How to get to Sicily
You can book a ferry to Sicily from many places. The shortest crossing is from Villa San Giovanni. That is also the most economical option. However, for this ferry, you first have to drive all the way to the southernmost part of Italy and not everyone has the time for that.
The longest route to Sicily departs from Genova. This route is ideal for those who prefer the comfort of the ferry to the highways. The costs of this ferry are not too bad if you think of the petrol and accommodation costs that you save with this crossing. The ferry sails at night.
There are also many options for those who want to leave a little further south in Italy. Departure is possible from Rome (Civitavechhia), Naples and Salerno. Many ferries depart from these ports to both Palermo and Messina.
What we also find a very interesting route for island holidays is the crossing between Sardinia and Sicily. That way you can visit several islands within one holiday. Malta-Sicily is also possible.
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If you want to book a ferry from Italy (mainland) to Sicily you have multiple options along Italy's west coast.
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Genoa-Sicily is the longest crossing to the island. The distance is 493 miles / 793 km and the ferry takes a bit over 20 hours to complete the route.