The view from the mountaintop village of Erice tow...
Rock climbing in Sicily offers everything from big wall multi-pitch rock climbing to single pitch sports routes, with the added bonus of visiting an island steeped thousands of years of civilization and culture. The rock climbing here offers a great sense of adventure and there is a warmth and hospitality from the islands population that is always willing to help tourists and foreigners.
Sicily is served by two main airports: Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Palermo (West side of the island) and Fontana Rossa Airport in Catania (East side of the island). Both airports are connected daily to numerous Italian and international destinations. In Trapani, a third airport, the Vincenzo Florio, is served by AirOne airline, Ryanair and charter flights.
The Strait of Messina can be crossed by train, as the train crosses via ferryboat. It takes about 15 hours to reach Sicily from Milan by train. Trains from Rome/Naples to Sicily are divided into sections, so make sure that you are in the correct section (carriages are labelled with their destination, and your seat booking should be in the appropriate section). Before crossing the Strait of Messina by ferry, several carriages head off to Reggio di Calabria. The parts of the train that make the crossing trundle away from Messina in different directions; part to Syracuse (via Taormina and Catania) and part to Palermo. The train rolls on and off the boats at Villa San Giovanni and Messina. The lines Milan-Rome and Milan-Naples are operated by Eurostar; from Rome and Naples by Intercity. For more information and schedules, visit the official web site of Treni Italia.
The transportation between Italy and Sicily is done by boat. Ferryboats and hydrofoils go back and forth from Messina to Reggio di Calabria and/or Villa San Giovanni. Depending on the type of transportation, it takes from 25 to 45 minutes to cross the Strait (hydrofoils usually take no longer than 15 minutes). Reservations are not needed since boats and hydrofoils usually leave every 30 minutes. The Società Caronte Shipping operates the ferryboats; SNAV operates the hydrofoils.
The Strait of Messina is actually crossed by boat in this case. Cars are parked onto ferryboats that cross the sea. There are quite a few ferry companies that offer the transportation of your car from Villa San Giovanni, Genova, Livorno, Cagliari and Napoli to Messina, Palermo, and Trapani.
The Strait of Messina can be crossed by bus, ar the bus crosses via ferryboat.
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The massive amount of rock above Palermo.
Doric ruins in the Valle dei Templi, Agrigento.
The beautiful coastline of the Zingaro National Pa...
By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Jun 15, 2012
Sicily is an island of many contrasts. Beautiful, pristine, clean country sides, beaches and towns; except where trash is piled waist high. The nicest, friendliest, hospitable people you could hope for; except for when they are behind the wheel of their cars. Beautiful fine sand beaches and rocky craggy shorelines. Fertile planes and mountains. There is one consistency, the limestone is beautiful and extremely fun to climb. The rock can be vertical and sharp or steep with tuffas. You can pick crags that are in the mountains or crags that jut up from the sea. What ever type of limestone climbing you could dream of Sicily has it, with the added bonus of historical sites and good cheap food.
Sicily is a big island, a car is required if you want easy access to the climbing and sites. Lodging accommodations are abundant, camping, hotels, apartments, and villas can be found anywhere on the island. If you are into camping San Vito Lo Capo is the perfect spot with choices of primitive sites along the sea and developed camping. The camping area of El Bahira (near S.V.L.C.) has everything from tent sites to cabins, with hundreds of routes within a few minutes walk.
Sicily is a magical and complicated island that should not be missed by the adventurous climber/traveler. Navigate the crazy streets of Palermo then visit the small mountain top towns like Erice. Adventure is around every corner on the island of the Cyclops.