Sicilian Splendour

Walking from Francavilla in Sicily 14 – 21 April, 2012

Great walking, a great group, and great leaders. Who could ask for more?

Having walked with the leaders, Al and Jane Sarjeant, on two previous holidays, I knew that we were in for a treat. I had a good idea of what the terrain would be like but the bonus was the friendliness and compatibility of the group.


With two levels of walks and two leaders everyone was able to enjoy walking at their own pace and take time out for photos, etc. Sometimes walking straight from or to the hotel and sometimes taking local transport or the hotel bus, we were able to enjoy a variety of walks with great views in all directions.


The best view, of course, was that of Mount Etna which was tantalisingly covered in cloud during the early part of the week. Al and Jane wisely saved our Etna walk for the end of the week when we saw it at its best.

We enjoyed a walk through snow and past lava outcrops before sampling the most delicious hot chocolate at the Rifugio Ragabo.


Mention must be made of the walk to ‘The Matterhorn of Sicily’ otherwise known as Rocca Novara. Views of this unusually shaped summit made one wonder how it could be climbed. In fact there was a perfectly accessible path to the top where we could enjoy great views – and a fantastic rainbow after a brief shower!


An evening flight home gave us the opportunity to squeeze in an extra walk on the last day. Al and Jane booked lunch at Motta Camastra, half way through the walk, where we celebrated a great week’s holiday (and Dave and Jen’s 50th wedding anniversary).


Thank you to Al and Jane for a great holiday.