Italy Bike Tours
Cycle Sicily! The largest island in the Mediterranean….
What sounds more exciting than cycling in Sicily? This island is a region renowned for its Baroque architecture, its lemons, oranges and olives, its artistic influences (many poets and writers were born here) and of course its excellent cuisine!! The cuisine in Sicily is different from the rest of Italy because of the various cultures it was exposed to, for example the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and French – all of whom left their traditions and flavors behind. In addition to its great wines, dinner in Sicily usually consists of eggplant, plenty of seafood, vegetables and yes, lots of pasta and olive oil.
Don't miss the town of Caltagirone, which received its name from the Arabs and is renowned for its decorative ceramics. Also not to be missed are the famous 142 steps! In Modica, the upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio. Be sure to try some of its famous spicy chocolate!
Cycle Sicily style, and enjoy this amazing bike tour in Italy!
Where You’ll Stay
Great 2 star to 3 star hotels, B&Bs and agriturismos.
- 7 nights’ hotel accommodations
- Breakfast buffets
- 27-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transfer
- Route descriptions & maps
- Tour information packet
- Transfer Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina (only for 8 day tour)
- Transfer Vittoria to Modica
- 7 day service hotline
What’s Not Included
Every Saturday from March 23 to June 11 and August 27 to October 22, 2016
Special departure dates can be organized for groups of at least 5
This bike tour in Italy is classified as easy to moderate with average daily distances of 26 miles. The routes run over low traffic side roads except for the short part entering Siracusa. Most of the stretches are on lowlands with some slightly hilly passages.
Day 1: Arrival in Caltagirone
Day 2: Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Caltagirone - Modica, 31 mi. + 25 mi. by train (50 km + 40 km by train)
Day 4: Modica - Pozzallo, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Pozzallo - Marzamemi, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Marzamemi - Noto, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Noto - Siracusa, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Siracusa
Variation possible, with arrival in Caltagirone on Sunday and biking to Modica on Monday, making the tour 7 days / 6 nights.
DAY 1: Arrival in Caltagirone
Individual arrival in Caltagirone. Evening at your disposal to explore this intriguing little town. Perhaps take an evening stroll up the famous 142 decorative steps and browse in the many ceramic shops along the way.
DAY 2: Caltagirone - Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone, 22 mi. (35 km)
Organized transfer with bikes to Piazza Armerina with its famous Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km northwest of town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer home and is decorated with multicolored mosaic floors that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and extend. After a visit, you'll cycle back to Caltagirone! There's an excellent seafood restaurant Il Locandiere at 57 Via Luigi Sturzo.
Caltagirone's Baroque style dates back to the rebuilding of the entire city after the 1693 earthquake. Well before that, however, Caltagirone had acquired a reputation for the excellence of its ceramics. The Arabs introduced local craftsmen to the glazed colors, in particular blues and yellows, which have subsequently become typically Sicilian in execution.
DAY 3: Caltagirone - Modica, 31 mi. + 25 mi. by train (50 km + 40 km by train)
From Caltagirone, this bicycle tour in Italy takes you southward until reaching Vittoria where you’ll take a train to Modica. On the train route, you'll ride via Ragusa. Ragusa Ibla, the older lower part of Ragusa, was also totally rebuilt into the side of a hill just a few years after the 1693 earthquake. Modica is an enjoyable place to spend half a day. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio. Modica is famous for its chocolate, and we highly recommend trying some!
DAY 4: Modica - Pozzallo, 22 mi. (35 km)
Before leaving Modica, one should at least try the famous spicy chocolate. From Modica you will gradually descend alongside the caves characteristic of the Iblei Mountains to Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake. Scicli is an amazing little town with beautiful architecture! Continue onwards to the coastal town of Pozzallo.
DAY 5: Pozzallo - Marzamemi, 35 mi. (55 km)
This day of cycling in Sicily is on an almost completely flat course along the coast and will bring you through Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe's southernmost point where it is closest to Africa. Before arriving in Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas meet.
DAY 6: Marzamemi - Noto, 16 mi. (25 km)
Another day of flat terrain and easy cycling in Sicily, the route takes a turn to the north passing through the relatively untouched and pristine natural preserve of Vendicari, where you can relish the beauty of the countryside. The trip continues north, ending the day at the city of Noto, considered to be the finest Baroque town in Sicily, and it is quite a sight to see! Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693, the city was rebuilt in the style of the day with beautiful honey-colored sandstone buildings with ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.
DAY 7: Noto - Siracusa, 22 mi. (35 km)
Heading north, the route continues through Avola towards Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. The centre of Siracusa is a wonderful display of an ancient city that has endured the presence of various Mediterranean civilizations and accumulated the wealth and culture of their passing for over 3,000 years. The island of Ortigia is joined to the mainland of Siracusa by two bridges, and is a fascinating web of ancient buildings and narrow streets. There are 2 main piazzas that are well worth visiting either by bicycle or on foot.
DAY 8: Departure from Siracusa
Your Sicily cycling holiday will end after breakfast.