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hungryone
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Sicily...any favorites?
February trip to Sicily, starting in Palermo. Plans beyond that still in development. Will be driving, with a dog in tow.


Motorboat
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
You’re taking your dog to Italy? Why?


Jackalope
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina, Catania, Siracusa, Agrigento, Trapani, and Masala.

avoid Messina.

Also, if someone tells you to avoid Catania, don't take that advice, its dated info. The city has improved drastically and is really cool now.

In Palermo, enjoy the street food. All of it. It's some of the best in the world. The markets are great and will remind you of markets in Marrakech or something like that. Also if possible, stay near the Via Maqueda.

Sicilian food is the best, try all the unique pastas like Con la Sarde, Norma, Pistachio, squid ink, etc. have a delicious swordfish steak. Local Sicilian oysters are amazing and taste like melon.

Also, all the great "Italian" desserts are actually Sicilian and enjoy it all!


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LSUsuperfresh
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
I can't imagine any other town topping Taormina and Castelmola. The views are amazing.


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hungryone
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Not my dog. Traveling with friends who live in Rome. We are going by ferry from Rome to Palermo with an extremely well traveled cocker spaniel.


hungryone
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Update: now driving from Rome to Palermo, via Paestum for an overnight along the way. Sticking to the Tyrrhenian coast as far as Palermo on this trip. Probably a few nights here on the way down: Casa Migliaca, LINK, then a few days at BB.22 in Palermo, LINK, and back along the coast to stay at Agriturismo Pardo, LINK. Almond trees will be in bloom, lemon and blood oranges being picked, and hopefully some easy hiking/hill walking to balance out Palermo.

If the weather cooperates, we will overnight in Matera on the way back to Rome.

Any Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily tips for me? I love coastal areas in the off season.


Jackalope
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Take a look at Cefalu. It has an old fort high above it that is a fun hike.

Then Trapani. They have some salt mills that are cool.

Both have nice beaches


hungryone
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
I doubt there will much beach time, as trip is 1st 2 weeks of February! Cefalu looks scenic, thanks for the tip on the hike.


Jackalope
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Haha true, but don't be surprised if it's in the lower or even upper 60s


hungryone
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Lower/upper 60s would make me very happy, as I'm tired of the actual winter we're having this year. I went to the Amalfi Coast at the same time of year a while back, and it was 42 and rainy. We still had quite a good time, though.


DoUrden
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Make the drive up Mt Etna also, Siracusa has some great catacombs.


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hungryone
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re: Sicily...any favorites?
Headed off for Sicily today...itinerary is now Paestum, Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Palermo, then back to Basilicata for Maratea, then northward to Rome. It’s deep off season, so hotels were cheap (and many were closed altogether). I found this cool compendium of Palermo street food: LINK


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