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Report 1341: Our Sicilian Adventure
By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2007
Trip Description: June 15 - July 11, 2007 25 days of spectacular beaches and landscapes, bridges, ancient history sightseeing, visits, overnight ferry transfers, boats, good and bad rental cars, trains, planes and buses with husband and a three-year old.
Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Amalfi Coast, Campania, Sicily
Categories: Boat (Canal/Sail); Hostel; Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Beach; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Young Children
Page 1 of 30: In Preparation for Our Trip
Etna, view from our boat
I started researching for our trip right after returning from our trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast in the summer of 2006. We wanted our next vacation to be longer and more beach time, some sight-seeing and a lot of relaxing. So, I researched the web for a few weeks and Sicily was our next logical choice. Indeed, we have been to Italy three times and like visiting archeological sites, spending our time on the beaches and having great food choices.
Sicily promised all this and more. The only dilemma was to get an affordable flight from Montreal or a combination of transportation that would be easy with a small child. We also wanted to see more of Sicily, so it would be more than one location, which implied reducing our luggage as much as we could and renting a car when needed.
For the main stay of two weeks we wanted to be in a small town or village with a nice sandy beach and to be able to walk everywhere. Cefalu came up as a logical choice with a good connection to Palermo. We also wanted to visit Taormina and Siracusa, but didn't want to miss the beach. Giardini Naxos looked great, so it would be our base for a few nights. Then for visiting Segesta, Scopello and Monreale, we decided to stay in Castellammare del Golfo for two nights, after receiving valuable advice from ST community.
I booked our apartment in Cefalu in early September, with Sicilian Break agency that I found on ST site. The agency has a good choice of accommodations and Massimo was very patient answering all my questions.
Then in October I came across a discount fare with Air France from Montreal to Napoli for 936.00 CAD which was a great price for June/July timeframe all included. We decided to take a ferry from Napoli to Catania and at the end from Palermo to Napoli. Since it would be difficult to take two planes and a ferry on the same day traveling with a child, I booked the hotel Bella Capri in Naples for our day in transit and Casa Dominova B&B for a two-night stay in Sorrento when returning.
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