Q: Is driving in Sicily safe?
A: Driving in Sicily is generally safe while can be stressful inside Catania and Palermo. It is important not to leave your belongings in the car – preferably not even in the trunk. It happens that the cars are stolen here and there in Sicily, and someone may break the window. It may happen for a bag or a camera left in the car. We advise to look for secured parking or paid parking (garages or street parking on the blue lines in the cities). However, paid parking isn’t necessarily secured.
Q: Should I drive?
A: If you prefer driving to public transportation, and if you are planning to enrich your vacation with half-day/one-day trips, then driving is the best option to explore the island. Driving outside of the big cities (Palermo, Catania) will not be difficult. Some people prefer not to drive in/to Taormina and Castelmola because of the hilly and narrow roads. Navigation (GPS) is highly recommended.
Q: Where to park?
Blue lines are usually for paid parking, white lines are for free parking. Sometimes you can park where there are no lines (and where rules and common sense do not forbid that). Do not park on yellow lines. We advise to always read the parking-related information in the area where you’d like to park. It may contain important information about seasonal cost, exceptions etc.
Q: Which car rental company should I choose to travel?
A: Book with a reputable broker like Auto Europe, and a reliable internationally known supplier agencies like Europcar, Hertz, or Avis. For driving a rented car in Sicily we recommend to maximize your insurance coverage, read thoroughly the Terms & Conditions of your contract. In addition to that, make sure to document the car’s condition with photos at collection and return, keep an additional copy of your contract, and secure a signature from a company representative on return.
Q: Are roads good?
A: The big roads, especially highways, in Sicily are good for driving. Prefer highways where possible. In the south of Sicily there are no highways (all along the coast from Rosolini in Siracuse province to Trapani). For this reason, the travel will take longer than the same distance on the highway. Keep this in mind when you plan your trip and check Michelin guide for timings, if necessary.