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Montalbano's Sicily

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano as we explore the baroque towns, imposing architecture, world class archaeology and dramatic coastlines in the much overlooked region of South Eastern Sicily.

  • Sicily

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast, one lunch and six Dinners.
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands

    Food & Wine

  • Mar

    May

    Sep

    Oct

    Dec

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Ragusa, Syracuse and Noto with a local guide.
  • Take a guided tour of the Bonajuto Chocolate Kitchens.
  • Visit the impressive Cava Ispica Gorge and visit its museum.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano in Punta Secca, home to the fictional character.
  • Capture one of the most attractive towns of Sicily, Scicli!
  • Stay in a pretty three star hotel in picturesque Ragusa.

Everyone who has watched the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ television series can’t help but be inspired by the scenic beauty and the baroque towns and cities in the much overlooked region. 

The whole of south east Sicily was hit by an earthquake in 1693, the height of the golden age of the Baroque architecture. The towns destroyed in the quake were rebuilt in the style, hence the feast of architectural delights to be enjoyed. 

On this sightseeing holiday, you’ll experience imposing architecture, world class archaeology, hillside villages, dramatic coastlines and eclectic local cuisine influenced through the ages by numerous cultures. We also make use of private guides in three of the Baroque cities to get the most out of your visits.

  • Return flights from London to Catania.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Six dinners taken in local restaurants and the hotel restaurant.
  • One light lunch tasting in Ragusa.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local guide in Ragusa, Syracusa, Noto and the Bonajuto Chocolate Kitchens.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

51900

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Ragusa

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Catania and transfer by road to the Baroque city of Ragusa.  

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Ragusa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule below but please bear in mind that the order of the days can be amended or sightseeing/walks substituted due to weather conditions, circumstances beyond our control and local opening times. 

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

We have a full day sightseeing of Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla. This fascinating city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the abundance of Baroque architecture. As well as having some time with a local guide, we’ll have a light ‘culinary tasting’ lunch.

Day 3

Cava Ispica Gorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning you'll embark on a short walk to the top of the Cava Ispica gorge and visit the museum explaining the significance of the gorge, plus a visit to  one of the open-air museums. 

The afternoon will be spent visiting some of the coastal resorts such as picturesque Punta Secca, home of the fictional Inspector Montalbano. You'll visit Castello di Donnafugata, Built in the Venetian-Gothic style, Donnafugata, with its 8 hectares of gardens, is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ragusa province. Donnafugata is the home of the Mafia boss, Sinagra, in the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ series. Luca Zingaretti who played Montalbano got married at Donnafugata.

Day 4

Syracusa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You'll spend the day in Syracusa, a former Greek city with a wealth of archaeological sites to explore as well as the charming island of Ortygia, attached to Syracuse by a small bridge. A local guide will take you around tranquil Ortygia, known as the historical centre of Syracuse. Three bridges connect the island to the town, where an abundance of history and monuments decorate the streets.

Day 5

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day for personal exploration.  There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas in Sicily.

Sicily is well known for its gastronomy, so why not explore the area more and try some culinary delights and traditional delicacies such as Pastieri (minced lamb and pastry, seasoned with pepper, cheese and eggs), Sacce (thin flour pasta leaves stuffed with spinach and ricotta) or try Caciocavallo (cows milk cheese). Don't forget to find the bakeries with delicious cakes or gelato parlour! 

During the festive holiday dates, if your free day falls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, your leader will offer an optional walk.

Day 6

Modica

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Spend the morning in Modica where we’ll have a short private tour of the Bonajuto chocolate kitchens, with a delightful tasting opportunity! 

Spend the afternoon in Scicli (pronounced ‘Shickli’), less known compared to its famous neighbouring towns but it is perhaps the most attractive of the towns we visit. It often appeared as a backdrop in the Montalbano programmes, the beautifully conserved baroque street of Via Mormino Penna is home to the fictional police station from the TV show!

Dinner is not included this evening so you can venture out and discover the local restaurants of Ragusa.

Day 7

Noto

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We start in the Baroque town of Noto. A local guide will shed light on its fascinating history, rebuilt after an earthquake in the 1600’s.

 In the afternoon we descend to the coast for a walk around the Vendicari Nature Reserve. This oasis for wildlife was established in 1984 and provides an undisturbed life to an entire ecosystem.  Look out for flamingos in the autumn!

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Say goodbye and return to Catania for the flight home. Depending on the flight time there may an opportunity for some sightseeing en route.

Departure dates for your selected tour

6th Sep 2024 - 13th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

12th Oct 2024 - 19th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

22nd Mar 2025 - 29th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

9th May 2025 - 16th May 2025 (7 Nights)

30th May 2025 - 6th Jun 2025 (7 Nights)

5th Sep 2025 - 12th Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

3rd Oct 2025 - 10th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

20th Dec 2025 - 27th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Catania and return.

Return airport transfers to and from Ragusa are included. The transfer time by road from Catania Airport to the hotel is approximately 2 hours. 

During the week travel will be on foot and by road. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Ragusa

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Catania and transfer by road to the Baroque city of Ragusa  

Transfer Time = 2 hours

Day 2

Ragusa

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule below but please bear in mind that the order of the days can be amended or sightseeing/walks substituted due to weather conditions, circumstances beyond our control and local opening times. 

You'll enjoy a full day sightseeing of Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla. This fascinating city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the abundance of Baroque architecture. As well as having some time with a local guide, we’ll have a light ‘culinary tasting’ lunch.

Day 3

Cava Ispica Gorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning you'll embark on a short walk to the top of the Cava Ispica gorge and visit the museum explaining the significance of the gorge, plus a visit to  one of the open-air museums. 

The afternoon will be spent visiting some of the coastal resorts such as picturesque Punta Secca, home of the fictional Inspector Montalbano. You'll visit Castello di Donnafugata, Built in the Venetian-Gothic style, Donnafugata, with its 8 hectares of gardens, is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ragusa province. Donnafugata is the home of the Mafia boss, Sinagra, in the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ series. Luca Zingaretti who played Montalbano got married at Donnafugata.

Day 4

Syracusa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You'll spend the day in Syracusa, a former Greek city with a wealth of archaeological sites to explore as well as the charming island of Ortygia, attached to Syracuse by a small bridge. A local guide will take you around tranquil Ortygia, known as the historical centre of Syracuse. Three bridges connect the island to the town, where an abundance of history and monuments decorate the streets.

Day 5

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day for personal exploration.  There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas in Sicily.

Sicily is well known for its gastronomy, so why not explore the area more and try some culinary delights and traditional delicacies such as Pastieri (minced lamb and pastry, seasoned with pepper, cheese and eggs), Sacce (thin flour pasta leaves stuffed with spinach and ricotta) or try Caciocavallo (cows milk cheese). Don't forget to find the bakeries with delicious cakes or gelato parlour! 

During the festive holiday date, if your free day falls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, your leader will offer an optional walk. There will be lots of celebrations throughout the day in the local towns. 

Day 6

Modica

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

You'll spend the morning in Modica where we’ll have a short private tour of the Bonajuto chocolate kitchens, with a delightful tasting opportunity! 

You'll spend the afternoon in Scicli (pronounced ‘Shickli’), less known compared to its famous neighbouring towns but it is perhaps the most attractive of the towns we visit. It often appeared as a backdrop in the Montalbano programmes, the beautifully conserved baroque street of Via Mormino Penna is home to the fictional police station from the TV show!

Dinner is not included this evening so you can venture out and discover the local restaurants of Ragusa.

Day 7

Noto

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You'll start in the Baroque town of Noto. A local guide will shed light on its fascinating history, rebuilt after an earthquake in the 1600’s.

In the afternoon, descend to the coast for a walk around the Vendicari Nature Reserve. This oasis for wildlife was established in 1984 and provides an undisturbed life to an entire ecosystem. Look out for flamingos in the autumn!

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Say goodbye and return to Catania for the flight home. Depending on the flight time there may an opportunity for some sightseeing en route.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Dec 2024 - 28th Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Catania and return.

Return airport transfers to and from Ragusa are included. The transfer time by road from Catania Airport to the hotel is approximately 2 hours. 

During the week travel will be on foot and by road. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Il Barocco

The Baroque city of Ragusa is a city of two parts – the old town of Ragusa Ibla and the newer Ragusa Superiore. Rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, this city is simply breathtaking and it’s no surprise that it has UNESCO World Heritage status. Layers of buildings cling to the side of the gorge with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Baroque architecture is in abundance, along with numerous restaurants, bars shops and lively piazzas. Many scenes from ‘Montalbano’ were filmed here so followers of the series may recognise some of the landmarks. 

Hotel II Barocco is a comfortable 3 star family run hotel in Ragusa Ibla. Tucked away in a quiet location, it is close to the Duomo de San Giorgio and ideal for exploring Ragusa. Il Barroco means ‘Baroque’ in Italian. Facilities at the hotel include a small bar, breakfast room and a pleasant terrace. 

You'll stay in small but comfortable twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms usually have double beds. Room facilities include:

  • En suite accommodation
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Mini fridge
  • Free WIFI

Please note that there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the hotel rooms.

Please note that due to the location of the hotel, coaches will not be able to stop directly outside but the hotel will collect our luggage.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

This Grade 2 holiday includes a busy sightseeing programme with longer days than some Adagio holidays. The walking on this holiday include paths, ascents and descents on steps and cobbled paths. There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. The maximum ascent on this tour is minimal.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly from London to Catania and return. You'll include private airport transfers to and from Ragusa. The transfer time by road from Catania Airport to the hotel is approximately 2 hours.

During the week you’ll travel on foot and by road. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Ragusa, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the Hotel Il Barocco. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

All breakfasts are included and are taken at the hotel. Buffet breakfasts include fresh fruit, bread, yogurt, ham, meat and a selection of cakes and pastries.

Six three course dinners are included and are taken in a mixture of the hotel restaurants and local restaurants. Dinner on one day is not included to allow you to explore the area independently. Local restaurants allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Italian restaurant along with local diners and the Italian hospitality. 

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, depending on the individual restaurant. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. 

One light lunch is included at a local deli or cafe during your time in Ragusa.

Please note that the dinner at the hotel on the first evening may be a light meal if flight times mean a late arrival into Sicily.

During the festive holiday dates, you'll spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the hotel's restaurant where you enjoy a festive dinner with local delicacies. Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day in Italy. Christmas Eve is celebrated with a large feast known as La Vigilia where seafood is often served. According to an old Catholic tradition, it's meant to purify your body ahead of a religious celebration. A meat and vegetarian dish is also served. Christmas Day is usually quieter and families eat and gather around the Christmas tree at home. You'll celebrate Christmas Day with a quieter but delicious festive large lunch or dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found Power Plugs Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Visit Sicily includes pictures and information about various areas of Sicily. 

The Lonely Planet Guide.

Rough Guide to Sicily.

Sicily: The Wonder of the Mediterranean on BBC2 player. Follow Michael Scott on his historical journey through Sicily.

Gino D'Acampo visits Sicily on Gino's Italian Escapes, available on ITV player.  

You might like to read some of the Montalbano novels written by Andrea Camilleri (available translated into English) as many of the places we visit on the holiday are featured in the books.

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information regarding the island of Sicily.  In literature and film Sicily is closely associated with The Godfather books and films. Various locations were used in the filming of the original Godfather film.

If you have a specific interest in the Baroque period there is a good book entitled ‘The Baroque Architecture of Sicily’ by Maria Giuffre and Melo Minnella.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Height

It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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