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Essence of Sicily is a specialist agency offering personalized luxury tours to discover the colors, flavors and all the sensations of the biggest island in the Mediterranean.

Our aim is to bypass the obvious and the ordinary, and we pride ourselves for going above and beyond to ensure that our clients will have an unforgettable memory of their visit to Sicily.


Sicily Heritage Guided Tours

Sicily Heritage Guided Tours

Vineyard Tours in Sicily

Vineyard Tours in Sicily

Sicilian cuisine and more

Sicilian cuisine and more

Sicilian lifestyle tour

Sicilian lifestyle tour

Custom Luxury  ToursCustom Luxury  Tours

Custom Luxury Tours

„If you are looking for a special tour in Sicily and to enjoy a new experience. We are ready to give you a memorable vacation.“

Our itineraries allow you to enjoy a well-chosen and balanced mix of history, culture and cuisine of Sicily and each day is planned to bring fascinating, diverse new experiences and sights. A trip to Sicily represents a unique and unforgettable experience and Essence Of Sicily can create a customized vacation for you, just follow these three easy steps:



My initial consultation can be done by phone or e-mail.


I’ll provide you with my Planning Form so i can learn about your groups’ basic interests, travel dates and budget.


We finalize the itinerary and request a deposit as a confirmation of the tour.
  • Cultural tours

  • Walking tours

  • Food & wine tours

  • Cooking classes

  • Bike tours

  • Fishing tours

Places & Tastes

Choose a unique opportunity to experience Sicily through its cuisine.

The unforgettable flavours of Sicilian cuisine and the best places where you can still enjoy them. A cuisine, often simple but always genuine, blending the products of the land and a unique variety of fish. Sicily’s culinary heritage is a treasure: an exotic mix of various traditions and the rich taste of anchovies, hot peppers, garlic and the soft taste of fruits and herbs. Centuries of domination by various cultures have also enriched the range of typical local dishes with new flavours.
  • Town and Villages

    Town and Villages

    Archeology, Mediaval Villages, Arabic neighbourhoods, and the charming Baroque Cities…
  • Wineries


    The smell, the colour and the taste of Sicilian wine will make you experience a little bit more of the secrets of Sicilian culture.
  • Cooking School

    Cooking School

    Learn to prepare a traditional 4-course Sicilian meal with our the best chef.
  • Restaurants


    The best selected restaurants to make you approach all Sicilian specialities in any City.
  • Sicilian Islands

    Sicilian Islands

    Extend your stay enjoying the wonderful sea of Aeolian, Egadi and Pelagie Islands.
  • Organic  Farmers

    Organic Farmers

    Visit flourishing citrus plantations, the Aromatic Plants, the Olive Oil…
  • Pastry shoop

    Pastry shoop

    Sicilian Pastry is one of the most delicious all over the world: almonds, ricotta, marmalades and chocolate are among the principal ingredients…
  • Dairies


    Sicily is worldwide famous also for its delicious cheeses as “Ragusano Dop”, “La Vastedda del Belice”, “il Caciocavallo” and the tender “Ricotta”!
    • Viviana Buscemi

      She lived and worked outside of Sicily for several years, but her dream was always to return home to start up a unique business of her own: a tour operator specialising in the creation and development of customized tours, aimed at the discovery of the real essence of Sicily. While working as an events organizer and hospitality tourism instructor, she set up Filovacanze Luxury Tours in Sicily in 2003, which later evolved into Essence of Sicily, owned in partnership with Peppe.

      „Viviana Buscemi, co-owner of Essence of Sicily graduated in Economics of Tourism at the University of Bologna, and specialized in Marketing at the European Institute of Design in Milan.“

      Viviana would welcome the opportunity to help you choose the best itinerary for your custom-made tour, and carefully advise you according to your own tastes, wishes and needs, in order to make your holiday a truly memorable experience! She loves to give her guests the unique opportunity to experience Sicily through its fascinating history, countryside and culinary delights!


    • Peppe Mendola

      I am proud to say that I have helped develop upscale and luxury travel in Sicily since 2002, before there was the right infrastructure to accommodate the discerning traveler. My motto has been and always will be, if it’s in Sicily, we can arrange it for you. My love for the Island of the Sun goes deep and wide and we ensure that you will have a high-touch experience, one that exudes authenticity at every turn and at every hour during your journey.

      „I was born and raised in Agrigento, and my main motivation in life is to impart my passion and devotion to Sicily to all whom I encounter, either through a planned travel program or in passing.“

      And, if that isn’t enough, I’m happy to give you a private performance, taking a song or two from the folklore group Val d’Akragas, repertoire, the company that I belong to and that travels the world to share Sicily’s rich cultural heritage through dance and song.



    • Dean
      „Dear Viviana. Well, we are back in the states after a wonderful trip to Sicilia. The trip was a great pleasure! The tour guides were all excellent! You was always available to help and answer our questions and attempt to smooth out any problems. you are a delightful person and a true asset to your company! We look forward to our future visits to Sicilia! With warm regards, Dean“
    • Karen
      „We had a wonderful time at Mandrova & with Marco in Agrigento! Mandrova was beautiful, the cooking classes were great & Marco was a wonderful tour guide. His love of Sicily & its heritage brought Agrigento alive to all of us. (I was just speaking to my brother & want to bring him along next year.) It was a wonderful value for the cost & I will definitely recommend this to all I meet. So, I will stay in touch. Thanks so much! Karen“
    • Janet
      „Our trip was amazing. We loved Mandranova. We were so pleased that we spent 3 nights there because it was truly magical. The Scilio Wine Hotel was great too. It would be nice to go back sometime when they are in full operation. Sicily is a beautiful part of the world and I would really like to visit it again. Thanks for all of your help. Janet “
    • Lorrain
      „We want to thank you and all of the people in Sicily in planning and executing our vacation. It was just superb. You did a marvelous job for us. All of our drivers and guides were so knowledgeable and friendly. We developed excellent relationships with all of them. We are certainly glad that we decided to do it the way that we did. It was so much more pleasurable having private drivers and tour guides. Lorrain“
    • Judi
      „We totally enjoyed our tours and cooking class. Everything and everybody is wonderful! It was so good to meet you yesterday in Agrigento. You have put together a truly memorable trip for Emily and me. Grazie mille
      Judy P “
    • Mike
      „the tours that they arranged for us were excellent and having very knowledgeable personal guides made it all the better. The cooking classes set up for us were simply fantastic. In addition the prepaid dinners that were arranged for us in Palermo were outstanding. It’s hard to believe that everything went so well I could go on for pages outlining all the good times we had. As far as we are concerned it was the trip of a lifetime foe us. We fell in love with Sicily and its people. Regards, Mike“
    • john
      „How are you? John and I talk about you and our trip to Sicilia all the time. It was wonderful because of you. I wanted you to know that we will forever have wonderful memories. Again, grazie mille,
    • Chiara
      „volevo ringraziarla per l’organizzazione della vacanza, ha saputo cogliere in pieno lo spirito che mi spingeva in Sicilia e, in così breve tempo, ci ha fatto intravedere non solo la bellezza ma la cultura di questa terra. Quando tornerò in Sicilia mi riaffiderò alla sua sensibilità e cultura. Grazie ancora, Chiara“
    • Tim & Marianne Geraci
      „Thank you for a wonderful itinerary on our recent trip to Sicily, it was the best vacation we have ever taken! Again, our thanks and warm regards, Tim & Marianne Geraci “
    • Carol
      „We had a marvelous journey to Sicily. Masseria Rossella is a lovely quiet place and Mandranova is a magical place where the hosts are exceptional. Silvia was there to cook with us…We spent at least four hours preparing a variety of delicous dishes for twenty guests…Our guides were knowledgeable, kind and gracious. Accommodations were lovely. Cooking classes were fun and informative…Many thanks for arranging a memorable journey to Sicily for my daughter and me. Best Regards, Carol “
    • Emily
      „Dearest Viviana, I’m so sorry that I haven’t written to tell you what a wonderful time I had…we were truly able to enjoy it’s spectacular scenery and rich history because of you…I will never forget a moment of the trip. The itinerary you created for us could only have been created by a person who knows and loves her country…Our tour guides were simply wonderful and we will always remember their enthusiasm, scholarship and patience with me when I tried to speak italian!!!! Be well, Viviana. Stay in touch if you have the time. Fondly, Emily “
    • Ziva
      „Just a short note to thank you for arranging it all for us. We had a GREAT time in Sicily! loved the island, the people and the food! Enjoyed the historical sites, and the magnificant (and expensive..) tour of Etna! Mandranova was exceptional, Silvia and Josepe are very gracious hosts! The breakfast and the home made cakes were amazing! Scilio wine- We were lucky to be there at their annual tasting day- which was a nice surprise, and the wines were GREAT, the atmosphere terrific! Thanks again, Ziva “
    • Agnès
      „Tutto benissimo, ti ringraziamo tanto per l’organizzazione. La Sicilia e’ veramente bellissima e il corso di ceramica era fantastico. Avrei voluto imparare ancora di più e quindi cercherò qua un altro corso per continuare. Era veramente troppo corta. Il periodo era anche ottimo perché non faceva troppo caldo, insomma un esperienza meravigliosa!!! Agnès “
    • Marianne
      „ Hello Viviana! Just wanted to thank you for putting together a wonderful trip for my son and his friend to Sicily. They had a great time and said their guide was great and everything went smoothly. I truly appreciate you. Marianne “
    • Judy
      „Hi Viviana! We are in Sicily now! Everyone is wonderful to us. We are having THE BEST time. Everything is wonderful. Judy “
    • Mary
      „Dear Viviana, all was very well planned out and we loved the Driver Marco and all the hotels. All in all went very well for and was very pleased. Thanked us for a job well done. Mary “
    • Louise
      „Viviana, our family can’t thank you enough for what a great job you, Gaetano and your entire staff did for our stay in Sicily. The Hotel was outstanding; the trip to Etna and the lunch were multi bono! Thanks again and hope we can meet one day in Sicily. Grazie, Louise“
    • Nicoletta
      „Viviana, che meraviglia!! Ti ringrazio di tutto cuore di questo magnifico itinerario, e insieme a me tutti quanti nel tour. Sono appena tornata, adesso sono qui che guardo il cielo grigio e sogno quei pomodorini e melanzane. Un abbraccio, Nicoletta “
    • Elen
      „Ciao Viviana, we had a wonderful time in Sicily. We liked the drivers very much, enjoyed the guides…a couple of them were great. We liked the hotels and going down to the ocean to eat lunch in Agrigento. Thanks so much, Elen“