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Discover the best of Sicily by bike. Whether a sweet Marsala, a Nero d’Avola, a spin through the Val di Noto or a rolling ride at the foot of Mount Etna, Sicily has got it all. Join DIGnGO on a bike tour in Sicily that includes Caltagirone, Scicli, Modica, Syracuse, the Valle Dei Templi and Noto.
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Your bicycle trip in Sicily starts in Syracuse, the birthplace of mathematician Archimedes. Then, transfer to Modica, a town in the Province of Ragusa, for a light lunch and introduction to the week. In town, take time to discover the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. For your first ride of the week, spin through rolling hills all the way to the Eremo della Giubiliana, a 5-star hotel on the Hyblean plateau. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal at your hotel.
Today’s Ride: 21 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
On you second day, set out on a loop ride through the late baroque towns of the Val di Noto. Start with a downhill ride toward the Mediterranean Sea before arriving in Donnalucata, a fishing village. Keep cycling toward Scicli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside seven other cities in the Val di Noto. You’re on your own for lunch but don’t hesitate to ask your trip leader for recommendations. In town, take a self-guided visit of the Church of San Matteo and the Palazzo Beneventano. In the afternoon, spin back to your hotel for some downtime. This evening, transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ragusa for dinner on your own.
Today’s Ride: 35 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Long Option: 41 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing
This morning, start with a transfer to the Donnafugata Castle (15 minutes), your starting location. From there, get ready for a challenging ride. You travel to the hilltop town of Chiaramonte Gulfi, the “ Balcony of Sicily”, arriving just in time for lunch. In the afternoon, wind your way to the Castello Camemi, a hotel in the heart of the green hills of the Val di Noto.
Today’s Ride: 35 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 42 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
Today, journey through some of most beautiful towns in Sicily. Head out of your hotel on a nice descent toward Mineo before a challenging climb into the town of Caltagirone, producer of some the best ceramics in Italy. Before lunch, climb the Staircase of Santa María del Monte, a historic 142-step staircase in Caltagirone. In the afternoon, ride through rolling hills and bright countryside with Mount Etna, an active volcano in the Province of Catania, in the distance. On the way, take a break in Grammichele, a town famous for its hexagonal square. Back at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day as you like.
Today’s Ride: 39 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 21 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Long Option: 44 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Take a transfer (2h10) to you starting location in the surroundings of Montedoro. This morning, pedal to Racalmuto, famous because of The Lady of the Wheel novela by Angelo F. Coniglio. Ride on almost deserted roads and among rolling hills. Keep your camera handy as you’ll have many photo opportunities. After lunch, get back in the saddle and head toward Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later today, meet with local guide for a walking tour of this ancient greek city. Discover the Valley of the Temples and learn about the Temple of Juno and the Temple of Concordia. Spend the night at Hotel Villa Athena, a small luxury hotel in the shadow of ancient Greek temples. Celebrate your cycling vacation in Sicily with a dinner at the hotel gourmet restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 12 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 35 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Biking in Sicily ends at the Catania train station.
We would like to thank you for an absolutely fabulous cycling vacation. You exceed all our expectations! We are telling everyone we known about DIGnGO. We’re having a hard time settling back in to boring everyday life.
I told my husband to work hard so we can plan another trip with you. We enjoyed every minute of our bike trip.
Thank you again for all your work and planning.
From all reports we hit all the good weather and we had a wonderful bike tour! I would be hard pressed to find anything bad to say about the trip. Was worth every penny!
Thank you for a great bike tour. We feel that we’ve been well introduced to a whole new way of seeing other countries and hope to do more tours in the future.