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Josie N.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Hello!! I am Josie and I was born in Palermo, where I live - I have been a local guide for 30 years and also Tour Director for more than 35 years.

Since I was a little girl, I have always had a special passion for the incredibly beautiful art and history of Sicily and Italy; as a matter of fact I feel very privileged to live in one of the richest countries in the world, especially as far as art and history are concerned. At the age of 19, I began travelling all around Europe as a Tour Director. This was my first job and lasted several years. Still today, I feel very lucky to see and meet every day so many different places and people from all over the world; I enjoy all the conversations we can have and I like learning from each other

I speak English, French, Spanish fluently and obviously Italian. Also I have been learning Portuguese for four years. I feel particularly happy to share my enthusiasm with visitors that appreciate my effort in showing them what my country is like. I love explaining the local culture; it is not just seeing beautiful sights, but really feeling the cultures, so people have a truly and unique experience of life here.

Sicily is amazing and exciting!It is a "cradle" of Mediterranean culture. If you consider that throughout the centuries the island was taken over by Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Spaniards you can easily understand what makes the interest of visiting it! Obviously Sicilians like me, are the result of all this "melting pot"; not only we speak Sicilian , which is not a dialect but a language still spoken by most of people here, but if you think of our cuisine, it features so many ingredients and ways of cooking brought from completely different countries and by former civilizations: for example the bitter orange, the "ricotta" cheese, the almond paste, the "arancine", the "caponata" and many others, are all of Arabic origin. In all my tours I always try to make a little break with you, so you can eat or drink something truly typical.

I love Sicily where I was born and raised, and I really hope to make you feel "at home" by being in a totally different place! After travelling abroad for so many years, I chose Palermo as the place where to spend the rest of my life. It is an exciting city, with so many contrasts and interests. I hope to be your guide one of these days, not only around Palermo, but also in other parts of my fascinating island. . . Think about it. . .

I also want to inform you that for my non walking tours I will drive my new and confortable car up to 4 people; therefore only for this number of customers, there is no additional cost but the price published in my tours list
Before you book any of my tours, please send me an email. . It happens sometimes that I do not have the time to update my calender!
THANK YOU !! Ciao!

A Recent Review of this guide

“Josie is an unusually knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. She was an art history “professoressa” in Palermo, and she generously shared the depth and breadth of her expertise regarding the many masterpieces of art and architecture in Palermo and Monreale. She is also a warm and welcoming person and we thoroughly enjoyed her company.”
Robert Spinna

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Credentials

I have been an official Tour guide in Palermo and Trapani since 2000,therefore I have the two licenses for the two provinces.Since 1990 I have also been a Tour Director all over Europe and Italy.
I gained my BA in Tourist Guiding, followed by a degree in Foreign Languages at the University of Palermo. I have accompanied groups to Italy and Europe for several years. In Tunisia, I have worked as Tour Leader in archeological Tours, for eight years. I have attended courses of Medieval Art and History ,in particular referring to Sicily and the Mediterranean area. On scholarship I attended courses in France, Spain and Germany. I lead groups in English, French and Spanish.
-First aid course: March 2009

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Private tour guide Josie N.

Palermo and Monreale

Marvellous Arab-Normand "jewels"...and more- full day tour

362 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

7 hours

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Arab-Norman Palermo Private tour

Discover the splendours of Palermo - half day tour

235 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Palermo Shore Excursion

A walking tour through the old city. Half day tour

235 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Middle Ages and Renaissance in the charming,...

Italian and Sicilian painting, sculpture, architecture from the 14th,...

241 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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Flavors and colours of traditional Sicilian,...

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Experience typical street food , flavors and colours of Palermitan,...

254 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Baroque in Palermo

Private Palermo walking tour: the triumph of Spanish Baroque-half day,...

241 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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The splendours of Cefalù

Discover the Medieval beauties of Cefalù-half day tour

423 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

5 hours

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Private Sicily Tour: Segesta and Monreale

Enchanting Greek and Byzantine Heritage - full day tour

519 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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Segesta Erice and Trapani salt pans

Ancient art and history meet the wonder of the sea-full day tour

543 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

7 hours

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