Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists not only visit the island to enjoy the sun, sea and beach, but also to sniff some culture because Sicily has many relics from the Ancient Greek Times. The Greeks were the first inhabitants of the island.
Sicily has more than 5 million inhabitants. Almost one quarter lives in and around the major cities Palermo and Catania. Sicilians are proud on their island and when asked for their nationality they often respond 'Sicilian' and not 'Italian'.
Sicily is separated from the southern Italian region Calabria by the Strait of Messina. The island has a triangular shape; the original Roman name for Sicily was Trinacria.
Sicily has an extremely productive soil and therefore agriculture plays an important role in the local economy. The island is known as the granary of Italy and also produces citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, limes), olives, almonds and (wine)grapes. The wines of the island are world-famous, especially the ones made of the Nero d'Avola grape. This grape has made a truly triumphal procession around the world and has its origin in the south-east of Sicily. The fishing industry is mainly focused on tuna and sardines. The island attracts tourists all year round, but summer time is the busiest time of the year.
There are three important airports in Sicily. The busiest one is the airport of Catania on the east-coast, followed by the capitals' airport Palermo Airport. Trapani also has an airport, but is mainly used by budget airlines.
Sicily has an extended and surprisingly good functioning bus line network. The major towns have frequent bus connections; to the smaller villages buses run minimum once a day. Furthermore the island has a good rail road network: the most important routes are Messina-Palermo and Messina-Catania-Syracuse. There are even trains to Naples and Rome (these trains cross the Strait of Messina by a special train ferry). Palermo and Catania have a subway, while Messina has a light-rail system.
Traffic and parking
The main roads in Sicily are excellent. There are four highways: Catania-Palermo, Palermo-Mazzara, Catania-Noto and Messina-Palermo (this last one is a toll road). But if you want really want to explore Sicily with your rental car, then avoid these highways and follow the smaller roads. Bear in mind that the inland roads are narrow, curvy and sometimes unpaved.
There is no lack of hotels, guesthouses and other accommodations in Sicily. Obviously most hotels can be found along the (touristic) east-coast and in the larger cities, but also in smaller towns you will not have a problem finding a room.
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Frequently asked questions
Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest?
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
What is a worry-free label?
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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