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Making the Most of Palermo, Sicily

Making the Most of Palermo, Sicily

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GETTING TO SICILY

The Disney Magic berths at Palermo’s Stazione Marittima on Molo Vittorio Veneto. You’ll pull up right alongside the cruise terminal, which has small gift shops, a cafeteria, ATMs, phones, and Internet access (€4/hour). From the pier you can catch a taxi, take a carriage ride, or walk directly into town for shopping and sightseeing. Disembarkation time is approximately 8:00 am and you’ll need to be back onboard around 4:45 pm. The 10-night cruises arrive in Palermo on a Friday.

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GETTING AROUND SICILY

Palermo is a port designed for walking—the city center is less than a third of a mile (500 meters) from the pier. Most of the important museums, monuments, and palaces are all within walking distance in the “old town.” Just be aware that the old town is composed of a lot of little streets going every which way—be sure you have a good map with you to avoid getting lost. • Taxis are plentiful, if pricey, in Palermo. Taxis are available from taxi stands—of which there are plenty—rather than hailing them from the street. Be sure to establish the price of the ride before getting into the taxi to avoid being overcharged. Taxis charge approximately €3,50 for the meter drop, €2,25 for the first kilometer, and €.65 for each kilometer thereafter. If a taxi figures largely into your plans, consider researching and booking a taxi in advance online at a site like http://www.alantrip.com. You can also use taxis for sightseeing tours—ask your driver about this option. • A romantic, pricey transportation option are the many elaborate horse-drawn carriages, known as carrozza, lined up along the streets in tourist areas. Expect to pay €40–60 for an hour’s ride around the city, but you may be able to barter that price down a bit. • Thinking about renting a car? Don’t do it—Palermo has bad traffic and a lot of one-way streets. • Buses are available, but they are time-consuming and we don’t recommend you waste time on them during what little time you have in port.

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STAYING SAFE IN SICILY

Palermo’s famous for its mafia, but this doesn’t cause a concern for tourists. Instead, focus on keeping your valuables safe and avoiding pickpockets. Beware of purse snatchers on mopeds—don’t carry large purses. Traffic is also little crazy around here, so be very careful when crossing streets. Women should be aware that Italian men can be romantically enthusiastic, for lack of a better term—just ignore catcalls and invitations, and avoid travelling alone in secluded areas.

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Top Photo Slice: Tony and Margaret on board the Disney Magic, docked in Palermo, Sicily (℗ 16708) Photo contributed by © MickeyWatch



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