Self-driving in Sicily – so worth it!

A car is essential to see the best of Sicily.

Sicily was a true highlight of our travels. We dreamed of a traditional villa overlooking the sea where we could relax with friends (and found it).

The villa was walking distance from stunning Scopello.
Overlooked by an ancient tower.

We wanted to hike rugged landscapes and swim in crystal clear coves.

Setting out to hike the Zingaro nature reserve.

We were keen to explore the relics of diverse cultures, from the Ancient Greeks and Romans, to the Moors, Crusaders and others too numerous to name.

Bible stories related in stunning mosaics in the Norman Cattedrale di Monreale.

And we were super excited about the prospect of gorging on delicious Sicilian food…

To do everything that we wanted hiring a car was absolutely essential. While you can move between cities and towns by bus or sometimes train, your own transport is needed to get out into the countryside, to more remote beaches and to many tourist sites.

We were nervous about hiring a rental car in Sicily, where there are many stories of rip-offs, and we were also concerned about how we would cope driving on the wrong side of the road in a place where road rules are routinely disregarded. While there were a few tense moments, particularly in and around the capital, Palermo, on the whole it was easier than expected. We were careful to purchase insurance in advance from a third provider and took comprehensive ‘before’ photos on picking up the car. As it happened, the service we received from the car company was exemplary and we had no problems at all.

A ‘parked’ car in Palermo!

Our successful Sicilian holiday was all the sweeter for the time spent and memories created with our great group of friends.

The Sicily crew having drinks and dinner in the Baglio at Scopello.
Followed by ice cream, of course.
And it’s party time on the terrace!
And that’s all folks.

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