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to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

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to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

Hello All,

We had originally planned on renting a car for our honeymoon in Sicily, but we've had several people suggest getting a driver instead.

We aren't exactly sure what "having a driver" means-- do you literally pay someone to take the trip with you the whole time and they drive you wherever you want? Does that mean you have to pay for their overnight stays and meals everywhere? Or does each B&B literally have "drivers" at their disposal that they'll take you from one place to the next and that's it for them?

Just trying to clarify because we want to know how practical and expensive it is vs. just renting a car...

Thanks!

Here & There
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1. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

Rent the car, and venture out on your own, with a possible driver for a day trip. You will be on your honeymoon. Do you really want a driver with you all day long? Most hotels can arrange a car and driver for the day, and there are day trip excursions for the sights.

Best of Sicily does your own guide and driver tours. Here's the site with all the information:

http://www.regalis.com/sicilyguides.htm

Vagabonda

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2. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

I would strongly recommend renting a car on your own as Sicily is easy to drive in. You may want to avoid driving in Palermo at noon, though (if that is one of your destinations).

Renting a car there is not expensive and very practical. As Vagabonda also said, it is your honeymoon - renting a car would give you the flexibility that a driver may not afford you.

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3. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

By all means, rent a car.

We have used AutoEurope.com many times and strongly recommend them. Arrangements for car rentals should be made from the USA, before you leave.

There is some controversry about the need for an International Driviers License. It can easily be obtained thru an AAA office for about $20. At some point I believe that the rental agencies may start to require them.

Driving in Palermo or Catania should be avoided - not for the faint of heart. Otherwise, the Autostrada is fantastic and very efficient.

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4. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

Many thanks, everyone-- your input is very helpful.

Cheers!

Here & There
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5. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

I thought an International Drivers License was already required, because I have used various agencies in the last two years, and each required the license. It's good to this license, apart from needing it for the rental, because if you are stopped by the police, you will not have to surrender your license from the States. Just hand over the International License, and your rental information.

Vagabonda

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6. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

My husband is the car renter and driver, and has rented many times both for business and on vacations. While he's never gotten the International Drivers License, and is still resistant to getting one for our upcoming trip, I'm going to show him these posts!

Can't understand what the problems is--a quick trip to AAA and $18. Oh well, men . . .

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7. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

operalover59, the International Drivers License is good for one year, so get it as close to departure as possible, so you may be able to use it on multiple trips.

Vagabonda

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8. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

Thanks, Vagabonda, I'm planning on personally escorting him to the local AAA!

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9. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

We found driving pretty easy. Think we paid about $40/day for a car from Avis. Gas isn't cheap but we had an econobox so didn't use all that much. From the sound of what I've heard on this forum, a car/driver will be more like 10X that much.

I wouldn't count on bnb's having drivers hanging about to serve you. I'm sure they'll know someone who can drive you but they won't be hanging around waiting on you.

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10. Re: to drive or not to drive in Sicily...?

Agree Dave. Can't imagine seeing Sicily without a car. It's the only way to really see Sicily, and you are absolutely correct - it's not hard. The roads are good! Just get as small a car as you, and go!