Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 우리바카라\☏/《 WNR94.ZE.AM 》\☏/【슈퍼카지노】
  2. 2 월드스타바카라/☭』》( WE326.zz.am )《『☭\슈퍼카지노월드스타바카라
  3. 3 Apartment & Location Recommendation in Paris
  4. 4 So much to do, so little time!
  5. 5 San Sebastian
  6. 6 Europe in January - Is It Worth It?
  7. 7 Driving in Italy?
  8. 8 American Tourister luggage- good or bad?
  9. 9 Train or car rental: Venice to Pisa
  10. 10 First time in Europe for 10 days! Help!
  11. 11 French restaurants
  12. 12 driving the coastline of Croatia
  13. 13 Trip Report The mouse munches her way through far off lands: The Christams Edition
  14. 14 Paris getaway with my daughter hotel ideas
  15. 15 8 Days in Rome in March 2017 - planning thread
  16. 16 Paris to Barcelona and Lourdes by train/car
  17. 17 Portugal--Lisbon, Douro, Porto
  18. 18 St Remy to Nice in Three Days?
  19. 19 Andalusia March 2 - March 11 Barcelona to Lisbon
  20. 20 Europe's Most Iconic Sights...???????
  21. 21 Itinerary Help - One week between Sicily and Rome
  22. 22 Shoes in Scotland
  23. 23 Engadine Valley help
  24. 24 Trip Report Notes on Venice, Bassano del Grappa, Garda, Cremona & Milan (Sept 2016)
  25. 25 Naples, Italy
View next 25 » Back to the top

Anti-tourist looking for authentic Sicily experience (next week)

Jump to last reply

Hi - I have 5-6 days to spend in Sicily and I am looking for an off the beaten path, un-touristy experience. I'll see some sights as I go (churches, ruins, mosaics, Baroque inspiration, the amphitheatre, culture influences), but I'm more about the experience than the photo opportunity. I'm poring over the travel reports and searching the corners of the web, but I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations that will contribute to an authentic experience (unique cities/villages/sights, food experiences, agriturismo farms, B&Bs, welcoming locals, where to find my prince, etc).

Here's the scoop. I am a female in my late 20s traveling solo. I'm flying from DC to Rome Monday morning and back the following Monday (March 7 - 14). I traveled in Italy while studying abroad in Rome 5 years ago, but only made it slightly farther south than Vesuvius. This time I plan on spending most of my time in Sicily (Tues - Sun). Since the trip is short as it is, I'd like to make the most of it and get to know the region as best I can.

On Tuesday, I'll fly into Palermo at noon (and out of Catania on Sun.). I've heard Palermo's passeggiatta is worth seeing. Is it worth sticking around for?Any other suggestions in the area or en route East? From there, I guess I'll bus or train across the island and focus the rest of the trip on the Ionian Coast with a base near Catania? (although every time I read about another region, I want to go there too). Towns that seem appealing are Taormina, Catania, Siracusa/Ostrigia, although I can't seem to narrow down, which to daytrip, which to stay overnight, or both. I may need to stop in Messina very briefly (although I haven't heard great things). I have heard good things about Noto, Ragusa, Piazza Armenina. I toyed with the idea of visiting the AeoIian Islands or Pantelleria, but I don't think I have time. Help! there are too many options.

I want to climb Mt. Etna while I am there. I'm an avid cyclist and have considered renting a bike for transportation or to ride between neighboring villages. I'm also content to just sit in a cafe, stroll through town or beach, read in the park, share a bottle of wine in the square with locals, or etc. Also, I really love great italian food and will travel for it, obviously. Activities, hidden treasures, great restaurants, etc. are welcome.

I've seen a number of affordable agriturismos or B&Bs that look reliable but I have not booked anything yet (b/c I can't decide which area). I'm not above a hostel or hotel at the right price (like Hotel Isola Bella?), but I'd prefer something with more local flavor. I'm typically a planner, but being the off-season, it seems like I could be ok without a reservation and just play it by ear. What's the off-season like in Sicily? Any thoughts? Suggestions? Reccommendations?

Thanks in advance!! That should cover everything, but if you need more info, let me know.

17 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement