The island of oranges and lemons.
Enjoy a bike tour in the southeastern area of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. You will cycle through the Val di Noto, since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage, and discover the most fascinating cities of the region. You will visit Noto, the most important baroque city of Sicily and Syracuse, an ancient Greek colony. You will also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.
Day 1: Caltagirone
Individual arrival in Caltagirone.
Day 2: Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone, ~35 km/21 miles
In the morning a transfer will bring you to Piazza Armerina with its Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km southwest of the town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer residence and is decorated with multicolored mosaic floors that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and extension. After the visit you’ll cycle back to Caltagirone.
Day 3: Caltagirone - Modica, ~50 km/32 miles + 40 km by train
From Caltagirone you cycle southward until you reach Comiso where you take a train to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century facade of the church of San Giorgio.
Day 4: Modica - Pozallo, ~35 km/21 miles
Before leaving Modica, one should at least try the famous spicy chocolate. From Modica you will gradually descend alongside the caves characteristic of the Iblei Mountains to Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. Continue onwards through the marine center of Pozallo.
Day 5: Pozallo - Marzamemi, ~55 km/34 miles
This day of cycling on an almost completely flat course will bring you through Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe's southernmost point. Before arriving to Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks where the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea meet.
Day 6: Marzamemi - Noto, ~20 km/12 miles
This route takes a turn to the north passing through the relatively untouched and pristine natural preserve of Vendicari, where you can relish the beauty of the countryside. The trip continues north, ending the day at the city of Noto, considered to be the finest baroque town in Sicily. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693 the city was rebuilt in the style of the day with beautiful honey-colored stone buildings with ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.
Day 7: Noto - Syracuse, ~40 km/25 miles
Heading north, the route continues towards Syracuse, the capital of the Ancient Greek colony and home of Archimedes. With the island of Ortigia in the background, the center of Syracuse is a wonderful display of an ancient city.
Day 8: Syracuse
Individual departure or extra nights.
7 nights in 3*** hotels and guest houses
7x breakfast buffet
transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina on day 2
transfer from Comiso to Modica on day 3
detailed route descriptions and maps
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday
route (2): ~235 km/150 miles
The itinerary develops itself on low traffic side roads except for the short part entering Syracuse. Most of the stretches are on lowlands with some slightly hilly passages. The longest and most difficult section is covered by train. This tour is, however, suggested to people with a minimum of bicycle practice.
how to get there
by plane: Caltagirone and Syracuse are well connected (~90 min.) by train with Catania airport (CTA)
Catania - Caltagirone 60 €/person
Syracuse - Catania 70 €/person
tourist tax (~10 €/person) is not included
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