Mario Fortini

New York, New York Travel Agent
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Mario Fortini

New York, New York Travel Agent

Sicily Expert

Sicily alone has Six Unesco sites and over 15 cities/locations worth of interest and it is surrounded by over 20 little beautiful islands

I am from Rome but Sicily is my very favourite holiday destination, so much so that in the lat 5 years I have been going over 20 times, and still there are plenty of places I am yet to visit.

Often clients ask me if 4/5 days are enough to see Sicily and my answer is usually that that amount of time would suffice for Palermo alone, with a couple of weeks being the minimum amount of tie one needs to visit some of the most important places.

Palermo and its strong multi cultural feel, its charming Teatro Massimo (oldest theatre in Europe, featured in the Godfather movies!), and lovely beach of Mondello

The Basilica of Monreale and Villa Romana with the incredible mosaics.

Agrigento's Valley of Temples, where the 3000 years old Greek civilization seems to have stop there offering the visitor a unique jump in the past.

The charming fishing villages of AciTrezza and AciCastello, my very favourite Sicilian spot, at the pendix of Mt Etna, are not far from Toarmina, the jewel of the Med and Catania, the second biggest city of the island.

I cant forget my last Sicilian vacations, 1 month ago, in the tiny island of Favignana, north of Trapani, spending days in remote, untouched bays and beaches as well as seeing dolphins following our fishing vessel on our hunt for fresh octopus our captain sinagra cooked on the boat for us!

Marzamemi, Noto and Ragusa are less known but not far from Siracusa, and absolutely worth a day trip.

Sicily is not only history, archeology and sea (and its best), but it is also food, wine and  an incredible varied mix of flavors, testimonial to the many different civilizations (Romans, Greek, Arabs, Normans) that have stepped into this island and left a mark

My Reviews

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Amazing vacation thanks to Mario

Reviewed By Bob F - Long Valley NJ | Traveled to Sicily ~ Italy ~ Europe
My trip could not have been better had I written the script for it myself. Mario Fortini, from Bellarome Italian Vacations, was a pleasure to work with and was extremely attentive to all of our concerns. The hotels he selected for us were all beautiful and conveniently located to area attractions. The drivers were friendly and prompt and the guides for our excursions could not have been nicer and more professional. During the trip I was required to contact his emergency number once due to a mess up in the scheduling of a tour that was out of his control. He answered my call immediately and quickly resolved the problem to our utmost satisfaction. Mario also availed himself via "WhatsApp" should we have a question for him during our trip. This was a dream vacation and I credit Mario for making it go as well as it did.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

Unbelievable Trip

Reviewed By Jperry - Nashville, TN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Our experience with Mario was exceptional from beginning to end! He was our contact with Bellarome and he went out of his way to communicate with me and answer all my questions and concerns. I spoke with him by phone on at least three occasions and he was easy to reach and prompt with his response. . I can't tell you what that meant to my husband and myself. When we realized our flight was connecting to Rome by way of London. Mario arranged pickup to and from the airport and booked our room. I requested more of a "boutique" type hotel for our trip and his choices were perfect. I loved all of our hotels! We had drivers arranged by Mario for the entirety of the trip, including the overnight trip to the area of my husband's ancestors. All vehicles were Mercedes and we had wonderful drivers! Our tours that were scheduled by Bellarome were interesting, informative and exactly what I would have chosen.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 13 people found this review helpful

Great multi-country trip: Planning was a breeze!

Reviewed By JennyO - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Very helpful, responsive, and knowledgeable.
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

The Perfect Italian Experience!

Reviewed By AMCOY - Woodstock, CT USA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We have now used Mario's expertise for four consecutive Italian trips to all parts of Italy. The fact that we return to his expertise speaks for itself. Mario's service is topnotch. The tours, accommodations and suggestions never disappoint! He is ALWAYS available for consultation and direction before, during and after opur trips. We would highly recommend Mario for anyone that desires a perfect Italian experience.
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8 of 13 people found this review helpful

Awesome Trip to Greece and Rome

Reviewed By Allen Davis - NC, USA | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Mario customized our trip to Greece and Italy, by listening to the places we wanted to see, and the things that we wanted to do. A custom itinerary was drawn up based on our conversations. The itinerary we were given was set up day by day, with all necessary directions, tickets, times, and everything else we needed to carry out our vacation. Mario has a very high standard in the guides that he uses, they were all on time and provided exactly the tours we were signed up for in an easy to understand manner. I would not hesitate to use any guide that Mario approves.
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Our second fabulous trip with Mario

Reviewed By Peter - Amsterdam, Netherlands | Traveled to Tuscany ~ Italy ~ Europe
Mario plans terrific trips. He listens carefully to us and then puts together a wonderful holiday. He has planned two trips for us and both were great.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A First-Class Honeymoon Experience

Reviewed By Michael B. & Sarah B. - Athens, Georgia | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Mario was easy to communicate with. We connected with the WhatsApp while in Italy, and he was great with recommendations, and prompt with any inquiries we had. Very friendly, and accommodating before, during, and after the trip.
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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

Amazing Trip to Italy

Reviewed By Ryan C. - Washington | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
It was a great experience working with Mario. He did a fantastic job planning our trip, was quick to answer our emails leading up to it, and was very responsive if we needed him during our trip. It was flawlessly planned and executed by Mario. Will definitely recommend his services.
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