Today take our group shuttle at 11:30 am at Catania airport and meet us at the hotel around 1 pm for a light lunch and introductions, followed by a warm-up ride around Caltagirone.
Caltagirone to Ragusa
After an easy start, the traffic-less road begins to undulate and sports three major climbs and several roller coasters; the last part is almost completely downhill before entering Ragusa. In the afternoon, we’ll reach the fascinating Ragusa Ibla (the lower and older part of town), a vestige of the Baroque period.
Ragusa Loop to Donnafugata and Scicli
We start today’s ride with a pleasant downhill toward the coast. We stop for a visit at the beautiful Villa Donnafugata, the rural summer vacation house of the Arezzo family. After lunch we climb back through the valley with great views of the Irminio river canyon. In the evening we’ll enjoy a walking tour of ancient Ragusa Ibla.
Ragusa to Siracusa
Today’s ride takes us up into the Altopiano Ibleo, a remote and beautiful area where shepherds are the only inhabitants and continue on to Siracusa. In the evening, we dine at a typical Sicilian restaurant where we get our first taste of some local specialties.
Siracusa to San Giovanni la Punta
Bike in one of Sicily’s most fascinating archaeological reserves and nature sites. Today’s highlight is a pleasant ride on quiet roads with the impressive Etna right in front of us. Tonight a musical surprise will showcase the genuine Sicilian spirit and way of life that make the inhabitants of this island so warm and welcoming!
Take an early van ascent up Mt Etna to hike and enjoy the magnificent views of the volcanic area. On a clear day, you can see all of Sicily. In the afternoon, we go to Taormina, where you'll have the rest of the day free to explore the town and to shop. Important information regarding equipment is on the detailed itinerary.
The Aeolian Island Lipari
Geologically, the island of Lipari is quite rugged with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views. If you love coastal views, the entire ride is one highlight after another. One of the highlights today will be a visit to a local Slow Food presidia famous for the production of capers, olive oil and Malvasia wine.
The Aeolian Island Salina
Today we take a private boat to Salina. On our bikes, we explore Salina’s beauty as well as its fascinating ancient history. After our small bike ride, we are off to the cove of “Il Postino.” In Salina, we’ll have a Aeolian lunch and the best granita!
Around 8:30 am after breakfast we leave from the island of Lipari and offer a group hydrofoil (1 hour) to Milazzo, followed by a group shuttle (2 hrs) to Catania airport for international connections or to continue your travels to Italy and beyond.