Tour Guides in Sicily

Visit the Land of Your Ancestors ! or Just Enjoy this Beatiful Place. You can design your own itinerary, and have a personal escort in English when you arrive. Help is available for for renting a car,  accomodations, or anything else. 

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You are in control of what you want to see !  The tour guide can also suggest a package for standard tourist destinations.  Always flexible, because we want your vacation to be exactly as you wish !  The type of transportation needed to fit your group’s size is available.  It’s possible to have a private bus for a large group, or to go around in an Italian car. If you will arrive  on a cruise ship, a guide can pick you up at your ship and take you to see your ancestral village for a day, and back to the ship. Whatever you need ! These tours are unique because we are experts in Italian family history and offer accompanying genealogical services.

Pick up from any hotel in Provinces Palermo, Trapani , Catania, and Messina . Quotes on request.  Airport pickups also available from either Palermo or Catania airports.

Group size can be from one person to a large group. If you request to be driven, the appropriate sized vehicle will be determined in advance. (Avoid the hassle of renting a car, insurance, and navigation systems speaking in a foreign language and let the tour guide take you around and narrate what you are seeing. Or, if you prefer, a guide can meet you at a site (such as your ancestral village) and act as translator for the day to meet people by your surname, or assist in getting a vital record at the town hall.  (In Sicily they do not permit anyone but the archivist to handle the books, so its best to let PCIR research your tree in advance. However, you might be able to get one or two documents in person.) Visit your ancestor’s church, look for tombstones at the cemetery (we can work with the cemetery to get grave locations in advance).  We are very attuned to the desires of genealogists !  PCIR can research your whole family tree, or supplement an established tree and bring it forward to find living relatives in Sicily.  Chances are they didn’t know anything about their ancestors.  Present them with their own copy of the tree and bring along a photo of your immigrant ancestor.

Some examples about distance and driving time ( one way) from Palermo:  Palermo-Trapani   1hr  (100 kmt)  Palermo-Agrigento 1hr and half (150 kmt)  Palermo – Cefalù 1hr  (70 kmt)

Lunch in the local “trattoria” of a village.

In many places it’s possible to visit a winery and have a taste of genuine sicilian food and wine. Visit a local cheese factory and have a light lunch with “pane di casa” (home made bread) seasoned with genuine olive oil, salt, pepper or anchioves and dried tomato, olives, cheese , fresh ricotta cheese, local wine–only 10 euro!

Ask for a quote for an English speaking tour guide with, or without driver

 ( if you will rent a car ).

                    price range categories: 
                    1 to 4 people,    5 to 8 people, 
                    or  over 8 people
When visiting an ancestral village, a tour can include a visit to the  main church, where with advance notice, it’s  usually possible to check records (about an ancestor’s baptism , wedding etc.)  the town hall ( to consult ,  when possible , the old documents),the cemetery ( to look for possible ancestor’s graves)


and of course, talking with local people and searching for possible relatives and descendants.
Pallante Center can  work to figure out how your family links to them. 

Sicily is a beatiful place to spend your vacation! (See my photos on facebook). There are nine provinces. Each has something unique to offer.  Through PCIR you can order the book, “Sicily! Up Close“, an essential guide for planning. Take it with you on your trip.  Even if you don’t have Sicilian ancestors, it will be a wonderful adventure!  

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*If you need research to determine your ancestor’s village of origin before your trip, Please email

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