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»» Sicily Day Trip from Malta

A Mediterranean holiday in Malta offers the chance to plan great day trips to Sicily.
It is an option those who choose Malta holidays don’t consider often.
However it is a very viable and affordable option. Below we explain why.

Sicily is not far from Malta. You can travel from Malta to Sicily by plane or by ferry.
By plane, you have daily direct flights from Malta to Catania’s Fontanarossa airport. Air Malta and Meridiana, are le two airlines flying this route. You can see details and schedule, on the Malta airport website.

Lemon groves in Sicily

Once you arrive in Catania, you also have the chance to plan excursions to Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe.

By ferry, you have a variety of options to get to Sicily from Malta.
You could opt for the Malta – Palermo route — the longer one — or Malta – Catania, or Malta – Pozzallo.
The Malta – Catania ride (fares starting from 80 euro) will take you 3 and 1/2 hours, so it appears to be not suitable for a day trip.
Malta – Pozzallo (fares starting from 60 euro) will take you 1 and 1/2 hours.
You can see details of the ferry services between Malta and Sicily on the websites of the ferry companies.

Sometimes, some ferry companies also offer Malta-Sicily day trip packages (virtuferries.com is the finest example). That appears be the best option for a day trip. For as low as around 100 euro you can buy one of these packages.

A Malta – Sicily day trip package could include, for example: the trip between Malta and Pozzallo (Sicily), the transfer to Mount Etna and the climb to the crater of the volcano, the visit to the baroque town of Modica and few stops in villages located along the trail for sampling and buying local delicacies. This area of Sicily gained a reputation for producing excellent wines, high quality cheese, almond sweets and honey.
Also you’ll enjoy fantastic landscapes, with the lower slopes of the volcano adorned with groves of oranges, lemons and other gorgeous Mediterranean flora.

At the end of the day, you’ll get a stunning day trip offered at an affordable price allowing you to save time and money. A day trip package definitely seems to be the best option to choose when it comes to planning day trips from Malta to Sicily.


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»» Touring the White Truffle Land: Alba and Langhe, in Piedmont

The white truffle, the valued tuber that can only be found in a very limited number of areas in Italy, is one of the specialties that only a few have a chance to taste. Increasingly visitors to Italy are looking for guided tours that give them the chance to know more about truffle hunting and the best way to buy or taste this valued tuber — Tuber Magnatum Pico. You could find a number of group tours offering that chance.
Alternatively, you could opt for cheap all inclusive holidays offering travel packages to Piedmont or Tuscany and Umbria, the areas where the white truffle can be mostly found.

These travel packages usually include gourmet and wine tours, tasting sessions, visits to truffle festivals and fairs.

At truffle festivals or fairs you can buy white truffles at best prices.

In Piedmont, you could visit a number of truffle festivals taking place in October and November, especially in the little towns located in the Langhe area — one of the most important white truffle growing zones in the world — where you’ll also be able to taste lot of specialty foods and recipes based on the truffle along with excellent local wines.
The “Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba” — Alba International White Truffle Fair — is the most important white truffle market. It take places in Alba, town situated at the heart of the Langhe area, from early October to mid November.

Alba International White Truffle Fair is an event featuring a truffle fair, a truffle market — where you can also buy truffle-related produce and Piedmontese speciality foods, a historic festival and many other cultural and gourmet events.
For more details and the program of Alba International White Truffle Fair, you can visit http://fieradeltartufo.org.


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»» Design Your Own Wine Tour in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the favorite destinations in Italy for wine tours.
Land well known for its stunning countryside landscapes, art, history, Tuscany is also one of the most recognized areas of the country for producing excellent wines. With its large number of wineries, Tuscany is an ideal holiday destination for wine tourists who are planning a trip to Italy.
When it comes to guided wine tours, wine tourists have a lot of options to choose from, particularly if they opt for group tours.

However, those who want design their own — individual — tour have a decision to take: renting a car and going on their own or going on a tour with a driver.

A tour with a driver could be very expensive. You could pay a price in the region of 500 – 600 Euros a day.

Renting a car would be, not only a cheaper option, it would give you the freedom you need to deeply enjoy your wine tour. It would allow you to visit wineries on your own schedule, to explore the hill-top towns located in the surroundings and stop when you please whilst  touring the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany. 
Also you’d save money. Renting a small-size car — best option for narrow roads you could drive on — would cost 50-70 euro a day. The wineries will charge a fee for wine tastings.
They could offer you a large selection of wines to taste and serve you snacks — Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and other local specialties to pair with the wines. You should expect to pay for this service rates in the region of 10-40 euro.

Which wineries to visit? You can find on the web a large number of wineries providing tastings in Tuscany. Search wineries located in the major wine growing zones of Tuscany: Chianti, Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Most of wineries will require you to fix an appointment when planning a visit.


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»» Tips for Driving in Italy: Where You Need To Rent a Car

For most visitors, driving in Italy is a nightmare. Sometimes, to get to some important tourist destinations, you have to drive on narrow, crowded, steep roads and with lots of curves. Sometimes, parking is hard to find, particularly in the historical cities.

However, Italian drivers is what scares foreign visitors most when they plan to rent a car in Italy.
Italians tend to drive fast and just few inches next to your car. So, driving in Italy, could cause you headaches.
Unfortunately, you can enjoy visits to many important sites, only if you have a car.

The first step is looking for any car rental companies providing you the best value for your money.
If you do a search on the web with keywords such as “Cheap Car Hire Italy“, you’ll get a lot of options to choose from. When it comes to choose the size of your car, you should keep in mind that usually parking is hard to find and that you’ll drive on narrow roads.

About driving on Italian roads, the most important piece of advice I can offer is all you need to do is not be scared of noisy drivers or of people driving their cars just few inches next to your car. You have to relax yourself and take it at your own speed.

- Where you need to rent a car in Italy most.
Tuscany is one of the tourist areas where you need to rent a car. In order to be able to visit and enjoy the large number of hill top towns not well-connected by rail, located in the countryside of Tuscany, you have to drive.
Amalfi Coast is another tourist area you could better enjoy if you have a car. However you could find it challenging driving there. Places to park a car are hard to find and the roads are narrow and crowded. Local residents seem to drive even more dangerously than the average Italian driver. However Amalfi Coast offers alternatives to driving — you have a number of buses connecting all the villages along the coast.
In Umbria, you need to rent a car, particularly for visiting most of medieval hill-top towns located there — for the same reasons seen for Tuscany.
Renting a car would give you chances to better enjoy your trip to Sicily, especially if you plan visits to the Valley of Temples.
Also, you definitely need to rent a car if you plan by yourself any wine tours or visits to wineries located in the countryside.
You need not to rent a car, if your holiday in Italy is mostly about visiting the major art cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Bologna, and Naples.


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