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One week in Sicily

St Louis
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One week in Sicily

We are arriving into Catania Feb. 18 at 2 pm and renting a car for $158 for the week. We plan to spend two nights in Taormina with one day trip to Mt. Etna. Should we drive to Mt Etna on our own and sip some of the wine at its base or should we take a tour. Isn't half the cost of the tour transportation? Our third night is in Syracusa, fourth night in Regusa, fifth and 6th nights in Cefalu and flying out of Palermo 5 pm on 7th day. We love food and wine so would like to see some wineries and taste the wine. Do wineries charge for tastings like they do in the US? Tasting and lunch would be fun. We did that in Tuscany years ago. Where do you recommend and what town?

Should we take the train from Catania to Taormina and pick up a car in Taormina? I guess that depends if we drive ourselves to Mt. Etna. Should we cancel our second night in Taormina and drive to Syracusa from Mt Etna or drive back to Taormina for the night, and leave for Syracusa in the am.

What is to see in each of these towns and is there anything to do or see in Palermo the day we leave? Or should we visit a different town?

Thanks for all help and suggestions.

Jan

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Here & There
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1. Re: One week in Sicily

Welcome to Sicily jan g!

1-night stays aren’t very efficient. Time is lost changing hotels so frequently.

You might cluster your time, and day trip. For example, see Cefalù from Palermo.

February is low season.

Taormina is a beach resort town, and quiet in February.

Consider more time in Siracusa.

Winter Etna tours are weather dependent, and very different from summer offerings.

www.etnapeople.com/excursion-etna-snow.html

etnaexperience.com/excursions/Classic-Winter…

Not all agriturismi and wineries are up and running in winter, so contact and reserve in advance.

Of course wineries charge for tasting.

http://www.gulfi.it/tastings.html

http://www.cosvittoria.it/

http://www.cantinamarilina.com/

There is no train station at the airport in Catania, and the train station in Taormina is located below town requiring a bus up to town.

Interbus runs direct bus service from the airport to Taormina.

But you would appreciate the flexibility of having the car, even if you were to tour Etna by excursion.

One night would suffice in Taormina.

There is no left luggage storage on Etna, and unattended left luggage in the car is a risk.

Avoid driving in Palermo.

Perhaps route from Ragusa to Agrigento, see the Valley of the Temples, return the car in Agrigento, and then take the train or direct Cuffaro bus from Agrigento to palermo.

These forums are filled with suggestions of what to see in each town. You might use the Search feature to secure earlier threads.

Vagabonda

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2. Re: One week in Sicily

hi, in this period Etna is full of natural snow if you like ski, skiing the Etna is unique because you ski between the smoke of the volcano and the blue of the sea. The skiresort of Etna nord-Linguaglossa is 40 minute far away from Taormina by car.

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3. Re: One week in Sicily

The skiing has been very good this year at Piano Provenzana, much better than at Etna Sud's Rifugio Sapienza.

Vagabonda

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4. Re: One week in Sicily

Hello Vagabonda: Which is the better place to ski this year? Nord or Sud? Is there snow?

Molto grazie,

Tamara

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5. Re: One week in Sicily

Welcome to Sicily Tamara C!

Unfortunately neither at the moment!

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18788…

Vagabonda

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