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Spencer H wrote a review May 2019
Providence, Rhode Island2 contributions2 helpful votes
We used "Driverguidesicily" (info@driverguidesicily.com) twice, to go from Palermo to Taormina, with a stop at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and to go from Taormina to Siracusa, with an excursion to and a wine tasting on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Our driver/guide for both trips was Mario, and our experience could not have been better. Mario picked us up in a new Mercedes SUV and was clearly an experienced and excellent driver who knew the ins and outs of the Sicilian roadways and several times took us away from the more traveled routes to points of interest that we would have otherwise missed. He was exhaustively well-informed about most everything Sicilian and was, in addition, a most engaging and interesting person. We felt that we got to know him and, through him, to know Sicily better. Our understanding is that Driverguidesicily is a new company and is less expensive than other similar services. If our experience is any indication, the company has a very bright future. We recommend it--and Mario--unreservedly.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Alison C wrote a review May 2016
North Luffenham, null, United Kingdom1 contribution
Please do not hire a car from sicilybycar.it also known as Autoeuropa.it . You have to pay the excess insurance before you take the car away which is fine except they don't refund your card when the car has been returned safely. I have tried e- mailing concerning my refund but no response. Also I had a puncture there was no spare wheel so it had to towed to a garage 30 minutes away it was going to 5 hours to fix it, they did drop us of at a nearby shopping centre but it wasn't much fun and would have been a nightmare if we had small children. Tried contacting the company to see what was happening but no one answered the phone!!! Please be careful!
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Sylvia26 wrote a review Nov 2015
Thornhill, Ontario82 contributions47 helpful votes
Although buses are available throughout Sicily, if you would like to be in control of your time, renting a car is the best possible option. The bus ride from Catania airport to Taormina is less than one hour. However, we had just missed the bus at the airport and had to wait 50 minutes for the next bus. The ride from Catania to Taormina was not direct, and after several stops we arrived in Taormina in just under 2 hours. If we had rented a car at the airport we would have saved at least 2 hours. We did rent a car from Taormina for the remainder of our stay in Sicily. Despite the fact that we favour having a car, renting from Avis (or Budget) was a big mistake. They had guaranteed us a small automatic car, which you need to navigate the narrow streets in most of the cities and it is better for gas consumption to have a smaller car since the cost of petro is expensive. Although renting the car months in advance, Avis did not have a small car available for us and the car they did have was not only large but had not been cleaned inside. We wasted so much time at the Avis shop in Taormina discussing our disappointment that we finally decided to take the only car they had available and we drove to Catania airport where other cars were available. This took us 4 hours out of our way but since we were spending the next week in Sicily it was important to us to have a small car. The Avis representative compensated us for our inconvenience with vouchers to discount our next Avis rental (which was to be in Greece the following week. Unfortunately the Avis representative in Greece would not accept the vouchers, and once again Avis did not have a small car for us in Greece, so we simply opted to use another company who could provide a small car.) The moral of the story is, if you can handle the tricky and frenetic driving in the big cities of Catania and Palermo, then renting a car and going at your own pace is the way to go. However, I would suggest not depending on Avis, because on two occasions in a short time they did not provide what they had contracted to do and were not reputable enough to accept their own vouchers. The roadways and highways in Sicily are in good repair, the signage is sometimes tricky and having a GPS is definitely a huge asset.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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Larry L wrote a review May 2014
Lanaken, Belgium133 contributions135 helpful votes
On a recent cruise, we booked a tour with SDG (Sicily Driver Guide) and the tour was operated by Go Italy Tours; we had an excellent experience and were totally satisfied. Our ship docked in Trapani and we booked a full day tour to Segesta (ruins), a winery and the ancient town of Erice. Each stop was interesting, the winery and tasting was delightful, and the tour comprehensive and interesting; our group felt that we saw the best that this area has to offer. Our driver, Josephina, was excellent and informative and was eager to please; we had a great day with her. The tour operator was very efficient to deal with over the internet, the driver was waiting for us port side (She was there a hour early to ensure that she would meet us.), the vehicle comfortable and safe, and the price very reasonable on a per person basis. We paid about half of the price of the ship tour to Erice and saw far more. Highly recommended; especially if on a cruise that calls at Trapani. Good job!!!
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Date of experience: May 2014
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JOHN B wrote a review May 2014
Lafayette, California46 contributions58 helpful votes
My impression of driving in Sicily - First of all it is easy to know all the rules of the road. There aren't any. You don't need to stop at stop sings as no one else does. Red lights with pedestrians in the cross walk, no problem. Just drive on through. Speed limit signs that say 50km, don't worry about it. Everyone is driving at almost double the speed limit. Parking? If your car doesn't fit in a parallel parking spot, just nose the front in till it hits the curb and leave the back end sticking out in the road. Don't worry if it blocks traffic on a small road. No one will hit it because they have to stop to squeeze around. One of our B&B's advertised free parking. When I asked where it was, they pointed across the street and said just leave your car there. Of course "there" was under a sign that said no parking 24 hours and had a picture of a tow truck towing a car away. Well, everyone else was parked in that area so it must be ok. Passing over double lines and on curves......no problem. Remember no rules. Actually most roads and streets had no lines anyway so it was kind of a free for all. Well, there is one rule. If you want to intimidate someone, you just drive right at each other until the first one blinks. I think it's called chicken in the US. Sue was yelling "Watch out" about every five minutes. When I rented the car from Hertz, the guy behind the counter said we make you pay for any little dent or scratch. So I said let's survey this car and mark down any previous dents so I don't have to pay for someone else's dent. When we got done, there were 17 dents from previous renters. In fact, just about every car on this island has a scratch or dent. A good percentage had one or both rear view mirrors dangling from the side. Other then that, driving was real fun. Oh, did I mention pulling up to a toll booth when entering an autostrada and the woman in the toll booth put out a cup and was begging for money. I thought, "I guess they don't pay the toll takers very much". I later figured out that the toll booth was probably empty and that lady got in there and opened the window. John
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Date of experience: April 2014
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