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Old 1 Jan 20, 11:09 AM  
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Your villa looks fantastic.

Eldest DS and I have been doing a lot of research on Airbnb. There's a few in the town near the beach. Apparently parking can be a problem so we may not hire car or certainly not for the whole trip. May use public transport to get around. Is the coastal train something different from the usual train service? Hopefully we can make a decision in the next few days.

I've started to have a look at Sicilian food.

Which town have you picked ? From where we were it was around a 2.5-3 hr drive to etna. Itís a very big island .,
The train it the italiarail ( normal service) . Buy a ticket at the machine , make sure you validate it at the next machine and off you go . They do have conductors on board who check.
You will be hard pushed to find anyone who speaks English it even the kids , google translate is your friend .

We used Alamo/enterprise for a car . Watch the excess it is normal to be around Ä2000 , we found one at Ä600 and took out an axa excess policy . The nearer to etna the more up you will pay . Car hire at Palermo is easy and the desk was inside the airport ( east mids size ) but frantic but ok but the car pick is outside , quite an eye opener lol. Just donít hire a huge car . The towns have tiny roads. The motorway ring is toll as well , you pay in exit and chose wisely for your town as you may find yourself driving back on yourself on the normal roads .
In August Rome and Venice holiday in Sicily so it becomes very busy. Beaches you pay for the lidos but there is some free beAch but not a lot in some places . Itís not extortionate though. mist beaches are shingle or rock.
You will have to drive to get to a larger supermarket but they are nothing like here so donít expect huge , itís easier to shop local like bakery , butchers M tiny supermarket etc . We had 3 separate days queing with locals for fresh milk on delivery . everything is seasonal as well. When you weigh apples etc there is a glove normal in a drawer under the scale use it and put the code on the produce ( handwritten one) and weigh it , took us a while to figure that one Out lol , they do use chip and pin but you may find you are the only one using it lol .they also shut everything midday so check you timings ( mostly 12-4)
Food is Really cheap. restaurants and street food which is a must imo. If you think it looks touristy it will still be cheap . Gelato is a must do and the fresh bakers , see my food bit. a meal is a family affair so expect the village to turn up at the restaurant lol and allow lit of time . The savour food so itís a full evenings job. Limoncello at the supermarket is about Ä4 , beer dirt cheap and wine a And Prosecco around the same . Our pizza bill which was amazing was Ä78 for the 7 of us including all drinks . Crazy .
Itís an amazing place though , think pre commercialised. We loved it . The locals called our villa the big house , made me think who actually owned it it cost just shy of Ä5000 that villa for a week 😱😱 my sis booked it as a family treat.
I might start looking again . obvs for something a lot cheaper lol.
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Old 1 Jan 20, 11:40 AM  
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Which town have you picked ? From where we were it was around a 2.5-3 hr drive to etna. Itís a very big island .,
The train it the italiarail ( normal service) . Buy a ticket at the machine , make sure you validate it at the next machine and off you go . They do have conductors on board who check.
You will be hard pushed to find anyone who speaks English it even the kids , google translate is your friend .

We used Alamo/enterprise for a car . Watch the excess it is normal to be around Ä2000 , we found one at Ä600 and took out an axa excess policy . The nearer to etna the more up you will pay . Car hire at Palermo is easy and the desk was inside the airport ( east mids size ) but frantic but ok but the car pick is outside , quite an eye opener lol. Just donít hire a huge car . The towns have tiny roads. The motorway ring is toll as well , you pay in exit and chose wisely for your town as you may find yourself driving back on yourself on the normal roads .
In August Rome and Venice holiday in Sicily so it becomes very busy. Beaches you pay for the lidos but there is some free beAch but not a lot in some places . Itís not extortionate though. mist beaches are shingle or rock.
You will have to drive to get to a larger supermarket but they are nothing like here so donít expect huge , itís easier to shop local like bakery , butchers M tiny supermarket etc . We had 3 separate days queing with locals for fresh milk on delivery . everything is seasonal as well. When you weigh apples etc there is a glove normal in a drawer under the scale use it and put the code on the produce ( handwritten one) and weigh it , took us a while to figure that one Out lol , they do use chip and pin but you may find you are the only one using it lol .they also shut everything midday so check you timings ( mostly 12-4)
Food is Really cheap. restaurants and street food which is a must imo. If you think it looks touristy it will still be cheap . Gelato is a must do and the fresh bakers , see my food bit. a meal is a family affair so expect the village to turn up at the restaurant lol and allow lit of time . The savour food so itís a full evenings job. Limoncello at the supermarket is about Ä4 , beer dirt cheap and wine a And Prosecco around the same . Our pizza bill which was amazing was Ä78 for the 7 of us including all drinks . Crazy .
Itís an amazing place though , think pre commercialised. We loved it . The locals called our villa the big house , made me think who actually owned it it cost just shy of Ä5000 that villa for a week 😱😱 my sis booked it as a family treat.
I might start looking again . obvs for something a lot cheaper lol.
Mexy02 that's brilliant. Many thanks for all the info. Really useful.



Haven't booked accommodation yet, but still thinking likely to be Cefalu.

I'll have a look at the car hire as well. When we've been to Greece we've hired a car for a few days in the middle of the holiday, so may do that.

Thanks again and hope your planning goes well.

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Mexy02 that's brilliant. Many thanks for all the info. Really useful.



Haven't booked accommodation yet, but still thinking likely to be Cefalu.

I'll have a look at the car hire as well. When we've been to Greece we've hired a car for a few days in the middle of the holiday, so may do that.

Thanks again and hope your planning goes well.

Iím currently on home away looking lol . If you need any help just shout up . X
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Iím currently on home away looking lol . If you need any help just shout up . X
Thanks.

Happy searching.
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Hi Mexy02

The place we really liked was unavailable and we started looking further afield.

We've now gone with an apartment in Castellammare del Golfo further down the coast.

Hopefully we'll travel around a bit and visit Cefalu.

Have you found anything?
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We found a town house in cefalu but it had no parking except at the marina but peak season we knew that was going to be a problem . We really want a car , I know we could do without one because the transport is good though. Iím still looking but we flit between Sicily, the broads and Florida lol. Itís just finding the right apartment to fit the flights and parking . We were too spoilt last visit .
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We found a town house in cefalu but it had no parking except at the marina but peak season we knew that was going to be a problem . We really want a car , I know we could do without one because the transport is good though. Iím still looking but we flit between Sicily, the broads and Florida lol. Itís just finding the right apartment to fit the flights and parking . We were too spoilt last visit .
I think we will go for a car for the convenience, and it would be good to travel around.

Hope you find the perfect country and location.

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