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JulieVikmanis Jan 22nd, 2006 09:09 AM

Sicily in October: closed?
We're thinking of tacking 5 days to Sicily onto a cruise that ends in Civitavecchia on Oct 17. I've read posts that say it's relatively pleasant (60's and 70') at that time of year. But how is it activity-wise? Are lots of things closed for the season? Thanks.

willit Jan 22nd, 2006 09:23 AM

I spent two weeks in Sicily this October, and found nothing closed.The Weather was plesant most of the time.

gertie3751 Jan 22nd, 2006 09:37 AM

Nothing was closed but I had a lot of rain! That was October 2005.

JulieVikmanis Jan 22nd, 2006 09:58 AM

thanks for the responses. Looks like we're ok on openings, and so-so on weather.

Moorefun Jan 23rd, 2006 05:54 PM

To Willit
We are also going to Sicily for our 1st time in October for 2 weeks. All we know so far is that we will leave from Venice and return to Rome for our flight back to Pittsburgh. How did you get there? Did you rent a car? We were thinking of staying at maybe 3-4 different places--Taormina, Palermo, somewhere in or near Syracusa and maybe Agrigento. Any suggestions of what to do or places to stay or not to do or not to stay?

willit Jan 24th, 2006 09:27 AM

Moorefun -

I flew into Palermo from London. If you are flying from Venice, I would guess you will arrive in Catania. We rented a car, and I found some of the driving to be the least enjoyable part of the trip.

With hindsight, If I had to do it differently, I would use more public transport, particularly buses, and maybe hire a car for a few days.

We stayed for a week in Siracusa - on Ortygia. It was enjoyable enough and there were plenty of available daytrips by bus to Noto, Modica or Ragusa.

We also stayed a week in Cefalu' which I loved, and will almost certainly return to. Two weeks was far too little to see much od Sicily at the pace I tend to travel. I loved Monreale, Segeste, Selinunte, Noto and Piazza armerina. The Temple complex at Agrigento was wonderful, but I did not like it nearly as much as Selinunte.

There are some excellent threads on this board on Sicily, many of which I used in planning my own trip.;tid=34699704;tid=34416277;tid=34620334

I have a sort of an account of our trip at :

rbrazill Jan 24th, 2006 04:46 PM

<The Temple complex at Agrigento was wonderful, but I did not like it nearly as much as Selinunte.>
I agree with you, Willit. Selinunte is one of the best kept secrets in Sicily.

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