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Sicily Links & Books

Message Boards

These are a great resource for travellers. You can get just about any question answered and find up to date info not always available in guidebooks

Fodor's -Western Europe message board. Very active.

Slowtalk-Message board primarily for Italy.

Lonely Planet Thorntree-Western Europe- Message board for young and budget travelers.

Concierge.com- Basic Italy forum. Doesn't get a lot of traffic.

Agriturismo & Cooking Classes
Gangivecchio -We'll be staying here the first 2 nights. See the link to their cookbooks below.

Anna Tasca Lanza - This is part of the Regaleali Wine Estate. We'll overnight here with cooking classes. See links to cookbooks below.

Agritourism in Sicily- Good, general site of many Agritourismo locations in Sicily.

Cucina del Sole- Eleonora Consoli-
This is one of many links to Cucina Del Sole near Mt. Etna. We might have gone here was well if we had gone to the East Coast of Sicily.

Car Rentals

autoeurope.com This is the comapny I ended up choosing for our 7 day rental. I did so because their price was all inclusive with insurance and $0 deductable. Also, they were highly recommened on many different message boards and they dropped their price by over $200 to match a competative bid I sent them.



Travel Resources

Michelin- Excellent resource site for all of Europe. Give driving maps, distances, lists restaurants & hotels with reviews where ever you want to go. Even lets you save routes and itineraries.

CNN Weather-Palermo

Slowtrav.com-This is the parent site to the slow talk message board. This is a fabulous site with tons of information about traveling in Italy. I particularly like the comprehensive sections about driving.


Random House page about Gangivecchio...



Sicilian.net- Trapani Sightseeing

Best of Sicily.com

http://www.travel-library.com/italy- links to other Italy Travelogues and resources.

Accomodations and Restaurants

Books and Things...
Below are some books and other materials used in the planning of this trip. The book covers are direct links to their pages at Amazon.com, which offers free shipping on most purchases over $25. 
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Lonely Planet Sicily (Sicily, 2nd Ed)by Sally O'Brien, Fionn Davenport

In general, I like the Lonely Planet series, especially for third world locations. I was a little hesitant to buy this one, but I'm glad I did. It's very complete and gives lots of listings for budget restaurants, accomodations, and practical transportation.
Eyewitness Travel Guide to Sicily

This is a beautiful book. It's probably most useful during the planning process as it has hundreds of color photographs and drawings of every place of interest in Sicily. I particularly like the sections called "street-by-street" that give a bird's eye veiw of a neighborhood. It's not particularly good for accomdations and restaurants; it's much better for sightseeing details.

Michelin Map No. 432 Sicily

This is a HUGE, detailed, fold-out, paper map. It will probably be too big to use comfortably in the car, but it seems to show every tiney road and town in Sicily.

by Berndtson

This is a nice looking, laminated road map. it's smaller and less detailed than the Michilin map, but I may buy this one for ease of use.



La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio: Gangivecchio's Sicilian Kitchen by Wanda Tornabene, et al

This is the first book written by Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene. It won the James Beard award for Best Italian Cookbook in 1997.

Sicilian Home Cooking: Family Recipes from Gangivecchio by Wanda Tornabene, et al; Hardcover

This is the book I just bought from them. The recipes look fantastic and the pictures of Gangivecchio just highten my excitement about going there.

The Heart of Sicily: Recipes and Reminiscences of Regaleali, a Country Estate by Anna Tasca Lanza

The Flavors of Sicily
by Anna Tasca Lanza

Fiction & Travel Essays

I haven't read any of these yet, but they all look facinating to me. I hope to read some before or during the trip.

The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily
by Theresa Maggio

Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb
The Leopard
by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe T. Di Lampedusa


 last updated on 12/6/03


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