Undoubtedly renting a car is the best way to visit Sicily. In the airports of the biggest cities, such as Catania or Palermo, you can rent a car to travel around the island. The road network has also free highways, such as the Catania – Palermo highway, the Catania – Messina highway (it is applied a charge only for a short distance), the Palermo – Trapani – Mazara del Vallo highway and the Palermo – Messina toll motorway, recently completed.
The mountainous areas do not have the same infrastructure and it is common to find paths with several curves. The roads do not partially have signs and markings, and sometimes have holes. On the road you should be careful, though Sicilian drivers are not too dangerous because the deficiencies in the use of flashing arrows and the state of the roads make them very careful, with some exceptions regarding the speed limits.
Car Hire / Rental in Sicily – Special Cheaps Offers
It is common to have many interesting places to visit within few kilometres and these are not always well connected by buses and trains. Renting a car will avoid unnecessary loss of time. The price for car rental and fuel is higher than abroad, so you would better to rent a GPL car to save money.
Regarding to driving, the reputation of Italian drivers has no boundaries and Sicily is not an exception. The driving rules are not always respected, and the use of arrows is replaced by gestures, accelerations or beeps.
Map of Sicilian roads
Perhaps you should think twice before hire a car to visit the biggest Sicilian cities, because traffic jams are very frequent. Here some tips for those who rent a car in Sicily: pay attention to your parking place and to possible muggings committed by motorcyclists. Don’t leave objects in the car when you park it.
Information about distances between the major cities and Sicilian airports