Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It constitutes an autonomous Region of Italy, along with surrounding minor islands, officially referred to as Regione Siciliana (in Italian, Sicilian Region). Sicily has traditionally been regarded as a bridge between Africa and Europe. Officially considered one of the regions of Italy, Sicily has nevertheless enjoyed regional autonomy with extensive powers of self-government since 1946. Sicily's strategic location in the Mediterranean has prompted centuries of invasion and ccupation by foreign powers and closely parallels the rise and fall of virtually every empire since the eighth century B.C.

The name "Sicily" is thought to have originated with the Sikels, one of three peoples who occupied Sicily during the Neolithic Age. Thereafter, during the seventh and eighth centuries B.C., the Greeks established colonies, including Messina, Syracuse, and Gela, under which Sicily flourished culturally. Although the Carthaginians arrived at roughly the same time as the Greeks, they were confined to the northwest of the island and exerted a lesser influence on the island. However, by the third century B.C. the Greek Empire declined and the Romans established control, which lasted until the fifth century A.D. Sicily was subsequently occupied by the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines, and the Arabs.  Sicily flourished once again under Norman rule, which began around 1000 A.D. Frederick II's reign (1211-1250) produced an outpouring of literary, scientific, and architectural works, representing a cultural peak. After his death, however, Sicily passed into the hands of France, an oppressive occupation that ended with the bloody "Sicilian Vespers" revolt in 1282. Thereafter, for the better part of the next six centuries, the Spanish ruled Sicily, with periodic occupation from other countries. Weary from years of invasion, the Sicilians rallied under Giuseppe Garibaldi, who won control of the island in 1860. The Sicilians enthusiastically supported the unification of Italy, which was completed during the Risorgimento of 1860-1870.

The first significant wave of Sicilian immigrants to the United States began in the late 1880s. Before 1880 less than 1,000 Sicilians immigrated to America per year. But by 1906 over 100,000 Sicilians left for the States in that year alone. Ultimately, out of the 4.5 million Italians that immigrated to the United States between the years 1880 and 1930, one out of every four was a Sicilian. The immigrants represented virtually every area in Sicily. The numbers would have been higher but for the passage of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1924. The Act reduced the number of persons allowed to immigrate to the United States from Italy to 3,845. The surge of Italian immigrants to the United States happened for several reasons. After the unification of Italy was completed in 1870, Sicilians were confident their lot would improve after centuries of la miseria. However, they were soon disillusioned. Sicily suffered a series of agricultural crises, which precipitated a sharp drop in the grain and citrus markets.

Our travel packages including stay in Sicily in a charming affiliated Accommodation (example):

Stay will include traditional sicilian breakfast. Special dates and requests are subject to availability of accommodation at time of reservation.

Ancestry tour (half day or full day) includes :
  • Walk through your family’s ancestral village
  • Visit churches, cemeteries and ancient palazzi from your grandparents’ past
  • Cultural mediation, logistic support and assistance
  • Pick up service with private driver
  • Engage in helpful-and often colorful-conversations with the locals
Extra Activities :
  • Cooking Classes of Sicilian traditional dishes
  • Arts & Crafts Tours
  • Food & Wine Tours 
  • Wedding Planning

The price of Ancestry Tour (including stay of 3 nights) starts from € 600 per person in a double occupancy