What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Walking on 10 day old ash and lava on the top of Etna which was still warm to the touch. The top of Etna is extraordinary - vast, beautiful, bleak. I also liked the Aeolian islands - quiet, charming and I especially liked the island of Stromboli.

What did you think of your group leader?

Patient, attentive, organised, efficient

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Definitely do the optional excursions on Stromboli and Etna - they're the best bits of the trip. Gaiters are useful for Stromboli and Etna. You might want poles for Stromboli.