In order to break up the long trip from Germany to Sicily, we took an overnight ferry from Genoa. This saved us about half the way on the road. The coach ride from Marburg to Genoa was already long enough. When we arrived in Genoa in the late afternoon it was almost time for boarding. So we did not have time to see anything of Genoa except the port. Does this count as "having been there"? I think not.
The large ferry - according to my photos the ferry company was Grimaldi Lines - left Genoa at dusk. Due to dinner time for the group, we could not really enjoy the evening view of the city. We were assigned our cabins and I must have gone to bed rather early. At least i do not remember anything about partying on board.
The first glimpse of Sicily
In the next morning we were far out in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The day was mostly spent on deck, relaxing in a deck chair and chatting to some people I knew. The ferry ride took almost 24 hours. Just before dusk we approached Palermo. We were greeted with a beautiful sunset behind Capo Gallo. A full moon rose above Bagheria on the other side. When the ferry pulled into the port of Palermo it was already getting dark, and until everyone including the big coach were unloaded it was pitch dark. Since our hotel was located far out in the sticks beyond the airport (tour companies, eh!), we were facing another lengthy ride on the coach, and the driver was rather stressed because finding the way was not easy. With the help of a friendly local and my language skills we finally made it to the hotel.