Sicily by racing bike: the Sicilian Baroque

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Duration

8 days

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Duration

429Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 4/5

Moderate-Difficult, between 50 and 100 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 700 and 1300 meters.

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The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Caltagirone
Individual arrival in Caltagirone, explanation of the tour and delivery of informational material.

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone (97 km)
Our racing bike tour of Sicily starts from Caltagirone, traveling along the low-traffic roads of the Calatino area and arriving at Piazza Armerina. Visit the Villa del Casale, discovered in 1950, the most spectacular example of floors decorated with multicolored mosaics from the Roman era. After the visit, bike back to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone – Palazzolo Acreide (81 or 101 km)
Today's itinerary is very varied and presents many points of environmental, historical and cultural interest. You will stop in Vizzini, the town where the writer Giovanni Verga set some of his novellas. After getting back on the bikes, we pedal towards the Ibleo limestone plateau. It is densely carved by deep valleys, true canyons, which in this area are called Caves. Among the most interesting is the Anapo valley, around which are the municipalities of Ferla, Cassaro and Palazzolo Acreide. From a technical point of view, the route is characterized by continuous uphill and downhill.

Day 4: Palazzolo Acreide – Modica (61 km)
After admiring the rich historical and monumental testimonies of Palazzolo Acreide, pedal through the Iblean territory, sometimes bare and wild, sometimes wooded, but always varied and of remarkable beauty, with the typical dry stone walls delimiting the various land properties. The relatively short stage allows for a visit to one of the Baroque jewels of the Iblean territory, Ragusa Ibla.

Day 5: Modica – Noto (107 km)
Today's stage does not present any noteworthy difficulty. We start on a slight downhill along a typical valley of the Iblean Mountains, arriving at Scicli. After visiting it, continue towards the South coast. Continue until reaching the Isola delle Correnti, the watershed between the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean, Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost municipality in Europe, the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi and the natural Oasis of Vendicari, an untouched area of great scientific interest, given the uniqueness of the various flora and fauna species. The stage ends in Noto, known as the stone garden.

 Day 6: Noto – Syracuse (63 km)

Start uphill, heading to San Corrado and reach Ancient Noto, spread over the impregnable hill of Monte Alveria. From Ancient Noto, pedal until reaching the belvedere of the Cavagrande del Cassibile nature reserve (505 m), which is of archaeological and naturalistic interest. The landscape is characterized by a majestic valley nestled between rocky surfaces, which converge steeply towards the bottom, where the Cassibile river flows: with a depth of 300 m, it is the deepest Canyon in Europe. Return to the coast in the North direction, until arriving in Syracuse, the capital of Magna Graecia.

 Day 7: Syracuse
Today you can visit the fascinating Island of Ortigia, historical and cultural center of the city. The old city immediately reveals the charm of a place that has seen the succession and layering of over three thousand years of foreign domination, among the major civilizations of the Mediterranean.
 
Day 8: Syracuse
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary

Not included

  • GPS Tracks
  • APP
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 28 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 30%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

Sicily by racing bike: the Sicilian Baroque

  • To reach by bike the Baroque city of Caltagirone, famous for being the center of Sicilian ceramic art
  • To admire the colourful mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, the most spectacular and best preserved of the Roman era
  • To discover the gems of Sicilian Baroque: Noto, Ragusa Ibla and Modica, also known for its renowned chocolate
  • To discover the stunning Baroque city of Montalbano's commissioner, Scicli, whose historic center is on the Unesco heritage list
  • To be enchanted by the architectural beauties of Syracuse, cultural capital of Magna Graecia and the historic center of Ortigia, the oldest part of the city
  • To live the unique experience of a tour of Sicily by racing bike among archaeological sites and baroque cathedrals

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  • Can I bring my own bike?

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