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Help with Sicily

Raleigh, NC
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Help with Sicily

We will be arriving in Sicily (Palermo) Italy by Royal Carribean cruise ship in late October. We would like to know whether we should get an escorted tour or if you think we could do Sicily on our own. We will only be there for 12 hours. Any thoughts? Is there a private tour company that you can recommend? Thanks.

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1. Re: Help with Sicily

If you had 2 weeks you could visit Sicily on your own.

With only 12 hours available, to maximise your time on the island I suggest you focus on Palermo and Monreale and I am sure the expert will be able to suggest a private tour company to recommend.

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2. Re: Help with Sicily

Salvo is correct - 12 hours is hardly time to even see Palermo and Monreale, so decide what would be most important for you to see.

Whether you tour on your own, or take an excursion really is a personal preference, but might also be dependent on what you want to see, or where you want to go (some destinations like Erice wouldn't be as convenient on your own both because of public transportation schedules and time restraints), and whether or not you feel you would need a licensed guide.

There’s much to see and do in Palermo itself – see as many of the main sights as possible - Palazzo dei Normanni/Cappella Palatina, Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, Museo Archeologico Regionale, La Kalsa, the markets, and the Duomo in Monreale.

With an early arrival, explore the colourful markets.






Many of Palermo’s restaurants are not open for lunch. Some that would be open for lunch – Cucina Papoff, Antica Focacceria di San Francesco, Casa del Brodo, Caffè Spinnato, Di Martino, La Fenice, Trattoria La Cambusa, Café Latino, Kaleido, La Traviata, Il Proverbio, Trattoria del Pesce Fresco, and Al Ferro di Cavallo.

There are many excellent day trips from Palermo (on your own, or with an excursion) – Monreale, Cefalu, Segesta, Erice, Mondello, Ustica, Monte Pellegrino….

There are also outstanding excursions available with licensed guides.

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3. Re: Help with Sicily

I am also doing the same thing you are. Could you tell me what you ended up doing after going on the cruise? Did you get on a taxi or seek a private tour with the cruise line?

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4. Re: Help with Sicily

This is a very old thread - Considering sending lolo050 a PM:



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