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In the central heartland of Sicily, Caltanissetta is home to rich cuisine, centuries-old history, verdant natural attractions, and the friendly Nisseni people. First settled in the 19th century B.C., it has a long and interesting history. Many structures were constructed during Norman and Arab times in the 10th century AD. The city prospered in the late 1800s when neighbouring sulphur reserves were mined, leading to Caltanissetta being dubbed as the world's sulphur capital. At this time, Leonardo Sciascia described it as a “small Athens,” because of the flurry of cultural activities that took place.

Book your Caltanissetta car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel for a fun trip! You’ll find average daily car hire prices in Caltanissetta for just €50 per day, for an economy car such as a Renault Clio or similar. For a mini car (like a Toyota Aygo), prices average at €52 per day.

Guide to Caltanissetta


Caltanissetta is a commune in Sicily's central region and the province's capital. The town of Caltanissetta is above the Salso River Valley, which continues onto the adjacent Enna River.

Climate in Caltanissetta

Caltanissetta has a warm and moderate climate and receives far more rain in the winter than it does in the summer. Throughout the year, the average temperature in Caltanissetta is 15.5°C.


Norman historian Goffredo Malaterra claims that Caltanissetta's name comes from the Arabic Qal'at an-Nisa, which he translated as Castrafeminarum, or "castle (or fortress) of women."

Things to do in Caltanissetta

Stroll around Caltanissetta's historic centre

You’ll see magnificent structures erected by aristocrats and monarchs, one of which is the magnificent Teatro Regina Margherita. It was built in 1870 and named for Queen Margherita, the spouse of King Umberto of Savoy, and is located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It's one of the island's oldest theatres, a gem tucked away in the middle of town. The austere front hides Baroque elements characteristic of architecture from the 18th century.

Admire the Triton Fountain

Located in the Piazza's central area since 1956, the Triton Fountain is an architectural masterpiece by the Caltanissetta artist Michael Tripisciano and architect Michele Avern. The current fountain features an aquatic horse, who has been trained by the triton and is under assault by two sea monsters. Piazza Ferdinandea (now Piazza Garibaldi) was chosen because of the artist’s affection for his city.

Explore the local market

There's a colourful and fragrant street in Caltanissetta's old centre called Consultore Benintende street, where the traditional Market Strat'â Foglia has been held since the end of the 18th century. In addition to fruit and vegetable vendors, you’ll also find bakeries, butchers, fishmongers, and unusual food businesses. San Rocco's market is distinguished by the presence of historical and artistic landmarks, such as the Natale Cosentino Palace, the Benintende Palace, and four votive shrines.

Eating out in Caltanissetta

Nothing beats lunch at Papa Alessandro Ristorante & Pizzeria. But we warn you- it's likely to put you in a cosy, carb-induced coma afterwards. The food at Lumie Di Sicilia Ristorante is superb, and the pricing is reasonable. If you can get your hands on any, try their wonderful ricotta cheesecake. Kayo Sushi serves freshly cooked sushi. They provide locally sourced fish and are a must-see if you appreciate marine delicacies.

Caltanissetta Transport


Comiso (CIY) Airport, the closest to Caltanissetta, is 73.5 kilometres away from Caltanissetta. Most visitors hire a car at the airport and drive down to the city.

Getting around Caltanissetta

Buses, operated by the city's SCAT local corporation, are the only accessible collective public transportation option. The central station serves as the starting and ending point for all lines, making it simple to switch to trains or interstate buses. Many visitors travelling across Italy also opt to hire a car for more flexibility, comfort and convenience.

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FAQs about car hire in Caltanissetta

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Caltanissetta

The average cost per day of hiring a car in Caltanissetta is just €50.
Prices for Caltanissetta car hire start from just €45 when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To hire a car in Caltanissetta you must be at least 21 years old.
Additional drivers can be added to your Caltanissetta car hire agreement upon request.
The best car for exploring Caltanissetta would be a small or mini size car like a Volkswagen Up or similar.

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