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Catania apartment/location and transportation

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Catania apartment/location and transportation

Visiting Sicily in June for just about 4 days. We will be staying in Catania and visiting Taormina, Mt Etna and Syracuse on day trips. Anyone recommend where in Catania would be the best area to look for an apartment?. Also whats the best way to get around to Taormina, Syracuse and Mt. Etna without having a car rental? Does this transportation run all day and night?

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1. Re: Catania apartment/location and transportation

Salve mtrig616!

Public transport doesn't run all night. Public transport is scheduled to meet the needs of locals, not tourists.

Stay around Catania's historic centre near piazza Duomo, or via Etnea.

…catania.it/la_citt%C3%A0/…

Take the direct Interbus service from Catania to Taormina. The train also runs between Catania and Taormina, but the train station is located below Taormina, and requires a bus or shuttle up to town. Taormina's bus station is a short walk to Porta Messina, and so it's more convenient to arrive in Taormina by bus.

http://www.interbus.it/Home.aspx

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

hotelvillaparadisotaormina.com/files/villa-p…

Take Interbus or the train from Catania to Siracusa.

AST runs a once daily bus, the only public transport from Catania to Etna's Rifugio Sapienza via Nicolosi.

http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it/

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Hello Vagabonda!

We decided it would be best to base in Taormina but when looking for apartments on 'Airbnb' which is the site we always use, we’ve noticed that there isn’t a lot of affordable apartments or options in Taormina. We do see though that there is a lot in Giardini Naxxos (which I've never heard of)

We are not going to have a car so wherever we stay we need to be close to th center or walking distance to most things including transportation so that we can see the most of Syracuse, Mt. Etna, Taormina etc. Is Giardini Naxxos somewhere we can base or should we keep looking around Taormina?

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3. Re: Catania apartment/location and transportation

Hello mtrig616,

Giardini Naxos is a less expensive alternative to Taormina, a beach resort town.

But if you'd like to stay in Taormina, check the reasonably priced flats at Villa Costanza Bellavista.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187892-d149008…

Enter " Villa Costanza Bellavista" in the Search field for many earlier threads.

Best regards,

Vagabonda

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Also Residence Schuler:

http://www.residenceschuler.com/uk/

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187892-d108341…

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5. Re: Catania apartment/location and transportation

Hi, vagabonda

I have a question for you. We decided to stay in Taormina because almost everything and anything affordable was booked in Catania. We didn't have much luck in Taormina either. Being that it's 6 of us and almost every apartment only had one bathroom so we had to settle with a hotel with two rooms. We ended up booking 'Mendolea beach hotel' it was the only hotel we could find. I noticed this was away from the center of Taormina and that we have to take a cable car every time we would like to go see taormina. Any idea until what time these cable cars run till? Also what other transportation would you recommend back to the hotel and into the center? Any information you have would be helpful. Thanks a bunch!

-M

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6. Re: Catania apartment/location and transportation

Salve mtrig616.

In June the funivia would run from 8.00 until midnight.

You could purchase weekly tickets.

www.taorminaservizipubblici.it/index.php…

No other transport would run as late.

Etna Trasporti Interbus runs bus service from Isola Bella to Taormina.

http://www.etnatrasporti.it/

And you could take Taormina’s (local) ASM (Servizi Municipalizzati di Taormina) trasporto urbano.

www.taorminaservizipubblici.it/index.php…

Enjoy!

Vagabonda

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