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a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

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a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

We will fly from the US hopefully, Newark to Probably Rome or Naples and then to Sicily or what about taking the ferry from Naples? We are planning on renting a car once we arrive on Sicily. Any advice? DP

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1. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Welcome to Sicily dmrxox!

Fares would be more reasonably priced to Rome than to Naples – You would typically connect via Rome for Naples.

thinksicily.com/travel-to-and-around-sicily/…

Consider a straight-through transatlantic flight and begin in Sicily. Alitalia or an Alitalia partner like Delta flies this route.

There are advantages to the straight through ticket – Your luggage would continue straight thought and if your transatlantic flight were delayed, Alitalia would simply put you on the next departing flight. The airline determines the legal connection time.

If instead you were to fly to Rome and then fly a low-cost airline between Rome and Sicily, it would be your responsibility if your flight were delayed.

blu-express, WindJet, and Alitalia fly from Rome Fiumicino to Catania and Palermo. easyJet also flies from Rome Fiumicino to Palermo, and Meridiana flies from Rome Fiumicino to Catania.

Ryanair flies from Rome Ciampino to Trapani.

Beware baggage allowances on low-cost carriers.

You could also arrive in Rome and then take the train from Rome to Naples – Alitalia and Air Italy run direct flights from Naples to Palermo or Catania.

TTT Lines runs the overnight ferry service between Naples and Catania, and Tirrenia and SNAV run the overnight ferry service between Rome and Palermo.

Avoid driving in Palermo or Catania.

Vagabonda

Edited: 30 December 2011, 18:20
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2. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Connection times in Rome...

FCO airport---terminal 3 to terminal 2:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187791-i22-k43716…

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3. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Thank you!! I think we have figured out the flight... Air Alitalia from Neward then on to Catina or Palermo , the filghts are good and easy layovers... now we have to decide where to land and then decide if we want to book ahead or just wing it! I like the idea of 2-4 different bases... we will eventually do the entire island but will be sure to be careful about NOT driving in the cities mentioned... we are experienced travelers in our 60's, pretty knowledgeable and energetic and LOVE serendipity... most of our best expereinces have been unplanned! so we have some decisions to make and reading the many posts has been very helpful. so thanks to all and especially to Vagabonda... a wealth of knowledge you have!

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4. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Prego dmrxox e grazie!

Sorting the flights is always a good feeling and you have found a solution that works for you!

The straight-through transatlantic flight with Alitalia to Sicily is the most convenient for baggage and also the best if your transatlantic flight were delayed.

FCO hasn’t been the best with sending along luggage to Sicily with short connecting times, so be sure to include your name and hotel contact information both outside and inside your luggage. And also carefully pack your carry-on luggage with several days’ worth of clothing and all essentials like medications. This is the fault of the ground crew, not the airline.

With a month in Sicily, you could easily base in 3-4 areas and strike out on day trips to see the sites. You would enjoy many options from bases all around Sicily - Taormina, Siracusa, or Catania in Eastern Sicily; Trapani, Castellammare del Golfo, or Selinunte in Western Sicily; and also around Palermo, Cefalù, Agrigento, or Ragusa.

Felice Anno Nuovo!

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5. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

My wife and I are planning a visit to Sicily the first two and a half weeks (or three weeks) in May. We were planning to rent apartments in Palermo, Taormina and Siracusa, to use as bases for exploring Sicily. I wonder whether we should split up our stay in Palermo and spend some time in Trapani so we can visit Erice and other cities.

We are retired university professors interested in cultural tourism and will do our traveling by bus...assuming it won't be too strenuous for us..

I would appreciate any suggestions for other cities to locate, rental apartments to consider and good restaurants that aren't expensive.

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6. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Welcome to Sicily ArthurAsa!

Hopefully you’ll enjoy three weeks in Sicily - Bases in Palermo, Siracusa, and Taormina will serve you well….

You’ll find buses reliable, dependable, and reasonably priced – Take Interbus from Palermo to Trapani, and from Palermo to Siracusa. Interbus also runs the service between Siracusa and Taormina via Catania.

http://www.interbus.it/Home.aspx

However, if dependant on public transport and interested in Western Sicily’s attractions, you would find Trapani a more convenient base than Palermo, so yes, divide that time between Palermo and Trapani.

Consider Butera 28 in Palermo, Casesicilia in Siracusa, and Villa Costanza Bellavista in Taormina.

The TA restaurant reviews are quite accurate…

Where to eat in Palermo:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187890-i418-k4948…

Siracusa - Where to eat on a budget:

tripadvisor.com/…31704192

budget/cheaper places to eat in taormina

tripadvisor.com/…31123988

Felice Anno Nuovo!

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7. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

and Felice Anno Nuovo to you!! curious do you live in US or Sicily you must have spent much time there if you are not there!!! Found an apt in Torre Archirafi Riposto for a good price 480E a week in Sept. Saw photos looks charming and the town reminds me of where we stayed on Graciosa Azores... do you know the town? any thoughts about this as a place to stay for a week? or 2 if we love it? can we tour most of the east side of Sicily from here and then move to the West side for 2 weeks? mili gracie?? have to learn "Italian" now.. French is strong, Spanish is ok, but my Sicilian language ability is about nada!!!

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Riposto is a small town on the sea, with an huge port for sailing boats. Could be a good base for visits in the nearby area, but the town itself have very little to offer and is far from Siracusa and the south east, a week there is probably too much.

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9. Re: a month in Sicily in Sept-Oct 2012: getting around

Grazie mille dmrxox!

Your Spanish should help with Italian.

Riposto is a local fishing village – Riposto itself is low on attractions, but it is an acceptable base for exploring Eastern Sicily. It’s about an hour and half to drive to Siracusa.

September is past peak beach season but the sea are warm after summer's heat, and September is a lovely time to visit, but it begins to quiet except for weekends.

Rentals generally run for a week – A week would suffice.

It’s important to select a rental that has been advertised for a number of years and has reviews written by previous guests over a long period of time – Do your homework here.

Buona Fortuna!

Vagabonda

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