Get Inspired / Italy Italy to Sicily: Dazzling Self-Drives Across The Seasons Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Italy Italy to Sicily: Dazzling Self-Drives Across The Seasons story by: Anna Sarjeant Autumn – winter: Low season means fewer crowds and emptier roads. The perfect time for a Sicilian self-drive. Ideal Length: 7 days Best for: Those who like to travel at a slower, quieter pace. Visit the fresh fish markets of UNESCO–listed Catania which sits in the foreground of graceful Mt Etna before driving to Syracuse for its enchanting Ancient Greek ruins. Discover the real Sicily in Sciacca; the epitome of shabby-chic, where the tumbling hillside flashes a medley of faded buildings and a ram shackled air of indifference, while Marsarla, which sits on the opposite spectrum of affluence, boasts streets paved with marble and a famed dessert wine that should be sipped from an ornate piazza café. Both Palermo and Cefalù prove difficult to appreciate during a heaving summer but make perfect stop-offs in the cooler winter months. Discover Cefalù's honey coloured architecture and mouth-watering seafood in restaurants that would otherwise be impossible to book. HOT tip: Sicilian winters range between 13°C - 18°C and are a little warmer in autumn. ...................................................................... Spring – summer: A year-round stunner, Italy shroud in sun only makes its beauty shine stronger. Ideal Length: 3 weeks Best for: Sun loving culture fiends. Take 2-3 weeks and drive the entire length and breadth of Italy, you don’t want to miss an inch. Hot spots obviously include the big crowd pleasers such as Venice, Florence and Rome. You’ll want at least three days in Rome to fully appreciate all its wonderful sights, from the astoundingly in-tact Roman artefacts to The Vatican, why wasn’t history this interesting in school? Venice is a city where it’s impossible to take a disappointing photo and there are a handful of charming towns just outside that will make for an enjoyable stay. Make reservations in Arquà Petrarca or Monselice and for ease, take the train into Venice instead. Florence should not be missed. With its bustling market, delicious gelato and stream of fabulous museums and art galleries. But then every town, city and hamlet of Italy is a must-see; hence why you need three weeks. HOT tip: Keep an eye out for scooters. They’re everywhere. And their risk-taking drivers are often zippy, carefree and highly unpredictable. Click here for all our Italy deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Milan day trips for the budget-conscious Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top 10 things to do in Rome Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.