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Guided walks Italy

Guided Walks in Italy

A great way to connect with a place is on a guided walk or day tour with a local expert. In Italy, we have amazing one day and week-long guided walks and tours to suit every fitness level. You may wonder why we choose to use Italian licensed guides with quirky accents. The simple truth is that you can have the best accommodations and food, but without a local guide, you will miss the insider experience. Our local guides know the people in each small town or village, they know the off-the-beaten-path trails, and they are passionate about the history, geography and culture of their land. We engage North American staff to help with bridging the gap between cultures. But it is our local contacts that really make the difference and will leave you with memories to last a life time.

Our guided walks take you on footpaths that have connected towns for centuries, before paved roads became the norm. Turning a good trip into a great one is no easy feat. We do this by choosing leaders for their knowledge and expertise and of course, for their humor. Our feature image is a special walk to the church in Sicily where the Godfather II was filmed. Our expert guides are leading us to the church where Michael Corlioni was married. We end with a glass of limoncello at the local bar, followed by some grappa for those with a strong stomach.

Join us for one of our group departures or let us customize a journey tailor-made to your tastes.

SICILY SHOW AND TELL

Sicily is an enchanting and most definitely Italian island. Once Greek, once Roman, once Norman, this jewel of the Ionian sea sits half on the European continent and half on the African continent. The culture, architecture and food reflect a bit of its historic past.

Here are 5 of my favorite photos from our Sicily travels.

1. THE TEMPLE OF CONCORDIA

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Built in 440 BCE, this is one of the most intact Greek temples in all the world. For those who like ancient architecture and history, this is a must see on Sicily’s southwestern coast. Even in ancient times, the Greeks understood how to construct a building with a solid and wide base, strong enough to withstand the movement and shifts of the tectonic plates. Visit the temple off season and you can walk between the ancient buildings in the valley of the gods. Without the crowds of tourists you’ll be taken back to another era.

Why You Must Take A Sicily Tour

Known for its art, architecture and beautiful landscapes, Sicily is a must-visit destination with a rich and engaging history. Having been occupied by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Moores and Romans (to name a few), the island is bursting with cultural importance and amazing views. Here are a few reasons that we think you must take a Sicily tour.

Ruins – With such a long, rich history it’s only natural that Sicily would be a hot spot for beautiful ancient ruins. From the Villa Romana del Casale to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, history buffs will be able to move from jaw-dropping site to jaw-dropping site.

To spit or not to spit part II

While French wine tasters roll the wine around in their mouth and spit before tasting the next, this is definitely not the custom in Argentina. I spent a week cycling through Mendoza where lunch often included 5 or 6 wines, following which we’d cycle to another winery a mere 10 kilometers away, and begin the tasting process again. I managed one sip from each glass while watching others drain their liquid happily and with ease. I did learn how to check the colour or a red and the clarity of a white, inhale the bouquet, and differentiate between citrus, chocolate and tobacco flavours of a good Malbec.

Sicily Hiking Mount Etna

Sicily Hiking Mount Etna

Mount Etna on Sicily’s east coast rises gracefully from a sapphire sea. The peaceful scene contradicts the power of the most active volcano in Europe.

Wine tasting etiquette

Wine tasting etiquette. To spit or not to spit?

On a recent walking holiday in Sicily I took a group to the Etna vineyards for a wine tasting adventure. Lava rich soil nourishes the grapes yielding a distinctive – and strong – flavour. Our group of mixed neophyte tasters and experienced oenophiles wanted to know, “Do we spit the wine after tasting or swallow it?”