Walking through the heart of Sicily

This seven day tour takes you walk through the spectacular natural beauty of central Sicily, following unsealed country roads through rolling wheat fields to the forests of the Madonie National Park, staying in enchanting villages along the way.

Starting with a private pick up in either Palermo or Catania, we'll take you into the mountains and rolling hills of the little visited heart of the interior of Sicily, where your tour starts in the bustling town of Nicosia.

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During your walk, you’ll explore the cultural heritage of the area, which has been inhabited since ancient Greek times.  Each town and village has its own, often ancient, always fascinating story to tell.  It is an area relatively untouched by tourism.  It's a tad rustic (ie limited internet coverage in parts and definitely no 4-star hotels) so if you don't do rustic this is not the tour for you!  However, if you are bit adventurous, it's a wonderful opportunity to get local, enjoy the famous Sicilian hospitality, its delicious seasonal cuisine as well as enjoying some long country rambles.

The walks

The walks

The is a Grade 3 walk (click here for details).  The walks range from 3 to 4 hours, covering between 12 to 15 kilometres.  They generally follow unsealed and sealed country lanes passing through rolling farmlands although there are also some short sections following smaller trails with uneven footing.  The trails are unmarked but are straight-forward to follow.

The accommodation

The accommodation

You will stay in a variety of accommodation, themselves often part of the area's history, which are always comfortable and welcoming: two family-run 'agriturismos'; a private apartment; a converted 13th century monastery; a 15th century convent (hosted by nuns) and finishing in a restored noble residence in the heart of an ancient village. 

The food

The food

Food is one of the highlights of a visit to this prosperous area, all based on delicious seasonal vegetables and fruits and fresh farm produce, including cheeses like fresh ricotta and cacciacavallo; cured hams and salami; an amazing variety of breads; olives, eggplants and wild greens and, of course, those wonderful Sicilian pastries.....  Breakfasts and dinners are included in this tour.

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This 7 day/6 night walk can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost


    per person
  • six nights accommodation
  • all breakfasts and dinners
  • reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • maps with gps markers and walking instructions
  • pick up and drop off in either Catania or Palermo
  • daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$2100 with dinners included

Single supplement - $550

5% discount when 4 people or more book and deposit together



"IT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS! The extra touches were really appreciated..... the walks were wonderful and the food was incredible"

– Jacqui S

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