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Jul 24th, 2007, 07:47 PM
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Planning self-drive in Sicily this Sep- any recs?

I need some help from the Sicily experts, please! This is our first trip to Sicily (4th to Italy), we will rent a car at Palermo airport and drop at Catania airport. We’re in our 50’s (the new 30’s! and love volcanoes, beaches, hiking and hot springs. We do NOT like big cities and prefer small, off beaten path hotels around $100Eu. (ie: Hotel Gutkowski in Siracusa?) I would greatly appreciate your recommendations—Many thanks!

Sep 18: Arrive Palermo 8:30 pm – Rental car and hotel recs??
Day 1 Visit Cefalu-drive to Milazzo and catch 6:10 PM hydrofoil to Vulcano or Lipari
Day 2 Aeolian Islands (Need recs on which island(s) and where to stay?)
Day 3 Aeolian Islands
Day 4 Aeolian Islands
Day 5 Taormina (Hotel recs? Terme recs?)
Day 6 Taormina
Day 7 Siracusa (Hotel rec and must-see’s?)
Day 8 Siracusa
Sep 27 Depart Catania at 8:30 PM

Thank you again!
Susan
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Jul 24th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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You'll have to change your mind about taking a car to the Aeolian Islands:

Cars not belonging to island residents are forbidden until October 31 on Panarea, Stromboli and Alicudi; until September 30 on Lipari, Vulcano and Filicudi.

There are trains to Milazzo; according to one Web site, there is a shuttle every 30 minutes from the train station to the port.
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