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Welcome to Cultural Island Travel & The Sicily Experience!

Welcome to The Sicily Experience, where you’ll discover the vibrant essence of Sicily through the eyes of locals. We are thrilled to introduce a unique partnership between Shabi Samoohi, the visionary behind Cultural Island Travel, and Gianfranco Salamone, a seasoned Sicilian tour expert. With over a decade of experience in curating bespoke custom tours in culturally rich destinations, Cultural Island Travel has delighted travelers seeking immersive journeys. Combining their expertise, Shabi and Gianfranco have created The Sicily Experience, an unparalleled opportunity to explore the enchanting island of Sicily with an authentic, insider’s perspective. Gianfranco, with his deep roots in Palermo and a genuine passion for his homeland, brings a wealth of knowledge and personal connections to ensure an unforgettable adventure. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty, history, and flavors of Sicily as we unlock its hidden gems and provide an experience that will stay with you forever.

Our tours to Sicily offer an enchanting journey through a land filled with captivating history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine. Located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily is divided into distinct regions, each offering its own unique charm. In Western Sicily, travelers are immersed in a blend of ancient ruins, picturesque coastal towns, and vibrant culture. Exploring this part of the island unveils a captivating tapestry of influences from Greek, Roman, and Arab civilizations. From the  the vibrant streets of Palermo to the gorgeous beach and old town of Cefalu and the magical town of Erice, Western Sicily invites visitors to wander through centuries of history and indulge in delectable street food, such as the iconic arancini, brioche with gelato, granitas or panelle.

On the other side of the island, Eastern Sicily beckons with its remarkable blend of natural wonders and architectural splendor. This region showcases the imposing presence of Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, offering adventurous souls the opportunity to hike its slopes and witness breathtaking views from its summit. People say visiting the craters of Mt. Etna make them feel like they are on the moon. Along the eastern coast, the city of Syracuse stands as a testament to the island’s Greek heritage, boasting the incredible archaeological park of Neapolis and the charming island of Ortygia, with its narrow streets and elegant Baroque buildings. In Taormina, travelers can marvel at the ancient Greek theater while enjoying panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and visit Isola Bella on a sunset boat cruise. Eastern Sicily is also home to the renowned vineyards of Mount Etna, where wine enthusiasts can savor unique volcanic wines that reflect the mineral rich soil of the region.

Whether exploring the historical wonders of Western Sicily or immersing oneself in the natural beauty of Eastern Sicily, a tour of this captivating island promises an unforgettable experience. With its rich heritage, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, Sicily captivates the hearts of travelers, inviting them to uncover the secrets of this Mediterranean gem at every turn.

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    OUR TEAM

    Meet Our Team

    Gianfranco Salamone

    Sicily Expert
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    Shabi

    President-Cultural Island Travel

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    Teresa

    Travel Specialist

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    Patricia

    Custom/VIP Travel Specialist

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    Daniel

    Chief Marketing Officer

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    Kristen Jelley

    Sales

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    Irma

    Tour Leader
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    Ebony

    Tour Leader & Photo tour specialist
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