Important Travel Information
for Sicily Vacations
Passports & Immigration
WIMCO recommends that U.S. & U.K. citizens ALWAYS travel with a valid passport whenever traveling outside of the continental US or the UK. While many of our destinations may only require a birth certificate and a valid driver's license at this time, immigration requirements may change without any notice. For ALL other non-US citizens, please check with the embassy of the country/island to which you are traveling (French, British, Italian) to see if you need a special visa. (Note: If one of a honeymooning couple is a US Citizen and the other is not, a visa is still required by the non-US citizen). When bringing a nanny or babysitter, please be sure that they too have appropriate documentation.
The Best Time to Visit Sicily
Italy's main tourist season runs from April to mid-October, though the best time to travel to Sicily is fall and early spring. The weather is best in May and June and September and October – much like most of Europe, it is generally pleasant and not too hot. July and August can be brutal. Except for a few year-round resorts, including Taormina, coastal resorts usually close up tight from October or November to April; they're at their best in June and September, when everything is open but uncrowded.
Sicily can be reached from all major cities via Rome, Milan, or Naples. In high season there are direct charter flights to Sicily from New York, London, and Paris.
A car is definitely the best way to get around Sicily. Rent one. Trains are unreliable and slow, and buses, though faster and air-conditioned in summer, can be subject to delays and strikes.
Rules of the Road
The basic rules of the road are no different here than elsewhere in Italy, but be aware that Sicilians are the country's most aggressive drivers. Driving is on the right. Regulations are largely as in Britain and the United States, except that the police have the power to levy on-the-spot fines. Be very careful at traffic lights. Red lights are merely suggestions.
Italians drive fast and are impatient with those who don't. Tailgating is the norm here -- the only way to avoid it is to get out of the way. Right turns on red lights are forbidden. Headlights are not compulsory when it's raining and snowing, but it's always a good idea to turn them on. Both seat belts and children's car seats are compulsory.
Parking fines can be stiff, and are strictly enforced, particularly in cities and major tourist towns. Towing is common, and often the places where the cars are towed are difficult to get to, so it's simply not worth it to take a risk. You have to 21 or older to drive in Italy.