Italy for winter - advice svp?

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  1. sciac2001

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    Hello peeps!
    Have spent last two winters in Spain but as we find ourselves at the start of an Italian tour - currently only in Trento - we are toying with the idea that over-wintering in Italia may make a pleasant change.

    We have been told however that Italy almost closes down in winter and that we'd get pretty bored soon. Has anybody esperienced over-wintering in this neck of the European woods?

    We would like the temperature to be a la Mediterranean Spain or similar. Travelling distance not an issue as we plan to tour wherever the fancy takes us. Sicily is a particular region that I am very interested in.
    Any recommendations, advice, guidance etc mucho appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. Judge Mental

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    Sicily I would think..many get ferry from Genoa I think? as its a long drive on rubbish roads when you head south. Not as popular as Spain but we fancy trying it in the future
     
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    Brrrrr
     
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    Not at all.... Meet a couple a few years back when on way home from Spain ( waiting for delayed ferry) it was May. They had been in Sicily all winter and were heavily tanned...

    Med Spain probably more reliable and busier..
     
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    Mainland Italy can be unbelievably cold in winter. Any winds from the East /North East are cold and they seem to miss any warm air that might circulate up across the med.
    I'd think Sicily would give you the best chance of above freezing temperatures but unlikely to be as warm as southern Spain. Expect 9-13c day temps but of course any full on sun will raise that.
     
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    Puglia is warm in winter according to my friend who has a house there...
     
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    I just repeated what she said!! She is Italian and hates the cold! I didn't say it was hot!
     
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    Search on here,last year a Funster enjoyed winter in Sicily.
     
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    Have spent a winter in Sicily and enjoyed it very much . Not roasting hot but very comfortable . Drive down visiting Rome , Positano and Pompii en route . Ferry back Palermo to Genoa. Palermo driving was horrible !!
     
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    Thanks. Could I ask where you stayed ?
    Cheers
     
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    No probs . En route or on Sicily ? Is a number of years ago so sites might not be the same but will look out my diary . The person who has been there more recently in winter is Gary alias Flatpack Chicken so might be worth messaging him too :)
    Our first site was in view of Etna. Amazing sight .
     
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    On Sicily we stayed at Camping Almoetia ( great views of Etna ) Agrigento next stop but didn't note the camp site !! site at Katibubbo was new and in a lovely spot and not far to beach . Diary ran out after that !! sorry :-( But Judgemental has given you good advice . We were there in 2006 !! Didn't realize it was so long ago !
     
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    I just wrote a post in another thread about a Sicilian friend who is collecting and sharing tons of information about touring in sicily. You have to write him a mail ... but i don't know if it is allowed to post mail-addresses here. Just let me know. Thanks
     
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    The bay of Naples is a must. Plenty to do stay at the ASCI campsite at the gates of Pompey next to the train station and you can have a different interesting excursion cheaply by train every day for a fortnight. Throw in a ferry and there is even a day trip to Capri, take sandwiches (it's bloody expensive but worth it particularly if you take a boat trip around it.

    Dick
     
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