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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Paul from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/15 - 10/19/15
This experience made it abundantly clear that Sicily is not just southern Italy. The richness and variety of history will blow your mind. How is it possible that in Sicily you find such treasures surviving from Ancient and Medieval times? If we had a magic carpet to take us back for a day, we'd return to the Greek theater in Taormina in the morning, have lunch at one of the family-run agriturismos we visted, then stroll through the great piazza of Ortygia (Siracusa) in the evening.

Brenda from Vernon, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/15 - 10/19/15
We had a wonderful time. I think when travelling to an area where you don't know the language, understand the customs or know where to find the treasures you could not find better assistance than to go with Road Scholars. Enrico Nucci went above and beyond to make our trip the outstanding and memorable adventure we experienced

Elida from Plymouth, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/28/15
What a beautiful island!. It was our first trip with RS, and it will not be the last. All the hotels had a great location, either by the sea or in the center of town (Palermo). It's a very active program, be prepare to walk a lot, up and down cobblestone streets, and of course, in the archeological sites. The food was excellent, except in the Dioscuri Bay Hotel,( part of the Best Western chain) in Agrigento, where the food and service had a lot to be desire. Other than that, everything was great. Domenico Nucci, together with Laura Lanza, Mr. Gallo, Ms. Elena Buscemi,(sorry if I forgot some names) were excellent guides full of knowledge and insights in Sicilian history. Very friendly group. We were 28 (maybe a little to big?). I highly recommend the program.

Dorothy from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/28/15
Sicily was a revelation to me! The island has so much richness of history and culture, and so much natural beauty and variety. And of course, there are the friendly people and the great food.

Alina from Bridgewater, NJ Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/28/15
This program met all our expectations of touring Sicily and more! The accomodations were very nice and the transports were well coordinated. It is a very active program with full days and lots and lots of walking. But you got a tremedous appreciation of all that Sicily has to offer. The group leader, Domenico, was wonderful and the tour guides were fabulous. We got such a good understanding of the history of the island and the people. Thank you once again RS for a great trip! Also, the people were so nice and fun and very considerate of time! We never waited for anyone as they were so prompt which added to the trip's enjoyment.

Carole from Bloomfield, NJ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/28/15
RS managed to give us 15 days rich in history, art, architecture, food. Viewing the ruins of temples at Agrigento with the blue sea and sky as "negative space" was mind boggling, as were dazzling, golden, Byzantine mosaics. The puppet show was such fun - everything was such fun. Lectures enriched the experience. Four very well-located four star hotels were provided. I found delight in the grandeur of Palermo and the charm of Ortygia. In fact, I liked evertyhing about Sicily.As to climate and degree of activity, that an individual thing. The food on Alitalia was the worst airplane food I've ever had. An Italian Airline with bad food! Shocking.

Jeanne from Menlo Park, CA Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/28/15
Sicily 9/12 - 9/28, 2015, Jeanne Just returned from great trip that covered the island very well. Wonderful traveling companions and very good leader. This trip was difficult the first week because of temps in the 90's, so if you have problems with heat, you might want to go in the spring. We covered everything from early civilizations to present time.

Toni from Glenside, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/05/15 - 09/21/15
We enjoyed our Sicily trip, but do be aware that the "Active" designation very much understates the activity level. Instead of 2 miles on uneven terrain, this program had many days where we walked 4 1/2 to 7 miles, mostly over uneven terrain. Sicily's archaeological sites are excellent and numerous, even better than Greek's. If you like antiquities, this is truly a trip for you.

Elaine from Lakewood, CO Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 05/09/15 - 05/25/15
Treasures of Sicily was a trip of a lifetime for us. Our group leader, Enrico was the best - extremely patient, very knowledgeable and best of all he has a wonderful sense of humor. The scenery is spectacular, the food is authentic and the guides were very knowledgeable. If you are thinking about a trip to Sicily, I would highly recommend this program!

Amy from Silverdale, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/14/15 - 03/30/15
Treasures of Sicily is a well-organized, comprehensive exploration of the entire island. Lots of important history; the reading list, guides and lectures helped make that all interesting. Stunning ruins and cathedrals, chance to see inside a Palermo home, good food at agritourismi (x 2). Our March 2015 group of 20 was most congenial, the weather was less so. I found the pace quite comfortable, some free time plus thoughtfully planned itineraries. 4 hotels, bus riding not too lengthy. And if you're lucky enough to have Enrico Nucci as your tour leader, even the bus rides are entertaining with the commentary he provides. Don't miss any of Laura Lanza's lectures or walks in Palermo - she's a terrific guide! We did carry-on luggage on the way there (via Rome on Alitalia) and checked on the way back. At least 6 others on our flight from Rome to Catania were missing their luggage; that advice from previous reviewers paid off. If you must connect through JFK, ensure at least 3 hours. You have to change terminals and go through security again! In sum: a really good tour, Sicily has enough to see that this length of time is justified.

Patricia from Chevy Chase, MD Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 10/13/14 - 10/29/14
Treasures of Sicily is a wonderful program for history, art and culture buffs. It provides a comprehensive overview of Sicily's geography and people from the times of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, and others up through today. Spectacular sights include the Riace bronze warriors, larger than lifesize Greek bronze figures from around 450 BC; the Greek temples at Agrigento, from around the same period; the Roman Villa of Casale, with its fabulous and very well-preserved mosaic floors; and the splendid Duomo of Monreale in the hills above Palermo, founded in 1174 by the Norman King William II, with the interior covered in glittering gold-background mosaics which tell the stories of the Old and New Testaments. All that, and very nice hotels and delicious--and very abundant--food made this a really special, memorable program.

John from North Vancouver, BC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/15/14
The program had everything one would want: scholarly, but witty guides; tours of sites and churches of great historical importance (which our guides revealed wonderfully well); food and wine experiences to elaborate Sicilian culture; and many, many opportunities to see Sicily's dramatic scenery. And it was all done in the company of quite compatible fellow travelers.

Stephen from Fort Collins, CO Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/15/14
For anyone who wants an exceptional travel experience, this Treaures of Sicily program is strongly recommended. Do your best to have Enrico Nucci as your guide.

Miriam from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/15/14
Sicily is a fascinating place with a unique history and culture. I would recommend this trip for anyone who loves Italy and history. If you're lucky enough to get our excellent guide, Enrico, your experience will be enhanced.

Patrick from Bronx, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/15/14
I learned so much about the history of Sicily. Three thousand years of different cultures and peoples who came to one place.

Susan from Great Barrington, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/14 - 10/15/14
Treasures of Sicily is a great tour with a great guide, Enrico Nucci. Enrico's patience and sense of humor made the tour carefree and fun. The sites we visited showed us all aspects of the cultures that settled Sicily, Greek, Roman, Arab and Norman. We learned about life in Sicily today as well. This trip is well organized. I recommend it.

Sophia from Los Altos Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
I was very happy with the trip to Sicily. First of all, I want to mention that I was impressed with instructors, and they are obviously of a very high quality. Enrico Nucci was knowledgeable and helpful. Laura Lanza was probably one of the best guides I ever had in my many years of travel. Her presentations were interesting and well organized, and she presented them with a lot of humor and in a manner that made them easy to understand and remember. Angelo Fanara was also very good, with great presentation skills and organized information. I also want to compliment the program organizers for the choice of hotels; they were comfortable and well located. And finally, we had a wonderful fun loving group of people who made my vacation even more enjoyable. Thank you all. Sophia

Donald from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
Loved Sicily, and Enrico was a fabulous leader. We were kept very busy, and it was hotter and more humid than predicted, but it was worth the effort. Our fellow travelers were all congenial, and the group melded well. As a crossroads in the Mediterranean, many travelers have left their marks in Sicily over the centuries, and I learned so much about that. Go to Sicily on this program is you are o.k. with an active learning experience.

Rebecca from Columbus, GA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
If you love history you'll love Sicily.

John from South Haven, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/14 - 09/24/14
Just returned from our Sicily trip last week. Enrico Nucci was also our guide and he was outstanding. The food, lectures, field trips, and companionship was superb. We had 31 paricipants in the program. The only disappointment that RS had no control over was the loss of our luggage by Alitalia airlines in Rome. One member of our party received her luggage on the fourth day, three others on the eighth day, and mine delivered on the nineth day. I would suggest anyone traveling to or through Italy to consider not checking your luggage if at all possible. We have heard stories of many other paricipants who have lost their luggage using this airlines.

Susan from Boca Raton, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/26/14 - 06/11/14
Just returned from the Treasures of Sicily trip led by Enrico Nucci. The trip was fabulous! It was our first Road Scholar trip and our experience exceeded our expectations. Enrico is a top notch leader who is very knowledgable, funny and kind. Sicily is beautiful and very historical. The educational lectures enhanced our whole understanding of all the many varied sights we explored. It was an all around fun trip that enhanced my knowledge of Sicily and what makes it so special and so different. I would recommend it without any reservations.

Mary Anne from Melbourne Bch, FL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
Don't miss Treasures of Sicily-it was beyond our expectations.It rivals the Amalfi coast.You will love the food,people and the scenery.

Carolyn from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
The lectures and wonderful guides enhanced this excellent program. The leader, Enrico, is very knowledgeable, perfect english-speaker, and with a charming personality. The three hotels and locations are well chosen and very good quality. Apart from the ancient sites and stunning scenery, highlights for me were visits to local farms and families where we had lunches. The food was very local, even in the hotels, so leave your American palate behind and enjoy the Sicilian delights.

Richard from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 28
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
Excellent program. This program had an excellent group leader named Enrico ("Rico"). He was a great lecturer and guide. Sicily is a very interesting, autonomous region of Italy. The food is unique and very good. The history dates back to 1500 BC and there are many well preserved Greek and Roman ruins. The hotels were all 4-star and excellent.

Sharon from Appleton, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/21/14
Road Scholar presents the rich past and present of Sicily, with unforgettable sights and experiences. It will long remain in my memory!

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