What should I wear in Sicily in the Fall

Old Mar 8th, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Your experience does differ from ours, though over the years we've spent a total of six weeks there - from Pantelleria to the Aeolians, Catania to Favignana, and a good many places between.

Certainly there were times when we were objects of curiosity - having to beg directions, picnicing on the train and, in a small town with no taxis, even a lift out to the station - however we received only helpful courtesy and, on one occasion, a ten year old to lead us to our destination.

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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Rose:

Before we went to Sicily last time, I tracked their weather for a year. What I found is that Sicily has almost the exact same weather as San Diego. You can expect warm days, cool nights with very small chance of rain. You can might get the Scirraco winds again, similar to the Santa Ana winds in California. Loved Sicily and we had great time there. People were very friendly and mentioned their family members who now live in America.

As for clothes-- I took my cues from the travel book Culture Shock--Italy. http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Shock-.../dp/1558681655
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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Alihutch - thanks for the definition. I know I don't want to be one of them!!

Well, I will be anxious to post my experience when I return and share our Sicilian adventure.

Thanks everyone.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 06:44 AM
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you will have a great time: i go to Italy every year for 4 to 6 weeks and have LEARNED that you can buy it there.
last year i purchased a cheap hair dryer so i would not nead the transformer...
i often ship items Ahead to a hotel with mailbox etc or even home so i dont have to carry all the treasures I purchase for the family gifts for the entire year.
6 weeks: 3 pants in dark colors and tops. buy scarves in italy. bring a dress if you must but why? the one problem i find with clothing in italy is it is usualy for thinner woman with a figure
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for the advise leelaurino, I am very excited.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I simply love reading these threads. No one and I mean no one in Sicily could care less about what you wear. If you treat people with respect they will not look at your clothing. My daughters, husband and I have made several trips to Sicily and have only brought sensible clothing that can be washed and dried easily and is comfortable to walk around in.

I worked for many years in the most touristy part of Chicago and yes I was able to single out the European tourists, but I could care less about what they were wearing. I was just proud that they cared enough to come and visit my city. The Sicilians will feel the same.
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I traveled all over Sicily in early April last year for 12 days and found the weather for the most part to be on the chilly side then. Not real sure about the fall. We stayed at 8 different agriturismos and only in one did we have a hair dryer furnished. Same goes for shampoo & conditioner (or even wash cloths). Don't count on it being there like you would in the states. I like the idea of buying it there so you don't have to mess with the converter/adapter. I swear on my next trip to Europe, I will buy it there because it's such a nuisance to drag it along. Maybe Amazon sells the European version. I don't know but I would certainly look into it. As far as how we dressed, we were more on the casual side than if we were in mainland Italy. I've been to Rome 4 yrs. earlier & found that the people there were far more dressed up than we dress in the states. But in Sicily, I didn't find the dress fashion to be as stuffy. But I'm still of the opinion to not stand out like an ugly American. It can be perceived as arrogance by the Europeans when we travel with an attitude of not caring what we look like. And have you ever taken a good look at us lately? We ARE pretty ugly. I see nothing to be proud of in that respect although I love my country dearly.
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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I don't think I will touch the 'ugly American' thing.
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Old Mar 13th, 2011, 09:06 AM
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Khakis,black pants with long and short sleeve T shirts are your best bet. Layer with a sweater or light jacket and ALWAYS some type of scarf.I fly to Rome and Milan several times a month and just spent two weeks in Sicily last October traveling around with my daughter.I wore the above and never had a problems with stares.
I have been to Sicily several times and the thing that I have learned is to be polite,smile and be friendly along with dressing more conservatively.You will love the people,culture ,history and scenery. Get off the beaten tourist paths and discover the fascinating culture of Sicily.It truly is like Italy was 40 years ago before the tourists ruined it!
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" Get off the beaten tourist paths and discover the fascinating culture of Sicily"

It is interesting that many people don't seem to recognise the appalling history of Sicily over the past 150 years. There are some very dark shades to that culture and I feel that some of those shades were in evidence on our visit.
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As a history major,I would say that there has been appalling history in every country for hundreds of years including my beloved USA.
A fascinating book for those going to Sicily would be COSTA NOSTRA which will share "those parts" of Sicilian history.

For me if I could afford it,I would be buying a little house in Ortigia,Sicily and watch the sea everyday with a glass of wine in my hand and grilled calamari on my plate!
Its still one of my most favorite countries to travel in!!!!
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Old Mar 14th, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Thanks dutyfree, you have confirmed what several other posts have suggested, I probably will stick with black slacks. Today I came across a nice black crocheted shawl that I can throw over my shoulders when I go into a church. By the way, can I wear slacks in a Cathedral or church? Agree, scarves are the way to go. I also picked up a lightweight pair of jeans with spandex for days when we are climbing around ruins.

Having our own car will allow us the luxury of driving through small towns and experiencing Sicilian life...always the best part of our trips.
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