Treasures of Sicily

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

We loved the walk along the coast ending with a swim in the crystal clear water of a delightful bay. The numbers and variety of temples and auditoriums was impressive and the over-the-top baroque churches are a must-see.

What did you think of your group leader?

Fabio was a super guide - informative, proud of his Sicilian heritage and passionate about the history and landscape of his homeland. In the daytime he guided us through the villages and towns and in the evening he steered us through the delights of Sicilian cuisine. Our driver, Lucas, deserves a mention, too, for his skilful driving of our coach, sometimes to places a coach was not meant to go.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This is a full-on schedule and you might benefit from preparation if you have a list of things you want to see at each of the sites as time can seem short. However, there is some spare time for self-guided visits. The scheduled walks are not too demanding but there are other opportunities to stretch your legs (or just laze on a beach). Boots or sturdy walking shoes were useful; poles, too, on the Etna walk.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We did not get as high on Etna or as close to it's summit as I had expected but it still managed to be quite cold. I had problems with the mosquitoes (September).