L’Isola di Sicilia is the biggest island in the Mediterranean ocean. Surrounded by Sardinia, the Italic Peninsula, Greece and facing Tunisia, lies in a strategic location. Sicilia made the desire and bastion of all the kings, princes and sultans of the region, who wanted to control the Mediterranean for centuries. It was conquered by the Greeks, the Arabs, the Romans, the Normans, the Bourbons and the Spaniards.
They all left their influence, visible in architecture, sculptures, gastronomy, agriculture, art and people. The bike ride takes place mainly in the southeast of the island, between Modica, Noto, Ragusa, Palazzolo and Siracusa. This region suffered a devastating earthquake in 1693 and all later constructions were built in Baroque style. The tour continues around the spectacular Etna Volcano at the altitude 1,700 to 1,900 meters until we reach Randazzo. From there we continue pedaling to the Ionian Sea and reach Giardini Naxos. Nearby Taormina, located two hundred meters above Mount Taurus, is a spectacular natural terrace and from its Greek theater you can take incredible panoramas of the smoky Mount Etna and the Bay of Giardini Naxos. This is an unforgettable experience; we look forward to ride together in the next upcoming tour!
|DEPARTING TIME||12 p.m. in Catania|
Beautiful bike tour in South east Sicily, starting in Barroque Modica, Noto and Palazzolo + Necropolis Pantalica, Siracusa, Etna Vulcano, Giardini Naxos and Taormina.
Day 1: Ciao Sicilia! Meeting in Catania and transfer to South east Sicily
Day 2: Modica – Ragusa Ibla – Giarratana - Palazzolo
Day 3: Palazzolo – Palazzolo with Pantalica and Ferla
63 km/1000 m elevation gain – Offroad/gravel 25%/Paved 75%
Day 4: Palazzolo Acreide – Testa dell'Acqua – Noto Antica – Cava Carosello – Noto
Day 5: Noto – Lido di Noto – Eloro – Vendicari – Mosaici Tellaro – Zisola – Noto
Day 6: Noto – Fontane Bianche – Ognina - Arenella - Plemmirio – Siracusa
Day 7: Siracusa – transfer to Rifugio Sapienza/Piano Vettore – Pista Altomontana – Randazzo
From here we start the downhill on the north side of the volcanoe. At Mt Nunziato we stop to see the cave formed by a lava flow in 1843. We continue to Monte Spagnolo and then on a single track on the lava flows from 1981 to the “Bottoniera” craters that endangered the city of Randazzo in 1981. Shortly after we will arrive in the medeveal town of Randazzo. Overnight in Randazzo. 40 km/370m elevation gain