Sicilia Warnings and Dangers
The beautiful Mediterranean isle of Sicily, or Sicilia, may seem like paradise on Earth to visitors. However, there are a number of dangers that can potentially ruin a vacation if a traveler is not careful and does not prepare appropriately.
While it may seem mundane, the traffic throughout much of Sicily is so erratic and unorganized that it can be dangerous for someone driving there without any experience. Unless you want to travel over the island, take taxis to get from one spot to the other. If you do decide to rent a car, be certain to drive defensively and give other motorists a wide berth. Finally, be aware of sidewalks (or lack thereof) when you’re walking about — some areas do not have sidewalks and drivers will not stop or slow for pedestrians.
While the southern part of Italy is beautiful year-round, the temperature can quickly approach dangerous levels at the height of summer. Do as the locals do a plan for a siesta from around noon to four (most shops will be closed anyway) and bring lots of water if you’re outside during midday to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
In general, the risk of pickpockets is slightly lower in Sicily than it is in other big Italian cities like Rome, Naples, and Florence. However, big crowds attract thieves. If you want to visit a major tourist site, use a traveler’s wallet to keep your money and goods away from prying hands. Don’t wear flashy jewelry, watches, or clothing to attract the wrong kind of attention.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Sicilia.