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touring sicily

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touring sicily

Hi, we are arring in Sicily on 1 July and leavinng for Rome on the 13 July. We have accommodation near Messina (Furnari), and will be hiring a car.

Can you suggest a nice itinerary which would take in Palermo, Trapani/Marsala, Agrigento, Syracusa and Taormina (of course any little places on way to these would be graetly appreaciated).

Also if you could advise which towns to stay overnight

Thanks

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1. Re: touring sicily

12 nights in Sicily!!

Confused - do you have accommodations in Furnari for all 12 nights, or do you want to spend nights in other towns??

Where will you arrive and depart in Sicily?

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I am a bit confused as well : ) The places you have listed so far are good locations to take in Sicily and its sites, however if you are going to travel from Messina everyday to get to them you will be spending a lot of time on the road. I am sure our expert here will be able to help more once you let her know your details. You might also want to think about San Vito Lo Capo(nr Trapani& Cefalu (Nr Palermo)are nice places especially for the beach.

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We have our base in Furnari so will be taking off from there. I hope to travel for say about 7 nights and then return to Furnari and maybe do the Aeolian Islands or catch the ferry across to Calabria.

I really want a nice trip(with overnight stopovers) to see the main sights.

I was thinking maybe drive to Palermo/ Cefalu overnight Trapani. Then day 2: Marsala/ Segesta, overnight Segesta; then day 3 Agrigento, overnight there ( to see the temples at night); then day 4 head towards Syracuse and spend the night. Day 5 Taormina (stay). Day 6 Mt Etna, Calabria and then back to Furneri.

Is that achievable??

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Thanks for the clarification!

There’s a problem with your first day. It’s quite impossible to start the day in Furnari, see Cefalu and Palermo, and be in Trapani for the night. It’s also not recommended to drive in Palermo, and you also didn’t allocate time for the magnificent Duomo in Monreale. Since Cefalu is relatively close to Furnari, enjoy Cefalu and its beach on a separate day trip during your time in Furnari.

Consider driving from Furnari to Palermo’s airport and taking the bus back to the city, or parking in a lot on via Regione Siciliana and busing to Palermo and Monreale, or even parking in Cefalu or Santa Flavia and taking the train to Palermo and then the bus from Palermo to Monreale. Take half a day to see Palermo and a few hours for Monreale.

Spend the night in Palermo. Pick up your car, see Segesta on your way to Marsala and spend the night around Selinunte. If you spent the night in Trapani, you would be backtracking to go to Segesta the next day. You might also want to stop in medieval Erice between Segesta and Marsala.

See Selinunte the following morning and then head to Agrigento for the Valley of the Temples in the afternoon and night. Spend the night in Agrigento.

Days 4 and 5 – Agrigento to Siracusa and Siracusa to Taormina are fine. You could explore Siracusa on arrival and continue the following morning before heading to Taormina.

Mount Etna and Calabria are also logistically difficult. Do you intent to take Etna’s lift and trek? That’s the better part of a day, so to then drive to Messina for the ferry to Calabria and also explore Calabria would be a heavy day. Where in Calabria - what do you want to see?

Some of your destinations are near Furnari – Cefalu, Taormina, and Mount Etna. You could also consider visiting these sights on day trips from your base and using the nights on your week’s tour for other places, like Erice, Zingaro, Eraclea Minoa, or the Baroque towns (Noto, Ragusa, or Modica).

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Thanks so much for that.......what would all the Tripadvisor subscribers do without you!.

I was wondering: As two of our party can only spend 5 days with us: if we left Palermo off the trip (as two of the party have already been there), is it possible to see Monreale and Erice and drive to Trapani in a day (we have accomm there); then Day 2: do Marsala, Mothia Is, Selinute and drive to Agrigento for the night (or maybe two nights?); Day 3: do Agrigento, Piazza Amerina, Caltagirone on to Siracusa for the night; Day 4: Syracuse, Nota, Modica, maybe Ragusa (or Taormina?) for the night; Day 5: to Taormina for the day then back to Furnari.

Is it possible?

Do you know what the driving times would be from Furnari to Monreale/Erice/Trapani; and time from trapani to Agrigento?

When the other half of the gropu leaves, then we could do the day trips to Cefalu, Mt Etna/Catania, Aeolians, and maybe pop over to reggio de Calabria.

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Prego loproSydney!

Monreale and Erice can be seen in a day, and your accommodation for the night in Trapani would be so close to Erice – that would be good.

Mozia and the saltpans, Marsala and Selinunte is another great day. One night is ample time in Agrigento – see the temples the following morning.

If you have an extra night (instead of 2 nights in Agrigento), you could spend a night around Selinunte or Sciacca, and also see Eraclea Minoa and Scala dei Turchi on your way to Agrigento. Then see the Valley of the Temples in the afternoon.

Skip Piazza Armerina this year – the Villa Romana is not good use of time with the restoration. It’s a dusty mess!

If you spend only the one night in Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples and Caltagirone would be a good day.

It’s not the most efficient use of time to backtrack to Ragusa and Modica from Siracusa – much better to spend the night in Ragusa or Modica, then see Noto on the way to Siracusa, and then spend that night in Siracusa.

Siracusa to Taormina is perfect, and then back to Furnari.

This is a good itinerary!!

Check ViaMichelin for driving routes, maps and estimate driving times and distances.

ViaMichelin:

viamichelin.com/viamichelin/…MaHomePage.htm

Furnari to Monreale: 186km and 02h03 to drive

Monreale to Erice: 99km and 01h26 to drive

Trapani to Agrigento: 175km and 02h26 to drive, but this is the autostrada route (A29), not the coastal route from Marsala.

Day trips from Furnari to Cefalu, Palermo, Mount Etna, the Aeolians (via Milazzo) and even Reggio is a very good plan.

Nice!!

Vagabonda

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Thank you Vagabonda: your local knowledge has allowed me to refine my short trips, and even leave time for the numerous dinners with the relatives!!.

Thanks also for the web link, it will prove very useful.

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Dear travelor,

We just toured Sicily.

From Palermo we took the road to Agrigento which passed Corleone. This road is absolutely marvellous. We stayed one night in hotel Leon d'or in Corleone which is a decent hotel with a good bed and a nice breakfast. Form Corleone we passed Prizzi, which is breathtaking, and went for Agrigento. Agrigento is worth staying for 2 days.

After that you can visit the west coast (we didn't because of a lack of time) and return in the direction of the east coast staying over in Enna so you can visit the Etna and finally go tyo Taormina to finish with a few relaxation days.

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I forgot to mention that you should definitely visit Calabria.

I used to live there and the people are so warm and the food is so good that it would be a crime to miss out on that.

I would recommend to stay in Capo Vaticano (Hotel la Bussola if there are rooms available) and visit nice mountain places like Serra san Bruno, Stilo and the national park of Mongiana. Tha city of Reggio Calabria is also nice.

The best beaches of Europe are found in Capo Vaticano and the nearby Tropea and Pizzo and on the Ionic coast Davoli and Soverato.

The calabrese will treat you as part of their family.

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