Francesco Selvaggio, born and raised in Palermo, has a degree in architecture with a concentration on historic restoration and a thesis dedicated to the Sicilian landscape. Francesco loves the life of a Trip Leader because it allows him to pursue passions such as hiking in the Sicilian countryside and teaching trip members about the history and architectural wealth of his island. "I love the magnificent churches of my land, but every single building in Sicily has a story to tell. In Siracusa, the main church is Baroque but it still features the original colonnade of a Greek temple!" Francesco currently lives in and is restoring a 16th century house overlooking the cathedral in downtown Palermo. Other of his passions include collecting old tiles for the houses he restores, reading up on Sicilian history, restoring antique furniture, canoeing, and cooking traditional Sicilian food. He speaks English, Greek, French, and can read and understand ancient Greek and Latin.
Francesco is very knowledgable and enthusiastic and went above and beyond what we were expecting. He has an amazing care for architecture and frescos hidden in special places in beautiful, historical churches.
Francesco is fun, has keen and broad knowledge of historic facts, which he shared in his lovely Sicilian accented English. Everyone enjoyed his commentaries as we drove or visited museums. He made each of us feel comfortable and provided good laughs.
Francesco was excellent. Very informative, very personable, and helped us all immeasurably toward making this an excellent trip. I would definitely travel with him again.
Francesco is incredibly knowledgeable, and I learned a lot of Sicilian history from him. He took every opportunity to teach whether we were in the van, walking, hiking, or eating. It was a real pleasure to travel with him.
Francesco taught us a lot about the history and architecture of Sicily. He has great energy and humor, and is ‘a force of nature.’
Francesco is very funny and likeable. Always ready to help, explain and show something different. Even when we had free time, he was willing to show another church or pastry shop. His knowledge of history and architecture is superb.
Francesco provided great insights into life in Sicily—both currently and in the past. It gave us a much better appreciation of the place then we would have obtained on our own.
Francesco was very enthusiastic about the beauties of Sicily, and very knowledgeable about the culture, history, and architecture.
Francesco was outstanding and added great passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge to the trip.
Francesco is the quintessential Sicilian, always friendly and helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to be with (and he has a beautiful accent).
He was an excellent guide, making special contributions regarding the history and culture of Sicily. He knew a lot about the ruins we visited and was extremely insightful on Sicilian religious and military history. He was a very good driver and made exceptional lunches!
Francesco Selvaggio was outstanding. His knowledge and passion of the architecture of Sicily is one of the reasons this trip was so terrific.
Francesco contributed greatly to the success of our trip, and left us with warm memories of his joie de vivre, anecdotes, and sensitivity to the artistic, architectural, and gastronomic features of the trip.
Francesco is a delightful guy who loves his country and is eager to share its history and culture.
We liked Francesco very much. He is so knowledgeable and friendly, and provided a wealth of information about the sites we visited.
Francesco is very entertaining. His knowledge is vast and his enthusiasm infectious.He's considerate and hard-working, and makes the world's best picnics!
Francesco is so positive and fun! We very much enjoyed our time with him. He talked about all things Sicily until he lost his voice!
Francesco was an excellent leader and very knowledgeable. He is upbeat and his love for Sicily was apparent.
Francesco was wonderful. A great, positive attitude and so ready to help with anything.
Francesco is warm, friendly, good natured, and fun to be with. He is a complete professional.
Francesco is an outstanding guide, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful, and very warm.
Francesco was knowledgeable, fun, and personable. He packed a lot of natural and social history into our trip and I sincerely appreciated his efforts.