We're going this November and are curious about the need for walking sticks. If most of the walking is on good paths, sidewalks, etc., we don't need them, but if there is considerable walking on bumpy, uneven dirt paths, we might. If you have been on this tour and could tell me what you think, I'd appreciate it. I'd rather not lug the sticks if all I really need are comfy, supportive walking shoes.
There are some sidewalks, some cobblestones. The only dirt paths I remember were at the vineyard, Mt. Etna (not all tours go there) and a farm where we had lunch. The vineyard and the Mt Etna paths were the most rugged, but short and not strenuous. There may have been some paths at Agrigento as well, but well maintained and not steep.
I would say stick with the comfy, supportive walking shoes.
I walk for exercise on good paths around my home and rarely do "hikes" in the more rugged areas of the state. There was no problem for me walking around Sicily and the thought of walking sticks never really occurred to me.
Although we didn't do the RS Tour, we visited most of the locations on the trip this spring. On the sites outside of the major towns, there might be some dirt paths but nothing that requires a walking stick - just good shoes. I actually did them with a pair of flats with inserts and I'm in the over 65 group.
Suggest you leave the walking sticks at home. And have a wonderful trip!
Thanks so much! I'm leaving the sticks at home. :-)