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 country. It is steeped in history having been home to Greek, Roman, Arab and Norman civilisations. 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. The lovely characterful town of Taormina offers some fine ice cream and sea views as reward. The walks take in fields 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 a special excursion to Mount Etna. As the volcano is still active we can never predict an exact programme for the day but we will walk on the slopes hopefully up to volcanic craters that scatter across the mountain. 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.