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The Best Way To Italy's Salina Island

April 16, 2010

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THE BEST WAY TO ITALY'S SALINA ISLAND
From LAX
, connecting service (change of planes) to Catania on Sicily is offered on Swiss, Air France, Lufthansa, Air France, US Airways and United. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $604.
Salina can be reached by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, Palermo, Messina and Milazzo. The trip from Milazzo is the shortest, taking about 90 minutes, and costs about $25 one way (though rates and schedules vary). For information contact Ustica,
http://www.usticalines.it,
or Siremar,
http://www.siremar.it
.
TELEPHONES
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (country code for Italy) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel L'Ariana
, 090-98-09-075,
http://www.hotelariana.it
, is a guesthouse in a marvelous old villa overlooking the port of Rinella. Standard doubles from $148, including breakfast.
Hotel Punta Scario
, 090-98-44-139,
http://www.hotel
puntascario.it
, is a simple and charming place at the edge of the cliff in Malfa. All 17 rooms have sea views. There is no pool, but Punta Scario beach is a 10-minute walk down the hill. Doubles from $121, including breakfast.
Hotel Signum
, 090-98-44-222,
http://www.hotelsignum.it
, is one of my favorite hotels in the world, in Malfa above the beautiful shingle beach at Punta Scario. Small, stylish and unostentatious, it has a terrific restaurant, infinity pool and spa. Doubles from $175, including breakfast.
La Salina Borgo di Mare
, 090-98-43-441,
http://www.lasalina
hotel.com
, is a manicured vacation village near the salt flats and lighthouse of Lingua. Doubles $175, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
The restaurant at the Hotel Signum
(see above) is one of the best on the island; specialties include fresh fish, pasta and risotto; three-course dinner about $50 per person, not including wine.
Da Alfredo
, Piazza Marina Garibaldi, 090-98-43-075, is a Salina institution in the hamlet of Lingua, famous for fresh fruit granitas and gigantic
pane cunzat
o sandwiches stuffed with tuna, tomatoes, capers, mozzarella and other Italian delicacies; about $10 for a light meal.
'nni Lausta
, 188 Via Risorgimento, 090-984-34-86,
http://www.isolasalina.com
, offers Salina-style nouvelle cuisine on the main street in the port of Santa Marina Salina; three-course dinner about $50 per person, not including wine.
TO LEARN MORE
Italian Government Tourist Board
,
http://www.italiantourism.com
.

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