A biking tour through the beauties of Sicily's baroque, to enjoy its rich culture, traditions… and great cycling

SICILIAN BAROQUE RING TOUR

  • Starting price

    Guided tour: € 1499
    Self-Guided: € 880

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity level

    Challenge

  • Departing dates

    13 April 2019

  • Guided group tour

    Small group minimum 6 riders | Private groups, any size on requested dates

  • Starting location

    Syracuse

  • Final Destination

    Letojanni

Support level

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star

  • MEALS

    4 dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Catania airport; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc.; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer from/to Catania airport; bike rental.

  • ON REQUEST

    Individual arrival transfer from Catania airport to Syracuse € 70 p.p. (min 2 pax); individual departure transfer from Letojanni to Catania airport € 85 p.p. (min 2 pax); supplement for single accommodation € 257 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star

  • Meals

    4 dinners; all breakfasts.

  • Support level

    Detailed briefing and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; telephone assistance during your stay; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • Not included

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.

  • On request

    Arrival transfer from Catania airport to Syracuse € 70 p.p. (min 2 pax); departure transfer from Letojanni to Catania airport € 85 p.p. (min 2 pax); supplement for single accommodation € 257 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 590 p.p. + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

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Sicily is the most southern Italian region and the closest portion of Italy to north Africa. It's a unique region, known for its highs as well as for his lows. Exploring the island at the slow pace that cycling can grant is a must do. We'd say it can easily be a once-in-lifetime experience, but we are pretty sure that you'll be among the many repeaters.

Sicily as a whole is so much special that people always struggle to decide which area exploring first. But as lovers of Sicily - and cycling lovers - we suggest an area that we consider special for us who love exploring new places on a road bike: it's the south east portion of the island, that features not only a great insight of culture, food and architecture, but also the most varied and scenic road rides.

We love to share with our guests amazing places, but our very known skill is to connect them via enchanting roads, discovered thanks to passion and commitment.

We propose to you following a theme: connecting the most important towns where the stunning Sicilian baroque architecture (and we'd say lifestyle) knows its best expressions, creating a special ambience in which restaurants, bars and little shops are like notes of the same song.

The island, thanks to its strategic position in the Mediterranean, has always been land of conquests. Greeks, Romans, Byzantine, Arabs and Normans are just an example of the ancient civilizations that, by adding their unmistakable layers of traditions, buildings, culture, made this island so special. Some hints of what we'll see? Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Centuripe. But be sure that to enounce all the special places along this trip we would need a separate website.

The friendly people, with its purely Mediterranean hospitality, as well as the quality of life - yet on a not actually rich Med island - and the typically local slow pace will conquer you.

Let's discover this amazing island! Together.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival at Catania airport, transfer to accommodation in the wonderful Syracuse at a four-star hotel.

DAY 2: Syracuse – Noto 62km - 800m elevation gain

It’s time to leave and start your adventure. Say goodbye to Syracuse riding along the Ionic sea coast till we reach the village of Avola. There we find the first climb of the trip, through the Natural Reserve of Cavagrande in Cassibile. This is a 8 km long climb that features amazing views on the eastern coastline. Some kilometers after the end of the climb, we'll be riding across the Grand Canyon of Sicily, carved in the white limestone. Left the Natural Reserve, we'll start a descent towards Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque, where we stay overnight and have dinner at a four-star hotel.


DAY 3: Noto - Modica 93km - 1200m elevation gain

Out of Noto, our tour keeps heading towards the southeastern end of Sicily. Past the picturesque village of Pachino, we finally reach the southern coast of the island, passing through Ispica, Pozzallo, Marina di Modica and Sampieri. End of the flat road from here forward: we got to reach the wonderful Scicli through a 7 km climb. Scicli, jewel of Sicilian baroque and built on a rock, is known for its several churches and squares, but also for its relationship with the famous protagonist of novels and TV series, the“Inspector Montalbano”. A refreshing stop in Scicli is what we need before riding to Modica. Modica, very famous for its chocolate, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2002, due to its well preserved historical downtown. Refill body and soul with the local premium chocolate amongst Modica’s marvelous baroque architecture. Overnight in Modica at a four-star hotel.


DAY 4: Modica - Caltagirone 86 km - 1750m elevation gain

Our ride today will feature continous up and downs. After a little bit more than 10 km, we'll meet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ragusa Ibla, an important site to the Sicilian baroque lovers. From Ragusa to Monterosso Almo - through Giarratana - is all climbing, for some kilometers on the same route of the 4th stage of Giro d’Italia 2018. We will enjoy a refreshment stop in the ancient town of Vizzini, hometown of the noted writer from the 19th century Giovanni Verga, and take a chance to taste the famous Sicilian cannoli in the best pastry shops in the old town. A continuous up and down will take us the destination: Caltagirone - UNESCO World Heritage site since 2002. This town is famous for its - exported worldwide - typical ceramics and pottery. But it is also renowned for a very special architectural beauty: the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, a 142-step stair ramp that you can climb all the way up if the daily ride’s been too easy! Overnight and dinner in Caltagirone at a four-star hotel.


DAY 5: Caltagirone - Centuripe 106 km - 1700m elevation gain

Another long and amazing ride on this day, which, as usual, includes some good climbing, especially in the last part of the stage. Left Caltagirone, it’s time to ride towards Piazza Armerina, town rich of history and culture, characterized by its narrow medieval streets and its majestic cathedral. A long, winding, descent from Aidone to Raddusa will take the group onto a long flat section before the village of Catenanuova where we can take a refreshment stop before the last challenging climb of the day, all the way up to Centuripe. Centuripe, called by its citizens “the Taormina of the inland”, is similar to a lovely terrace with view on the Etna volcano. With this sight, we could take the chance to taste the local delicacy “granita and brioche”, right in Sciacca square, before getting to hotel. Overnight and dinner at a four-star hotel.

lonely road to Centuripe, Sicily

DAY 6: Centuripe - Linguaglossa 107 km - 1700m elevation gain

We don’t want to just see it in the background, so it’s time to ride to the feet of the tallest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, crossing the Nebrodi mountain range towards Troina. Troina worth a stop to refresh with a slice of a “vastedda cu sammucu”, the typical Troina’s flatbread with sambuco flower essence. Tasty, right? OK, it’s time to get back on the bike, as there are still 40 km to go. After a descent through a lovely countryside, we climb up for 7km to Cesarò. Then a 10km descent - the same ridden during the 4th stage of Giro d’Italia 2017 - will take us to the northern side of the Natural parc of Etna. Overnight in Linguaglossa at a four-star hotel.

coasting Etna, Europe's tallest volcano

Day 7: Linguaglossa - Letojanni 73 km - 1450m elevation gain

Last stage, but still full of great insights. We'll ride along the northern side of Etna’s vineyards up to Castiglione di Sicilia. This little village has been awarded as the most beautiful village in Italy in 1994. Not too far from Castiglione di Sicilia, we ride along the famous Alcantara gorge, a basalt canyon created by watercourses and lava flow. We keep riding down, up to the beginning of the climb to Taormina. From there we go all the way up on a 9km climb that takes us to Castelmola, small village that overlook Taormina and where we believe you’ll have an unusual (believe us) and yet unforgettable experience when paying a visit of the tiny old center. Coming back to Taormina, we won’t miss a visit to downtown to discover squares, monuments, architecture, flavours of the so called “Pearl of Mediterranean”. Letojanni is close, and so the end of the trip. But we’re sure you won’t be happy about the end of this cycle tour in the hearth of Baroque Sicily. Overnight and dinner at a four-star hotel.


Day 8: Farewell and departure day.

Transfer to Catania airport and end of services.


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Cagliari

Headquarters

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Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy
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Costa Smeralda

@ Hotel Airone

SP59 to Baia Sardinia
Arzachena, Italy
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Letojanni

Sicily headquarters

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 130
Letojanni, Italy
+39 340 342 6320
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