Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sicily Tour Guides

Adapting Sicily's regional laws to Italian and European Union norms, the Sicilian Region (Sicily is "semi-autonomous" along the lines of Bavaria, Catalonia and Scotland) has finally instituted licensing of tour guides in Sicily for the entire island instead of province by province. On our tour guide page we've divided Sicily in two because most guides specialize in specific areas.

The new policy, implemented belatedly following three years of silly debate, won't have an impact on most visitors, but it means that (for example) a guide based in Palermo can accompany a group to Segesta, in the next province, without the jurisdictional complexities which existed in the past. This is generally a welcome change. Excessive bureaucracy is seldom a good thing.

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