Just found out that our September European cruise was cancelled for a second time so I'm starting over trying to figure out where we can go, where we can stay and what we want to see. I am feeling a little panicked because I usually spend several months researching and planning out where we go, what we see, lodging and transportation....I'm a little panicked. We have about a month for this trip.
Our round trip airfare is to/from Fiumicino and we've been to Italy a few times....this time we want to do something a little different. We're thinking of staying near Vatican City and doing the Vatican and it's grounds a couple of days and then keeping an extra day open for whatever tickles our fancy in that area. I've looked through AirBnB until my eyeballs are ready to fall out of my head and the more I look at places the more confused I am. Can someone please recommend a nice AirBnB place very near Vatican City that wouldn't be more than about $110 a night?
Please don't tell me to research this stuff because we won't be home all of June and then we will be having company staying with us during the summer. This leaves me with very little time to research and prepare for this new trip.
We are thinking of taking the train from Rome to Messina and onto Sicily. The places we're looking at are Palermo, Syracuse, Taormino, Cefalu, Trapani, Agrigento and perhaps Catania. Ideally, I'd like to stay in one place as long as possible and do day trips from that base, so combining some of these places to one base would be wonderful. We plan to use public transportation this time. Can you make any suggestions?
From Sicily we would like to go onto Malta. Again, I've started researching this island but not sure which places we'd like to see. We would probably stay in Malta 7-10 days, but nothing is written in stone. Any suggestions you may have would be GREATLY appreciated. I've been on my laptop looking at this stuff since 6am and it's time for a cocktail.