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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 05:31 PM
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doing day trips will reduce my car rental days and I won't have to pay more to drop the car in a different location.
I'm not sure I understand either part of this comment. I didn't face a charge for dropping off in a different city within Sicily than the city in which I rented, and if you are trying to avoid such a fee, then you would have to go back to Palermo, which you don't seem to be planning to do.
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 05:43 PM
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Hey kja,

Thanks a lot for taking the time, that was really helpful.

For the islands, I was actually planning to spend the night on one of the islands, not a day trip but If the islands are not that important then I will simply skip it and add that day to Palermo.

I thought Piazza Armenia needed a visit as well, if not then I can skip it and add Enna

For the countryside, I wanted to know if there was a recommended stop, I can replace one of the other stops. I like the countryside and it would be nice to experience that along all the cities that I will be visiting.

Again thanks a lot for all your help, really appreciate it.
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by kja View Post
I'm not sure I understand either part of this comment. I didn't face a charge for dropping off in a different city within Sicily than the city in which I rented, and if you are trying to avoid such a fee, then you would have to go back to Palermo, which you don't seem to be planning to do.
Hi Kja,

I didn't check in Sicily specifically but all the other car rentals in other countries require you to pay a fee if you drop the car in a different location than the pick up location. Is Sicily different?
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 05:53 PM
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I didn’t pay a drop off fee in Sicily. That was about 3-4 years ago. You’ll be seeing plenty of countryside as you daytrip around. Pick places you like as you go along and stop.
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 06:14 PM
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I didnít pay a drop off fee in Sicily. That was about 3-4 years ago. Youíll be seeing plenty of countryside as you daytrip around. Pick places you like as you go along and stop.
Interesting! I will check the rental fees in Sicily now and if it's still the case then it will definitely be much easier to keep the car for couple more days, I don't want to rent for my whole stay in Sicily though, I am a bit worried about driving in Italy, I don't mind twisty or high and exposed roads but I can't cope with crazy driving.

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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 06:38 PM
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If the islands are not that important then I will simply skip it and add that day to Palermo.
Whether they are "important" is a matter of individual taste. For me, a stop in the Aeolians WAS important; YMMV.

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II thought Piazza Armenia needed a visit as well, if not then I can skip it and add Enna
Really??? I honestly do not understand how you are coming up with your estimates of the time it takes to visit places.

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I will check the rental fees in Sicily now
IME, there are ALWAYS drop-off fees when going from one country to another. Whether there are drop off fees WITHIN a country depends on the company.

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I don't want to rent for my whole stay in Sicily though, I am a bit worried about driving in Italy, I don't mind twisty or high and exposed roads but I can't cope with crazy drivingl
No reason you should have a rental for any part of Sicily -- you just need extra time to see things by public transportation. IME, the driving on those twisty roads WAS crazy, with people taking blind curves in the lane for oncoming traffic and at high speed. And many of those roads will not be lit at night. The autostradas are fine, but once you get off them, do not plan for easy driving conditions.
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Old Jul 12th, 2019, 02:33 PM
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Visit Croatia. My wife and I drove through areas of eastern Italy, and then Slovenia and Croatia a few years ago. Piran in Slovenia was a lovely overnight location. Roving - a lovely, working fishing village in Croatia. We spent three nights there and took some day trips. That was one of our favorite towns in all of Europe. And be sure to spend at least one full time in the Plitvice National Park.
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Old Sep 20th, 2019, 09:15 AM
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Hi guys,

So I am in the middle of my trip and I am thinking to cancel one of my stops in Sicily to add more relaxing time. The only stop I can see being canceled is Ragusa, I already visited Matera in Basilica and I will be visiting Noto as a day trip from Siracusa. So for those of you who visited Matera and Ragusa, would you say they are really different or itís ok to skip Ragusa?

thanks everyone for all the help you provided so far to help me with this trip!
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Ragusa is a baroque, hilltop town. Would say it’s more similar to Noto, another Baroque town. Matera is a unique town with the caves and has a fascinating history as I’m sure you heard. But since you are going to Noto I think you’d be fine with skipping Ragusa. I also advocate taking downtime to relax and truly appreciate what you are seeing.
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Old Sep 20th, 2019, 02:01 PM
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yestravel,

Thanks a a lot for replying, I did like Matera a lot with all the history as I took a great tour and the guys gave us a very comprehensive tour, they were even shooting the new 007 movie there 😀😀.

I have been traveling since August 21st and my trip was somehow rushed, thatís why I thought to cancel one of the stops.

Thanks again
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Old Sep 20th, 2019, 05:43 PM
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I think trimming your itinerary makes a lot of sense, and unless you have a true love of, or fascination with, Baroque architecture, skipping Ragusa shouldn't be a major loss.
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Old Sep 21st, 2019, 06:10 AM
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Thanks Kia, glad u guys think itís a good idea!
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Old Sep 21st, 2019, 02:58 PM
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yestravel,

Thanks a a lot for replying, I did like Matera a lot with all the history as I took a great tour and the guys gave us a very comprehensive tour, they were even shooting the new 007 movie there ����.

I have been traveling since August 21st and my trip was somehow rushed, that’s why I thought to cancel one of the stops.

Thanks again
Rushing around is no fun. Slowing down and truly taking in what you see has become the way to go for me. This is esp true with longer trips. Enjoy the rest of you trip.
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 08:41 AM
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Hi guys,

I am super angry and I blame all of you

why no one mentioned how beautiful the south beaches at Sicily are ? shallow waters, super blue, clean and sandy! I wish I knew before, I couldíve stayed there for couple of days, I only went today to the Scala Dei Turchi, which was beautiful!

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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 08:51 AM
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Hmm... I did strongly encourage you to get a guidebook, and the better ones cover the Scala dei Turchi, along with other beaches.
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 08:58 AM
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Hi Kja,

actually i did get 2 guide books and I am using them for the destinations I already settled on, by all means, itís impossible to cover whole Sicily in my 2 weeks anyway! Glad to at least come across this part of Sicily, may be go again in a future trip!
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Old Sep 28th, 2019, 09:11 AM
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I agree -- 2 weeks is not enough for Sicily. I'm glad you're enjoying it!
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