VisitingSicily.it comes with the experience from the website Visitpalermo.it
The adventure started in 2008 with an idea from Maurizio and Andrea: create a completely Sicilian tourist website but with a cosmopolitan view on our island. In 2009 Pietro joined the two and the couple became a trio.
Born and raised in Palermo, responsible for research, social innovation and business start-ups.
Among his interests are local development and cultural tourism. Passionate about technology, in his previous life he was a dj and earned a doctorate in Greek and Latin Linguistics. Once a year, he accompanies groups on responsible tourism trips in the countries of south-east Asia. He loves Sicily but gets nervous because of the way in which many Sicilians treat it ... He has an unbridled passion for foreign languages …
Andrea Monica Garcia Dante
was born in Argentina where she graduated in Economics. In 2001, quite inexplicably she decided to move to Palermo to open up an entirely red pub.
In 2006, she sold the bar, which was one of the landmark night spots in Palermo and discovered a new passion, the teaching of Spanish language in schools. In love with animals (in fact, she married Maurizio and even had a daughter with him called Martina) she has two dogs but would like to adopt at least ten others.
She looks after the accounts of the group and for this reason, despite her bright and accommodating smile, she is much dreaded for her “Frau Rottenmeier attitude”, when it comes to punctuality and efficiency.
Born and raised in Palermo, he is an engineer by profession with a passion for videos and short films.
He lives in the Vucciria district of Palermo and loves the historical center and its strong contradictions but, when possible, he escapes from the city riding his motorcycle, searching the innermost secrets and hidden landscapes of Sicily.
Fond of long swims in the open sea and of the islands, which he knows perfectly, he married in Filicudi and on the day of his marriage, he organized a swimming competition for all the guests.
The three share a dream of becoming the reference point for Italian and foreign visitors to Palermo and Sicily.
Today, Andrea, Maurizio and Pietro are joined by a group of competent people also in love with Sicily, because they were born there or because they choose it as a place to live.
Our Team today
Francesca Pellitteri - booking services and communication manager
Marta Anelli - Services and tourist information manager
Marta was born and raised in Palermo, but after graduating she has travelled a lot and even lived in Rome, Paris and Belfast. For Marta, travelling is one of the best dimensions in which to experience life and culture and it has been vitally important for her own personal story, for example, Marta met the (Irish) man of her life while flying back from Argentina and brought him back to Palermo, after another voyage they are now raising their first son! After having returned to Sicily for some years, Marta now occupies herself in all aspects of Sicilian tourism and manages the tourist services of VisitSicily. Marta loves her home-island and believes it to be the most beautiful place on earth... she explores it continually and is always amazed.
Born and raised in Palermo. She graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures, but than she did different and various works. Romantic, dreamy and driven by passion even in any career choice. For some years she lived in Latin(near Rome), of course a choice made for love reason, and there the first contact with the world of golf and for some years her job.
Two years after her Coming back in Palermo,the first contact with VisitSicily proposing services related to golf and then the discovery of another passion... Palermo and its soul !
Stage & Internship
Amber was born and raised in Belgium, but at the age of 10 she already knew that she wanted to work in another country. She loves the sun, the sea and a vibrant city life and that is why she has chosen to fulfill her work placement in Palermo. Amber is an expert in Tourism and Leisure Management to be and will never stop travelling and discovering the world.
Born in La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée - France), this 22-year-old French girl is passionate about everything related to travel and tourism. She has a dream : to go around the world, to visit every place (no exception) of our beautiful planet and, to make beautiful encounters. Determined, motivated, smiling, friendly, a little crazy, adventurer and photographer, she loves to discover new places, to eat delicious food and, to taste good wine (Sicily is a paradise for her) ! She would also like to open a blog to share with you her fabulous adventures. She is also a great lover of nature and animals (except cockroaches...) like a real Brigitte Bardot, and especially cats. After the obtaining of her BTS Tourism in Les Sables d'Olonne in 2016, she went on to a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences option Heritage and Coastales Cultures at the Higher Institute of Tourism in Les Sables d'Olonne. During this L3, an internship had to be carried out and, VisitPalermo and Sicily opened their arms to her for her greatest happiness. Her missions within the office are numerous and varied : she deals with the translation of articles of the website in French, the writing of articles about her experiences in Sicily, updates all kinds of information (accommodations, events, etc), helps to answer requests and informs foreign tourists coming to Micro, promotes the office by visiting accommodation and restaurants ... She wants to do everything to help in the improvement and well-being of the structure.
Born and raised in Palermo, she loves her homeland and her origins. She has a degree in Tourism and she takes her first steps in this field by becoming part of the VisitPalermo team, where she deals with tourist services with enthusiasm. She has always had a passion for traveling and today she is making this passion her job. She goes around Palermo on her Vespa and she loves nature, although her true love is her comfy sofa!
Michael Sampson - Translations
Francesco Passantino - ICT
Paolo Scarlata - Driver
She was born and raised in Palermo and she now lives in Berlin. Ever since she was young, she’s had a passion for travel and culture. She studied Literature and specialized in Art History. She has taught at school and at university. Today, she deals with tourism and she is a great tourist guide. She speaks English and French, and is ready to show you around Sicily in any way possible, even by horse! She is the ambassador of VisitingSicily in Berlin…
Patrizia Fundrisi was born in Enna, the heart of Sicily, and her passion has led her to discover and study everything about Sicily. She has a degree in theatre, with a final dissertation on Enna's traditional singing! Her goal is to promote central inland Siicily, describing its secret hidden beauties. She writes articles on central inland Sicily for our website.
She comes from Palermo, she is graduated in architecture and engineering and she lives in her city as a mum and a freelancer. She loves Sicily, its stories, its countryside, its sea, its architecture, its wine and food and nearly all Sicilians… and she feels a great sense of pride at this!
We are really lucky because we meet a lot of nice people from everywhere - guests, travellers, bloggers, journalists travelling to Sicily and so on... »