Sicily Baroque | Guided Bike Tour

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8 days - 7 nights
Departure : Catania
Departure : Catania

Description of Sicily Baroque | Guided bike tour

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and separated from the Italian peninsula by a narrow strait, Sicily is arguably the most captivating of Italy’s twenty regions. One could spend a lifetime unpacking it. During this guided bike tour, we’ll explore the beautiful Baroque cities of Scicli, Modica, Ragusa, and Noto, then the luxurious Ortigia island, and we’ll end our great tour climbing the Etna volcano and learning more about its amazing wine tradition.

This tour has also a self-guided version, check here.

What to Expect while cycling along the Baroque cities of Sicily

  • The baroque architectures
  • Vines and tasty foods
  • The ceramics of Caltagirone
  • The Chocolate of Modica
  • Greek legacy of Ortigia
  • The Etna Volcano

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Bike Tour Details

Tour Name

Sicily baroque guided tour

Tour Departure / Arrival

From Piazza Armerina to Zafferana Etnea

Level of Support

Guided Bike Tour

A cycling guide we’ll ride with you showing his region. A Van support with water, electrolytes and snacks, will be available if you want to skip the hardest climbs. Daily lunch featuring local and fresh products and dinners featuring traditional food.

Cycling style

Relax

Stages up to 50 km per day with a maximum of 600 meters of climbing. They are conceived for guests that ride their bikes twice per week on roads without major climbs. Usually, you are back at the hotel in the early afternoon.

Daily mileage

50 – 70 km / day

Suggested Airports

In: Catania (Google Map)

Out: Catania (Google Map)

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Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Benvenuti in Sicilia | Warm Up Ride

Set you up for starting the bike tour in Sicily

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, an absolute 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
Included: Dinner

Day 2: From Piazza Armerina to Caltagirone | Cycling 50Km/550m

From the colorful Roman mosaics to the colorful ceramics of Caltagirone

We leave the lush gardens and orchards of Piazza Armerina to move to 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’ll visit the workshop of a local potter, in addition to making a stop on the wonderful staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, with 142 steps fully decorated with the local ceramics.

In the afternoon we continue through the countryside of Caltagirone where we spend the night in a cozy rural residence.

Overnight: Caltagirone
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 3: From Caltagirone to Ragusa | Cycling 60Km/840m

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 somewhat different city centers. Ragusa, the new town, was reconstructed from the ground up, in the new style, after the destructive earthquake 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
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Modica and Scicli loop tour | Cycling 55Km/850m

3 wonderful baroque cities Unesco world heritage sites

Ragusa, Modica and Scicli, in one day! These three incredible baroque cities are declared Unesco world heritage sites, so the day will be like pedaling inside an enormous open space museum. Let’s discover together these treasures among enchanting landscapes, ancient culture, and unique gastronomy. The route is continuously up and down between the Ibleo plateau and the karst valleys. During the ride, we can choose to delight ourselves between: a dessert prepared by the famous chef Ciccio Sultano in Ragusa, or visiting the ancient Bonajuto chocolate shop in Modica, where we will taste the famous chocolate (ciucculatta muricana) still made according to the old Atzeca recipe, imported from the Spaniards in the Modica County in the 16th century.

Overnight: Ragusa
Included: Breakfast

Day 5: From Ragusa to Noto | Cycling 60Km/900m

Magnificent Ortigia and its Cathedral

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 world’s best symbols of baroque architecture.

Overnight: Noto
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 6: From Noto to Siracusa | Cycling 65Km/750m

Magnificent Ortigia and its Cathedral

Today, we’ll conquer the sea bastions on the island of Ortigia, the ancient Greek settlement originating the most potent Greek colony in the Mediterranean. Ortigia, in just a square kilometer, boasts many 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 into 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
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: The Etna volcano experience | Cycling 50Km/1500m

At the sight of His Majesty the Etna

A 1 hr shuttle will take us to the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Starting from the village of Nicolosi, we’ll climb in this lava-brown rock landscape until the first caldera at Rifugio Sapienza. Our way down gives us stunning views over the Strait of Messina and the Calabria on Italy’s mainland.
Our destination is the village of Zafferana Etnea, one of the best-preserved villages in the area, having miraculously survived numerous eruptions.

Optionally, you can have an e-bike for this ride or just jump on the van and enjoy this day in full relax.

Overnight: Zafferana Etnea
Included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Arrivederci

Ciao Amici!

As your journey with us draws to a close, we’re confident that Sicily has left an indelible mark on your heart, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon in one of the Mediterras destinations. Following a delightful breakfast and a chat about your entire tour, we’ll assist you with bikes and luggage and provide a shuttle to Catania airport. Ciao amici, until we meet again!

Included: Breakfast

Bike Tour Price

Quote per Person

  • From € 1970Deposit: 30%, Balance: 30 days before departure

What's included

  • 7 nights in charming hotels in double occupancy
  • 7 breakfasts + 5 dinners
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • 2 experienced English-speaking guides (on bike and on the van)
  • Van support with water and snacks
  • Maps, route notes, and GPS tracks
  • Luggage transportation inn2inn
  • Group transfer from Catania Airport to Piazza Armerina
  • Group transfer to Etna
  • Peace of mind being with our experienced team

What's not included

  • Local Taxes (approx. 10 €)
  • Dinner, wine & beverages

Supplements

  • Solo Traveler + 250 €
  • Single Room + 150 €
  • High Season + 250 € (Jun 24-Sep 08)

Complimentaries

  • Water bottle
  • T-Shirt

Bikes

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 rental bike at the end of the reservation process.

  • E-bike + 225 €
  • Road Bike Carbon + Ultegra + 225 €
  • Trekking bike + 135 €

Cancellation Policy

  • 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
A look at the Hotels on this Bike Tour
  • Splendid Hotel, Taormina

    Atop the Rock of Taormina, the Splendid Hotel captures center stage for its impressive panoramic views of the Ionian Sea, just minutes from the city’s charming old town and the famous Greek Theatre.

    Taormina, Sicily
  • Villa Landolina, Noto, Sicily

    Villa Landolina, Noto

    Nestled within the heart of the authentic Sicilian countryside at just one km from Baroque Noto, Villa Landolina is an unforgettable gateway for discovering an incredibly unspoiled and typical landscape, more and more rare to find in our modern world.

    Noto, Sicily
  • Villa Jacona

    The villa is an historic residence with elegant and romantic rooms. Few steps from the historic centre, and with a beautiful garden.

    Caltagirone, Sicily
  • Prometeo Mercure, Siracusa – Accor Hotels

    In a strategic position, in front of the Archaeological Park, the Greek Theater, and a walking distance from Ortigia. Contemporary design, with panoramic swimming pool and solarium, SPA, fitness area.

    Siracusa, Sicily
  • Villa Trigona, Piazza Armerina

    Villa Trigona is an excellent base for cycle tourists. An old Villa with a garden and pool close to the famous UNESCO site Villa Romana del Casale.

    Piazza Armerina, Sicily
  • Grand Hotel Sofia – Noto

    Just few steps away from Noto cathedral, with wellness area, an excellent restaurant and a splendid swimming pool.

    Noto, Sicily
  • Airone Wellness – Zafferana Etne

    Located in a strategic position for your bike rides, the hotel overlooks the southern side of Etna. A lovely SPA is waiting you for an after bicycle relax.

    Etna, Sicily
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