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Surfing for Hotels

There's no shortage of sites from which to choose and book a hotel -- Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, and Hotwire Hotels.com, Quikbook (www.quikbook.com), and Travelaxe (www.travelaxe.net). To do a Sicily-specific hotel search, you can try Best of Sicily (www.bestofsicily.com). Once you've booked, it's a good idea to get a confirmation number and make a printout of your receipt.

It's a lovely pool...but can you use it? -- When booking a hotel, especially in summer, don't automatically assume that just because it has a pool you'll be able to lounge around poolside all day long -- many hotels and agriturismi are popular venues for weddings, which means holding a poolside reception in the warmer months is often the norm, therefore inconveniencing hotel clients who choose the hotel purposely for the pool facilities. If in doubt, call or e-mail first, and then make your final decision.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.