Chase the winter blues with a trip to sunny Sicily and Rome


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois – Taking advantage of winter prices to Europe makes sense, but taking advantage of winter prices to a destination with pleasant weather makes even more sense. TourCrafters has put together a Rome and Sicily Special that’s the perfect answer to winter blues. Winter in Rome is always mild and perfect for sightseeing, and in sunny Sicily, orange groves are in bloom now and clouds of almond blossoms burst forth in early February.

The starting price for the 7-day/6-night midweek package is US$699, including round-trip air from New York, arrival transfer in Rome, flights in Italy, a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour of Rome, 3 nights accommodation at the Rome Garden Hotel, 3 nights at the Porta Felice Hotel in Palermo, daily breakfast, hotel service fees, and charges. The package is valid until March 15, 2012.

There are optional tours of Rome available, but there’s also free time to enjoy an aperitivo at Terrazza Caffarelli in Rome’s Piazza Venezia, take in the shops on Via Condotti, dine on spaghetti carbonara in Trastevere and sightsee in the Roman Forum and Vatican Museums. In Palermo, you’ll want to gaze at the beautiful palazzi and churches, take pictures in the Vucciria market, relax with a coffee and brioche (a pastry filled with ice cream), and take an optional side trip to Monreale to see the 12th-century Norman cathedral with its splendid mosaics.

The package is also available in an 8-day/7-night version and hotel upgrades are available. All prices are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include fuel surcharges of approximately US$420, airport taxes of approximately US$105, or minimal city taxes that must be paid directly to the hotels in euros.

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