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sicily itinerary critque please

wagga
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sicily itinerary critque please

in the planning stages of a trip to sicily for about 3w in late april/early may. we like a mix of seeing the attractions and just enjoying the local lifestyle. i like the beach for a walk or swim but I NEVER sunbake and so aren't looking for that type of thing, also we don't need wild nightlife or resort style locations.

arrive catania airport (via Rome, from Australia) catch bus to syracusa stay 4-5 nights in an apartment in ortygia (I know we could "see" it in a lot less but to get over jet lag, settle in, get into a "holiday" mood etc).

collect a hire car on departure from syracusa

2 nights ragusa (via noto and modica)

2 nights piazza armerina

2 nights somewhere between agrigento and sciacca

7 nights apartment old town marsala - to take a holiday from the holiday and have a base for the west - trapani, erice, egadi's mazara, seliunte etc)

2 nights castellammare del golfo or scopello (which?)

return hire car to palermo airport bus into palermo

palermo 4-5 days (inc day trip to cefalu) in apartment

bus to palermo airport and depart

how does this sound? Changes? specific recommendations?

mid range budget, prefer smaller accommodation types

thank you in advance

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1. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Welcome to Sicily reins76!

Ortigia is a perfect first destination for 4-5 nights to get over jet-lag!

It’s always a risk to leave luggage unattended in the car when you stop along the way – You might visit Noto from Siracusa and visit Modica from Ragusa.

You might see Caltagirone and Morgantina from your base in Piazza Armerina.

Scopello is a frazione of Castellammare del Golfo, a part of the municipality of Castellammare del Golfo – Scopello is further along (20 minutes) from the A29, a mere hamlet as compared to the working Sicilian town of Castellammare del Golfo. If you expect to explore and sight-see every day, you would find Castellammare del Golfo’s position nearer the A29 (slightly) more convenient. Scopello is charming and nearer Lo Zingaro.

If you were to visit Selinunte from your base between Agrigento and Sciacca, you might reconsider Marsala as a base, and then base in Trapani – Trapani is better positioned for your day excursions and Trapani also offers more accommodations and restaurants, and then you wouldn’t require a move to Scopello for two nights.

Best wishes!

Vagabonda

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2. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Thank you Vagabonda for such a generous response as usual.

I had not appreciated how problematic it was to leave luggage in the car. I had thought that if we had valuables on us and bags out of sight in the boot/trunk that it would be ok. It seems a shame to pretty much drive past these places and then back track to visit them - but we will heed your advice because it would certainly put a dampener on things to lose our bags.

Since we would not have our hire car in Ortygia is it easy to visit Noto on public transport one day while in Ortygia?

We will think about swapping Marsala for Trapani.

Agrigento does not sound that nice apart from the Greek temples so that is why we had thought to head further west for a base.

How long would it take to drive from Piazza Armerina to Sciacca, and then to visit Agrigento from Sciacca.

Any other suggestions on where to stay in that area?

Re Castellammare / Scopello we had thought that we would have done our daytripping/sights by then and just have a couple of days relaxing before we get back into it in Palermo

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3. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Castellammare is great to do day trips from. there is parking in town and it is convenient to the autostrada. It has a number of good restaurants in town. We stayed there for 2 weeks in Feb 2010. That was the good. The bad is that there is not much to do and the beach is dirty.

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4. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Spent only 10 days in Sicily last spring, April / May. First time to Sicily though 4th Italy trip.

Cefalu is a wonderful town and place to relax and it has a lovely beach area with many outdoor, of course, restaurants.

South of Agrigento is a sea town San Leone which seemed primarily to be Sicilian / Italian tourists . Easy & short drive from Hotel Villa Athena. Excellent seafood restaurants in San Leone.

Spent hours at an outstanding olive oil venture near Castelvetrano, Becchina's .... Gianfranco Becchina's Orchard ( farm , gardens ...)

Love Sicily and the food rivals the mainland! Enjoy the wonderful people , food , sights .... Envy your staying on Ortigia.

Edited: 04 January 2013, 03:43
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5. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Scopello is wonderful, peaceful, scenic and the beach is lovely and clean. Super small hotels, delightful restaurants, and the tranquil feeling of a small village.

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6. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

thank you all for replys and tips (if anyone has any more - keep them coming)

looking forward to our trip and enjoying the research and planning

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7. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Prego reins76,

You might mitigate your situation by clustering days at a base and then taking day trips rather than moving forward from place to place.

Some do leave luggage unattended in cars without incident, but it is always a risk and it could potentially ruin your holiday. Really never leave anything in the boot that you can’t afford to lose.

Yes, Noto is easily reached from Siracusa – Take the bus. Although the train takes slightly less time, the bus arrives nearer Noto’s historic centre than the bus.

It’s a 3-hour drive from Piazza Armerina to Sciacca. Agrigento is just over an hour’s drive to Sciacca, but you could stop in Agrigento en route because there's left luggage storage at Agrigento’s train station.

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Travel tip of the Trip:

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Trapani and Castellammare del Golfo are genuine working Sicilian towns – Perhaps you would enjoy relaxing in Scopello as suggested by banff. Scopello is enchanting....

Vagabonda

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8. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Thanks again Vagabonda

will look into the left luggage option - sounds better than back tracking, might also check out pac-safe mesh and see if that is an option. it is only a bag of dirty laundry and toiletries although still a nuiscence, and the bag itself would be a shame

sounds like scopello is what I'm after in this case.

have just posted a new topic about flights between sicily and sardinia (just when I thought everything was coming together nicely..................................)

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9. Re: sicily itinerary critque please

Prego reins76,

Low-cost routes and schedules change frequently, so perhaps consider the Tirrenia ferry crossing from Palermo to Cagliari, but Ryanair flies from Trapani to Cagliari.

Scopello is tiny, simple, relaxing, peaceful, enchanting - You might also enjoy reading vicolivia's thread and subsequent trip report!

Day excursion from Scopello to Monreale and Palermo:

tripadvisor.com/…32842081

Regards,

Vagabonda

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