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Why rent a car in Syracuse?

Located on the Ionian coast of Sicily, Syracuse is most famous for its ancient ruins, which include a Roman amphitheatre and the Teatro Greco. The Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius) has also put Syracuse on the map – a limestone cave shaped like a human ear, christened in 1586 by the painter Caravaggio. Thousands of visitors travel to the unusual spectacle each year to experience the cave’s remarkable acoustics, which mean even the slightest sound resonates throughout the structure. Historic landmarks aside, many tourists are drawn to Syracuse by its typical Sicilian beauty, from medieval lanes and picturesque piazzas to sparkling blue seas. It’s charms are hard to resist.

With a hire car at your fingertips, you will be able to explore Syracuse fully, as well as venture beyond to destinations such as Catania (an hour’s drive), where you can hike up to the iconic Mount Etna or visit the spectacular Catania Cathedral. The Teatro Massimo Bellini is also a must-see of the area – an opera house named after locally born composer Vincenzo Bellini, which boasts an incredibly beautiful, decorative interior that has to be seen to be believed.

How to get to and around Syracuse?

Fly into Catania Fontanarossa Airport and from there it’s an easy 40-minute drive into the centre of Syracuse.

Beyond Syracuse, Vittoria is an hour and a half’s drive, home to the Basilica of St John the Baptist – an impressive Baroque church. Modica is also an hour’s drive, a Unesco World Heritage Site crowned by the spectacular Castello dei Conti, which sits on a hill overlooking the city.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Syracuse to suit every budget and requirement, from Firefly and Goldcar to Europcar.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Syracuse

The Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi is one of the most important archaeological museums in Europe, exhibiting Roman portraits and Old Testament scenes carved from white marble. Exhibits range from the prehistoric, including rocks and fossils from thousands of years ago, through to artefacts from the Greek and Roman colonies that occupied Sicily centuries ago. Meanwhile, the city’s Duomo is also a fantastic attraction – featuring a columned baroque facade and an exquisitely carved statue of the Virgin Mary.

Beyond Syracuse, Ragusa is an hour and a half’s drive from the city, where more fantastic religious buildings await, from the Ragusa Cathedral to the Duomo of San Giorgio. Constructed in 1775, it is considered one of the seven wonders of the Baroque world by historian Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco.

Tips and tricks for driving in Syracuse

Italian drivers are fast and skilful - expect plenty of lane hopping and late braking which will require you to drive with a certain degree of decisiveness. Dithering or uncertainty is not welcome on Italian roads. Most Italian cars are manual, so if your require an automatic, make sure you make this clear at the hire car office.

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Feeling inspired to start exploring Syracuse and other parts of Italy? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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FAQs for car hire in Syracuse

What’s the best price car rental in Syracuse?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £4 in Syracuse.

What’s the average car rental price in Syracuse?

On average, car rentals in Syracuse are £5.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Syracuse?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Syracuse?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.