This time, we cut through Catania, where we had already visited on the cruise, but SVV wanted to see the state of Sigonella, a NATO base where he was stationed for three years.
Obviously, we couldn’t go in, so we cruised right on by and returned to the waterfront.
It’s funny to see so many people swimming and laying out when there’s no beach in sight.
That night, we stayed in Riposto at our cute little B&B once more, so we could head up to Taormina the next morning.
Initially, our Sicilian plans included staying in Taormina for the bulk of our trip, but after some quick price searches, we realized that was not going to happen. Airbnb rentals are very few in Sicily, and with July being high season—and Taormina being a resort town—everywhere we were finding to stay was upward of $400 a night (i.e. far out of our price range). Eek!
So we stuck to one quick afternoon exploring Taormina, which honestly was enough for me.
It was a beyond gorgeous town, but so so crowded. I much preferred the lack of people in the off-the-beaten path destinations we had visited prior to arriving in Taormina.
After a few hours exploring the hillside town, we were off again. After our initial drive down from Rome, we knew we didn’t want to make that trek in one day—especially right before flying 11 hours back to Atlanta. So we broke it up and found a beyond adorable town, Pizzo, to stay in for a night.
We lucked out when we pulled up to the only boutique hotel in town and found they had one room left—for just 120 euro. I’ve never stayed in a hotel with showers that change colors! Consider me a converted fan.
That night, the World Cup final was on so we meandered around town, found dinner, found gelato and found a TV to watch the game.
The following day, we checked out Pizzo by daylight. The views of the coastline were stunning, and in places, we could see all the way across the water to Sicily.
But home called, and slowly, we wound our way back up the coast, as we headed back to Rome for our international flight, pulling over for vistas and yoga.
Another leisurely six hours or so in the car and we’d made it to Civitavecchia, where we’d stay for the night before catching an international flight to Atlanta, where Delta would then screw us over again and not get us to Nashville in time for my cousin’s wedding—but that’s another story for another day.
By the Numbers: What to Expect to Pay in Sicily
- Car Rental (weekly rate): $320
- Toll roads (from Italy to Sicily): $20.70
- Ferry (one-way): $43.75
- Gas (one tank): $61.40
- Bed and breakfast (on the coast): $103
- Bed and breakfast (inland): $62.50
- Meal (for two): $17 to $45
- Coffee: $1.14