The best thing about exchanges is that you get the best tour guides you could possibly want. Forget TripAdvisor, it's the locals who know best!
We took half a day off to hike up to Monte Pellegrino, a 600 metre high hill overlooking Palermo and the Thyrennian. Halfway up, we found Saint Rosalie's sanctuary. It looks like a normal church from the outside, but on a closer inspection, we realised it's just a facade, and the rest is a cave!
Armed with fresh water and more energy, we continued on our way to the top...
And we made it! The view made us forget the scorching sun:
Pro tip: Never, ever, wear denim on a hiking trip. Ever. Even better pro tip: Never say no to a good hike!