I'm looking for some help and advice for our holiday to Tropea and Taormina in July. We've decided against hiring a car having read in several forum posts for Tropea, Taormina and Palermo that a car can be more hassle than its work. We will therefore be relying on buses, trains and ferries instead. I know this question has been asked and answered many, many, many times before but I'm looking for some simple advice and guidance.
1: route 1 - journey from Tropea (staying at Il Convento) to Taormina (staying in Hotel Villa Fiorita)....... any feedback on either of these would be great too)
Should we take the train from Tropea right through to Taormina or would you recommend getting off at Messina and getting the bus. We are looking for the easiest, fastest most stress-free route. We are not fluent in Italian so are a little scared when I see timetables with several connections and changes (what if we get on the wrong train. Eek :-)) What would happen if we missed a connection?
2 : route 2 - journey from Taormina to Palermo (staying at the Eurostars Centrale for 1 night before taking a hotel transfer to the airport)
Again ... should we take the train or bus? the fastest route would be great as with one night only in Palermo we would like to see a little of the city and not spend hours travelling. If there isn't much difference between train and bus travel times, a route that is scenic would be lovely.
I realise the summer schedules have not been released yet but I'm having trouble with navigating the English version of the Interbus website to get some ideas of times. Even with entering a departure date for next week, it flags up "Access denied".
Any help or advice from either Vagabond or a traveller who has had experience of travelling these routes would be great