Travel by car and ferry to Sicily
Traveling by car and ferry to Sicily can be an interesting option if you’re going to be in Sicily for two weeks or more. From many European countries it will take at least two days by car to arrive at the harbor from where you can take the ferry to Sicily.
Traveling by car
There are several good routes to Italy. No route is particularly better than another, it all depends on what you prefer: enjoying the countryside and taking it slow, or the fastest way of getting there, avoiding toll roads or not, etc.
Some helpful tips and things to consider: If you pass through Switzerland or Austria, you’ll need a vignette (sticker on your windshield). In Switzerland, this is called Autobahnvignette, and it can be ordered here and most likely at the tourist information centers in your own country. The Autobahnvignetteis valid for a year and one month (from December 1 until January 31).
In Austria, the sticker is called Mautvignette, which most likely can be ordered via the tourist information centers in your country. Austria has a slightly different system where you can buy stickers that are valid for 10 days, 2 months or one year (and one month).
If you have’t bought an Autobahnvignette or Mautvignette and put it on the inside of your windshield, you can purchase one at the border. This however, can take a lot of time, so it would be more convenient to purchase one in advance.
Taking a ferry to Sicily
You can take a ferry (nave) to Sicily from the harbors of Genova, Livorno, Civitavecchia, and Naples. The time it takes to arrive in Sicily depends on the harbor you’ve chosen. We prefer the port of Civitavecchia, where you embark in the evening and arrive the next morning in the harbor of Palermo.