Frequently Asked Questions / Frequently Asked Questions[accordions autoheight = false] [accordion title = “How can I book my holiday?”] You can book your holiday by going to the page of the house concerned, you will find a calendar in which you can choose the period you are interested in, specifying the number of guests excluding children under 5 years. Click on the Book link, fill out the form and send it to us. You will receive an e-mail of confirmation and payment methods within one working day. With your booking confirmation you can go and book your flight. If you can’t find any flights, you can cancel your booking within 3 days of sending our booking confirmation. [/ accordion] [accordion title = “When do I receive the itinerary and the stay key?”] It is important that you notify us by e-mail of your arrival time at the airport or port of Sicily. We will send you an e-mail with the itinerary, time and place of the appointment for the delivery of the keys. We will always be at your disposal by leaving you our telephone number, for any questions or needs regarding your stay. [/ accordion] [accordion title = “Is it better to fly to Palermo or Catania? Which airline can I fly to Sicily with?”] Better to fly to Catania. • At this address you will find a list of airlines that fly to Catania. • At this address you will find a list of airlines that fly to Palermo. [/ accordion] [accordion title = “How to get to Sicily by car, train or ferry?”]
Arriving to Sicily by trainThere are several ways to get to Sicily by Train, traveling via Rome or Milan.
Arriving to Sicily by carIf you plan to bring your own car or have hired a car in a different part of Italy, at some point you will need to take a ferry. The same goes for if you are arriving by train. There are four possible options:
Arriving to Sicily by ferryNaples – Palermo / Palermo – Naples: Tirrenia (0039 081 0171998) have daily crossings: dep. 20:45, arr. 06:30, both ways. In August, there are also crossings on Saturday and Sunday: dep. 10.00, arr. 18.00 (this also applies to the last weekend in July and the first weekend in September. Two and four bed cabins, restaurant, bar and cinema on board. SNAV also have daily crossings: dep. 20:00, arr. 06:30, both ways. On the last Saturday in July and all Saturdays in August there are two further crossings: dep. 09:30, arr. 20.00 and dep. 22:30, arr. 09:00. Two and four bed cabins, restaurant, bar, disco, children’s area and cinema on board. Genoa – Palermo / Palermo – Genoa: Grandi Navi Veloci (0039 010 2094591) make crossings every day except Sunday: dep. 23:00, arr. 19:00 (the day after) until 24th June and then dep. 21:00, arr. 17:00 (the day after) until 11th Sept. The ferry has excellent cabins with bathrooms, as well as a heated pool, sundecks, a gym, restaurants and all sorts of other comforts and entertainments! Villa San Giovanni (Reggio Calabria) / Messina: Ferries leave Villa San Giovanni in Reggio Calabria to Messina every 20 minutes. The crossing takes 20 minutes. For information and bookings see Caronte, or call +39 0965 751413. Sardinia – Sicily / Sicily – Sardinia: There are weekly departures from Cagliari to Trapani and Palermo, the overnight voyage takes about 13 hours. See: Tirrenia Click on these links to find more information on ferries to the ports of Palermo and Catania . [/ accordion] [accordion title = “How is it convenient to move from the airport or port to your stay? Which car rental companies are located at the airports of Catania, Trapani and Palermo?”] • e-car rental • Sicily Shuttle Service [/ accordion] [accordion title = “Are there practical things to know and about local customs?”]
Sicilian dialect – the language of the locals!Sicily has largely retained its dialect and many people still use it frequently. While it is not taught in schools, and is generally frowned upon by the middle / upper middle classes, Sicilian dialect continues to play a very important role in everyday life. Most people know quite a lot of words and proverbs, but if you visit the street markets in Palermo or Catania, or if you get off the beaten track in the Sicilian hinterland, you will hear a considerable amount of “narrow dialect” (“pure “Dialect). Most Sicilians tend to use their native language to give more emphasis or warmth to what they are saying: punch lines of jokes are frequently in dialect, maternal love is often expressed with a “beddu” (beautiful) and anger often erupts in showers of molten dialect that seem to have a harshness and a depth of expression that Italian could never achieve. it has a history that extends back beyond ancient Greek times. And much in the same way that the English language absorbed lexis and grammatical constructions from the waves of invaders that reached its shores, so Sicilian dialect has constantly evolved through the adoption of linguistic elements from, amongst others, Greek, Vulgar Latin, Arabic, French , Catalan, Spanish and Provencal. [/ accordion] [accordion title = “Where can I find the most beautiful beaches?”]
The superb beaches in SicilyMondello, Lo Zingaro, San Vito Lo Capo, the Egadi Islands , Selinunte and the Belice Nature Reserve, Torre Salsa, down to the south-east and Cava d’Aliga, Donnalucata, Sampieri, Marina di Modica and Marina di Ragusa , up through Marzamemi and Portopalo to the Vendicari Nature Reserve, La Pineta del Gelsomineto, Fontane Bianche, Arenella and the coast around Siracusa , continuing along the sandy bay of the Gulf of Catania , past the Ionian Riviera up through Fondachello and Fiumefreddo to Taormina, Isola Bella, Mazzaro ‘, Letojani, round the tip of Messina and along to Milazzo , Tindari , San Gregorio, Capo d’Orlando, and ever westward to Cefalu , Lascari to Palermo . [/ accordion] [accordion title = “How is the weather in the various seasons?”] The Sicilian climate – Weather and Temperatures in Sicily