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Sun drenched & mountains aplenty.

Home to Mount Etna, Sicily is a stunning country with a mountainous backdrop. Hiring a car is by far the best way to explore this rugged destination. The two sides of the island do differ somewhat with one half being distinctly rocky and the other much sandier.

Whether you are coming here for a sun drenched getaway or to immerse yourself in the culture and history, there are plenty of activities here to keep all family members occupied. Rent a car in Sicily and enjoy the array of sights on offer.

Why not read our Sicily travel guide? You may also like to view information about destinations in Sicily.

Tips for driving in Sicily

Which side of the road do they drive on?

Traffic drives on the right here.

Seat belts

Seat belts must be worn at all times in the front and rear of the vehicle.

Driving with children

Children are only allowed in the front passenger seat if they are at least 12 years of age or they are in a suitable child restraint.

Blood alcohol limit

The blood alcohol limit is 50mg per 100 ml of blood. For those who have held a driving licence for less than 3 years and professional drivers the blood alcohol limit is nil.

Can I use a mobile?

The use of a mobile phone in a car is only allowed if you either have a hands free kit or headset.

Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials

A reflective vest must be kept in the vehicle at all times. It is also compulsory to carry a warning triangle.


Parking is generally on the right hand side in Sicily. Parking is in blue zones where a disc is often needed. These can generally be bought at Service Stations and operate in most towns.

On the spot fines

Sicilian police are able to impose fines and collect a quarter of the maximum fine amount from drivers of foreign registered vehicles. If you are caught speeding, you will receive a fine up to several months later.

Horns and headlights

It is mandatory to use dipped headlights during the day outside built-up areas and during snow and rain or poor visibility. When in a tunnel, lights must be used.

Variable speed limits

The speed limits are lowered by 20kph in wet weather on both dual carriageways and motorways.