Sicily

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Sicily Money-Saving Tips

Play it safe

Although Sicily is generally safe, tourists can be a target for crime. Avoid flashy jewelry and conspicuous accessories such as designer sunglasses or handbags.

Carry a phrasebook

English is spoken in Palermo and Catania, but Italian rules in smaller towns. Bring a translation guide to help communicate with the locals.

Rent a car

Unless you plan to stick to either Palermo or Catania, where you can rely on buses or taxis, you’ll need a car to get around. The rest of Sicily’s bus system is inconsistent and there aren’t always connections between towns.

Don't accept face value

Remember that bargaining is always acceptable at outdoor markets selling clothing, pottery, or any other local goods (you can usually get up to 30% off the asking price).

Dress appropriately

Sicily is conservative, and, unless you welcome catcalls and stares, women should not wear short shorts, mini skirts, and very fitted clothing. When visiting religious sites such as churches, women and men should avoid wearing shorts or anything sleeveless.

Afternoon siesta

Keep in mind that most stores, historical sights, and even some restaurants shut down from 1-4pm for afternoon siesta.

Apartment and home rentals

Though Sicily has a number of charming hotels, it’s also known for its quaint, rentable homes and apartments.

Cultural melting pot

Sicilians have a unique background with Spanish, Arab, and African-influenced roots. Consequently, they have a unique look and darker skin than many mainland Italians.

Some recent history

For the past decade, Italian politics has been dominated by media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. In 2006, however, the right-leaning Berlusconi was voted out of office and replaced by the leftist Olive Tree coalition, led by economics professor Romano Prodi.

Culinary tours

Deep fried rice balls (arancini), and cannoli are just two of Sicily’s specialties. An organized gastronomic tour of the island, like the ones run by Divina Sicilia, is the best way to learn about these and other Sicilian delights.

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