Want to know how to experience the best of Sicily? Well, first you are going to need to hire a car. Sicily may appear small, but do not underestimate how much there is to explore across the island. There’s history, gastronomy, hiking and sunbathing, and if you are going to see the best that Sicily has to offer you are definitely going to need your own transport.
Hire a car from Catania Airport or Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport and you can jump straight into your rental car as soon as you land and get out there exploring. That means more time to soak up all that Mediterranean sun!
With Expedia you can book your car hire in Sicily in advance. Simply plug in the dates you need a car for and let us know where you’d like to pick up your car from. For many, the major airports of Sicily make absolute sense, as it means little time is wasted before hitting the road. However, we also offer car hire from all of Sicily’s major towns and cities, so the choice is yours.
We partner with a vast network of car hire providers to ensure that the best deals on car hire in Sicily are always available to you. We also ensure that you have a wide choice of makes and models, so arranging the perfect car for your tour through Sicily couldn’t be easier.
Buckle up for a drive that’s going to take you through olive-strewn landscapes, bring you to hauntingly beautiful Greek temples and place everything from Byzantine mosaics to ricotta-filled pastries right under your nose.
Head off from Catania on a 40-minute drive into the fertile lower skirts of Etna. Here a patchwork of drystone-walled vineyards, orchards and citrus groves reach out to the sea. The adventurous among us can explore the crater or cavernous entrails of this spectacular – and spectacularly active – volcano.
Spend the next day at the Teatro Greco in Taormina, Sicily’s most attractive hill town by far. As for the evening, why not sample some of the fine local wines?
It’s a four-hour drive that awaits you next, but you’ll barely notice the time as it’s a beautiful scenic route on the high road to Linguaglossa. Vineyards will surround you as you head west to Randazzo before you hit the coast at Capo d’Orlando and Cefalu.
Cefalu is a must-visit on your way to Palermo. It contains Sicily’s finest Norman cathedral, with an apse mosaic of Christ Pantocrator that is a contender for the most striking Byzantine image in Italy.
Nearby Palermo is your next stop. It’s a treasure trove of Moorish, Norman and Baroque art. It may be best to park up and explore all these delights by foot, as Palermo does not offer the easiest driving conditions. In nearby Selinunte, explore the Greek ruins and discover their fascinating history.
Take a day out to relax on the glorious beaches around here before making a beeline for two of Sicily’s most awe-inspiring Unesco World Heritage sites: the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento and the vast patrician Villa Romana del Casale, with its wonderful Roman mosaic floors.
From these sites it’s a short drive into the Baroque triangle of Sicily’s deep south. This is where honey-coloured sandstone towns are draped across valleys, and fields of gnarled olive trees and prickly-pears are traversed by drystone walls.
Having taken a hike and soaked up the scenery your hire car tour of Sicily is nearly at an end. Thankfully there’s still time to fit in one of Sicily’s most attractive cities, Syracuse. Expansive Greek ruins await you, as does the tight warren of lanes and piazzas offering an opportunity to shop or enjoy a meal.
Rent a car in Sicily...the possibilities are endless
When you hire a car in Sicily, you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of the most glorious scenic drives in all of Italy.