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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2016
Sicily Adventure  (7 Answers)

Have today booked a holiday in Taormina to celebrate our Golden Wedding. We have been to Italy plenty of times so know the mainland reasonably well but have never been to Sicily. We are both fit and active and prefer to use public transport rather than join organised groups. During our holiday (10 days ) what is considered to be a must see/do to get the most out of our time spent in Sicily.

Canolbarth (Wales)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2016
Catania or Palermo?  (12 Answers)

We recently obtained well priced flights to Sicily and I also had enough points to stay at the Sheraton in Catania for free for a week in Feb. My question is, is there enough to do in and around Catania for a week in Feb, given that beaches will be out of the question? are we better off in Palermo? Accomodation around Palermo seems very reasonable too so I don't mind opting out of my points booking as it is refundable and perhaps booking a place in Palermo if there is more to do and see for our family. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2016
recommended sights in and around Ragusa/Siracussa  (4 Answers)

Hi trying to figure out what to see/do while we are traveling through Ragusa and Siracussa? Sights we should definitely see? We will have a car and can travel making both Ragusa and Siracusa our home base
Thank you for any insight you!!!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2016
Buses from stations to town centers  (4 Answers)

Hi there,

I will be visiting Noto and Modica with someone who struggles to walk for too long. Are there any local buses from Noto station to the town center, and buses from Modica station to the town center?

We will be visiting Taormina as well. I understand there are buses from the station to the town, roughly every half an hour.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2016
Wineries near Taormina  (2 Answers)

Hi, we will be in Taormina in October and have the choice of 3 different wineries on our tour. Just trying to figure out which one to go on. Our choices are: Gambino?, Barone Di Villagrande?, or Benati? Obviously there are other sites we would like to see there as well. If anyone can help us with this, I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2016
From Comiso Airport to Catania (via pebliscio)  (2 Answers)

Hello guys,

I will arrie in Comiso Airport on friday 09:40. Actualy I don't know how t come to Catania (Via Pebliscito). Is here someone who could hel me? i want to go there by bus. Thanks a lot :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2016
10 hour adventure in Sicily?  (4 Answers)

I have the opportunity to take a day trip from Rome to Sicily this July and wondering if anyone has a suggested itinerary between Catania and Taormina. I would love to hike Mount Etna from the flight times from Rome don't make it possible to hook up with a tour. The earliest we will be able to arrive at Catania airport is 10:30 am which will not allow us to catch a morning tour and our flight back to Rome boards at 8:30 pm so a sunset hike won't work.

Catania Centro looks beautiful and I would love to soak in that experience, see some of the more popular sites and potentially take a train/bus/taxi to Taormina and tour the Greek Theater. The pictures I've seen are gorgeous!

I am wondering if anyone has pulled off a similar trip or if you have any advice to give on making this once in a lifetime trip happen?

Thanks all!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2016
Best Airport To Fly Into  (5 Answers)

Help me with a basic question. We'll be flying into Sicily from the US, ultimately heading to Cefalu. I notice there are several airports we could fly into. Pricing being even, in general which one would be the best one to fly in to? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2016
Hotels on our trip.  (2 Answers)

We are visiting in April an we need to great good hotels that have parking. We will be staying in Palermo, Syracusa and Cefalu. We like nice places in the center of town or within walking distance

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2016
Car rental  (5 Answers)

My wife and I are planning a trip to Sicilia in late May and will be staying approx 2 weeks. We were also planning on renting a car as we do in most countries and travel around to see the sights.. However, after reviewing several web sites I'm beginning to have second thoughts. From what I read it is not the best place to drive and very difficult to get around. Of course any of our driving would be outside the cities i.e. Palermo but would like to drive in the country side and smaller towns. Can anyone provide us with some suggestions and Car Rental companies.
Rick M

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2016
Bus service from Catania to Taormina in April?  (1 Answer)

I am planning a trip to Sicily in April... does anyone know how often the bus runs from Catania airport to Taormina? Thanks in advance. It will be mid-afternoon when I arrive.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2015
Parking in Siracusa  (3 Answers)

We are driving into the city from the southwest and want to spend a day visiting the old city. Can anyone assist with information about car parking locations and prices? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2015
Erice by bus  (3 Answers)

have been searching the various websites for bus transportation from Palermo to Erice: appears that the only way to get there by bus is to go to Trapani and then get a cable car up to the town. Is this correct,or does a bus also go up to the town? Thanks yet again, this has been the most challenging trip planning that I have ever experienced, but this website has been amazing!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2015
Ferry from Milazzo to Stromboli/Volcano  (3 Answers)

On 21.9 I'll be in Milazzo going for Stromboli. I see only two ferries, one is to early 6am approximately, the second looks to be late for us to be in time for volcano hiking (we must be on Stromboli at 4pm. Of cause we can stay another night and make a hike on the second day, but I wanted also to visit Volcano island for half a day but cannot figure out how can we doit in only two days...
Only option I saw was using two ferry companies, Simemar from Milazzo to Volcano (9am - 10 there) and Ustica for Volcano-Stromboli at 15aprox., and the day after return to Milazzo. But I'm not sure Sinemar operates in September, at least there are no online bookings.
Maybe anybody knows what are options?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2015
3 nights in eastern Sicily. Please help with itinerary :-)  (6 Answers)

Hi, my wife and I are flying to Catania on October 8th (arriving at 12:00 noon) and out at 8pm on October 11th. We have a rental car at the airport. We're not going for a beach holiday but also don't want to be driving for hours on end each day trying to pack in too much in 4 days. I've already left out the west coast and Palermo since the highway A19 has a massive detour and takes much longer now to drive through the country quickly.
The sites I am interested in seeing are Cefalu, Milazzo, Taormina, Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli.
Mount Etna might be nice but I would prefer, due to the lack of time to see little villages.
Is it possible to see all the towns I have listed in 4 days? Without rushing?
Would you pick one place as a hub and make day trips to all these places or would you change hotels every night of the 3 nights we are there?
I am open to any and all suggestions!! I look forward to your feedback
Thanks :-))

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2015
Winter Weather  (2 Answers)

Hi we are planning to escape for the winter and wonder if Southern Sicily is a possibility. Nov-March.
If anyone can give me some honest info about the weather during these months I would be very grateful.
Thanks in advance.:-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2015
2 weeks in Sicily - plan tuning  (23 Answers)

My husband and I are coming for 2 weeks to Sicily. We are flying to Catania, spent a night near the airport and take the car in the morning. My plan for now is following:
1 day - Enna, night at Piazza Armerina
2 day - Caltagirone , Ragusa, night at Siracusa
3 - Siracusa
4 - leave Sicarusa, drive to Agrigento (last evening visit the Valey of Temples). On the way visit Notto and Modica (is it not too much?), Night in Agrigento
5. Night in Erice
6-7 Palermo. On the way from Erice visit Monreale
8. Night in Milazzo . Spend half a day at Cefalu
9. Night at Stromboli
10. Visit Volcano on the way back to Milazzo.
11. Night at Messina
12-13 Nights near Etna, one day - tour up the volcano
14 - Night in Catania
Any advice very-very welcome

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2015
Late flight to Catania  (15 Answers)

My flight arrives to Catania airport at 23:00. We are planning to take the car but I'm not sure rent car will be open so late. What a best options? Take a hotel not far and come in the morning to the office or get somehow to Catania (or Siracusa our destination for tomorrow - and deal with the car in the morning near the hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2015
help with itinerary please  (7 Answers)

I've read several Sicily travel books and read who knows how much on the internet and now I'm more confused than ever! I'm hoping some of you experts can give me some guidance on Sicily. We will be arriving in Catania on Oct 8th about 2:30 pm. We have a timeshare in Scicli starting on the 10th for a week. Our original thought was to rent a car and head straight to Taormini for 2 nights then drive to Scicli. Unfortunately we just realized that we have to fly back out of Catania instead of Palermo which has put a kink in our plans. With a week in Scicli and a car we figured we could see the most of the lower part of Sicily on day trips. We want to spend some time in Palermo doing some day trips out of there and are not overly interested in seeing the islands. We have traveled through Italy and Greece so have seen a lot of ruins and could skip that or when leaving Scicli we could go to Arigento and then spend the night in Enna. We love the small towns, being part of the culture, seeing the sights, local markets, etc. We don't like hoards of tourists (hopping on and off of buses) and fighting the crowds. That said, what we're looking for is help with our itinerary. Should we stay with going to from the airport to Taormini? When and where should we pick up a car and turn it back in? We have an early flight out of Catarina Oct. 23rd so have to spend the night there on the 22nd otherwise we really don't have any interest in spending time in Catarina. Thank you in advance for your helpful guidance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Best way to get from Sicily to Malta  (2 Answers)

I'm thinking of spending 2 weeks in September in Sicily and then 3- days in Malta. What is a best way to get from Sicily there? Ferry or plane? From Trapani, Catania or other place? I'd like it quick and on budget, better in the evening

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2015
Sicily Decisions  (1 Answer)

Which is the best place in Sicily for two girls in their early 20' who want to have fun,visit,enjoy the sun and the beach and live an entire sicilyan experience?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2015
Recommend a good car hire - Palermo Airport  (2 Answers)

Anyone recommend a good car hire company in Palermo Airport? Should I just go with the usual names?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2015
Transportation around Trapani and to San Vito  (3 Answers)

Me and my girlfriend are going to Trapani as a base in a few weeks time & would like to confirm a few things. I shall be taking her to San Vito for a couple of those days at least, I understand AST goes their daily but the journey is quite long and it will be hot and thinking either hire car or bus? Where does the bus leave from in Trapani these days? is the journey still 1hr.25? I have done the bus ride before but can't remember? Can I buy a weekly pass so I can go to places like Erica?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2015
Tragic events off shore with immigrants  (8 Answers)

are there any problems in taormina Sicily with the recent tragic situation with immigrants

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2015
Reading recommendation  (2 Answers)

We are preparing a trip to Sicily and I should like that you recommend us some reading
We already read "Il Gattopardo", The God Father, Comisario Montalvano
Gracias !!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Early Planning for Sicily - 2016  (3 Answers)

I am starting the early planning for an 8-day trip to Sicily in April 2016. Roughly 4-days on the west and 4-days on the east. We have climbed to the top of Mount Etna before, so we do not need to do that. We are interested in the history, the ruins, wine, olive oil, and pistachios.

Rough Plans
• Agrigento – Ruins
a. Trapani – Salt pans and museum
b. Erice – Funicular to top of mountain
• Palermo – Hub city for four days.
• Corleone – just because – CIDMA museum
• Marsala – Possible, not sure
• Segesta – Ruins
• Eryx – Ruins
• Taormina – Second hub city for three days.
• Catania – Last city, fly home.
• Olive Oil Farm – Azienda Agricola Mandranova near Palma di Montechiaro
• Pistachio – Tour farm, possibly near Bronte
• Winery or two

Any other thoughts? Did I miss anything? Tour guides? Thanks for any tips or suggestions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2015
Sicily Airport Limo rentals company?  (2 Answers)

i was wondering if somebody could let me know about the limo company Sicily tour Service for their airport transfer service as i would like to get a limo booked for the same. Has anyone used their services? Should i go ahead with them? as i want a comfortable travel.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2015
Ferry from Milazzo to Lipari  (1 Answer)

Is there any reason to prebook the passenger ferry from Milazzo to Lipari the first week in June?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2015
Looking for two/three places for staying as a base for visiting East Sicilia  (11 Answers)

We arrive to Catania Airport from Barcelona (Spain) three people and we will rent a car. Arrive: 6 August and departure 14 August, 8 nights and 7 days.
We would like to visit the east area and Agrigento o Cefalu.
Could you recommend two/three places to use as a base for visiting this area and also Agrigento?
we would prefer to stay 2/3 nights in each place.
Thanks in advance!
Regards from Barcelona

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2015
Sicilia to Greece, then Croatia  (7 Answers)

Hi all! very happy to be trying to put together a new journey. I will be 1 month in Europe (from september 2nd to october 2nd). On september 19th I have to be in Dubrovnik Croatia and everything is planned from there. BUT, I want to visit Sicilia and Grecia (greece) first.

I will be arriving to Rome, and I was thinking to take a flight to Palermo or Athenas. From there, I have nothing planned. I don't know if it's best to go first to greece or first to sicily. What I do know is that most likely I will be traveling to Dubrovnik from BARI on the ferry.

So, what are your thoughts on this? I really appreciate any opinions. Thank you!

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