Authentic Sicily specializes in custom-made, upscale travel programs that explore Sicily’s cultural and artistic heritage, natural beauty, and unparalleled food and wine. Since 2002, we have scoured the island to seek out and provide the best accommodations, superior culinary options, unique experiences, and exclusive sightseeing led by our expert bi-lingual guides who are passionate about sharing insider-access experiences with our guests.
Authentic Sicily takes you on your most enchanting travel experience to the Mediterranean’s most beguiling island. Our expert travel consultants customize travel programs for families, groups of friends, business associates, and couples. We offer restaurant and lodging recommendations, arrange cooking classes and special events, private receptions, private drivers and tour guides, and itinerary suggestions for off-the-beaten-path experiences.
Company’s clients include, among others, DeGustibus Cooking School at Macy’s in New York City and Fordham University Law School Alumni Association.
In 2006 we provided exclusive travel arrangements and site consulting for the cast and crew of ABC’s The Bachelor Rome for their shooting expedition in Sicily. In Easter 2007 we coordinated logistics and provided location-scouting services for Discovery Channel’s Sicilian shoot for the program Fantastic Festivals of the World.
Gary (née Gaspare) Portuesi, President and Owner of Authentic Sicily, has over 35 years experience traveling to Sicily. Gary's family originates from Castellammare del Golfo, in the province of Trapani and close to Palermo.
Born in New York City and a dual citizen, Gary graduated from Cornell University and received his Master of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has extensive experience in the travel industry including over 21 years with American Express Travel Related Services, where, among many accomplishments, he created the Platinum Card Fine Hotels & Resorts program in 1991 and, most recently, the food and beverage experience for The Centurion Lounge, American Express’s branded airport lounges in the United States.
Our partners in Sicily, Essence of Siciy, based in Agrigento, are at your beck and call to assist you as you are traveling through the Island of the Sun. You can rely on Peppe and Viviana, and their local staff, as you would rely on us in the United States.