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Marcello Baglioni

Marcello first began his love affair with Italian food and wine as an 8 year old sous-chef in the kitchen of his father’s Italian restaurant in Hollywood, California. He ended up going into the food business, working as the manager of a successful catering company, before moving to Sicily where he has lived for almost two decades, immersing himself into the island’s history, food and culture.

Marcello worked for many years as a Program Director at The Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Syracuse. Since then Marcello has set himself up as a one man Sicilian culinary-cultural specialist, focusing on ‘Slow Food’ and ‘Slow Travel’. As a mark of his success, Condé Nast Traveler magazine selected him as their only Travel Specialist in Sicily on their list of World Travel Specialists. We are delighted to be working with Marcello on our Exploring Sicily and Gastronomic Sicily tours.


AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2015 Gold Award AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2017 Gold Award AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2018 Silver Award AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2019 Silver Award Best Travel Company for Arts and Culture Holidays Silver British Travel Award 2022 Member of AITO The Specialist Travel Association Member of ABTA the Association of British Travel Agents Member of ASTA The American Society of Travel Advisors Member of ABTOI the Association of British Travel Organisers to Italy

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