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Trip Report Bruce and Marija: Carless in Sicily in November

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Unlike Paris in the Spring Time, you're unlikely to hear a song extolling the virtues of Sicily in November. We weren't particularly interested in trying that combo either but we were invited to a Halloween weekend wedding in England. Before sending regrets, I played the BA FF lottery one more time and scored 2 for 1 Club World tickets to Milan, with a stopover in London. There was even a sympathetic bug in the ticketing software and the total cost of the tickers for two was only $307, an unheard of amount for BA tickets.

I chose Milan as our post-wedding destination because I really wanted to go to Rome again. That's not a typo. Rome is our favorite city but we're not ready to settle down, we still want to play the field. Genoa, Mantova, Modena and Ferrara seemed worthy of exploration and the chilly weather would even stimulate our appetites. I started a thread about Genoa on which viajero2, in typical fodorite fashion, offered unsolicited advice suggesting that we go to Sicily instead. After summarily dismissing the idea, I began to see its merits--warmer weather and the opportunity to taste the much lauded Sicilian cuisine. My crystal ball was at the shop, so I didn't know that fierce storms would sweep through Genoa and Northern Italy while we were in Sicily. Thanks so much, viajero2!

Since we would be traveling off season I reserved only the first hotel and made reservations as we went along. We had the luxury of deciding how long to spend at each destination based on its appeal. Although a car provides a lot more flexibility than public transportation it's also an added stress that we didn't want. After consulting with vagabonda on trip advisor we found that public transport would take us where we wanted to go. Public transportation was prompt, comfortable and problem free. (Except for the bus to Monreale, details follow.)

Our route was: Palermo (3 nights) at the Falkensteiner Hotel, Agrigento (1 night) at the Villa Athena, Ragusa (1 night) at the Locanda Don Serafino, Ortygia (2 nights) at the Domus Mariae Benessere, Taormina (2 nights) at the Villa Schuler and Catania (1 night) at the Il Principe. (We also spent one night at the Sofitel at London Heathrow where they woke us up at 4 AM instead of 5 AM, and one night at the Crowne Plaza Linate.)

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