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General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

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General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

We are going to Sicily around 18th October for a week. According to the weather charts that is the rainiest month - just how bad does it get Vagabonda? Also, we think we will be staying in Siracusa and plan to hire a car - is it relatively easy to get there from Catania and also to Taormina? We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express and any views on that would also be gratefully received.

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1. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Weather has been more unpredictable, but October is a nice month. Temperatures are warm, averaging 56-76F, and the sea is still warm for swimming. On the charts, it is the rainiest month (about 4.2 inches), so there might be afternoon showers. October is still one of the best months to visit Sicily.

frommers.com/destinations/…0771020006.html

April to June and late September to October are the best months for traveling in Sicily -- temperatures are usually mild and crowds aren't quite so intense.

The high temperatures begin in May, often lasting until sometime in October.

Weather in Sicily:

http://www.bestofsicily.com/weather.htm

Local Weather:

magazine.enel.it/meteo/indexTabellaCitta.asp…

Print maps, driving routes, distances and times on ViaMichelin:

viamichelin.com/viamichelin/…MaHomePage.htm

It's an easy ride from Catania's airport to Siracusa. 56km and will take 00h53 to drive.

Siracusa to Taormina is 121km and will take 01h34 to drive.

Ortygia is really the best area to stay in Siracusa. The Holiday Inn Express is on the mainland and quite a distance from Siracusa itself.

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2. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Thanks Vagabonda - can you recommend any good reasonably priced restaurants in the area?

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3. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

In Siracusa:

Though there have many some non-complimentary reports of late, Don Camillo continues to have a 2-fork Michelin rating!

Don Camillo:

http://www.ristorantedoncamillosiracusa.it/

Ortygia’s Don Camillo offers very special dinners. Don Camillo has been awarded 2-Michelin forks. Don Camillo has a great cantina, and serves creative seafood dishes.

La Gazza Ladra:

340 0602428

La Gazza Ladra near the Piazza Duomo has been run by Marcello and Maria for 10 years. From light fare to full home-made dishes based on season local produce, it's a good bet.

La Finanziera:

0931 61888-463117

La Finanziera on Via Epicarno in Siracusa has been run by Lucia since 1960 and specializes in fish dishes.

In Catania:

Ambasciata del Mare:

Piazza Duomo 6

095 341003

http://www.ambasciatadelmare.it/

http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=jac@251&cur_section=din&property_id=424937

http://www.cataniaatavola.it/

www.cataniaatavola.it/entrate/ambasciata.html

Ambasciata del Mare deservedly is found among the pages of Fred Plotkin’s Italy for the Gourmet Traveler! With its central location near the Catania’s Duomo, this small restaurant takes advantage of Catania’s pesheria (fish market) and specializes in fish dishes with bountiful antipasti where you would be able to sample a bit of everything, and main courses determined by the catch of the day!

Osteria Antica Marina:

Via Pardo 29

095 348197

http://www.anticamarina.it/

www.ristoranti-sicilia.it/ristoranti.cfm…

…blogspot.com/2006/05/antica-marina-catania-…

Lively Osteria Antica Marina has long served Catania’s locals with food based on tried and tested recipes. Osteria Antica Marina starts with a tray of assorted seafood antipasti, first courses of pasta and seafood, and main courses dependent on the day’s catch!

Ristorante Enoteca Metro:

Via Crociferi 76

095 322098

http://www.ristorantemetro.it/

Metro is a wine shop and restaurant that hasn't changed in 30 years, and it serves traditional local and regional dishes or even lighter fare both inside and outside. High quality Sicilian cheeses, seasonal fruits and vegetables, home-made desserts and a wide selection of quality wines and liqueurs has made Metro a favorite with locals for years.

Trattoria Casalinga:

Via Biondi 19

095 311319

Trattoria Casalinga is a very typical family run trattoria near the open-air market serving traditional home-cooked Catania dishes. There's not even a menu. Nino will just tell you want there is to eat!

Trattoria La Paglia:

Via Pardo 23

095 346838

Also listed in Fred Plotkin’s Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Trattoria La Paglia is located right at Catania’s fish market, so of course the menu is all about fish! You could buy your fish at the market and have it cooked at the trattoria!

In Taormina:

La Griglia :

http://www.ristorantelagrigliataormina.com/

La Piazzetta:

www.paginegialle.it/ristorantelapiazzetta

Castelmola: (small town above Taormina)

Ciccino's (delicious pizza!)

Piazza Duomo, 3

98030 Castelmola

Tel. 0942/28081

Buon Appetito!

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4. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Forgot Al Duomo in Taormina!

http://www.ristorantealduomo.it/

frommers.com/destinations/…D41910.html

Taormina Restaurants:

frommers.com/destinations/…137_inddin.html

Siracusa Restaurants:

frommers.com/destinations/…772_inddin.html

Catania Restaurants:

frommers.com/destinations/…3216_inddin.html

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5. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Vagabonda - we have to stay at the Holiday Inn Express through the deal we have. How far is it from Ortygia? We will have a car so getting to places not too much of a problem. Also I think it is in a commercial area - are there any restaurants near to it?

Thanks for your help.

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6. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

The Holiday Inn Express, Siracusa-North is in Melilli in the province of Siracusa. It's 27km from Ortygia, and will take 00h30 to drive.

Contrada Targia Località | Città Giardino, Melilli, Syracuse, Sicily 96010, Italy

Melilli:

www.siracusa-sicilia.it/english/melilli.htm

http://www.comuni-italiani.it/089/012/

The Holiday Inn has dining and there are other hotels along the coast with dining, but Melilli is a more commercial area, and even nearby Augusta has a poor selection of restaurants. Best to eat your main meals in Siracusa!

You may enjoy dinner at a very good agritourismo in nearby Carlentini.

The Tenuta Roccadia offers local Sicilian cuisine!

http://www.roccadia.com/

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7. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

I don't know if you are interested in this but we were suprised to discover that the catacombs of St. Lucia are finally open (just opened a couple of months ago). Your guide books will not show that. It was a real treat to do this. Apparently they have been closed for many years.

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8. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Siracusa is a gem! So much history!

Santa Lucia:

http://www.bestofsicily.com/siracusa.htm

The city's patron saint, St. Lucy, was martyred near the site of the church of that name, in Piazza San Lucia, in 304. The church itself was built during the Byzantine era, restructured by the Normans during the 12th century but, modified almost beyond recognition in the 17th century. Beneath the church are extensive catacombs.

San Giovanni:

Siracusa also has the Catacombe di San Giovanni!

frommers.com/destinations/…A26190.html

Catacombs in Sicily:

catacombsociety.org/visiting_outsideRome.html

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9. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

vagabonda - on the hotel site it states they are 6.5 km from Siracusa - is this wildly inaccurate? Would make a significant difference to us if we were 28 km away from the city. Thanks for your help.

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10. Re: General advice sought for Catania - Siracusa

Use ViaMichelin to plot the distance:

viamichelin.com/viamichelin/…MaHomePage.htm

The Holiday Inn Express, Siracusa-North is in Melilli.

Contrada Targia Località | Città Giardino, Melilli, Syracuse, Sicily 96010, Italy

The Holiday Inn Express is on the fringes of Melilli and closer to Siracusa, but Michelin lists Melilli to Ortygia as 26km.

Do a google map search. Enter Holiday Inn Express Siracusa, and it will show you an overview of the hotel's location between Melilli and Siracusa. I also searched for Ortygia which is another 1-2km from Siracusa.

It's probably not 26 km, but more than 6.5!

Vagabonda