Naples / Southern Italy / Sicily in May

Old Jan 22nd, 2022, 08:09 AM
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Naples / Southern Italy / Sicily in May

Looking to rebook a vacation (with changes) that we had planned before the pandemic. The difference now is I discovered Aunts and Uncles living in Caraffa and Bovalino. Because of that, we are no longer looking at just Siciliy.

Was thinking of May but I really am unsure (as we all are) with Covid and visiting/meeting very elderly relatives. I could wait until September but as many people feel--I GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE!

But if this trip were to happen: fly into Rome? Naples? If we are landing in Rome or Naples, my husband would like to see Herculaneum or Pompeii. After that we could rent a car and drive down. We have driven in Italy before. Drive to Caraffa and Bovalino? take a ferry over to Sicily. Do a modified Sicily trip that we had planned before the pandemic which included a lot of visiting ruins, eating, hiking and then?? fly out of Sicily back to New York?? Or do we head back to Rome/Naples and fly out from there?
Or take another vacation somewhere that doesn't include eating delicious food indoors, going to museums and meeting elderly relatives and saving Italy for another year when it would be safer for them--who may or may not make it another year? (I know, only I can answer that one).

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Old Jan 22nd, 2022, 08:22 AM
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Open jaw plane tickets make sense. You may have to split your car rental, as taking a car on a ferry might not be allowed when going from one region to the other. You can check that out by using AutoEurope or Kemwel as a potential rental agency, go through the process of going through the rental which will see if picking up a car in Naples and returning it in Sicily is possible, and what the one way gee, if any, might be.

Herculaneum and Pompeii are definitely worthwhile, as is Naples.


Here's where we stayed, but that was a while ago:


Pompeii:


Herculaneum:


And the relevant album in its entirety:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjvhZKSv
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Old Jan 22nd, 2022, 08:54 AM
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Thank you. I was in Pompeii 25? years ago and I understand there have been some new excavations and I never made it to the museum in Naples which I would love to see also.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2022, 05:58 AM
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I suppose you know that Caraffa is close to the intrnational airport of Lamezia.
There aare tons of flights from Rome and Milan to Lamezia and usually at least one daily flight from the main Northern European airports.
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Old Jan 25th, 2022, 03:55 PM
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**But if this trip were to happen: fly into Rome? Naples?**

Usually there aren't any flights into Naples from the states and you have to change in Rome which can sometimes take longer than taking the train from Rome. Or it requires flying into elsewhere in Europe and changing. If I'm going to do that I try to do my longest leg of the trip. For your trip that would be US/Palermo. Work your way back and fly home from Naples. If you aren't planning to visit Rome this time, there's really no need to fly from there although your flight out of Naples will likely be early. I would check the flight possibilities/times first for NY/Palermo and NY/Naples in both directions.
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