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NIAF Cultural Travel Program Revisits Sicily *Weekly Departures September – November 2004 & February – June 2005 *

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or elissa@niaf.org


(WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2004) The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is continuing its popular Italy travel program with a series of nine-day/seven-night tours, “Discovering Western Sicily,” from September 2004 through June 2005 with costs ranging from $1,399 to $1,669 per person, (based on double occupancy and month of departure). Tours will visit the cities of Bagheria, Casteldaccia, Cefalù, Erice, Marsala, Monreale, Palermo, Segesta, Selinunte, Termini Imerese, and Trapani.

Participants receive round-trip airfare from NYC/JFK to Palermo (via Milan or Rome) on Alitalia; seven nights accommodations at a four-star hotel (double occupancy); seven buffet-style breakfasts and seven dinners; and transfers to and from the airport and hotel. Other U.S. cities of embarkation at an additional charge are subject to availability and scheduling. The tour program, which has been sold out every year for the past eight years, is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may choose from 23 departure dates beginning September 27, 2004 through June 6, 2005. The travel program is partially supported by the Province of Palermo, Azienda Turismo Palermo & Monreale, and AAPIT, Palermo.

Three full-day escorted excursions to Palermo, Termini Imerese, Cefalù and four half-day trips to Monreale, Segesta/Trapani/Erice, Casteldaccia/Bagheria, Marsala/Selinunte are planned. An English-speaking guide will escort each group. A special lunch at an Agriturismo farm is part of the planned activities. For a brochure and reservation form, write to Italy Travel, c/o Unitours, 3010 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, NY 10577. Toll free at 1/888-846-6423 or 914/253-9177. Fax: 914/253-9001.

The NIAF, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit our web site at www.niaf.org .