Cognoscenti Travel


Cognoscenti Travel, Sicilian stories for curious travellers

Cognoscenti Travel is the brain-child of Alberto Ciarallo and his trusted team of in-the-know local tastemakers. This innovative travel specialist designs personalised itineraries that reveal the wonders and secrets of Sicily, seamlessly arranging every detail along the way.

The incredible variety of customs, history, art and all of the collected traces of the many civilizations that shaped the island, converge to make Sicily a most fascinating and rare Italian destination. Cognoscenti Travel was originally founded to support and contribute to the preservation and conservation of this extraordinary historical, artistic, artisanal and cultural heritage.

Each bespoke itinerary is created for individuals who are looking for travel experiences that are truly out of the ordinary. These are immersive trips for people who want to be part of the experience, not just observers. These trips are perfect for persons who want to connect with the stories of Sicily’s great characters, of her past and her future.

From private access to Palermo’s most discreet aristocratic residences and sampling the artisanal sweet wines of Marsala, to cycling on the fiery foothills of Mount Etna or picnicking on the endless salt-pans of Trapani, each immersive moment is carefully crafted to celebrate the nature, culture and culinary heritage of Sicily.

Alberto, the founder, is profoundly committed to sustainable travel, incorporating mainly independent hotels, private houses and unique places to stay and showcasing individuals who are keeping Sicilian traditions alive. Finally, each trip contributes to a local charity program based in Palermo, called Beyond Lampedusa which offers support to immigrant children and positively promotes integration within the community.