Questions & Answers

How is Cycling in Sicily Like?

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions:

Safety

Sicily is a safe place for bicycle travellers if you take the necessary precautions you'd take anywhere else. There are not many separate cycle ways so you will have to share the road with cars etc. most of the times, but apart from the main state roads, there is really not much traffic on Sicily's roads as compared to other Italian regions. Sicilians have their own driving style as you will notice very soon, they do not care too much about certain rules (stop signs and roundabouts etc., give way) but they do respect cyclists. Drivers use to honk before they overtake other cars, motorcycles or bicycles or just to say hello (several short honks).

As for your bicycle, we recommend you keep it in a safe deposit overnight and always lock it when you leave it on the street, especially in larger towns (e.g. Palermo) where bicycle theft is not uncommon.

The Roads

Sicily has a huge road network with thousands of kilometers of asphalt back roads to ride.

The Weather

Sicily's climate allows you to enjoy the perfect cycling weather almost all year round. With mild and moderately rainy winters and hot summers, the best time of the year is in spring and autumn but with the right equipment you can cycle around the island anytime.

Regulations

Wearing a bicycle helmet is not compulsory in Italy, but you should be equipped with a bell and lights. Cyclists should always ride in single file. Two cyclists can ride side by side only in town if the traffic conditions allow enough space or if one cyclist is younger than 10 years old.

Equipment

Waterproof panniers are not essential if you travel during the spring, summer and autumn, but they may be useful during the winter months. Please be aware that inland Sicily is mostly hilly with the occasional steep climb so make sure you have a bicycle with a good gear range.

Accommodation

Our collection of bike hotels, B&Bs, campsites and apartments that offer services for cyclists.

Food & Drink

Sicily is a gourmet destination and you can find fresh and seasonal food everywhere.

Getting There

Sicily has four international airports: Palermo in the north, Catania in the east, Trapani in the west and Comiso near Ragusa in south-east Sicily. If you travel from mainland Italy, there are several ferry connections from the main ports and a connection from Cagliari in Sardinia to Palermo. The ferry link across the Strait of Messina is an option if you travel all the way to Sicily by bicycle.

Trains

The railway network in Sicily does not cover the entire island but the publicly owned company Trenitalia operates many regional trains where you can carry your bike at only 3.5 euro per day.

Camping

Wild camping is generally not allowed in Sicily, but in some areas it is tolerated for up to 24 hours. There is no general rule on a regional level and depending on where you go you will be under the jurisdiction of municipalities or nature parks. For complete peace of mind, we recommend you stay at one of the camping sites in Sicily.

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