Historical Car Race in Sicily

The Targa Florio Classic, pictured here from 2016 (Photo Credit: Filippo Buttitta), is a historical car race that travels through northern Sicily, including towns like Cerda, Castelbuono, and Cefalù. Cars wiz through the switchbacks of the National Parco delle Madonie. The final day includes an award ceremony at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo theater. This year’s Targa…

Sicilian Fiat 500

There are many treasures in Castelvetrano, and this Fiat 500, painted by Ceramiche Galfano in the style of the Sicilian carts, is one of them. Therefore, on your way to or from Selinunte archaeological park, be sure to leave some extra time to stop by to visit this masterpiece!  Galfano has ceramic miniatures for sale…

Smart before Smart

In cities and towns built before the invention of the automobile (i.e., most of those in Sicily), if you must use a car, a small one is recommended, so you don’t get stuck in an alley meant for a donkey to pass through! Here’s an example of a “smart” choice–before Smart Cars existed: a Fiat…

Classic Fiat 500

When driving in old cities like Ragusa (pictured here), a small car is in order so you can maneuver securely down narrow streets. This lemon-colored Fiat 500 (AKA: Cinque-Cento) would be my automobile of choice.  Don’t be afraid to have a visual connection to the drivers around you and to use your horn; it’s a…