|Subject: Palermo, Sicily|
My vote would go to Palermo, for both its art treasures and
delicious food. Siracusa and Agrigento are also good choices,
bit hard for sightseeing without a car.
You already got a lot of very good advice about Sicily, so
nothing to be added from me, except some practical informations.
Both Palermo and Catania are large cities and tourist destinations,
therefore caution must be always in your mind. Even if Sicily
homeland of historical Mafia, you won't see it around. The major
trouble comes as usual from petty street crime (theft, purse-
snatching, break-ins, scams). Violent crimes are extremely
As usual, basic prevention works fine there and everywhere.
every people approching you on the streets are thieves or scammers,
some are just vendors or horsedrawn-carriage drivers; you need
alert but not paranoid (well, maybe only a bit). You can always
the hotel people if there are areas to avoid or times of the
unsuitable for walking around.
About low cost air company, try http://www.volareweb.com ,
from Rome to both Palermo and Catania
Bye Paolo Trieste, Italy