his own village of Ventimiglia (also the home of our driver for the last part of our trip, Rosario:). After that, we visited the village, and were introduced to a wonderful family there who operate a restaurant where we dined on a delicious several-course meal of foods and dishes specific to Ventimiglia – and were treated to some beautiful opera selections by the young son-in-law of the family. Afterwards we were invited into the kitchen with the family to watch their process for making bread for the restaurant. How special!

We were grateful to have Massimo and Gianni with us during the first week of the trip as our guides and interpreters. They were exceedingly kind and took care of our every need each day, and even cooked for us on a couple of nights (even after very long travel days), showing us how to make Sicilian pizza, bread and other recipes. They also surprised me with a birthday present on the morning of our trip to visit with the lafamiglia in Vallelunga, which was incredibly sweet! We were traveling with our 21 month old granddaughter, who they said is the “beauty of the family” – I think they may have fallen a bit in love with her as we all have!

So much more that could be said….but will wrap up by saying that we could not be more grateful to Ciro and his team for taking care every detail of our trip!

The Gulino’s

Janis Gnoffo ( Chicago)
Janis Gnoffo ( Chicago)
5 years ago

This is our (my husband and I) third adventure to Sicily, guided by Ciro and his team. It warms my heart to walk the paths that our paternal grandparents traveled before enduring the long, hard sail to America. We thank Ciro for helping us locate their homes and the Churches they attended. Our most recent trip April 2019, brought us to the filming sites of Detective Montabano. We have been fans for nearly a decade and what fun it was to visit the places that were so familiar to us in the series. Ciro arranged for the two of the most experienced driver, Giovanni and sweet guide Max to take us to fictitious Vigata. They extended their knowledge to many more interesting places. I can’t wait till they come to the U.S., so we can show them around Chicago. We had several other drivers and guides traveling on to Mt Etna and more. One of the best things is, in using Sicilian Routes-just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride, the landscapes, the wonderful smells and the sunny Sicilians.
Looking forward to our next journey. My Nanna is smiling. Thank you Ciro and your warm and friendly Team. Ciao ciao.

Ross & Mary Sciara
Ross & Mary Sciara
4 years ago


We recently spent a week in Sicily under the tour guidance of Ciro Grillo. It was a wonderful week! We told Ciro where we wanted to go and he took care of the rest!
His ability to speak English as well as Italian made everything so much easier. He was very knowledgeable about the history of each place we went and conveyed that information to us. He usually had an assistant with him that made going to even the busiest places free of stress. I highly recommend Ciro to assist you on your trip to Sicily!

Grace Rocco and Margaret Sicily tour
Grace Rocco and Margaret Sicily tour
5 years ago

I enjoyed the trip that I took to Sicily recently. Ciro was a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. He went above and beyond to make sure that we had everything we needed. I took the trip because I really wanted to see where the Italian detective series, Montalbano was filmed. Ciro took us to the beach house in the story and also the police station where The series is filmed. He even pointed out the house in Ragusa where Luca Zingaretti lives. I was the only Montalbano fan in our group, but everyone loved the beach and Ragusa. We liked our accommodations and the restaurants that we ate in. The winery where Ciro took us was really interesting, too, as were the salt flats and the Greek temples we saw.
We really enjoyed having Rosario Pagano as our driver and Margaret Sylvester as our host.
I never thought that I would like Sicily as much as I did and I know that it was do to the kindness and knowledge of Ciro, Rosario and Margaret that we all enjoyed being there so much.

Cathy e Rick - Maine
Cathy e Rick - Maine
5 years ago

Thank you Ciro Grillo for truly making our stay in Sicily perfetto! Seeing the towns where my ancestors are from, having access to information we other wise would not have obtained, and facilitating both meeting and communicating with my distant, never-before-met relatives in San Cataldo was much more than I expected. Ciro spent the whole day with me, my husband and my Sicilian family in San Cataldo and really made the day extra special. This was after a perfect day seeing the sights of Caccamo, another town of my ancestors. Gracie mille Ciro!!

Nick Pitillo
Nick Pitillo
5 years ago

We had a tremendous experience with Ciro and his team! From handling our airport transfers, to bringing us to our ancesteral home of Valledolmo and having a guide/ interpreter that was amazing!! Cristina and Mario took amazing care of us and Ciro was always avaialble for any questions, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend using their services, as I certainly will upon my return. Grazie Mille!!

Joan Maxson and Friends!
Joan Maxson and Friends!
5 years ago

In this ancient land, with its rich multicultural legacy, and where Roman Catholicism coexists with vibrant echoes of the jealous, whimsical and sometimes vengeful Greek and Roman mythological Gods, some still believe the Fates intervene with human affairs for their own amusement.

So many fortuitous events drew six unrelated women to Sicily Routes, and its founder and our guide, Ciro Grillo, for the tour of a lifetime, through wildflower covered hills and sparkling seaside ports, through 6th century BC ruins, castles, gorgeous churches and museums, ricotta cheese farms and salt pans, sampling the freshest local seafood delicacies and its lemons, oranges, olives and almonds (also Caponata, Arancini, pasta, cannoli, gelato, pizza…), the finest (sulfate-free) wines, in the most charming, off-the-beaten-path restaurants in all of Sicily… mamma mia!

We believe the Fates were in very good moods when they brought us together. Now, friends for a lifetime.

Along with Margaret Sylvester and Rosario Pagano, our amiable and excellent driver, our group meshed well. Ciro speaks perfect English and is so knowledgeable about his native land, so accommodating, patient and flexible. We never felt rushed when we wanted to linger and play in an ancient Greek amphitheater, or dance with joy in the streets of Trapani after a sumptuous lunch prepared by a world-class chef.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, Ciro, for this unforgettable experience, for your professionalism, knowledge, experience and for the love and respect you have for what you do and for your guests. And, may the Gods smile as kindly on all your future adventurers as they did on us.

Gina Presko
Gina Presko
5 years ago

Had a wonderful time in Sicily. It was a dream come true.

Alan
Alan
5 years ago

I’d like to thank you Ciro for organizing a truly unforgettable Sicily experience for me and my family. When friends back home asked how the trip was the first word that came to mind was “unbelievable”.

We were able to visit a wide variety of places – from the city of Palermo, to beach towns to ancient sites and the birthplace of my grandfather. With Enrico as our guide, we also learned a lot about the history along the way . He truly went above and beyond in guiding us to the places that made the trip special and stress free for us.

Grazie Mille!

Donna Pothier
Donna Pothier
5 years ago

Beautiful Tour with Marco and Ciro. Cannot wait to go back!! Marsala, Naro, Agrigento, Syracusa, Taormina… Restaraunts and amazing food. …. next time beaches, museums, Erna and Islands!!

Francesca Gervasi - NJ
Francesca Gervasi - NJ
5 years ago

I had a wonderful time while on my trip to Sicily. My guide Francesca was friendly, knowledgeable and so helpful and supportive during my entire time with her. I recommend any one planning a trip to Sicily use this wonderful organization.

Annette Campo - Redondo Beach (CA)
Annette Campo - Redondo Beach (CA)
5 years ago

I was fortunate to find Ciro and Sicily Routes via a recommendation on a Sicilian genealogy page on Facebook. When I found out Ciro knew the area where my grandparents emigrated from (Caccamo and Ventimiglia di Sicilia), I really wanted him to be our guide for the heritage portion of our trip to Sicily. His lovely assistant Cristina was our guide for the day, and we got to visit my grandparents’ hometowns, including a tour of Castello di Caccamo. We also enjoyed the festival of the Madonna of the Rosary in Ventimiglia di Sicilia. As a special treat, we got to meet the mayor and had dinner with the locals, including Crisitina’s family who were very welcoming. I felt very welcome and I can’t wait to return!

Victoria De Maio
Victoria De Maio
5 years ago

Ciro and I collaborated for over a year to create a customized immersive group tour of Sicily. In that time we became partners and friends and when it came to “delivering”, everything was absolutely as promised (and more!) Throughout our tour (October 2018), Ciro and his local guides/contacts were outstanding professionals contributing to the success of the tour. As a trusted preferred travel partner in Sicily, I wouldn’t hesitate to refer clients to Ciro and Sicily Routes!

Chip George - Chicago
Chip George - Chicago
5 years ago

Ciro
Thank you for being a fantastic guide and showing us a great time on our recent visit to Sicily.
Special thanks for help with closing the language barrier with me and my cousin on a special visit in Sciacca. Also, what a special treat with the visit to the Weigner Vineyard.
Your suggestion and arrangements here far exceeded any expectations.
Arrivederci

Antoinette Scardia
Antoinette Scardia
5 years ago

My children and I visited Sicily in September and Ciro Grillo was our tour guide and Rosario our driver. I can say that we had the most wonderful experience due to the professionalism and knowledge of our guide. The hotels were unbelievable and the suggestions for touring and dining were outstanding. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Ciro. If you want to see Sicily he is definitely the go to guy!! Excellent!!

Barbara and Frank Badome - NYC
Barbara and Frank Badome - NYC
5 years ago

Ciao Ciro,
I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience we had with you and your team. The bed and breakfast Villa Cannoli you recommended exceeded our expectations we felt very much at home and loved breakfast on the terrace every morning.. We were a little hesitant at first but Pietro and Salvatore were wonderful.
Our day with Rosario and Andrea was great we enjoyed Erice and your suggestion to go to Segesta was great Frank loved the ruins our trip to Trapani and the salt ponds was interesting. The weather was a little cold but Rosario had jackets in his car that we used. He really came prepared. That special cannoli…what can I say. The best I have every had! We let them choose a place for lunch in Trapani and it was delicious!
Our day with Andrea to Sciara to visit the family was great he was good at doing the translations for us. He managed to find the church’s in Termini Immerse and Trabia without any trouble. We asked him to pick a place for lunch and we went to a restaurant at the bottom of the castle in Caccamo. It was so delicious. He is very personable and so much fun to talk to. He is going to be very successful in the tourist industry.
Our day with you to Cimmina was so meaningful to cousin Sal and Amy. The visit to the Museum was so interesting that we came home and purchased the movie “The Leopard” and are looking forward to seeing it. We all enjoyed the visit to Cefalu. Lunch near the water was great. The visit to your home town Ventimiglia was over the top. It is something Frank will never forget he loved the feast, the band and the singers and dancers. I will never forget the taste of those chestnuts! Thank you for showing us your family home so full of antiques! It was beautiful. Frank enjoyed talking with your cousin. The day went so fast. Cousin Amy and Sal were so impressed they kept thanking me for arranging it. I told them it was all you. They send you a big thank you!
Our last day with Christina was great. She found the church in Palermo with no problem. Amy and Frank got to see the church of their great great great grandparents. She took us for street food that Amy wanted to taste and we had a nice lunch very near the church. We felt a little bad for her she was trying so hard to accommodate Amy and Sal.but Sal was having a bad day due to his Altzeimers disease and did not want to walk. We told Christina to take him back to the hotel. I know she felt bad she had other places planned for us to see. We went back to the church and this time found it open so I was able to take pictures for Frank’s family genealogy book. She found the Jeweler and Frank was able to get his trinacria. He was so happy it was just what he wanted.
We had such a great time and look forward to visiting again some day.

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