We recently discovered that it is easy for us to drive to the Catania. So if you want to fly into Catania that would be good also. However, if the tickets are more expensive, we don't mind going to Palermo.
Direstions to Montedoro:
to Montedoro from Palermo Airport:
Here is a map of Sicily. To see where Montedoro is located click on the Caltanissetta region. It will be west and slightly south of the city of Caltanissetta.
Start shopping around, the sooner the better especially if you are flying during a peak season. You can maybe get good rates by taking advantage of some special to any city in Europe and then making a connection to either Rome (Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport)or Palermo (Punta Raisi airport)on a cheaper airline. We were told that there are some new start up companies like Jet Blue in Europe that have inexpensive flight between cities in Europe. Be sure to check what airport they fly out of. They are:
www.ryanair.com i.e. flies
between England and Palermo for $30
For us it would be best if you fly into Palermo airport because we are only an hour from that airport and we may be able to pick you up if you are not planning to do sight seeing on your own. Otherswise, it may be a good idea to rent a car in Palermo. If you plan to visit other cities or countries first you have many options for how to get to us. You can fly (see list of airlines above) you can drive( see rental car info below), you can take a train (from Rome) or you can take a ferry from Naples. To get to Naples from Rome you will either need to take a car or a train. I heard that there is a good bus system, but I haven't ever used it. I have done all of the above and they each have their advantages and disadvantages.
Driving: be ready to be aggressive! People in Italy (or I should say men because you don't see many women on the highway) drive very fast. If you can hold your own and aren't intimidated by honking and lights flickering behind you then driving can be fun. You get to see some out of the way places along the way and can make your own schedule.Driving from Rome to Montedoro will take about 10 hours or more. If you are not on a tight time frame, it would be a good way to see Southern Italy.
YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED AN INTERNATIONAL LICENCE. these are easy to obtain at any AAA.
Train: If you have the time and want a real cultural experience then the train is the way to go. You will be in a car with many Italians who will be very curious about you and if you can figure out how to communicate you can get into a great political discussion. If not, observing cultural behaviors and practices is facinating. The train goes on a ferry to Sicily which is fun to experience. The train will take you right to Palermo. You can maybe rent a car when you get to Palermo, if you choose this option. I understand that it is cheaper to buy a pass before you leavee the states. They sell passes by the week.. You can either go on the web (Eurail) or go to a travel agent to purchase a ticket.
Ferry: We discovered a great way to travel between Sicily and Italy! If you have a car that you may have rented in Rome or some other city, you can get the ferry to Palermo in either Rome or Naple. The ferry leaves twice a day. I think one is in the morning and the other is in the evening at about 8:00pm and arrives in Palermo 12 hours later (around 8:00am). There are restaurants on the ferry and sleeping rooms. It is almost like getting a hotel overnight and not having to drive all the way through the south. This will save time and you will get a good night sleep. It can be a little expensive 417Euro for a round trip ticket which included our cabin (50 Euro per person/night and the cost of the car (70 Euro/each way). These are all estimates and prices may have increased. It is cheaper to purchase your ticket ahead of time on their website. It is all in Italian and be careful because what seems like a reservation may not be. I think you are required to send in some kind of deposit ahead of time.I also think you can purchase your ticket through a travel agent. Here is the contact information: www.tirrenia.it, telephone: 199 123 199
Bus: It is best to buy a guide or look this info up on the web.