Destinations / Regions:
Catania, Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Agrigento, Marsala and Palermo
October 6th – October 13th 2019
Emergency contact information:
Francesca +39 329 193 6863
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DON’T FORGET TO PACK
- Comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Umbrella, Rain jacket and a sweater.
- Some cash for your personal expenses. Credit cards are widely accepted.
- Your appetite and thirst…!
We recommend packing some warmer layers for evenings out at the local bars and restaurants.
Hotel — In addition to your voucher you also need to present your passport at check-in. Some hotels will hold your passport for a short time in order to enter your information in their system. Some hotels do not need a voucher.
Please also note that the hotel city taxes are not included in your package and you will be asked to pay directly at the hotel.
Printing: You don’t need to print any of these ticket/vouchers as long as you have access to these electronic files to show to the hotel, tour guide or train supervisor.
Frequently Asked Questions: Click Here
DRIVING IN ITALY
Italian drivers are fast, aggressive and skillful. Lane hopping and late braking are the norm and it’s not uncommon to see cars tailgating at 130km/h. Don’t expect people to slow down for you or let you out. Rather, seize the moment. As soon as you see a gap, go for it. Italians expect the unexpected and react swiftly but they’re not used to ditherers so whatever you do, do it decisively.
Much driving etiquette is dictated by unwritten rules. Flashing, for example, means ‘Get out of the way’ or ‘Don’t pull out because I’m not stopping’. But if an approaching car flashes you, it’s warning you that there’s a police check ahead. Similarly, the car horn can mean everything from ‘Watch out’ to ‘Ciao’ to ‘Let’s celebrate, the traffic light’s just turned green’.
When driving in cities watch out for traffic restrictions. Many city centres are off-limits to unauthorised traffic and if you slip into a ZTL (zona a traffico limitato – reduced traffic zone) you risk being caught on camera and fined. City driving also involves dealing with one-way systems, scooters appearing out of nowhere and narrow streets better suited to horse-drawn chariots than modern cars. To escape the worst mayhem, drive in the early afternoon when traffic is at its lightest and parking is easier. Which brings us to…
Parking is a major headache. Space is at a premium in towns and cities and Italy’s traffic wardens are annoyingly efficient. Car parks do exist but they usually fill up quickly, leaving you to park on the streets. If you park between blue lines make sure to get a ticket from the nearest meter (coins only) or tabaccaio (tobacconist) and display it on your dashboard. Note, however, that charges don’t apply overnight, typically between 8pm and 8am.
You’ll find filling stations all over but smaller ones tend to close between about 1pm and 3.30pm and on Sunday afternoons. This isn’t as irritating as it might sound as many have self-service (fai da te) pumps that you can use any time. Simply insert a bank note into the payment machine and press the number of the pump you want. Remembering, of course, to distinguish between benzina (petrol) and gasolio (diesel).