TREASURES OF SICILY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Taormina and Erice were wonderful hilltop settlements with plenty to see and wander around.  Castelmola with its superb views of Etna was fabulous - sitting drinking almond wine overlooking Etna - fabulous.  Taormina's Greek Theatre has a superb site looking along the coast as well at inland to Etna - excellent place.  The salt flats near Marsala were fascinating with the piles of salt and windmills - very picturesque!  Baroque architecture in Noto marvellous and the site of Ragusa amazing.  Mosaics in Monreale unbelievable and Cefalu incredible.

What did you think of your group leader?

Salvo - excellent leader once one understood his accent to realise what he was saying.  Plenty of photocopied info given each evening in the briefing for the next day.  Very informative and knowledgable.  Excellent guide.  Arranged suitable restaurants for evening meals or lunch when needed and told us abot delis or supermarkets to have a packed lunches made to order.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Quite a strenuous trip with little time for relaxation - must be really interested in Greek and Roman ruins as we saw so many different sites of similar ruined buildings - some just piles of rubble.  Spring is a good time to travel and these old sites were full of wild flowers - which added to the interest of some places - especially Selinunte. Sicilian hotels have no tea/coffee making facilites in the rooms and only plastic tumblers but it was easy to ask for cups as we had taken a travel kettle but there was little time to make use of it!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A twin room was not ready in many places - we had to move the beds apart and put the bedside table between - two were family rooms with a double and a child bed - not really suitable for two adults so if two friends are traveling together - just be prepared!  This happened at two places - Noto and Palermo.  We had to move the beds at all the other hotels and having booked  twin rooms they should have been ready. This never happened on our trip around Cuba - the rooms were always ready with twin beds.  Due to this we have changed our future booking to single rooms.