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Public transport usage

ljubljana
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Public transport usage

Hi,

we are planning to spend our 2 week holiday (23.7/6.8) in Sicily. After reading this forum we made our itinerary, but there are still some open issues.

We would like to use public transport and where necessary rent a car.

We are landing in Trapani (2 days), train to Palermo (3 days), train to Agrigento(3 days) where we rent a car, Resuttano as base to explore inner Sicily (2 days),

Aci Castello as base to explore eastern Sicily (3 days), and then back to Marsala (return a car) just for one day to be able to catch a plane in Trapani.

I don't know if travelling all the way from eastern to western Sicily is good idea. Would be public transport better?

Or it would be better to spend a day somewhere in the middle

Is the usage of public transport too ambitious (we are travelling with kids)?

Thanks

Igor

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1. Re: Public transport usage

For me that is too much travelling, too many bases and too many cities in the summer heat. I wouldn't have more than three bases and would do beat trips where possible to lessen the heat.

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2. Re: Public transport usage

Welcome to Sicily euphemu1!

Sicily is a 2-week destination, so you would have sufficient time to see Western and Eastern Sicily, but not as you have allocated your time.

You would appreciate the car for at least some of your destinations.

1-night stays waste time, especially last night airport stays.

Perhaps on arrival, you could take the Terravision service from Trapani Birgi to Palermo and begin in Palermo. You could then cluster 3 nights in Trapani at the end of your route.

And you might consider seeing Eastern Sicily after Palermo or Agrigento, and then stopping in Central Sicily on your way back to Trapani.

If you'd like to see Eastern Sicily, then you've allocated too much time to Agrigento. Typically a night suffices in the Agrigento area.

Resuttano isn't the most optimal base if you intend to see the Madonie, Enna, or Piazza Armerina.

Buses are preferred to trains in Sicily. Buses are reliable. Trains are often delayed, and hot in summer.

With your current plan, take the direct Segesta bus from Trapani to Palermo. No one takes the train along this line unless requiring a town between Trapani and Palermo.

You could take the train from Palermo to Agrigento, or the direct Cuffaro bus service.

Vagabonda

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3. Re: Public transport usage

Thanks!

It looks I have to revise our plan. We want to see eastern and western Sicily - but it looks that next time we should get a plane coming to Trapani and leaving from Catania.

We will adjust itenary as you proposed - begining in Palermo, ending in Trapani.

As ap22 said - too much bases would be too much. If we choose Siracusa as base on eastern part - which city would be practical to use it as a base for Central Sicily?

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4. Re: Public transport usage

Prego euphemu1,

Yes, an open-jaws itinerary with an arrival in Trapani and a departure from Catania would save time doubling back.

You might consider Piazza Armerina or Enna in Central Sicily. You could then visit the Villa Romana del Casale, Morgantina, Caltagirone, the Madonie...

And Siracusa is an optimal choice as a base for eastern Sicily.

Ciao -

Vagabonda

Edited: 08 July 2014, 02:15
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5. Re: Public transport usage

We reserved accomodation in Siracusa for a week...

I plan to rent a car there, but I read that visiting Catania is better with public transport. Are there also some destinations in Eastern part that are better accessible with public transport?

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6. Re: Public transport usage

Ortigia is lovely euphemu1, and Siracusa is a convenient base for exploring Southeastern Sicily.

You wouldn't require the car for those days where you plan to explore Siracusa or Catania.

Yes, it's better to take the train or bus from Siracusa to Catania, or you might park at Catania's airport, and then take the Alibus 457 from the airport to the city if you plan to see Catania and somewhere else.

But you would appreciate the car for exploring Southeastern Sicily, and especially those areas or destinations without public transport like wineries, the Vendicari Reserve, Noto Antica, Villa Romana del Tellaro, Pantalica, or Morgantina,

Vagabonda

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