|La Dolce Vita|
Walking Tour in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
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Feedback from previous guests
|It was wonderful. I have previously been on at least 6 Walkabout adventures and loved all of them. But in a number of ways this was probably the best. As usual all the accommodations were just the family run ones you would want to stay in but rarely find for yourself. Also as usual the meals were excellent and provided a wide experience of Sicilian food. Sicily is a fascinating island with seemingly endless layers of history and architecture due to numerous invasions over many centuries. For example on the first day where we met in the capital, Palermo, we saw an amazing cathedral built in Norman style and decorated with Arabian art much of which was in gold. Our first three nights were in the north with wonderful views over the ocean. Thereafter we stayed in the mountains, in Lipari in the Aeolian Islands and finally in a converted convent in the amazing city of Syracuse. This wide range of hotels allowed an excellent feeling for the history of the Island and also an excellent range of walks and much to visit on the few free days. The many walks were very varied and all wonderful. We walked around mountains covered with the brightest Alpine coloured flowers I've ever seen. The views were also magnificent. From Lipari we were able to go in boats to see Volcano and climb near to the Stromboli volcano. Every walk introduced us to different aspects of Sicily and we were able to visit Roman arenas and a large Greek theatre. On our last day we visited Hadrian's Villa with extraordinary mosaics. For me the most unexpected experience was climbing up Etna while it was gently spurting out steam, sulfur and dust. Amazing. I came away fitter, amazed by the variation of the countryside and much more aware of the history. The perfect way to spend a holiday with people with similar interests.
Gillian, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
|If I start by telling you that while in Sicily, Bob took about 1900 photos, I don't want you to become alarmed that this letter with photos will cause your server to go into meltdown. We have chosen photos judiciously, and written some words, in the hope that you will be inspired to think about taking a trip to that island or if you already have, to think about returning. And Spring is in our view THE time to be there. The flowers were astonishing. The colours, the abundance, the variety, the vibrancy. In fields, along the roadside, on our walks... We decided, along with our travelling companions, that the flowers would be a major highlight and lasting memory of Sicily. Here is just one of many possible photos to set the scene. But before going there, I'll start in another place that we found interesting and certainly engaging. Just to keep our mini-tradition of visiting Islamic cultures while en route to Europe, we had a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur, and very much enjoyed the experience. It would be our last opportunity to indulge in authentic spicy Asian food before our return to Australia - we did that mainly via a foodies' walking tour in the city's Chinatown and Bangsar/Brickfields area with its strong Indian influences. We had a great guide, an adventurous group, and over a few hours ate and drank what the locals eat every day, and learned something of the history and culture of the city... Read full story.
Bob and Margaret, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
|Having just recently returned from your 'La Dolce Vita' walking tour of Sicily with my wife and another couple, I would like to thank you for the most amazing experience. The many walks we did where we experienced breathtaking scenery including mountainous terrain, forests, coastal walks and Mount Etna which was fantastic. The hotels we stayed at were well chosen as they were all different and very comfortable and ideally located. The food we enjoyed at various restaurants was excellent. A feature of your tours that we find to our liking is that you spend three or four nights in each town and you are not packing and unpacking all the time. Our guide Gilles was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble he went out of his way at all times to ensure we were comfortable safe and enjoying ourselves and his personality and humour was enjoyed by all. The combination of all the above and the wonderful couple from interstate that joined us made for a truly unforgettable holiday. This was our second walkabout tour and definitely not our last. Many thanks.
Ian and Jenny, Adelaide, SA, Australia 
|As only 4 of us, thank you for going ahead with the tour. It was absolutely FANTASTIC. Sicily has so much to offer we would really love to go back. Not all the "strenuous?" walking for this elderly tourist though, but thanks to the enthusiasm, encouragement & help form Papa Gilles the walks were accomplished! The first day just gave us a sample of what was to come - Monreale Cathedral, then ancient ruins at Selinute & Segesta & capped off with a drinks & dinner at our lovely hotel. The next night on the terrace we were nearly blown away with the Sirocco. Mountains & Lunches. Gilles insisted that a tin of tuna & beans was just right for carrying up Cofano & in fact every day we needed a packed lunch. We were horrified & purchased quite unsuitable delicacies like carrots tomatoes cheese ham olives strawberries cherries caponata etc! However by the last few walks, 3 of us were enjoying "tinned" tuna!! Shame. I could rave on for 1000 words, but won't. The Hotels all good but Domus Mariae excellent. The new Renault van (driven expertly by Gilles) caused much amusement as Gilles hadn't work out how the key & the back door worked! Syracuse & walking at Pantalica probably my pick of the tour, but all so wonderful that hard to choose a favourite.
John & Elizabeth, Drysdale, VIC, Australia 
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