What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The highlights for me were the walk around the old craters of Mt Etna - (the whizz bangs we heard on the first morning were fireworks in the village and not a new eruption!) and the coastal walk in Zingaro Nature Reserve.  The week we travelled was unusually hot, about 35C, but there was still time for swimming in the sea, wandering the winding streets of medieval towns and sampling the local food and wine.

What did you think of your group leader?

We had two leaders/drivers, both very thoughtful and a fund of interesting information.  Good fun too and very tolerant of my attempts to speak Italian.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

If you like to be active, informed and kept busy then go for it and don't forget to try the granita with a brioche.