Cycling from the heart of the island to the charming island of Ortigia, among baroque architectures of rare beauty, gaudy ceramics, ancient autocton vines and tasty foods. A concentrate of stories, races and cultures that will touch your heart.
The baroque architectures
Vines and tasty foods
The ceramics of Caltagirone
Greek legacy of ortigia
|1||Benvenuti in Sicilia!||Warm up ride||D|
|2||From Piazza Armerina to Caltagirone||Cycling 30Km/500m||B|
|3||From Caltagirone to Ragusa||Cycling 60Km/840m||B|
|4||Modica loop tour||Cycling 36Km/590m||B|
|5||From Ragusa to Noto||Cycling 60Km/900m||B|
|6||From Noto to Siracusa||Cycling 65Km/750m||B D|
We welcome you at Catania airport and, after about one hour of transfer, we reach the elegant Villa Trigona Hotel, surrounded by greenery in the Sicilian countryside.
After the bike fitting and a tour explanation, you can go for a short bike ride and discover the enchanting mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale, considered the best-kept Roman mosaics in the world, a real must-see place.
You'll have dinner at the hotel. The host Emanuel, the last heir of the noble Trigona family, will introduce you to the amazing local cuisine, as well as tell you about the history of the place, of course.Overnight: Piazza Armerina
We leave the lush gardens and orchards of Piazza Armerina to move the most typical landscapes of the interior of Sicily, made of bare hills drawn by fields and dry stone walls. For lunch we stop in the beautiful old town of Caltagirone where we visit the workshop of a local potter, in addition to making a stop on the wonderful staircase of Santa Maria del Monte. In the afternoon we continue through the countryside of Caltagirone where we spend the night in a cozy rural residence.Overnight: Caltagirone
The first part of the day is across olive groves and vineyards as far as the eye can see, along an undulating route. After lunch we begin the climb to the Ibleo plateau through the characteristic white limestone walls, with breathtaking views over the surrounding valley. The stage ends in one of the most magical places in Sicily: Ragusa Ibla, a wonderful monumental city known throughout the world, as well as for its beauty, for the quality of its gastronomy, awarded with three-starred restaurants.
Ragusa combines two rather different city centers. Ragusa, the new town, was reconstructed from the ground up, in the new style, after the destructive earthquake occurred in 1693. Here you can make a wonderful itinerary among churches and palaces that are symbols of the late Sicilian Baroque, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.Overnight: Ragusa
Today we allow ourselves an easier day, both to have more time to devote to the beauties of Ragusa, than to go to discover Modica, another casket of south-eastern Sicily, where we will taste the famous chocolate (ciucculatta muricana) still made according to the ancient Atzeca recipe, imported from the Spaniards in the Modica County in the 16th century.Overnight: Ragusa
Our ride starts on the Ragusa Countryside. An up and down on tiny roads till Castelluccio Necropolis, with over 200 tombs carved in the steep walls of the nearby quarry. The most monumental is the so-called "grave of the prince" with a statement consisting of four fake pillars. Then a long and gradual descent takes us to the perfumed citrus orchards of Noto Valley, preparing us for the last ascent of the day to the flamboyant baroque of Noto. Its Cathedral is one of the best symbols of baroque architecture in the world.Overnight: Noto
Today we'll conquer the sea bastions on the island of Ortigia, the ancient Greek settlement originating the most powerful Greek colony in the Mediterranean. Ortigia, in just a square kilometre, boasts a number of impressive buildings and monuments, here stands out the wonderful Cathedral of Syracuse (Cathedral of the Nativity of Mary Most Holy). It was a Greek temple dedicated to Athena, then converted in a church by the Normans. Its Doric columns along the walls closing the side aisles are still very evident both inside and outside. An aperitif on the ancient walls, in front of the sunset over the sea, and a dinner in one of the several good restaurants in town, will close the day through south-western Sicily.Overnight: Siracusa
Sadly today we leave, but we are sure that we will meet again on the roads of the Mediterranean!Included: Breakfast
Villa Trigona is an ancient and elegant summer residence of the noble Trigona family, carefully recovered and restored.
The villa is an historic residence with elegant and romantic rooms. Few steps from the historic centre, and with a beautiful garden.
Just few steps away from Noto cathedral, with wellness area, an excellent restaurant and a splendid swimming pool.
You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. You can book your bike on the Booking / Information form.
Tour Price: € 1200 per person
Deposit: 30%, Balance: 30 days before departure
This price includes:
6 nights in nice hotels 4*
Welcome meeting and tour briefing
Maps, route notes or GPS tracks
Luggage transportation inn2inn
Transfer IN and OUT to Catania airport
Peace of mind being with our experienced team
This price not includes:
Local Taxes (approx. 10 €)
Drinks at Dinner
Road Bike Carbon + Ultegra: € 190
E-bike: € 205
Trekking Bike: € 150
Single room supplement: € 200
High season supplement: € 150 (Jun 26 - Sep 04)
more than 60 days - 100% refund of deposit
60 days to 30 days - 70% refund of the trip price will be made
29 days to 15 days - 50% refund of the trip price will be made
14 days to 0 days - 100% cancellation fee
This means you will pedal free at your pace following maps and tracks received during our pre tour briefing at your arrival. We will advise you where to have lunch and dinner, about sightseeings along the road and where to find technical assistance. You can start on any day of the year.
With just 4 people, this tour can be ride as a Guided Tour
In our Guided tours you have: