I'm a German who fell in love with Palermo and Sicily more than 25 years ago and have made a life I love here.
I learned to love the Sicilian way of life with the "Mamma" as the boss of the entire family. My husband has 5 brothers and one sister. I have two grown children, and they have 17 first cousins!
As time went by, I fell more in love with the unique city of Palermo and its history. From one square to another, you seem to be in another city and in another century. I had studied the History of Art in Germany, so I decided to become a licensed and authorized guide for Palermo and Western Sicily. I have been giving tours of Palermo's unique sights for 16 years.
Palermo is the capital city of our sunny island. 3000 years ago people knew that who owns Sicily owns the whole world. Many different civilizations contributed food, language, and architecture. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French, Spanish, Austrians, English, and Bourbons ruled here.
Now you can find out why they all desired this special place. Only the city of Palermo offers you such a variety of different influences as well as our two unique world heritage styles: the extraordinary Arabian-Norman style and the impressive Sicilian Baroque.
In Palermo and it province, you can admire the splendors build under the Norman kings in the 12th century, as well as gorgeous gardens and the best food of today.
• Do you know how we eat ice cream here?
• Where the most beautiful church in the world is?
• Where and when the 1st parliament was convened?
• Where the 1st open-road endurance sports car race in the world started?
• Where you can see the most beautiful mummy in the world?
• Have you ever visited a marzipan church?
I will answer all these questions. Allow yourself to be amazed.
If you want a more casual experience, we have the best street food, wines, and beautiful beaches.
Today Palermo is an exciting and vibrant city. Just give me the opportunity to show you the beautiful Palermo of today and the Palermo of history.
I'm flexible to tailor the tour to your interests. Why not consider a three-wheeled car (about the size of a golf cart) or bike excursion as part of the tour?
I am also available for shore excursions.
What dreams do you have about Sicily and Palermo? They will always be exceeded.
Now, are you ready for this love story? Let's start.
A Recent Review of this guide
Claudia was an excellent guide, with a wide knowledge of the major sights and also interesting information on local daily life such as the produce in the market, the metal shops etc. All was presented in a clear manner with excellent English and good humour. We all enjoyed it immensely and feel we know a lot more about Palermo and its various sights than if we had just relied on guide books.
I'm a licensed guide since 2001
I always attend professional advanced trainings.
I received from the authority of the province of Palermo a Quality Certification in 2005