Sicily is a region that is perfect for traveling by car. The island has recently got a few decent roads, which on Sicily were in short supply. Today, travel by car on Sicily is possible with greater comfort than fifty years ago.
If you are traveling by your car, it's likely that your path will pass through Messina. There is located the main pier for car ferries, which arrive on Sicily from mainland Italy.
Car travel from Messina can be extended in several directions. To the west from the city leads the A20 Messina-Palermo highway with a beautiful surface. Its renovation was completed not long ago, in 2005. Today it is one of the best roads on Sicily. Messina-Palermo runs mainly along the coast, past the cozy seaside north of Sicily, like Cefalù, Milazzo, the resorts of Capo D'Orlando and Barsleona Pozzo di Goto.
To continue traveling farther to the west will be able on the A29 highway that connects Palermo and Trapani. It is also called the Palermo-Mazzaro del Vallo, because not far from the town of Alcamo the highway ramifies and one of its branches goes left in Mazzaro del Vallo. In addition to Trapani, the A29 motorway passes through the resorts of Castellammare del Golfo, Zingaro Nature Reserve and the famous fishing port of Marsala.
A18 highway is the road that connects Messina and Catania. This is one of the busiest routes on Sicily as it passes through numerous popular resorts including Taormina, Giardini Naxos and the Etnalend amusement park.
If you came to Sicily through the airport then the best option would be to hire a car right here. The service for renting a car is offered in two main airports of Sicily: Palermo and Catania. Our advice: try not to choose a big car if you intend to travel to the Sicilian cities. Their streets are still narrow as well as four centuries ago.
Catania and Palermo are connected by another freeway - A19. It passes through the center of the island, the very essence of Sicily with its wheat fields and olive plantations, through the mountains of Madoni, the province of Enna and Caltanissetta.
The south of Sicily still hasn’t any highway at its disposal. However, on the southern coast will be built a new highway in the near future. It will connect the ancient Syracuse and the small town of Gela in the province of Agrigento.