Christmas week in Southern Italy
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 4, 2012 4:04 AM Last Post By: MTL
Sep 3, 2012 10:52 AM
Christmas week in Southern ItalyMy family and I (parents in their 60's, "children" in their 20-30's) are looking into ideas for a winter trip between Christmas and New Years. Sicily seemed like a fun option. Volcanoes, wine and food, and all that. We'd have about a week on the ground wherever we go and will be coming from the US.
Are there other locations that people would recommend looking into? We're fairly adventurous travelers, all well-traveled, and would prefer to find a city where we could rent an apartment for the week to use as home base.
Sep 3, 2012 4:30 PM
1Sicliy could be a good option.Certainly good for food and wine,and if you base in Catania you have Etna nearby.
However...the weather at that time of year can be very bad (not very cold,except on top of Etna,but a lot of rain).Also lots of things in the more touristic places like Taormina are closed or deserted.
Finally,you will find that this period tends to be very much family based in Sicily...even in cities some restaurants close and people tend to celebrate Christmas at home.
Sep 4, 2012 4:04 AM
2Sicily is good, but of course other regions could be good as well... Luca is right that the weather could be iffy, but that is true all over the Med. On average, it will be warmer in Sicily than anywhere else in italy. But yes, be prepared for some rain, although it's unlikely to rain 24/7 for a week (and you could also have sun with 18C which is not bad at all)
I prefer Siracusa- get an apartment in the old town (Ortygia) and if you rent a car you can easily make day trips to Taormina, Catania, Piazza Armerina, Noto, Ragusa, etc.
try sites like these: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/europe/italy/sicily#a6582
(3 star Hotel)
From US$65.04 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$195.20 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$199.26 per night