Rich in culture, history and beautiful landscapes, Sicily is one of the most fascinating areas of Italy, with its beautiful coastline, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine . Enjoy plenty of the famous TV detective Inspector Montalbano's favourite haunts, including atmospheric Scicli, and in between pedalling through towns and old fishing villages, savour a fresh fish lunch in the salty sharp air, admire ornate cobbled streets, and discover nature reserves and saltwater lagoons, rich in birdlife.
1ST DAY: CATANIA - PALAZZOLO ACREIDE
The tour starts in Palazzolo Acreide where you will have briefing and accommodation.
2ST DAY: PALAZZOLO ACREIDE - MODICA (52 KM)
Our ride starts from Palazzolo Acreide but, before cycling, we will admire its historical monuments through the picturesque lanes in the mediaeval part of the town. Cycling along the ibleo territory where landscapes are sometimes wild and bare and sometimes full of vegetation, but always beautiful with its characteristic “dry stone walls” as limit of properties.
3ST DAY: MODICA - POZZALLO (32 KM)
Before leaving the town of Modica, an amazing aristocratic village that rises on a cliff, you must taste the delicious spicy chocolate and visit the magnificen 18th century Church of San Giorgio. We will cycle downhill along a typical quarry of the iblei, reaching the town of Scicli, very evocative town. We will visit the centre with the ample Piazza Italia, the monuments and other impressive and scenographic buildings such as the Saint Barthelemy Church, looking out over a rocky landscape of ever-changing colours. After the visit, we will pedal to the marine centre of Pozzallo.
4ST DAY: POZZALLO - PORTOPALO DI CAPOPASSERO
We will cycle on the flat, until we reach the Isola delle Correnti, the most remote point of the continent, between the Ionio sea and the Mediterraneo one, the same latitude as Tunisi. On the way you will have the chance to taste the wonderful “Vino D’Avola” in one of the many cellars.
5ST DAY: PORTOPALO - MARZAMEMI – NOTO (35 KM)
Cycling on the flat before and gradually cycling uphill towards North, passing through the untouched and pristine Vendicari Natural Oasis, area of great scientific interest with a lot of flora and fauna varieties. Our trip continues towards north ending the day at the city of Noto, the capital of Baroque.
6ST DAY: NOTO - SIRACUSA (35 KM)
After having tasted the almond “granite” with the brioches, pride of the capital of the baroque as well as the many churches and palaces, we will cycle on the flat along the coast towards Siracusa, capital of the Magna Grecia.
7ST DAY: SIRACUSA
Time at disposal to visit the charming town of Siracusa, Neapolis archaeological park where the Greek Theatre rises. And the charming little island of Ortigia, historical and cultural centre of the town. Of big interest the Temple of Apollo, the Dome that is the outcome of successive transformations made to the grandiose temple of Athena, and the Fountain of Arethusa.
8ST DAY: DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure and end of our services.