Port Change to Palermo - Suggestions for Romantic Day?
My husband and I are traveling on a med cruise in a few months. On
our anniversary, our ship was going to make a stop in Naples. We'd
decided to spend the day on the Amalfi coast, visiting Sorrento,
Positano, and Amalfi -- a nice anniversary excursion. Now, our ship
has canceled the Naples stop, and substituted a stop in Palermo,
Since this is our anniversary, I'd like to go somewhere that is quaint
and romantic. I've just started researching the surrounding areas,
and see that Cefalu seems nice. I thought about spending most of our
day in Cefalu, while reserving a little time in the late afternoon for
exploring Palermo. Any thoughts? Has anyone gone to Cefalu? If so,
have you traveled by train from Palermo to Cefalu? It looks like
there are hourly trains between the cities, but I'm not sure about
their reliability. For that reason, we might consider booking the
ship's excursion to Cefalu. I would just prefer to be on our own for
our special day. Any other thoughts about what to do?
Cefalu is a 45 min train ride from Palermo; trains depart Palermo for Cefalu at about half hour intervals throughout the day. It’s a nice seaside town with some really nice restaurants and beaches.
Try to visit at least one of the markets in Palermo. We visited Il Capo Market which has a very Arab flavor to it. There’s another market called Vucceria. It’s best to visit the market in the morning because that’s when you’ll see all the action. If shopping is more interesting, there’s a main shopping streets between Teatro Massimo and Piazza Politeama. BTW, Il Capo is behind Teatro Massimo. Try to have a traditional Sicilian lunch at either Cucina Papoff or Le Tre Sorelle and for dessert try the cannelloni at Spinnato.
If you and your husband enjoy wine, try a wine tour. A nice winery to visit is Duca di Salaparuta winery is about an hour east of Palermo. If you love wine and mafia history, visit Corleone. There’s a cathedral in Monreale (outstide of Palermo) that has a famous cathedral; The interior walls are decorated with almost 70,000 square feet of gold and mosaics. But that’s about the only thing to see there
We're on Brilliance of the Seas which sails on September 14. RCCL didn't specify a reason for the change. We found out via an e-mail message which mentioned refunds for shore excursions purchased for our original port of call on that day, which was Naples. We were planning on spending the day in Sorrento and Positano.
As much as I was looking forward to the Amalfi coast, I've "embraced" the new port of call, and look forward to seeing Palermo/Cefalu. Might as well be optimistic, and I have seen some beautiful photos of that area.