I've spent nearly 7 weeks off and on in Sicily as a solo female traveler and have had no problems as far as safety (driving is another matter) is concerned. Just take the normal precautions you would when out of your home territory. Even Palermo wasn't as scary as I thought.
Then again I like Naples.
Thank you very much for your feedback. Much appreciated.
As long as you stay in the big streets there will be no problem. If you don't want a lot of male attention, paint your hair brown or black (or blond if you just want to have attention). Sicilian people are very talkative to strangers so if you're open for that you can have very nice conversations!
Welcome to Sicily NoodleNoodle!
In additions to TABarrett’s comments, comments from newyorkerinsicily, sicilianirish, rosieonvacation, debdancing, Zerlina and Alia_Aliena may reassure you - They were all solo female travellers in Sicily.
Palermo or NO Palermo - but as a lone female ... Good Idea??:
Safety in Sicily for a lone woman traveler:
Just how unsafe?:
Palermo for the first time--Questions!!!!:
There’s more frequent service to Pozzallo, and only service to Catania on Saturdays.
Without a car, Catania would offer more convenient public transport than Pozzallo.
And ultimately your intended destinations would determine which would be in nearerproximity – Modica, Ragusa, and Siracusa for an entry at Pozzallo; and Taormina, Etna, and Sicracusa with an arrival in Catania.
Thank you for info. have read through everything and feel all good to go.
I will need to catch public transport for my travels. So first stop Catania. So how to divide a week of travel.
Do I spend the night in Catania?
Mount Etna - best to base from Catania or Taormina?
back to Catania to fly out.
Any good cooking classes you could recommend for a few hours or a day?
Any good places that maybe off the beaten track? Not super touristy, I love getting into the local vibe.
Good chill out and relax places?
The Virtu Ferries schedules for autumn just haven’t posted yet. The new schedules are expected to post by the end of August or the beginning of September.
The service from Malta to Pozzallo in summer runs every day of the week but Saturday, and this service will continue through autumn and winter.
But if Catania is your destination, then yes, fly Air Malta from Malta to Catania.
The only public transport to Mount Etna is the AST bus from Catania, but there are many excursions available from Catania or Taormina.
Which appeals, a “real” large Sicilian city (Catania) or a medieval tourist resort town (Taormina)?
You might appreciate Aninka’s comparison…
Catania or taormina, advise please:
You might enjoy cookery class in Taormina, Siracusa, or Viagrande.
Fabulous. Prego Prego. Will have a good look at all your suggestions.
Caio for now