Epic bike journey across 3 beautiful yet so diverse islands, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. What makes them unique?

The Mediterranean Ride map

Ok, there is no question that we are talking about 3 cycling paradises, and certainly you fall madly in love with each one of them. But what really makes them different?

The sun, the beauty and quality of life would seem to be the only features shared by these three islands.
In fact, despite their proximity, this three jewels of the Mediterranean have a very different history, landscape, gastronomy and national character, sometimes wildly different!
I mean, if you are in Corsica with a smile on your face they may ask themselves: “Is he okay??”.
If you are in Sicily without a smile on your face they may ask directly to you “Are you okay??”.

Those differences make the wealth of the Mediterranean. As we’ll cross the islands by bike, sometimes they’ll look so similar, then suddenly we’ll discover something unique, making them looking like worlds apart.
Come on, let’s learn more about similarities and differences that we will discover along our journey:

Landscapes and landmarks

  • Corsica – Les Agriates, Les Calanques de Piana, Bonifacio cliffs
  • Sardinia – Costa Smeralda, Supramonte, Nuraghe Arrubiu
  • Sicily – The Cathedral of Monreale, Ragusa Ibla, Etna volcano

Rides

  • Corsica – The road D81 from Piana to Porto
  • Sardinia – The road SS125 from Dorgali to Baunei
  • Sicily – The road SS187 from Balata di Baida to Valderice

Traditional music

  • Corsica – Paghjella
  • Sardinia – Canto a Tenore
  • Sicily – U Ballettu

Three Wines

  • Corsica – Niellucciu, Scicarellu, Muscatel
  • Sardinia – Vermentino di Gallura, Nepente, Malvasia di Cagliari
  • Sicily – Marsala, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Zibibbo

Three Cheese

  • Corsica – Brocciu, Niolo, Casgiu Sartinesu
  • Sardinia – Fiore Sardo, Casizzolu, Pecorino Romano
  • Sicily – Caciocavallo, Canestrato, Ricotta secca

Three Dishes

  • Corsica – Aziminu, Figateli, Canistrelli
  • Sardinia – Suppa cuata, Maccarrones de Punzu, Sa Burrida
  • Sicily – Arancini, Caponata, Cannoli.

Fruits and vegetables

  • Corsica – Clementine, Chestnuts and Hazelnuts
  • Sardinia – Carciofo spinoso, Grano Cappelli, Oliva bosana
  • Sicily – Tarocco siciliano, Capperi, Eggplant

Personalities

  • Corsica – Pasquale Paoli, Napoleone Bonaparte, Angelo Mariani
  • Sardinia – Antonio Gramsci, Grazia Deledda, Paolo Fresu
  • Sicily – Federico II, Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Tornatore

Bandits

  • Corsica – André Spada
  • Sardinia – Samuele Stocchino
  • Sicily – Salvatore Giuliano

Famous Cyclist

  • Sardinia – Fabio Aru
  • Sicily – Vincenzo Nibali
  • Corsica – He’s coming… 🙂

 

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