Sicily. Shades of The Godfather! But that is not the only aspect of Sicily. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has long been a Mecca for culture freaks, but Sicily also rewards the countryside lover with its magnificent landscapes. TheMoreSicily. Shades of The Godfather! But that is not the only aspect of Sicily. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has long been a Mecca for culture freaks, but Sicily also rewards the countryside lover with its magnificent landscapes. The book makes an ideal companion to Sunflowers other Italian publications (Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria and the Italian Lakes).Our author Peter Amann knows the island intimately- he leads walking groups on Sicily and works for the preservation of its national monuments.
As an alternative to the stress of simply doing all the sites, he invites you to savour the landscape at leisure. Thus there is enough material in this book for several holidays. The eight car tours (mostly circular and covering 2000km) follow little-used secondary roads wherever possible and, while taking in all the major sights and sites, also allow motorists to see landscapes well off the beaten track.A touring map is included which shows all the car touring routes.
Because of the limitations of page size of Kindles and other tablet devices capable of displaying Kindle books, purchasers of this Kindle edition also receive a free link to a site that provides a high-definition version of the touring map which can be downloaded to a computer or laptop and printed out on any colour printer. The walks - a distillation of the best on the island - are as varied in length and grade as the landscape itself- there are routes to suit all ages and abilities. Most of the walks are along old farming tracks, stone-laid mule trails and shepherds paths.
Each is accompanied by an up-to-date topographical map which is superbly reproduced on your Kindle. Finally, for those who like al fresco dining, there is also a selection of picnic suggestions - ranging from official sites with barbecues to idyllic spots near walking routes.Good old Sunflowers, those thin blue books that walkers on the Continent trust like seasoned friends from Sicily to the Azores - they never fail to find you a really good walk.
Christopher Somerville, Weekend Telegraph Best months for walking: March to June and September to NovemberWhere to Stay: On this large island it is assumed that most users of the book will want to tour by car. Exceptionally for a Landscapes guide (as we do not normally mention specific establishments) Peter Amann of this book suggests hotels or hostels known to him personally (at least one for every walk) together with telephone numbers for convenience in making reservations.
However, if you do not want to explore the entire island, the spectacular resort of Taormina is conveniently placed for access to several nearby walks. One is adjacent to Taormina, two others are within 10km, and there are eight in the Etna area (some 15 to 20km away).In total the book contains 8 car tours, 41 walks with alternatives and 27 picnic suggestions.