Tips for drivers in Sicily – you have to be “convincing”, proving that you know what you are doing and where you are going! It’s the must in Sicily...
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Limited Traffic Zones
Sicilian drivers may suddenly stop in the middle of the street and start conversation with the friend they spotted in a café.
Do not get angry, “gently” using your klaxon try to remind him/her that this is not the parking lot.
Avoid driving in the city during rush hours (to make it worse, in Sicily rush hours are also when mid-day’s siesta starts and ends!) ! If you have to, then just be ready for long lines of cars and hordes of “two-wheelers” in between….
Pay attention to Limited Traffic Zones (ZTLs). Access by car requires special permission (for example local residents, people disabled and “privileged”…). I’m sure you do not belong to the first group, do not wish you to be part of the second one and when it comes to privileges – if you forgot, let me kindly remind you: you left them home! Be aware that access to ZTLs is monitored by cameras.
Sign indicating the zone with Limited Access (mainly for disabled persons)
Leaving or coming to the new city has to be carefully planned (GPS may not help). In other words - select the itinerary through the town prior to hitting the streets. In practice, it should not be the shortest way, but rather the trouble-free one, easy to memorize and follow.
Directional signs on intersections (especially in touristic regions) tend to point to everything existing in the area. As the result it may be difficult to “filter out” meaningful signs from the commercial ones.
This is still pretty good example of direction signs...(in most cases you will find chaotic pattern of everything mixed together)
This is a more common pattern - you will need time to "scan" the pictures and find info you need.... :-(
The good news is that there is some logic in this mess:
Theoretically it’s simple and clear, but not necessarily in Sicily where quite often all signs are mixed altogether making it looking like a good abstract painting from the collection of Jackson Pollock. In practice, when you have only few seconds (or less) to make an educated decision, you may fail to make the right one. Fortunately it is not the end of the World! Remember, Sicilians are very friendly people and they will make an extra mile (literally extra mile(s)) to help you find your way.
During my Sicilian Odyssey several times I had to ask for direction (mostly how to leave the town) and here are the most typical situations:
Good Luck and Buon viaggio!
Once you arrive into the city the next problem arises, and it is quite important one: Where to park the car and what are perking rules, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises! :-)
So here it is: --> Parking in Sicily
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