Villa Casale - Piazza Armerina
Ragusa Ibla - UNESCO World Heritage
Landscape of Monti Iblei
Modica - UNESCO World Heritage
Noto - UNESCO World Heritage
Day 1: Caltagirone
Individual arrival at Caltagirone, handover of the information material and introduction of the tour.
Day 2: Circular stage (95 km)
Day 3: Caltagirone - Palazzolo Acreide (85 km)
After departure from Caltagirone you cycle along streets with low traffic until you arrive at Piazza Armerina. Possibility to visit the Roman la Villa del Casale, discovered only in 1950, a unique example of roman pavement decorations of multicoloured mosaics. After the visit you will return to Caltagirone.
Todays itinerary is various and interesting, from both a historical as well as natural point of view. The first stop is Vizzini, a small town in which the writer Giovanni Verga let some of his novels take place. From Vizzini you continue to the Iblei plateau with its deep canyons which are called "cave" in this area. One of the most interesting canyons is the Valle dell'Anapo which is surrounded by the villages Ferla, Cassaro and Palazzolo Acreide.
This stage is characterized by a continuous up and down on exciting back roads
Day 4: Palazzolo Acreide - Modica (65 km)
Day 5: Modica -Noto ( 98 km)
After visiting the historical center of Palazzolo Acreide you ride through the beautiful territory of the Monti Iblei, a unique landscape, where rugged and wild areas alternate with pleasant green scenery, characterized by the typical stonewalls. This rather short stage allows you also to visit one of the architectonical jewels of the area, Ragusa Ibla.
Today's stage is quite easy. After you start slightly downhill in a beautiful Iblei Canyon you arrive in Scicli. Following a visit of the center you continue to the southcoast until you arrive at the Isola delle Correnti, which marks the watershed between the Ionian and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, continuing to Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost city of Sicily, you pass the ancient fishing village Marzamemi and the wildlife sancutary of Vendicari, a wonderful and untouched coast-section full of interesting plants and rare birds. After this experience you will continue to the most famous baroque town, Noto.
Day 6: Noto - Siracusa (75 km)
You start uphill to San Corrado and arrive in Noto Antica, on the Monte Alveria. From Noto antica you will ride until you arrive at the vista point of the nature reserve Cava Grande del Cassibile (505 mt.), interesting also for the archeological remains. The landscape is dominated by the deepest European canyon (300 mt.) and its steep walls. Return to the coast and continue in north direction to Syracuse.
Day 7: Visit of the historical center of Syracuse
Visit of the fascinating Island of Ortigia, the historical and cultural centre of the city. The Old Town of Siracusa inspires immediately with more than 3000 years of history and archaeological evidence of practically all great civilizations of the Mediterranean.
Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure or extension with additional days