"I may be going in 2 weeks, actually. What auto rental company did you use? I'm debating just using mass transit there, and I'm only going to Sicily and as I recall the drivers there are a special kind of crazy..."
We used AutoEurope, called them up ahead of time before the trip and specifically requested the Alfa Giulietta, to be picked up at the Rome airport at a certain time, certain day. They said ok, we will reserve that specific car for you for about an hour at our airport booth. We showed up, said our names, they laughed, oh yes, the guy who wants the Alfa, and handed us the keys. They basically said they understood why an Alfa nut from the US would want to drive the car, in Italy, lol.
We did drive down the west coast to Sicily, Staying here and there, where we stayed for about a week on the island after taking the ferry across to Messina, attending a wedding, and taking a multiday drive around the island. We had zero problems with the drivers there, a lot easier than trying to drive in a big city such as Rome or Naples.
We basically drove from Milazzo where the wedding was down to Catania, stopping first at Taormina to see Mt Etna, and then to Syracuse and then Ragusa (and Ibla where some of the Montalbano series is filmed) for a day and night, and then pretty much west along the coast and then inland to near Trapani, staying in several places along the way to see the sights such as the temples in Agrigento, and the Temple of Segesta, then back through Palermo along the north coast (boring drive) back to Milazzo. Finally drove to the Catania airport to drop off the car, and fly back to Rome.
No problems with driving in Sicily. We didn't think the driver were wild and crazy, but if you drive in the big cities, you do have to pay attention. Generally, everyone pretty much would watch what other drivers were doing, and you had to be a little assertive to let them know what you wanted to do, but they would generally make the room.
We used Rick Steve's tour book on Italy. A great book, worked well for sightseeing, although I don't remember how much he covered Sicily. We also spent some time on the web, checking out places to see and stay, and where restaurants were. For restaurants, though, we pretty much winged it.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 08-16-2018 at 06:09 PM.