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Trip Report rkkwan's Sicily and Amalfi driving trip report

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There's actually a subtitle to my subject line. It's "Let's guess how many times rkkwan took the wrong route?" I'll keep a tally, and everybody can start guessing.

Here's the background. It's the second year in a row that my parents and I vacationed in Italy for Christmas. Last year we used public transportation for Rome, Florence and Milan. This time we decided to visit the south, in a car.

I was a truck driver in the US for 2.5 years and am excellent in directions. I've driven in the UK twice, Israel and France, and all over US/Canada of course. I hardly ever get lost, and only occasionally go the wrong way. But as I'd find out, road signs are just horrible in Italy, and while I didn't really get lost, I had to turn around and go back so many times it was ridiculous.

Let me first list our itinerary before the actual report:

12/22 Houston to London.
12/23 London - Palmero. Picked up car.
12/24 Palmero
12/25 Palmero - Monreale - Segesta - Selinunte - Agrigento
12/26 Agrigento - Ragusa
12/27 Ragusa - Siracusa - Catania
12/28 Catania
12/29 Catania - Taormina - Messina - Sorrento
12/30 Sorrento - Amalfi - Sorrento
12/31 Sorrento - Pompei. Returned car at Naples Airport. London
1/1 London - Houston

Anyways, I've already started a few threads on other aspects of the trip:

The Continental flights IAH-LGW, Ryanair STN-PMO, and British Airways NAP-LGW here:

fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=126&tid=34880799

Traffic on Amalfi Drive:

fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=34920517

And our hotel near Sorrento, which is so great I have to give it its own thread:

fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=34921467

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