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Catania is the second-largest city in Sicily and lies in the shadow of Mount Etna. Dramatic series of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes have struck the area, but fortunately, three theatres have survived the hard times.
Catania has so much to offer. From historic UNESCO-protected buildings on one side to amazing sights on the other. With car hire in Catania, you can explore the entire city and its surroundings, if not the entire island of Sicily.
Visiting Catania is quite easy as the old city centre is relatively small. An ideal starting point would be the main square, Piazza Duomo. If you are interested in history and architecture, you will be amazed by the Cattedrale di Sant'Agata and the Fuente del Elefante near the main square. Otherwise, you can simply stroll the streets or enjoy a drink or meal like a local on Via Santa Filomena.
If you have never been to Sicily, this part of the world will instantly captivate you. Due to the mild winters, Sicily is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. In winter, when the sun is high, you will find peace and warmth.
Basic info and car hire in Catania
- Location: Southern Italy
- Population: 300 000
- Official language: Italian
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Weather: Mediterranean climate. Very long, hot, and dry summers ( 27-30°C) Mild and changeable winters (15-18°C).
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Major roads are in good condition, while some secondary roads are worse for wear.
- Car hire in Catania: The most common pick-up point for vehicles is Catania Airport. The average daily price for renting a car in Catania is £9.4 / 11€ in summer, £8.6 / 10€ in spring, £6.8 / 8€ in autumn, and £6 / 7€ in winter. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Catania!
Driving in Catania
If you decide to rent a car in Catania, you can easily get around on the Sicilian roads. The roads are well maintained; however, traffic can be slow in the high season (June-August). The best time to visit Catania is late spring or early summer. The maximum BAC is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles. There is a zero-tolerance law for novice drivers who have held a license for less than two years and young drivers under 21.
Renting a car in Catania is easy and affordable. There are many agencies offering car rentals in Catania such as Alamo, Enterprise, Goldcar, Sicily by car, and more, and you are sure to find your dream rental car! The condition of the roads in Sicily is also very good, but keep in mind that it can also be challenging for inexperienced drivers as the roads are sometimes narrow and winding.
- Age limits: 21 years old-25 for larger vehicles
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance.
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Italy and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: Children up to the age of 10 may only be taken in the back seat and a suitable child seat must be available up to a height of 1.50 meters.
- Driving side of the road: Right hand
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h.
Car Hire in Catania
Most popular car hire at Catania
The most selected hire car in Catania is the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda and Renault Clio. Renault Capture is also a popular option. The most popular car types in Catania are Economy and Mini.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Catania
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Catania. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Italy.
- Catania -Palermo (2 hr 40 min -214 km)
- Catania-Trapani (3 hr 31 min - 313 km)
- Catania-Milan (13 hr 59 min - 1.339 km)
- Catania - Verona (13 hr 15 min -1.269 km)
- Catania - Naples (6 hr 44 min - 586 km)
What to see in Catania
Piazza del Duomo
The easiest place to start your first day in Catania is the Piazza del Duomo. This is the main square of Catania and it is located in the heart of the historic centre. As you look around the square, you will see some impressive buildings, all of which are fine examples of the architecture of Sicilian Baroque. At opposite ends of the square are the Palazzo dei Chierici and the Palazzo degli Elefanti, which currently houses Catania's, Town Hall. And in the middle of the square stands the elegant Elephant Fountain, now a symbol of the city.
Catania Fish Market
Just around the corner from Piazza del Duomo, you will find Catania Fish Market. Located in a sunken square, the market features an array of seafood displayed on tables waiting to be sold. Upon the streets overlooking the square, you'll see plenty of people watching the lively market activity from the railings, not to mention several food stalls selling fruit, vegetables and other non-fish products.
Roman Theatre and the Odeon
The impressive ruins of the Roman Theatre and the Odeon date back to 300 BC and cannot be seen from the street. But when you walk through the small museum, you enter a large arena that held up to 7,000 spectators in its heyday. You can wander through the rows of seats, venture into the outer aisles, and see the remains of the adjacent Odeon.
Teatro Massimo Bellini
The Teatro Massimo Bellini is a magnificent opera house built at the end of the 19th century and occupies a place of honour on the tour of Piazza Vincenzo Bellini. It was built at the end of the 19th century. As impressive as the building is from the outside, it is even more magnificent when you see the inside. A guided tour will show you the foyer of the theatre, the auditorium, the stage and even the Royal Box.
It's time to see a new part of town, so head south until you reach Castello Ursino. This impressive medieval castle was built in the 13th century as the royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily. The castle played a key role in the rebellion known as Sicilian Vespers that deposed Charles of Anjou as king. It has survived the years and natural disasters well and now houses the Municipal Museum with historical artefacts and artwork from Catania and the wider region.
Drive your rental car beyond Catania
Catania is a charming, quirky city, but hopefully, you'll also have time to explore the region around Catania. If you rent a car, you'll have the freedom to explore all the little towns nearby. If you want to take a shorter trip from Catania, you'll be impressed by Taormina and its majestic views over the ocean. It's just a short drive, 54 km, away. Of course, you can not miss Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. A day trip takes only a few hours to explore the significant lava fields. To feel the real Sicilian life, do not miss towns like Noto or Zafferana, which offer an authentic local atmosphere. Sea lovers will be delighted by the beaches of Sicily. San Lorenzo or Isola Bella is a good choice to spend a day or just a few hours by the Mediterranean Sea to refresh yourself.
If you're looking for a great drive through beautiful scenery, Agrigento is a good choice. One of Italy’s oldest cities has so much offer from many UNESCO-protected buildings on one hand and white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water in another! It will only take you 2 hours in a car to get there.
Whether you have two weeks of vacation or more, you will certainly make a good decision to rent a car and take a spectacular road trip to experience Sicily in all its glory.
Enjoy the culture in Catania
Where to eat, drink, and party in Catania
"Mangiare bene" will certainly be the phrase heard most often when you visit Sicily. All of Sicily, but especially Catania, is very unique when it comes to food. You will find that seafood and pasta are the most common dishes in the city where the sea and the mountains meet. You get a mix of products from the sea, from the mountains, and amazing crops due to the volcanic soil of Mount Etna. If you are a foodie, you will be impressed by the street food Catania has to offer. Arancino, iris, and cannolo are must-try street foods. Other common regional dishes include fish, pasta, salads, and horsemeat is also popular in Catalan cuisine. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try the traditional dessert cassatine.
There are also many wonderful vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna. The rich volcanic soil provides the perfect conditions for growing grapes and producing flavorful wines. The wine tasting tours are highly recommended if you have enough time, otherwise, you can also sample the local wines, cheeses, and cold cuts in one of Catania's trendy bars.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Sicily?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Sicily?
The minimum age to rent a car for Economy groups are 19 years old renters. For Compact, Intermediate car groups are available for 21 years old renters. Full-size vans and standard car Groups are available for 25 years old renters. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 21 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in Sicily?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Sicily with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Sicily?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Sicily?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can raise the closer to the travel period gets.
What is the cheapest rental car in Sicily?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Sicily?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, Sicily By Car, Autovia and Optimo Rent and Locauto.
What types and makes of rental cars deals can I find in Sicily?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Fiat Panda, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Sicily?
Most car rentals in Italy offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
Do I need an international driving license in Sicily?
Drivers license issued in Italy or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in Italy.
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