The ports have been playing an important role on Sicily for the past two thousand years mostly because Sicily is an island. Even nowadays when there are a lot of airports and many people prefer to travel by planes the seaports are also important and are the main terminals of transporting goods and passengers.
The most important ports on Sicily are the biggest cities at the same time. Messina, Palermo, Trapani, –°atania are all the capitals of the provinces. Here you can see the masts of ships and hear the noise of fish markets and the swearing of port workers. And how can it be otherwise?
Nowadays the simplest way to get to Sicily is by ferry. Sometimes you don’t need even to buy a ticket, because if you travel along Italy by train, the whole train will be embarked on a ferry. If it is taking place at night you may not notice it because the distance between Italy and the nearest port Messina in Sicily is about 5 km.
Nowadays it is very popular to travel to Sicily from Civitaveccio (the port near Rome). The price of a ticket can be cheaper than the cheapest plane ticket. And the advantage of traveling by ferry is the opportunity to enjoy the Italian shore along the whole way.
Tourism is very popular on Sicily. Every day hundreds of yachts and cruise ships come to the moorings of Sicily. Sicily is included in all the tourist routes along the Mediterranean seacoast.
Every year more and more tourists come to Sicily. In the nearest future a new port for the tourist ships will be built here. It will be built near the place of Licata in the province of Agrigento. About a thousand and a half of yachts will moor here. Large shopping centers, grounds for playing volleyball, restaurants and beauty salons will be opened here. It will be one of the biggest tourist ports at the Mediterranean seacoast. The cost of the general project in Licata is about 120mln Euros.