February 2nd, 2010
After exploring Rome, the capital of Italy, I wanted to visit Sicily and visit the sights of Messina, Taormina, Catania, Agrigento and other places. After arriving in Messina, more about that in my future blogs, I rented a car to get around the island to eventually reach my final destination: Palermo.
My initial plan was to spend several days in Palermo too and see some of this southern capital but unfortunately my time schedule wouldn't let me. I did have some time to drive around the city, enjoy a real Sicilian granita at the Colorado Beach Gelateria on Via Simone Guli,close to Piazza Aquasanta and take some pictures of the street panorama. Piazza Acquasanta is built in a cortile between tall buildings on one side and in front of a harbour on the other side. Its a great place to sit down and enjoy the view.
From Palermo I wanted to head back to the main land by traghetto so the most important thing was to purchase a ferry ticket to get from Palermo to Naples. I could have taken the ferry back to Rome but since I had never been to Naples I decided to take a different route.
The tickets for the Tirrenia ferry can be purchased in the harbour area of Palermo where you will find a ticket office. The ferry ride costs about 100 euro one-way so it isn't the most economical option compared to flying but it sure will be a different experience!
To prepare myself I already checked in advance from where my ferry would depart which was pretty confusing so I was happy I did. In the end everything worked out and I got on time on the ferry which wasn't the case for everybody. Just when the boat was ready to leave the harbour another family arrived and started shouting that they couldnt miss the ferry and needed to get on board. Unfortunately for them the captain couldnt stop the engines to let them board the ferry so the boat departed anyway..
The ferry trip was great, except for all the barking dogs, and the next morning, after a nice breakfast I arrived in Naples where the sun was shining bright at 5 am.
Did you enjoy The traghetto from Palermo to Naples and have you been on a holiday in Palermo, Italy?
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