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Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

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Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

We (2 23yr old females) are doing a little bit of interrailing around Italy for 10 days. We are planning on mixing up a few main cities with 4 days beach holiday at the end.

We are currently looking into Sicily. We'd like to fly out of Palermo as it seems to be cheaper at the moment. Can anyone recommend somewhere good to stay not too far from Palermo - somewhere nice, with a beach that isn't too overcrowded? We are on a bit of a budget but would be willing to pay a bit more for something nice.

We will be relying on public transport.

Any advice on where to stay and good beaches would be very welcome! Thaks you!!

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1. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Welcome to Sicily seren2011!

Mondello is Palermo’s beach easily reached by bus from Palermo, but Cefalù would probably be your town, an easy train ride from Palermo.

Enjoy!

Vagabonda

Edited: 06 June 2011, 01:55
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2. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Fly easyJet from Rome to Palermo - The train is eternal, hot, and dirty!

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3. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

The train ride to Sicily is great - lots of Coastal scenery, and the unique experience of going on a train onto a ferry to cross the Straits of Messina, one of the few places left in Europe where trains go onto boats. Bring your own wine and picnic along and you'll have a blast - we did when we did it. Beats soulless airports and delayed budget flights any day! There's a couple of direct Rome Palermo daytime InterCity trains and a time effective sleeper train, www.trenitalia.com

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4. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Not everyone finds this journey enticing!!

Unless you were to take the expensive Frecciargento from Rome to Calabria, the train is hot, tardy, dirty, and the scenery isn’t especially spectacular.

You would have to bring your own wine and picnic along, since there’s no food service!

Intra-Italian flights are fast and inexpensive, even considering airport transfers, and often less expensive than trains.

Ask locals about travel by train in Southern Italy and Sicily….

Overnight train Rome to Sicily in July:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k4502…

Travel by train in Northern Italy is fast and efficient - Not so in Southern Italy and there are many regional lines.

If you were to take the train to Sicily, take the SAIS Autolinee bus service from Messina to Palermo - You would at least have air-conditioning.

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5. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

You might also appreciate GAC's ranking of transport to Sicily....

car rental or train from naples to Palermo: #4

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187768-i20-k42546…

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Edited: 06 June 2011, 14:50
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6. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Ciao VAgabonda,

i hav ethe same plan: 4 days in Palermo end fo June, might not be a good idea at the end considering the heat...

is Cefalu really nice: i as afraid it would be too crowded?

Do you think it is worth taking a boat for an island from PAlermo ?

THanks!

Chapu

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7. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Ciao chapustefi,

June is hot, but generally average temperatures are lower than July or August…..

It would depend on your intentions – If you’d like to see the attractions that Palermo has to offer, then stay in Palermo. If you’d like to enjoy time at the beach, then stay in Cefalù.

Cefalù ‘s historic centre is compact but charming with a magnificent Norman Duomo, but Cefalù is also a real town where locals live and work, and it has a nice beach.

But you could easily take the train or SAIS Autolinee bus between the two and do both!

First decide if you prefer to base in a large city, or a town.

It wouldn’t be worth taking a boat from Palermo to the Aeolians unless you planned to spend at least one night on the islands, but you could consider the ferry to Ustica.

Regards,

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8. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

ciao Vagabonda

thank you for your intersting feedback, as always! i loved so much Sicily last year, and your feedback helped a lot, that we wanted to be back!

I am in deed considering Ustica as an option for friday-saturday, 1 night over...is it worth?

thanks again!

Chapustefi

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9. Re: Sicily from Rome - a nice not too overcrowded beach

Prego chapustefi,

Ustica is very interesting and if you love snorkeling, it’s the best! The seas are stunning and its a marine park. I have friends from Palermo that even go over for the day, picnic, and swim…

…trekearth.com/gallery/…

Ustica:

www.aapit.pa.it/datad/comuni/comunea.asp…

www.palermo-sicilia.it/english/ustica.htm

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/ustica/

en.comuni-italiani.it/082/075/index.html

http://www.ustica.org/

Wishing you another wonderful holiday in Sicilia!

Vagabonda

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