Sicily is the ball at the bottom of Italy’s boot, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and home to a rich and interesting history dating back to 700 BC. The landscape is varied with everything from stunning beaches and coastline to farmlands and snowcapped mountains. Getting a hire car in Sicily is the best way to see the island.
The capital city, Palermo, is situated on the northern coast and is the location of an international airport and car rental outlets. Palermo has an array of impressive historic buildings and monuments such as the Massimo Theatre, Palace of the Normans and the cathedral’s portico. The city is also known for its outstanding citrus orchids that produce lemons and oranges.
Catania is another main city in Sicily and is found at the base of the impressive Mount Etna. Catania has charming cobble stone streets which are home to countless alfresco cafés and bustling bars. There are also some fantastic historic buildings to visit including Ursino Castle, the Roman Theatre and Duomo Square.
Accommodation in Sicily ranges from comfortable yet affordable guest houses to five-star luxury resorts. You will also find some fantastic bed and breakfast style places to stay which have a warm and friendly atmosphere. Across the island in all the villages and cities, the restaurants and cafés serve Italian styled cuisine.
One place not to be missed in Sicily is Mount Etna, which in the winter months has substantial snowfall allowing for great skiing conditions. The mountain is located in the east of the island near to Catania. With a cheap hire car in Sicily you can easily make your way to the top of the mountain, stopping off at small villages along the way.