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Cycling Holidays in Sicily

Forget about clock-watching, shrug off your stress.

In Sicily, you will discover beautiful natural surroundings, culture, history, tradition, wonderful food and the taste of adventure: all of this, of course, on your bike.
Do you remember the last time you experienced a feeling of real enchantment, when you felt transfixed by the sheer beauty and power of nature? Or the last time you felt intoxicated by the scents of the wild countryside, or were caressed by a warm breeze after swimming in a clear blue sea? Or indeed, when you felt totally absorbed by history or fascinated by art, or had that wonderful sensation that your body and mind were in perfect harmony as you cycled through an amazing landscape?
Sicily can give you all this and more: a mixture of strong emotions to experience in a very special way, from the saddle of your bike. Only on this island do you have the opportunity to climb the highest active volcano in Europe, to cycle between historical and archaeological sites of unique importance, to stop off at a remote beach and dive into a crystal-clear sea. Or indeed, to sample the local cooking with its distinctive flavours, tasting recipes handed down over many generations and influenced by many different cultures.
Whether you’re on a road bike or a mountain bike, a cycling trip around Sicily is sure to arouse some very strong emotions. In fact, we bet you will never want to leave!

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The nature reserves, the art of the baroque, the majesty of ancient Greece and of Mount Etna

You can cycle an infinite number of routes to explore the nature, art and history of Sicily. The majestic Mount Etna dominates all the surrounding landscape. Welcome to the cycle tourist’s paradise.

We have four Regional Parks, more than twenty Nature Reserves and Marine Reserves, archaeological and cultural sites of unique importance, and over a thousand kilometres of coastal roads. And if all that is not enough for you, there is also towering Mount Etna to challenge your skills as a climber.

This is what the largest island in the Mediterranean has to offer cyclists: an infinite number of routes through plains, valleys or mountains which you can explore in the easiest possible way, on the saddle of your bike.


You can enjoy a visit to the Greek temples in Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta, and explore the coastal roads on the southern part of the island from Ragusa to Trapani, with their solitary coves. Or else you can follow the routes through the Nebrodi National Park with its pristine forests, a place where you can often encounter herds of wild horses, visit the Noto Valley with its Baroque treasures (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or explore the Alcantara Valley with its spectacular natural gorges. Then there’s beautiful Taormina, the delightful roads through the Madonie Regional Park, the beaches of San Vito Lo Capo and Cefalù, and the exciting ascent of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. In short, you really have a real embarrassment of choice. If you also add the fact that the favourable climate makes cycling possible throughout the year, you can understand why Sicily is rapidly becoming the top destination for European cyclists.


The ascent of Etna

A lunar landscape and a living, breathing mountain: the ascent of the volcano is an experience unique in Europe. The challenge you face is to climb this peak… but only if Her Highness permits.

At a height of 3340 metres, Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe, and also the highest mountain in the entire Apennine chain. Mount Etna was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2013, and has been the theme of stories and speculation since the times of Greek myths and Roman chronicles.


There are two metalled approach roads up to the higher slopes of the volcano: Etna North, which takes you to Piano Provenzana and a height of 1810 metres, and Etna South, which leads to the Sapienza Refuge at a height of 1910 metres. The ascent “par excellence” is the route leading up to the Sapienza Refuge. The most famous road is undoubtedly the stretch which leaves from Nicolosi, and which was used as a stage during the 2011 Giro d’Italia. That was the year when Alberto Contador pulled away from the pack 8 km from the arrival point, winning the stage and taking the pink jersey, which he then kept till the end of the Giro.

The climb is almost 20 km long and has an average gradient of a little over 6%, with a maximum of 12%. However, the main feature of this ascent is not its length or toughness, but rather the amazing scenery through which you cycle. There are huge expanses of black volcanic rock, suddenly interrupted by the green of dense pine-groves and chestnut-woods, in an impressive demonstration of the powers of nature. Often, as you pedal along, you seem to hear the great voice of the volcano in the background, accompanying you to your arrival point high on the slopes. You can take on the challenge of Etna, but you must ensure you respect her, for she always has the final word.


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