Rent a Car in Sicily
Sicily is a fairly small island, though it is the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is the football being kicked by the boot of Italy, and it is certainly worth visiting. Most travelers overlook this European gem, instead opting for the Greek Isles or the French Riviera, but the travelers who make it to Sicily often find it on their list of favorite places in the world.
The Sicilian Road Trip
Once you escape the city life of Palermo, most of Sicily is relatively untouched by the heavy hand of over-tourism. Sicilians are a unique set of Italians, and their cuisine and culture reflects that. Since it’s a fairly small island, you can drive from the East to the West in just over three hours. There are miles and miles of untouched coastline in Sicily, so it’s highly recommended to rent a car and wander until you find your own slice of Sicilian paradise.
Passport and Visa Requirements
For U.S. Citizens, you won’t need a special visa to visit Sicily. Since Italy is part of the Schengen Zone, Americans only need to bring their U.S. Passport and can stay for 90 days. You will need to make sure you have your U.S. Passport though, so if you have any questions on how to secure a U.S. Passport quickly and efficiently, contact a U.S. State Department Passport expediter like FastPort Passport.
Castellammare Del Golfo is an authentic coastal Sicilian village less than an hour drive from Palermo. There are many guesthouses that will cost you less than the price of a meal to have for a night. With rooms that overlook the marina and a close walk to many beautiful beaches, this Sicilian town will tempt you to stay indefinitely. It is also rumored to be the preferred getaway destination for old mafia leaders. Of course, with Sicily emerging strong into the 21st century, the mafia hold over Sicily is clearly waning.
Sicily boasts the cosmopolitan cities of Palermo and Syracuse, but it also has the hidden gems of small towns that seem to be directly out of a film like ‘Life is Beautiful‘ or ‘Cinema Paradiso‘. Since there is most coastline than people in Sicily, the beaches are rarely crowded, and if you make it to Milazzo, you can find crystal clear water that is warm and still, with shockingly visibility of the bottom of the Mediterranean. Sicily is also home of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. There are daily tours and hikes in and around the lava rock and volcano.