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transportation to Sicily from Milan

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transportation to Sicily from Milan

hello! We will be flying into Milan June 14, and departing July 9. This is our first time back to Italy with kids (8 and 10). We prefer the smaller towns to big cities. We love the outdoors and also strolling and enjoying the architecture, food and culture. We are pretty flexible, but would like to spend about 5 days in the hill towns around Florence, about 5 days in the Amalfi coast, about 5 days in Sicily, a day in Venice, and and about five days in the mountains in Slovenia. With the extra days, we may spend some time on beaches in northern Croatia. We live in Colorado, so love to spend time on the water since we are land locked! :)

It seems it makes sense to get the rail pass for long distances and the Amalfi coast, and to rent a car for the time we are in the hill towns, in Sicily, and in Slovenia. Just trying to figure out what route makes sense, when we should take trains, when we should rent cars, and if we need to make reservations in advance for accommodations and for train seats? We are hoping to have some flexibility, so were hoping to only book our accommodations in Sicily in advance. We are on a budget, so are hoping to spend more money on activities, and less on where we sleep.

One idea is to save time by flying from Milan to Palermo. We arrive in Malpensa at 1:00 pm. There is a flight from the other airport at 6:30. I understand there is a shuttle from one to the other. Will this be enough time to make the flight? It arrives in Palermo at 8:30 pm, and we are hoping to stay in Scopella. From there, we could take a ferry (is that included in the eurorail pass?) to Naples, spend time in the Amalfi coast, train to the Florence area, train to Venice then to a border town of Slovenia, rent a car for Slovenia, then a train back to Milan the day before we depart. Does that make sense? Any other recommendations? Thank you so much for your advice!!

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1. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

Avoid Eurail pass, it's more expensive than trenitalia's discounted tickets. It covers neither ferries, nor the competing high speed operator (italotreno.it/en), nor the local railway from Naples to Sorrento.

With a pass you can freely board only the slow trenitalia's regionale trains, while you must queue at the counter and pay to book seats on all other trains. You don't have time to travel on locals.

Out of curiosity, did you check if there are direct flights from Sicily to Venice?

You could take an high speed train from Milan to Florence, drive around Tuscany, take another train to Naples and then the ferry TO Sicily.

As you're going to drive in Italy, I hope you already know about ZTL areas where tourists can't drive in. There is one in almost every city/town/village and now they are all camera controlled.

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2. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

Thank you! We are hoping to "wing it" on this trip and not plan too far in advance. In late June, early July, do you think we need to reserve train seats very far in advance on Trentitalia? I think I read you need to buy tickets and make reservations for seats 2 weeks in advance in order to get discounted tickets.

Many thanks!

Karen

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3. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

Buy your long-distance Trenitalia Frecce or Italo tickets now - they will only go up in price until they reach the Base price.

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4. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

In theory both trenitalia and italotreno sell discounted tickets up to one day before the departure. In practice discounted tickets are capacity controlled and many are sold as soon as available, 120 days in advance.

Out of August and Easter Monday trains do not sell out, you can always get a ticket at the last minute paying the on-day price (called BASE at www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en and FLEXI at www.italotreno.it/en ).

On the Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome-Naples route there is an high speed train every forty minutes or less.

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5. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

Trenitalia's tickets go on sale four months in advance for fast trains, and are cheapest then. The price rises by €10 a time as each 'basket' of cheap fares sells out.

Cheap advance tickets can in theory be purchased up to midnight on the day before departure, but in practice they have usually sold out long before this.

If you wish to preserve total flexibility using point-to-point tckets (which include seat reservations) you are likely to pay the full Base price (half-fare for children). You can compare the cost of this (see www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en ) with the cost of a Eurail pass per day plus the €40 it wlll cost you for each fast train to make seat reservations for all four of you. Pass reservations can be made online or a ticket machines, as well as at counters.

There are no easy answers - as it depends on the precise journeys you wish to do - the longer the journeys, the more likely it is that a pass might be worthwhile. However, the second class Family Eurail pass where all four of you travel together at all times at €272 for four days in one month might just possibly be a reasonable buy for you, even though it would not be for most people eurail.com/eurail-passes/…italy

See also seat61.com/…Railpasses_for_Italy

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6. Re: transportation to Sicily from Milan

Hi karen,

Im wondering what you hope to do during your 5 days in Sicily. Its a lot of travel time for just 5 days.

If uou mainlylan to do hiking at Lo zingaro nature preserve and enjoy the beaches by staying in Scopello, im afraid you are far too late. Scopello is a microscopic village with very few lodging options. Check and see if anything is available. Winging it at the beach areas of Italy in the summer is just not realistic.

You may be able to find lodging at one of the beach towns in Sicily, even nearby Scopello of you hustle. Try San Vito Lo Capo, or even Trapani. You could visit Zingaro Easily from either.

If you are hoping for beaches and hiking, consider taking the ferry or hydrofoil to the Aeolian islands for your 5 days. I think your family would love it!

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