Is Sicily, Italy a safe place to go?

Old Jun 16th, 2002, 06:50 PM
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Sicily has some very safe places. It depends on where you go, of course. I've been to Palermo many times and I feel safer there than in NY. Of course, in the small towns in Sicily you can sleep with your doors unlocked and no one will bother you. It depends where you go - as with anywhere else.
Old Jun 16th, 2002, 07:34 PM
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Thanks a lot for all of your recommendations and comments and feedback.

Still, I need to know where and how can I get the flight-tickets from Rome to Catania.
Where in Rome can I buy it?
It'll be very short of time when I'm there in Rome, so I'd save the time to buy it in advance through internet. Does anybody know any website that has such service?
Thanks a lot!
Old Jun 16th, 2002, 07:39 PM
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You can try Orbitz or Expedia or Travelocity and also try the websites of Alitalia and any other airline that flies from Rome to Catania. I would try all of the above to see which offers the best prices.
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 04:09 AM
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Thanks Carol,

Since I start off from Asia, I cannot buy the tickets from any of these (Orbitz or Expedia or Travelocity) websites.

Anybody knows Where in Rome can I get discount tickets to Catania? Thanks
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 04:54 AM
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I didn't realize that Orbitz is only for flights starting from a USA airports. But I just checked Expedia, and it looks like you can use it to buy Rome/Catania tickets.
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 06:02 AM
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I would try Luthansa Airlines or Meridiana Airlines. Alitalia is more expensive, and they canceled a flight on us without even telling us. We even confirmed before we left the house. This was from Palermo to Rome, and we had to wait until the next day to leave because there were no more flights going out that day. Luthtansa and Meridiane were under $100 per person. Alitalia was around 290.
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 06:44 PM
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We took the train from Florence to Rome and then to Naples. From there to Sicily. The scenery was wonderful as the train traveled along the coastline.
We took a bus from Catania to Ragusa and felt very safe. I would not hesitate to advise a single female to do this trip as most of the travelers were young college students/workers traveling back and forth. Try for a day trip, however, to see the sites. We loved all of Sicily and will gladly return if the opportunity arises. Extremely friendly people!! In October, we will return to Italy and then our first trip to southern France.
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 08:16 PM
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Wai, you could either buy your ticket on first arrival at the Fiumicino Airport at the Al Italia or Meridiana sales desks. Failing that, there are travel agencies (including an Amex office near the Spanish Steps) and also an Al Italia ticket office on the platform at Roma Termini where trains depart to Fiumicino Airport.
Old Jun 17th, 2002, 09:43 PM
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Thankyou very much for all of your information and esp. Jo's! Thankyou!
I'm looking forward to Sicily so much!
Old Jun 21st, 2002, 05:59 PM
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can anyone recommend how many days would be a good amount of time to stay in Taormina??? I do not plan on going to Mt. Etna - just staying in Taormina.
Also, whoever has stayed there in a hotel, anyone that you really liked. The price doesn't matter.
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