This year is a great time to visit Sicily. The recession is finally winding down and the island is as inviting as ever.
As an independent destination guide, Best of Sicily presents several scheduled tours of sicily and (if you're coming to Sicily as part of a cruise) a number of shore excursions and personalized solutions for independent travel - even cooking classes. But this isn't just a "plug" for our partners' services! Best of Sicily offers travel ideas and even things like practical information on finding a bed and breakfast or renting a villa in Sicily.
With the firm that oversees our tours, we recently conducted a survey of comparable tours of Sicily being sold by travel agents in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia and Japan. This research revealed Best of Sicily's tours (available directly from the Sicily-based company which organizes them) to be priced very competitively - in fact, moreso than we had imagined.
Yes, like most destination-oriented sites and hard-copy travel magazines, Best of Sicily is a commercial publication and has advertising (which helps to defray publishing costs) but most of the firms and specialists listed, such as the professional tour guides in Sicily and the Sicilian restaurants reviewed, do not pay to be included on the site.
One of our authors recently made the point that visiting Sicily in the winter months is an appealing idea - not that it's ever very cold in most parts of the island. Start planning your visit now!