Travel tips for vis­it­ing Pa­lermo, Si­cily i

Timeless Travels Magazine - - SICILY -

Fly­ing

Many air­lines fly di­rect to Pa­lermo from the UK and Europe in­clud­ing British Air­ways, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Easy­jet. Flights from the USA, Canada or Aus­tralia would have to change in Europe or Italy for on­ward flights to Si­cily.

Pa­lermo air­port is lo­cated c.35 km from the city which can be reached by buses which go ev­ery 30 min­utes from 6.45am to mid­night and take about 40 min­utes, or trains that go ev­ery hour, and take 55 min­utes. Taxis take about 20-40 min­utes de­pend­ing on traf­fic and costs in­clude ex­tras be­side the me­ter for each piece of lug­gage, the air­port and if it is at night.

Visas

If you are an EU ci­ti­zen, you do not need a visa. If you are a non-EU ci­ti­zen you will need a valid pass­port and de­pend­ing on your coun­try of ori­gin, you might need a visa; you could ob­tain a visa through the Ital­ian Con­sulate near­est to your res­i­dence.

Get­ting around

There are buses, trains and trams as part of the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in Pa­lermo, but it is rec­om­mended that walk­ing is the best way to reach the sites, or to hire a car with a driver for the day. It is pos­si­ble to rent a car, but driv­ing in Si­cily can be an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and it can be dif­fi­cult to find park­ing.

The Es­sen­tials

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT + 1 Lan­guage: Ital­ian is the of­fi­cial lan­guage, with English widely spo­ken in the cities and main tourist ar­eas. Elec­tri­cal cur­rent/ plugs: Plug sock­ets have ei­ther two or three round pins with a cur­rent of 230V AC, 50Hv. Cul­ture: Ital­ians are warm and wel­com­ing, while quite tra­di­tional. Wa­ter: Tap wa­ter is safe to drink in Italy, although bot­tled wa­ter is read­ily avail­able. Pol­i­tics: Italy is a re­pub­lic with a Head of State.

Money

Cur­rency: The cur­rency in Italy is the Euro (EUR; sym­bol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in de­nom­i­na­tions of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in de­nom­i­na­tions of €2 and 1, and 50, 20,

10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

ATMs are widely avail­able through­out Pa­lermo. Look for the Ban­co­mat sign for ma­chines with mul­ti­lin­gual in­ter­faces.

Credit cards: MasterCard, Cir­rus, Mae­stro and Visa are widely ac­cepted. Some small guest­houses, trat­to­rias and shops don't take credit cards, and you can't al­ways use them at petrol sta­tions, park­ing me­ters or mo­tor­way ticket bar­ri­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion

If you are look­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion in Si­cily try Mas­simo Vil­las who of­fer fan­tas­tic ac­com­mo­da­tion through­out the Is­land. www.Mas­si­movil­las.com.

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