The walking highlights of Sicily
On the same latitude as part of the North African coast and tempered by sea breezes, Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and a richly diverse region of Italy. It is steeped in history having been home to Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Spanish invaders. Francavilla is situated inland from the east coast above the resort town of Taormina.
As a centre it offers some of the finest walking to be had. The ever present outline of Mount Etna frames many of our walks. Taormina offers one of the best preserved and most beautifully situated Greco-Roman theatres in the world with a commanding view of Mount Etna. The town’s ‘piazzetta’ is the essence of Italy and Taormina has always attracted the Italian glitterati. The walks take in meadows, filled with wild flowers in spring, and mountains, ancient tracks and villages, hill top castles and peaceful paths. We will walk on the slopes of Etna, reaching the snow line on the spring tours.
Using hired local transport where necessary to see the best of the area we have a varied walking programme. The walk up to the historic hilltop village of Castiglione is a lovely way to start.
Walking down from Mount Venere to Taormina is another classic. Its temptations of some cold refreshment will put a spring in your step.
We will take an included excursion to Mount Etna. As the volcano is still active we can never predict an exact programme for the day but we aim to walk on the slopes of Mt Etna to view some of its scattered craters. The higher we reach the more spectacular the views across the island and to the Italian mainland across the straights of Messina.
There will be a free day when it should be possible to organise a trip to ancient Syracuse, birthplace of Archimedes, and the island of Ortygia.