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sicily. advice info tips

heading to sicily for the easter break. excited as we will see where some family members are from but looking for any info on beautiful, not too expensive places to stay and things that can't be missed. we are flying into catania and planning to spend a few days in enna towards the end of the trip. other than that we are looking for things that we shouldn't miss and advice on where to stay. thinking of renting an apartment/house as a base. and we are renting a car. thanks for any helpful advice.
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

There is so much, what do you like the most?

You are landing in Catania, so you might want to drive around Etna, beautiful countryside and old villages. Drive South down the coast to Siracusa, much to see. Further to Agrigento, lots of ruins, but gets very touristy, hotels not so hot.

I especially like Erice above Trapani, ancient historical town perched high on a hill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erice

Hotel Elimo, belongs to a friend of mine. Food is out of this world. http://www.hotelelimo.it/

Palermo is of course rich in all kinds of things historical, food...and traffic.

More later after you have said what interests you.
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

thanks so much. well, as i said we have time to spend in enna- if you have info of the area that'd be great. beach would be great- other than that- we'll be a mixed group of 5 for a few days, so looking for a beautiful beachy place- small town but amazing views and food would be great. then my little family will head back to etna after and leave again from catania.

we'd prefer a gorgeous, accessible, but not too tourist town while we are with friends. not too much traveling, i.e not a different town each day but willing to drive a bit and return in the evening to a nice village.

have you been to enna or central sicily? can't find very much but it looks beautiful.
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

looking especially for those little hard to find places you wouldn't be likely to find on your own- but once you find them you adore!
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

Enna is right smack in the middle of Sicily, have driven through, but don't remember much of it. Like I said, Erice is about my favorite place in Sicily, fantastic views in all directions, about three hours drive from Catania via Palermo.

Think the water will be still pretty cold in March for swimming, however the countryside should be blooming with Spring, very beautiful. Been to the beaches at San Vito Lo Capo, pretty nice, but south around Punta Grande, not so nice and touristy.

If you really want to check it all out you need to spend some hours in Google Earth.

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Re: sicily. advice info tips

...dunno, thinking about it, most of the more popular places around Sicily that are primarily on or near the coast may be pretty full around Easter. Enna, while it certainly has it's attractions and views, is a bit off the tourist track which might make it an optional base camp. Think it has both charm in places, junky in others, hotel and restaurants, think you will have to search.
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

Try Noto, its a small town in the region of Siracusa.
Its a lovely old town and about 5 mins to the beach
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

thanks so much everyone. we finally have two friends from nyc meeting us and decided on renting a small house in taormina for 5 days before heading inland to nicosia and enna. if anyone has been or has any tips for these places- it's welcome!
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

Taormina is beautiful, wrapped around a couple of hills with views of Etna. If you look at the upper right of the attached photo you will see Etna is erupting.

Think I have only driven by Nicosia, impressive from a distance, also wrapped around a hill.

Enna has a farm stay you might want to check out.

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Re: sicily. advice info tips

you are a gem! yes, it seems we did right booking in taormina and it's central enough for what we want to do so we are so excited. we booked a room already in nicosia- (little by little my italian comes back) in the only 'hotel' there simply because the guy was very sweet and hospitable, so we are looking forward to a part touristy trip and a part down home country trip.

next question. thinking of doing a short boat trip from milazzo to stromboli in the evening- any experience or recommendations on this? not sure yet, but it seems very pretty and a nice, fast and easy way to see the islands around.

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Re: sicily. advice info tips

From Taormina, be sure to drive up the mountain to nearby Castelmona, which is a cute village with the most spectacular views of the whole coastline and Etna.

Edit: whilst there (Castelmona) be sure to visit Bar Turrisi (but be prepared to be surprised!!)
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ha! we already planned to go there but thanks for the confirmation. curious about the almond wine
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

We've looked at going to Stromoli a number of times, but since it is just a hop from the mainland, it's apparently a traditional favorite for Italians in masses, and likely over Easter will be mobbed. Don't know where you can check that out. The volcano has been pretty active lately, so the air might be a bit sulfuric and smokey.

You might look at taking the hydrofoil ferry from Catania to Valletta, Malta, about an hour and a half trip. I like Malta a lot, but it depends on what you are interested in.
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Re: sicily. advice info tips

well, our friends are heading to malta after taormina and i think we'll stick on the island for the trip. thinking of the stromboli ride only because it's a full day, stopping for lunch and then watching the volcano at night seems quite nice, plus my boy loves the sea and volcanoes so it would be nice for him. otherwise i am quite happy to discover different parts of the island.

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Re: sicily. advice info tips

Going back to Sicily in the autumn and were wondering how you got on.
Would love to know. This time we will stick to Palermo only, as it is the oart we have not yet visited. We have booked a half-day guide to make sure we know what's what. Will probably take the boat to Capo Gallo nature reserve in the North for the flowers and azure sea.

We are flying with EJ Geneva to Palermo direct, and for the first time, will not bother to rent a car- staying in the old quarters above the port, La Kalsa.
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