Sicily 1 walking tinerary
Private pick up in either Catania or Palermo and a 2 hour transfer to Nicosia in central Sicily. A strategic point on the mountain road that linked eastern Sicily with Palermo, Nicosia grew up around a 7th century Byzantine castle and flourished under Norman rule in the 12th century. Today is a bustling agricultural town – pure Sicily!
Your first walk is an easy hike across the valley to a tiny village that grew up around a rock outcrop which is riddled with prehistoric cave dwellings. Mt Etna, 100 kms to the east, is visible from the village’s impregnable castle. The village’s dialect still has traces of the French invaders who were garrisoned here in the 13th century. (13 kms, 3 hrs)
Today you have a long but gentle walk through rolling valleys with vast views of the mountains and farmlands around you, finishing at a family-run agriturismo in a restored medieval abbey which has been in the family since the end of the 18th century. (14 kms, 4 hrs).
An easy day, today you climb up to a nearby town which must be one of the most unusual towns in Sicily, a jumble of houses and lanes that tumble down the side of a spherical hill. Your accommodation is in another family run ‘agriturismo’ in the valley below the town which was once a baornial residence. You will have the option in the afternoon of doing a loop walk up to visit the town (classifed Italy's Most Beautiful Village in 2014). (7 kms, 2 hours)
The walk today takes you through the valley and then up to a small town that was founded by the ancient Greeks and was the seat of the medieval counts who ruled central Sicily from here in the 14th and 15th centuries, the gateway to the Madonie National Park. Your accommodation tonight is in a small convent just off the central piazza. (12 kms, 4 hrs)
Today’s walk takes you sharply up from the town to a wide path the wraps around the side of a mountain, taking you through pines forests and pastures with spectacular views back east across the valleys and mountains, with Mt Etna as a backdrop, before descending to your final destination, an extraordinary town that was founded by the Romans, one of the most interesting and beautiful towns of the region (classifed Italy'ds Most Beautiful Village in 2018). Your accommodation is in a recently restored noble residence in the heart of the town. (12 kms, 4 hrs)
Your visit finishes this morning with a private transfer to either Catania or Palermo, a two hour drive away.
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This 7 day/6 night walk can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.
- Six nights accommodation
- All breakfasts included
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps with gps markers and walking instructions
- Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
- Pick up and drop off in either Catania or Palermo
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$2650 per person (breakfast + dinners included)
Single supplement - $800
** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.
Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)
We had the most delightful week and have no hesitation in fully recommending it. We loved the walking, scenery, countryside, exploring the different towns and immersing ourselves in the culture and history. The whole week exceeded expectations.
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