SICILIAN VOLCANOES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Stromboli volcano provided the most amazing sight with two craters erupting, lava flowing down the side of the volcano and watching the rocks plummeting into the sea.  Even though the dust was blowing in my direction, my jaw was dropped in awe at the sight before me.  Although I had a windproof jacket, I was a little cold whilst standing on the lower road but it took Turi, our tour leader, three goes in which to get me to go back to the hotel.  I couldn't tear myself away from watching the power of Mother Nature.

What did you think of your group leader?

Turi shared his passion of his country, his joy of the outdoors with it’s amazing scenery.  He was enthusiastic, entertaining, fun and a joy to spend a week exploring a beautiful part of the world.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Don't hesitate, go for this amazing trip.  Keep an open mind as sometimes the volcanoes don't want you to climb them so throw down a dust cloud that halts your plans but there is always an amazing plan B around the corner.  The volcanoes are magnificent and even from a distance you can see their power and majesty.  Layers are the key so when you do get to climb Stromboli and Etna you will definitely need at least 2/3 layers under your windproof/waterproof jacket.  I took a buff and a mask with me as I am slightly asthmatic.  Both of these definitely helped dull the sulphur smell when we walked up Volcanoe and through it's sulphur clouds.  Worth doing as the view of the vents are very interesting.