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Staying at the outskirts of Palermo?

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Staying at the outskirts of Palermo?

Thank you Biondo and Vagabonda for responding to my earlier posts. The more I read, the more places to get to--two weeks are not enough! Now I'm wondering if we should spend 3N in Palermo or use our days to explore the West coast. We'd still like to spend 1N in San Vito lo Capo for its beach and reserves. Maybe another 2N in Trapani? The Egadi islands look pleasing (but we're planning 3N Lipari).

Maybe we can keep our car throughout the duration and stay 1N near Palermo and take the train/ bus to the city to check out the interesting markets. Which area would be a good base for parking and getting to Palermo by public transport?

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1. Re: Staying at the outskirts of Palermo?

The most convenient solution would be to park at the airport and get to Palermo centre by bus.

Palermo outskirts aren't especially attractive, (with the exception of Mondello and Sferracavallo, both beach town, busy in summer and parking is a battle), aren't well connected by public transport and lacks accommodations...

The city centre is really the best solution, and it's located west of the city, convenient to Trapani area.

If you plan to spend 3 days in Lipari, perhaps you can skip the Egadi. and Marsala is ok, but it hasn't much to see and do

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2. Re: Staying at the outskirts of Palermo?

We spent 3 or 4 days in Palermo. We combined visits in the city with daytrips as far as Trapani and Segesta which was one of our highlights of the trip. The time travelling you gain back if you take the back rural roads. The scenery is amazing. Bring a GPS and a good map! The smaller roads are not well sign posted, so you might make a few detours. But that is holidays for you. The scenery is worth it. Other gain is that you do not pack/unpack and rush around.

We stayed in Hotel Joli in the city centre. See review. You can give the keys to them and they park the car in the car park for you or you can get the directions from them. There is a lovely small park in front of the hotel as well and it is fairly central. So the car is safe and sound in the car park.

Driving is a bit hectic, but if you take it slowly it should be OK. In a way it looks more chaotic than it actually is. There is a logic to it.

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3. Re: Staying at the outskirts of Palermo?

Prego CynTeow,

You really don't want to stay on the outskirts of Palermo.

If you decide against the three nights in Palermo, then perhaps spend the time in Trapani or Western Sicily.

Trapani is a convenient base for the Egadi, so you could day trip to the Egadi, even if you don't stay on the Egadi. You could then visit Erice and Segesta.

And Palermo's airport is located west of the city. If you decide to day trip to Palermo one of those days, then park at the airport, and take the bus to the city.


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