Hubs and I decided that instead of going south for January and February (we live in Minneapolis) that we should go visit Sicily. We are really looking forward to this tour! We will fly to Rome via Amsterdam and spend a few nights (3 or 4) there and try to see some things we didn't have time for on the MWE tour. We will then fly into Palermo two days before the tour starts - our Palermo pre tour hotel is booked. We've been on two RS tours - My Way Europe (2015) and My Way Alpine Europe (2017.) This will be our first guided tour. We loved both of our previous tour groups and are still in contact with many of our fellow travelers, so not a bit worried about it being a guided tour with more time together. I have a few questions for those of you who have been to Sicily:
1) The weather in February: I noted on the tour page that the average temperature is 50-59 with 23 days of no rain. Perfect! I learned to pack light for our first tour and found it tremendously liberating. I have my Eileen Fischer travel pants and tunics, a simple black dress, a flannel shirt dress, black jeans and leggings, silk blouses, tanks, layers dressed up with a scarf or two. Rotate something in, something stays home. Teva de la Vina boots and Aravon walking shoes - the two best investments I've ever made for travel. Am I missing something? I'll throw in a hat and gloves but will probably leave the rain jacket at home - couldn't have been without it on the last two tours, but that was in Germany and Switzerland - didn't need it in Italy or France. Do any of you wish that you had left something home or wished you had something you didn't bring?
2) Tips for Palermo during pre tour days: Are there things that you saw or did that left a lasting impression? I've read up on what we're going to see on the tour so looking for other ideas to make the most of our time. Restaurant suggestions very appreciated. Off the beaten path is always cool.
3) Catania: The tour ends here. Should we stay on? I have found that staying on one day isn't long enough for me so if we do I'd stay a few more days. Then back to Rome and home. To snow. Hmmm, maybe we'll take a detour?