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A trip by bike into Camilleri's novels' Southern Sicily!
A tour in the south-eastern area of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. We cycle through the Val di Noto, since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the most fascinating towns of the region. We visit Noto, the most important baroque town of Sicily, Ragusa and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. We cross Scicli, monumental baroque town, Vigata and Marinella (settings of some movies based on the novels of Camilleri). We also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.
"Compared to nature, people are even more complex and varied. The beauty of Sicily is the daily discovery of Sicilians and their diversities. To think of a Sicilian as of and unfriendly bumpkin is a big mistake. Sure, there are few Sicilians of this kind but there is also the blood of thirteen dominations. I believe that today, we Sicilians, we have the intelligence and the treasures of bastards, their vivacity and wit" - quote of Andrea Camilleri
MAIN TECHNICAL FEATURES:
Total km 195
Paved and dirt roads
Paths with constant and rideable ascents. The stages are approx. 30 km cycling with a touristic pace
Suggested bike: Road Bike/E-Bike (bike hire catalogue)
Difficulty degree: Medium. Please check Useful Information
Suggested clothing: Technical Equipment. Visit Bikelife Store
HOW TO GET THERE:
By plane, Catania Airport.
By ship, Catania port.
By train, Trenitalia. Plan your journey on Trenitalia
By bus, Plan your journey with Flixbus
Val di Noto, since 2003 UNESCO World Heritage Site; Noto, the most important baroque town in Sicily; Ragusa and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony; Scicli, a monumental baroque town; Vigata and Marinella (set of some movies inspired by the novels of Camilleri); the coastal oasis of Vendicari; the sea village of Marzamemi; the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.
A tour in the the largest island in the Mediterranean. We cycle in the places described in the novels of Andrea Camilleri, in the beautiful Southern Sicily. We visit Ragusa, Ibla quarter, the most ancient of the town, and in particular the splendid Cathedral Square, near Saint George's Cathedral. This was the residential area of the aristocracy in 18th century, built mostly with a Baroque style and recently become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
DAY 1: Arrival in Caltagirone with own means. (We can organise the travel and transfer, on request).
Caltagirone is one of the Baroque towns of the famous Val di Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site. Briefing and free time to visit the town. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: Caltagirone - Modica Road Bike. (40 km, 200 mt of elevation gain + 40 km transfer)
From Caltagirone, after breakfast we start cycling southwards until reaching Comiso, where a transfer bring us to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio. Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: Modica - Pozzallo Road Bike. (35 km, 300 mt of elevation gain)
We cannot leave Modica withour tasting the famous spicy chocolate! After breakfast, we move from Modica and gradually descend alongside the characteristic caves of the Iblei Mountains in Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake in 1693. We continue onwards through the marine centre of Pozzallo. Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: Pozzallo - Marzameni Road Bike. (55 km, 200 mt of elevation gain)
After breakfast our cycling day starts on an almost completely flat path which brings us to Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s most southern point. Before arriving to Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks the meeting point of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas. Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: Marzameni - Noto Road Bike. (25 km, 200 mt of elevation gain)
Today our route takes a turn northwards passing through the relatively untouched and pristine Natural Reserve of Vendicari, where you can enjoy the beauty of the countryside. The trip goes on northwards, ending in the town of Noto, considered the finest Baroque town in Sicily. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693, the town was rebuilt in the style of that time with beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings, ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive squares. Highly developed is the wine tradition and the Moscato di Noto is definitely worth a taste. Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: Noto - Siracusa Road Bike. (35 km, 230 mt of elevation gain)
After breakfast we head north, along a route that continues towards Siracusa, the most important Sicilian town in Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the town centre of Siracusa is a wonderful example of ancient town. Here tradition is a way of living. Free dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: Breafast at hotel. Departure from Siracusa to own destinations. (End of services).
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
DESCRIPTIONS, TOURS, TRAILS, DETAILS ARE ONLY INDICATIVE. ANY OTHER INFO WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER BOOKING CONFIRMATION.
CUSTOM-MADE:A possibility to organize individual tours, guided or self-guided (supply of the maps); on request, we could modify the itinerary (length, difficulty degree, etc); for individual tours, the date of departure can be decided in according to your needs
MIN GROUP SIZE: guided 6, self-guided 2
ACCOMMODATION: In approved with an agreement Hotels, B&B, guest-houses
PRICE: guided TO BE DEFINED
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Hospitality in HB with double/ twin bed room, transfer from Comiso to Modica, guide, luggage transport, bike garage, an area for little reparations
NOT INCLUDED: Arrival and Return journey, guide, tourist tax, entrance to points of interest, health and luggage insurance and everything not listed under “price includes".
SURCHARGES & REDUCTIONS: Bike rent , equipment, lunches