Rent a Mini

When I was in Sicily in June/July I put close to 2000 kilometers on this little car. I point out that it is little because little is the tip here: when renting in Sicily, or anywhere in Italy for that matter, rent mini. When you find yourself driving down a street that was never meant…

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…