Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Charming hotels in Paris, please help.
  2. 2 Can I visit Rotterdam on a 6h40 min layover in Schiphol?
  3. 3 Day trip from Amsterdam for college girls
  4. 4 Trip Report This Pirate goes to Penzance, and then on to the land of Fire and Ice
  5. 5 Italy in January?
  6. 6 2 days in Lugano area
  7. 7 Day Trip to Capri: Advice Needed
  8. 8 Plane to Train Connection-CDG to Gare De Lyon
  9. 9 Half day in Côte d'Azur
  10. 10 Where Would You? (1 random night in Dec btwn Bologna and Montepulciano)
  11. 11 (Repost) Overall cost of three weeks in Scotland??
  12. 12 Trouble Getting from Tours to Orly
  13. 13 Trip Report Trad Music and Hops--Our Week in Dublin
  14. 14 Cortona -- just a passing thought
  15. 15 Scotland in December
  16. 16 Car Service, CDG to Paris hotel.
  17. 17 Hotel Fita Amsterdam- questions re: air conditioning
  18. 18 Trip Report Scotland & UK: 2 weeks with Sheep & Cows
  19. 19 Trip to Barcelona, london, Paris, and Amsterdam/Dublin
  20. 20 Cinque Terre, Bologna and Lake Como
  21. 21 Sicily in 3 Weeks
  22. 22 10 days in London in early December
  23. 23 Trip Report 3 Weeks in Sicilia!!
  24. 24 Lisbon Hotel choice
  25. 25 Trip Report Trip Report: Italy with the bambinos!
View next 25 » Back to the top

10 days in eastern Sicily - itinerary help needed

Jump to last reply

Sicily has been at the top of my wish list for some time [driven mainly though not entirely by those wonderful opening scenes on Montalbano] so when DH asked if I'd like to go there to celebrate my "big birthday" in September, you can imagine my answer.

We can get direct flights from Bristol to Catania, and have 10 nights to play with [Friday to Monday] so we have decided to restrict ourselves to the east of the island [possibly adding in Agrigento] and to end up in Taormina to have a bit of a splurge at the end of the trip. This means of course that we will miss Palermo and Monreale but with only 10 days, I feel that that's probably too much chasing about to be comfortable.

Where I need some help is in the rest of the trip apart from Taormina
- whether to venture as far as Agrigento, and if so, how to plan the rest of the trip, so as not to end up with too many one nighters.

Option A:

Day 1 - [Friday] arrive Catania airport at about 10.30 am. [yes, the flight leaves at stupid o'clock but we do get the rest of the day]. pick up hire car and drive to Catania, [or get bus/taxi and pick up car later?] stay 1 night. [this gives us the rest of Friday, and as much of Saturday as we want before we leave]

Day 2 - Sat'day] [pick up car] drive to Syracuse, stay Ortygia, 2 nights

Day 3 - Ortygia

Day 4 - Drive to Modica via Noto

Day 5 - Modica

Day 6 - Drive to Agrigento

Day 7 - Agrigento

Day 8 - Drive to Taormina via Enna

Day 9. 10, Taormina

Day 11 - fly home [flight is about 10 am so we would need to be at the airport by 8.30, leaving Taormina at 7. 30]

questions -

1. would it be worse picking up the car at the airport and driving to Catania, or to get a cab/bus to Catania and pick up the car on the following day [Saturday]?

2. are we selling Catania short by only staying one night?

3. ditto Syracuse/Ortygia by only staying 2 nights [I've limited the stay here because of perceived problems of driving into and out of Syracuse and therefore its not being a good base for touring - is this a real problem?]

4. Will 3 days be enough to exploring Noto, Modica, and Ragusa?

Thanks in advance to all for their help, and to pthomas, bobthenavigator, thursdaysd and lowcountryislander for your highly informative TRs [and everyone else whose TR's I've read but forgotten their names - apologies if that's you].

Option B coming up below:

128 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
128 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement