Advice for Sicily Visit
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 15, 2013 10:00 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Sep 3, 2013 1:33 PM
Advice for Sicily VisitHello,
I would like to visit Sicily between 10 and 20 September, this year.
I'm mostly looking for good beaches. I will have a car rented.
I have never been to Italy before, let alone Sicily, so a bit of advice from people who know the place would be great for me.
There are 3 major things I am interested to know about:
1. Is the weather good enough to go swimming in the sea? (From my searches, it would seems so, but just making sure.)
2. For a first-timer, where should I stay? From what I've seen, Taormina, Palermo, Chefalu and Siracuse are the most recommended. Is there a better place? "Better" can mean many things, but I'm most interested in nice clean beaches, beautiful landscape, good restaurants and good access to other cities by car.
3. If you were to recommend to someone who visits they should not miss seeing something, what would those things be?
Sep 3, 2013 1:49 PM
11st timer to Europe r Italy?
Why would a car do better than a train or bus?
Cars isolate us from what we can learn from others.
I'll now be jumped on for being anti car. They don't reeally make us independant, if we don't know road rules or understand the signs.
So what if you have to wait for a bus? Talk to foreigners, but keep an eye on your stuff.
Tourists of our own nationality can teac us nothing. And why just talk about home?
GO TO LEARN SOMETHING. not just check places off a list.
Have a good time at the beach, But there again, keep your eye on your stuff.
Sep 3, 2013 2:30 PM
Taormina, Cefalu, Palermo and Syracuse are all easily reached by train. having a car just makes it more of a hassle, unless you're the type who likes to bring everything but the kitchen sink on holiday or return home with a carload of olive oil, wine, pasta, etc.
Now if you wanted to explore the interior if Sicily, for example the wild Nebrodi mountains than a car would be really useful.
By the way, if you're mostly looking for good beaches I'd go to Sardinia and not to Sicily.
Sep 3, 2013 7:44 PM
3To try and answer your questions...
1)....For the vast majority of tourists,the sea is warm enough to swim in September,and it is hot enough to sit on the beach.Even if the official 'season' is over and most local people will have stopped going to the sea...
2) Better is,as you say,very subjective.Those places you mention are the most famous,with the most tourists...the best facilities and of course there are reasons why they are so popular!
As mentioned above,if they are the places you want to see,not much point renting a car.Driving in Palermo is difficult for outsiders,and driving in Cefalu and Taormina is quite pointless.Also in Ortigia (Siracusa).
If you want to go out into the countryside or to smaller,less well known beaches hiring a car makes more sense.
3) Depends on what you like! There are hundreds of possibilities.History,culture,churches and markets (plus great food) I'd say Palermo is a good choice.The best beaches are on the smaller islands around Sicily...like Panarea,Lampedusa or Favignana.For the countryside,the Madonie mountains (near Cefalu) are great...also the Nebrodi,nearer to Taormina.
10 days is not a lot,and its a big island,so you will have to narrow it down.....
Sep 5, 2013 4:54 PM
4We enjoyed the heck out of the Roman Villa, which is located pretty much in the middle of the island near the small town of Piazza Armerina, considered the best collection of in-situ Roman mosaics in the world.
Palermo is a must, don't hesitate to wander into the many unremarkable from the outside churches, you will be surprised by the opulent interiors.
Definitely invest in a good guidebook.
Sep 6, 2013 12:01 PM
5Three places worth considering, perhaps as bases but not for swimming: Petralia Soprano; Ragusa; Erice. The former is much more obscure than the latter two tourist towns. I'd choose only one of the three, given your time frame. *This input is not meant to signify any approval of, or support for, the commercial disappointment that this LP website has become. I am done. The end.
Sep 15, 2013 9:30 AM
6I spent 3 weeks driving all over Sicily last spring and loved it. My focus was as a photographer rather than beaches but I did a write up that may give some impressions and
ideas of where to go.
Sep 15, 2013 10:00 AM
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