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Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members travel to Italy and Sicily

Gilford, New Hampshire – November 6, 2017 – Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a trip of a lifetime that included Southern Italy and Sicily.

Highlights included: Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Valley of the Temples, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Catania, Mt. Etna Volcano, Matera, Alberobella, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento & Pompeii.

“We have gone to Italy many times with our Prestige Plus members, but this was the first time Bank of New Hampshire has escorted our customers to the Island of Sicily since the program’s inception in 1989,” stated Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “Spending six days in Sicily was spectacular. The historic cities and hilltop villages took you back in time and the Sicilian cuisine was unexpected and delicious.” Drouin went on to say, “This adventure tour was on many member’s bucket list. It is extremely satisfying to realize that Bank of New Hampshire is fulfilling people’s dreams through the Prestige Plus travel program.

The tour began in the capital city of Palermo featuring a cultural tour of the cities lovey Piazza’s and exotic mixtures of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque styles. The Palace of the Normans, La Matorana church and the cathedral in nearby Monreale, decorated with multicolored marble, painting, and mosaics were highlights. 

In the town of Agrigento, the group visited the UNESCO World Heritage site of the stunning Valley of the Temples. This site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. An up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter was thrilling and have inspired poets, writers and painters from ancient times to the present day. 

Giardini Naxos, called the “garden of Sicily”, was the next stop on the tour. Bountiful public gardens, the Greek Theatre, many monuments, nearby Catania, a Baroque UNESCO city, and the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park were all impressive sites visited. 

The tour continued on Italy’s mainland, traveling through the beautiful and unspoiled region of Calabria. A visit to a local winery and wine tasting was topped off with a delicious regional dinner. A trip to Italy would not be complete without visits to the historic city of Salerno and the beautiful seaside city of Sorrento. From there a drive along the Amalfi coast with a stop in Amalfi was enjoyed by everyone. “The Amalfi coast never gets old,” Drouin stated, “It is more breathtaking each time we visit.”

The final destination was the famous Pompeii and the excavated ruins and historic sites at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. We then traveled to Rome to celebrate our fantastic trip and farewell dinner.

“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Drouin. “With 28 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip the quality will be unsurpassed. Our Prestige Plus Travel program was recognized as one of the top bank programs in the country.  We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire.” To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 24 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1.5 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit



Photo Caption: Paul Falvey, President & CEO, Bank of New Hampshire and his wife Caryl enjoying the Cathedral Santa Maria Nuova in Palermo, Sicily.


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