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Sicily

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

Major companies that run long-haul services from Rome or Naples to Sicily include Interbus (Segesta; 091 616 90 39; www.interbus.it).

Train

Direct trains run from Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Reggio di Calabria to Messina and on to Palermo, Catania and other provincial capitals – the trains are transported from the mainland by ferry from Villa San Giovanni. Eurostar (ES) trains are more costly, but faster and more punctual than the Intercity (IC) trains.

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Boat

Regular car and passenger ferries cross the strait between Villa San Giovanni (Calabria) and Messina. Hydrofoils connect Messina with Reggio di Calabria. See Messina and Reggio di Calabria.

Sicily is also accessible by ferry from Naples, Genoa, Livorno and Cagliari, as well as from Malta and Tunisia. Prices are at their most expensive between June and September. Tickets can be booked through the companies’ respective websites or at travel agencies. In summer you will need to book several weeks in advance.

Grandi Navi Veloci (www.gnv.it) Genoa (010 58 93 31); Palermo (091 58 79 39) Daily ferries Monday to Saturday from Genoa to Palermo and weekly from Tunis to Palermo.

Grimaldi Ferries (081 49 64 44; www.grimaldi-ferries.com) Operates a twice-weekly service from Tunis to Palermo.

Siremar (091 749 31 11; www.siremar.it in Italian) Local operator with services from Palermo to Ustica, Palermo and Milazzo to the Aeolian Islands, Trapani to the Egadi Islands and Pantelleria, and Porto Empedocle (Agrigento) to the Pelagic Islands.

Tirrenia (081 017 19 98; www.tirrenia.it) The main company servicing the Mediterranean. Routes include a weekly ferry from Cagliari to Palermo and a daily ferry from Naples to Palermo.

TTT Lines (095 746 21 87; www.tttlines.it in Italian) Based in Naples, TTT Lines has a daily car ferry from Naples to Catania.

Ustica Lines (0923 87 88 13; www.usticalines.it) Hydrofoil from Naples, Palermo and Cefalù to the Aeolian Islands, Reggio Calabria to Messina, Trapani and Marsala to the Egadi Islands, Mazara del Vallo and Marsala to Pantelleria, and Porto Empedocle (Agrigento) to the Pelagic Islands.

Virtu Ferries (356 31 88 54; www.virtuferries.com ; 8 Princess St, Ta’Xbiex, Malta) Runs a daily high-speed hydrofoil service between Malta and Pozzallo, just south of Syracuse, and up to four daily services in July and August.

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Air

A limited number of airlines fly direct to Sicily – most require a transfer in Rome or Milan. Alitalia (www.alitalia.com) is the main carrier.

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