We just returned from a 14 night trip to Sicily with our daughter and her husband. We flew first on Air France (bought through Delta) to Rome via Paris and stayed in Rome for two nights (see Trip Report 2 nights in Rome). We met them at the Catania airport where they had flown from Atlanta on Turkish Air (with return from Rome).
This was our itinerary. We all flew back from Palermo on an evening flight with Ryan Air the night before our international flights back to the U.S. I chose Ryan Air over ITA because we could pay extra to bring our bags on board while a 22 inch carry on had to be checked with ITA. The price for tickets once luggage was accounted for was virtually the same.
Taormina 3 nights
Siracusa (Ortigia) 3 nights
Ragusa 2 nights
Agrigento 1 night
Countryside near Erice 2 nights
Palermo 3 nights
Fiumicino (near airport) 1 night
We stayed in air bnbs in Taormina, Siracusa, Erice, and Palermo and in small guest houses the rest of the time.
Day 1 sleep Taormina
Our flight was scheduled to arrive an hour before our daughter and her husband’s but theirs was delayed. We managed to catch with only a few minutes to spare the 19:45-21-10 bus to Taormina. The buses are located to the right as you go out of the terminal and we bought our tickets at a booth just before the buses. The bus driver refused to sell tickets to passengers on board. Our tickets were 7 Euros each.
We stayed in an Air bnb in Taormina and the owner asked us to contact the woman who would be doing the check in once we were on the bus through What’s Ap which is what we used everywhere to contact people. She suggested we take a taxi from the bus station to the apartment. I had planned on walking as it was supposed to be 10-12 minutes but it was dark now and decided that take her advice. I was glad we did. For a 10 Euro taxi ride, we were deposited right in front of the apartment. Easy peasy.
The apartment was our favorite place we stayed on this trip. The best feature was the huge terrace overlooking the town and the sea that we ate dinner on twice and breakfast once (before the rain started). The woman checking us in directed us down the street to what she termed a convenience store but was in actuality a mini Coop grocery store that had a broad range of merchandise. I had thought we would be lucky to have a frozen pizza for dinner but we were able to buy fresh pasta, fresh pesto, a Sicilian eggplant, fresh bread and eggs, yogurt, and fruit for breakfast. And a huge bottle of olive oil (no smaller ones) that we carried with us for two weeks and only had about an inch left when we departed.
Our family likes to cook while in Europe. We find it fun to buy food at local places and enjoy the challenge of figuring out foreign appliances. We cooked dinner four of the fourteen nights we were in Sicily and prepared breakfast every time it wasn’t provided. All of the places had dishwashers which made cooking a much less onerous task.
Day 2 sleep Taormina
We left the apartment for the Greek theater about 10 am after a leisurely breakfast enjoying the views from the terrace which we had not been able to appreciate while eating dinner in the dark the night before. It was Sunday which meant the theater had free admission! But it wasn’t crowded at all so we were totally thrilled. The theatre is amazingly intact and of course the views are stunning. It was bright and sunny so we took lots of pictures before departing to visit the nearby public gardens.
The gardens have only one entrance and we spent some time trying to find it but it was so worth it. The gardens are well manicured and have gorgeous views overlooking the town and the sea. The streets we traveled through in pursuit of the garden were charming and not nearly as crowded as I had feared.