Where is the best place for an October visit for
one week with a large group of friends who like to go for hikes, like to
sample regional cuisine plus visit places of historic interest? Sicily!
An added bonus is the weather at that time of year; it is neither steamy
hot nor rainy and cold.
It was settled. We found a villa
for one week, beginning Oct 19, 2013, in the Sicilian hills next to
Madonie National Park. Tenuta Don Ruggero had ten double rooms, each
with an ensuite, plenty for our group of nine women and seven men. Eight
of the women and one of the husbands were classmates at Bishop's
University in Lennoxville, Quebec, many years ago. This was our fourth
trip together, meeting every two years in a different country in Europe.
Ray and I left
Ottawa on Sept 26, allowing time to visit Rome for five nights before
flying to Palermo and exploring more of Sicily before joining the
If you wish to read about our visit to Rome,
We took a circle tour of Sicily, heading west to Trapani and
Erice, then down the coast past Marsala and Mazara to Selinunte, then
along the south coast to Agrigento, Ragusa, Noto and Siracusa. From
there we headed up the east coast to Giardidni-Naxos and Taormina, then
across the mountains to Cefalú. Sicily made a great meeting point
for all of us.
Jeanne wrote blogs of our tour of Sicily before
meeting up at the Villa. The writeups are now on this website. To read
them, select one of the following:
Jeanne also wrote two
writeups of our week at Tenuta
Don Ruggero. To read them, click
one of the following:
The Villa Tenuta Don
Ruggero or Day trips from the