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Solo Traveller in sicily

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Solo Traveller in sicily

Hi

I am thinking of spending a week in Sicily as a solo female traveller and was wondering about the safety side of travelling by myself?

I will be in Malta for the previous week and was going to catch the ferry over to Sicily.

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1. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

I've spent nearly 7 weeks off and on in Sicily as a solo female traveler and have had no problems as far as safety (driving is another matter) is concerned. Just take the normal precautions you would when out of your home territory. Even Palermo wasn't as scary as I thought.

Then again I like Naples.

TAB

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Hi TAB

Thank you very much for your feedback. Much appreciated.

T

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Any recommendations on places to visit in my week? Would it be best to exit ferry from Pozzallo or Catania?

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As long as you stay in the big streets there will be no problem. If you don't want a lot of male attention, paint your hair brown or black (or blond if you just want to have attention). Sicilian people are very talkative to strangers so if you're open for that you can have very nice conversations!

I didn't understand your question very well. If I'd choose, I'd choose for Catania, simply because there will be trains to go to Messina and Syracusa. (and busses for Taormina)

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5. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

Thank you very much.

Let me clarify there are 2 options for the ferry from Malta, one goes to Pazzollo and the other Catania. So I was just planning which would be of best benefit for my travels.

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T

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6. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

Welcome to Sicily NoodleNoodle!

In additions to TABarrett’s comments, comments from newyorkerinsicily, sicilianirish, rosieonvacation, debdancing, Zerlina and Alia_Aliena may reassure you - They were all solo female travellers in Sicily.

Palermo or NO Palermo - but as a lone female ... Good Idea??:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187890-i418-k4109…

Safety in Sicily for a lone woman traveler:

tripadvisor.com/…9268529

Just how unsafe?:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k1587…

Palermo for the first time--Questions!!!!:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187890-i418-k1947…

Several factors would affect your decision to determine an arrival in Catania or Pozzallo.

There’s more frequent service to Pozzallo, and only service to Catania on Saturdays.

http://www.virtuferries.com/?page_id=1539

http://www.virtuferries.com/?page_id=1539

Without a car, Catania would offer more convenient public transport than Pozzallo.

And ultimately your intended destinations would determine which would be in nearerproximity – Modica, Ragusa, and Siracusa for an entry at Pozzallo; and Taormina, Etna, and Sicracusa with an arrival in Catania.

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Caio Vagabonda

Thank you for info. have read through everything and feel all good to go.

Ferries - looks like they finish running by 10th Oct, so I must fly from Malta to Catania.

I will need to catch public transport for my travels. So first stop Catania. So how to divide a week of travel.

Do I spend the night in Catania?

Mount Etna - best to base from Catania or Taormina?

Siracusa?

back to Catania to fly out.

Any good cooking classes you could recommend for a few hours or a day?

Any good places that maybe off the beaten track? Not super touristy, I love getting into the local vibe.

Good chill out and relax places?

Caio

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8. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

Prego NoodleNoodle,

The Virtu Ferries schedules for autumn just haven’t posted yet. The new schedules are expected to post by the end of August or the beginning of September.

The service from Malta to Catania only runs in summer, and only on Saturdays.

The service from Malta to Pozzallo in summer runs every day of the week but Saturday, and this service will continue through autumn and winter.

But if Catania is your destination, then yes, fly Air Malta from Malta to Catania.

You could spend the night in Catania or move onward to Taormina or Siracusa, or even Modica or Ragusa for local vibe - You could arrive in Pozzallo for Modica or Ragusa.

The only public transport to Mount Etna is the AST bus from Catania, but there are many excursions available from Catania or Taormina.

Which appeals, a “real” large Sicilian city (Catania) or a medieval tourist resort town (Taormina)?

You might appreciate Aninka’s comparison…

Catania or taormina, advise please:

tripadvisor.com/…15792171

You might enjoy cookery class in Taormina, Siracusa, or Viagrande.

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

http://www.siciliandemocooking.com/

tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187891-…

http://www.bluestonesicily.com/?page=our_news&id=19&title=Wine+and+food+experience%20-%20Cooking+classes+in+Sicily

www.sicilylife.com/index.php…

Enjoy!

Vagabonda

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9. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

Fabulous. Prego Prego. Will have a good look at all your suggestions.

Caio for now

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10. Re: Solo Traveller in sicily

Ciao NoodleNoodle,

If you prefer not super touristy, you may skip Taormina or visit Taormina as a day trip, but focus on Siracusa, Modica, or Ragusa, or even Enna or Piazza Armerina.

Vagabonda