GASTRONOMIE & BAROQUE LAND CYCLING
1ST DAY: CATANIA - PALAZZOLO ACREIDE
The tour starts in Palazzolo Acreide where you will have briefing and accommodation.
2ST DAY: PALAZZOLO ACREIDE – “TELLARO” VALLEY – PALAZZOLO ACREIDE (42 KM) LOOKING FOR TARTUFI (TRUFFLES) EXPERIENCE
Today we will visit in a ring roundtrip the “Tellaro” valley , we will cycle to Palazzolo Acreide village where we can admire its historical monuments through the picturesque lanes in the mediaeval part of the town. Then we will arrive in the “Castelluccio” hamlet built in 1356 by Noto’s families against the rivals of Modica. In 1803 “Di Lorenzo di Castelluccio” family transformed it in a big farm holding. Last but not least the Acropoly of Castelluccio amazing archaeological site. Once back a funny Experience “Looking for Tartufi” (Truffles) in the forest around Palazzolo Acreide.
3ST DAY: PALAZZOLO ACREIDE - MODICA (52 KM)
Our today 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. Chocolate Experience and Tasting.
4ST DAY: MODICA – SCICLI - POZZALLO (32 KM) – CHEESE TASTING
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. Cheese Tasting along the way.
5ST DAY: POZZALLO – PORTOPALO DI CAPOPASSERO (45 KM)
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.
6ST DAY: PORTOPALO - MARZAMEMI – NOTO (35 KM) WINE TASTING
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. On the way you will have the chance to taste the wonderful “Nero D’Avola” wine in one of the many cellars. Our trip continues towards north ending the day at the city of Noto, the capital of Baroque.
7ST 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, accommodation in the area. 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. Farewell DINNER!!!
8ST DAY: DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure and end of our services.
Rich in culture, history and beautiful landscapes, Sicily is one of the most fascinating areas of Italy. Our week esploration by bycicle takes us in eastern Sicily,an area of outstanding natural beauty with its Natural Reserves, crystal-clear sea and vegetation. During the week we ride on through the Noto Valley to admire the baroque, nowadays Patrimony of Unesco. The trip will make us discover baroque towns such as Palazzolo Acreide, Modica, and Noto, the most important baroque town of Sicily, and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. We will cycle on from Vendicari Oasis, the sea village of Marzamemi, the island of Capo Passero and “l’isola delle Correnti”.