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BOUTIQUE TRAVEL COMPANY

Essence of Sicily has been operating in Luxury Custom Travel since 2003, currently established as a leader in the sector in Sicily and main local partner of some of the most renowned travel circuits in the world (Virtuoso, Select, Duco, Iltm).

Over time we have matured and developed a strong identity, thanks to a solid criterion of cooperation with our customers and strongly oriented to a “win-win situation” policy.

Over the years we have had the pleasure of working with a wide range of clients, including important personalities from the world of show business, cinema and music at international level.

Our philosophy is simple: each one of you is a special universe, and our idea is to offer you completely custom-made inspiration, story-telling and vision, drawing on our twenty years of highly recognized experience!

VIVIANA BUSCEMI

Founder of Essence of Sicily, she graduated in Tourism Economics from the University of Bologna and specialized in Marketing at the European Institute of Design in Milan. After having lived outside Sicily for many years, since 2003 she has been successfully operating in the Luxury Travel sector.

PEPPE MENDOLA

Founder of Essence of Sicily, born and raised in the shadow of the Greek Temples of Agrigento, after having traveled the world and gained decades of experience in the sector, he was one of the pioneers of local Luxury Travel, personal chaperone of great world-class personalities to discover the millenary treasures of Sicily.


Essence of Sicily Named Preferred On-Site by Global Luxury Travel Network Virtuoso
VIRTUOSO is the travel industry’s world leading luxury network. Essence Of Sicily is the only Virtuoso Preferred On-Site Partner specialized in experiences in Sicily. The best guarantee of quality.
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 800 travel agency partners with more than 16,000 elite travel advisors in over 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com
In-Country Partners
SELECT In-Country Partners is a carefully vetted international portfolio of over 100 Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and Specialty Tour Operators located in over 150 countries across the globe that specialize in providing customers with the ultimate luxury travel experience.
SELECT In-Country Partners are true destination experts selected for their experience in supporting travel advisors with their more complex custom group needs. These experts are physically located in the country and have insider knowledge and access to local resources that give them the ability to customize tours and create unique experiences to match almost any client’s needs. For more information, visit www.travelleadersnetwork.com
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