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8 Days Baroque Towns Bike Tour in Sicily, Italy
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Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, Sicily, Italy

Self-Guided Bike Tour in Italy

Join a self-guided tour that lets you discover the treasure trove of art, history, and nature of Sicily, Italy! Apulia Bike Tours believes that a bike tour is the best way to get in harmony with this region, to explore its landscapes, its cultural heritage, and rural areas. They love their land and will let you appreciate everything the place has to offer. The extensive network of the cycling routes allows you to reach the monuments and cultural sites with complete independence and freedom. By choosing Apulia Bike Tours, you’ll have the chance to discover the best of this wonderful region.

Key information

  • Trip type: self-guided
  • Lodging: point-to-point
  • Terrain: paved road
  • Starts in: Piazza Armerina
  • Ends in: Syracuse
  • Difficulty level: moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 190 miles / 305 kilometers
  • Type of bike: hybrid bike and road bike (70 EUR)
  • E-bike: available for rent (150 EUR)

Highlights

  • 6-day self-guided bike tour
  • Use of GPS with the needed tracks
  • Riding through baroque towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • Luggage transport service
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$154 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you can choose between two categories of accommodation. You can stay in a combination of bed and breakfasts and economy three-star hotels (category A) or deluxe four-star hotels (category B).

Program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Piazza Armerina

Piazza Armerina is a pretty and historic town nestled into the heart of Sicily. Have a chance to wander around its beautiful winding streets. There are many wonderful buildings to see including the 18th century Duomo, which dominates the town standing majestically on top of a hill, such as the elegant town hall and grand old palazzi such as the Palazzo Trigona. After that, stay overnight in Piazza Armerina.

Day 2: Piazza Armerina - Caltagirone (about 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Apulia Bike Tours will deliver the bike, road map, and also the route description. Heading out of Piazza Armerina, after about four kilometers, you will reach Villa Romana del Casale, the center of the large estate upon which the rural economy of the Western Empire was based. This majestic imperial villa dates back to the fourth century Anno Domini and is one of the most luxurious of its kind.

It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics considered the most beautiful and best-preserved of their kind, which made the villa a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Today’s destination is Caltagirone, one of the baroque towns of the famous Val di Noto and where you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Caltagirone - Palazzolo Acreide (about 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

From Caltagirone, you will cycle to Palazzolo Acreide, Akrai for the Greeks. A city of great cultural interest, it owes its fame to the nearby archaeological excavation. Thanks to the many fascinating buildings in baroque style, Palazzolo Acreide has been incorporated in the list of the World Heritage Site since 2002. After that, you will have an overnight stay in Palazzolo Acreide.

Day 4: Palazzolo Acreide - Ragusa Ibla (about 40 kilometers / 25 miles)

Today, you will cycle along the Hyblaean Plateau, characterized by dry stone walls which divide swaths of land, heading to Ragusa. This area offers some of the best red wines of Sicily and wonderful cheeses which are still made by hand. The old Ragusa was destroyed like the other towns of Val di Noto by the tremendous earthquake in 1693 and has been rebuilt in a somewhat dramatic Sicilian baroque style.

The town is divided into three parts namely the modern Ragusa, the upper town Ragusa Superiore, and the oldest part - Ragusa Ibla, which is the most interesting for visitors. Ragusa has been inscribed by UNESCO World Heritage as representing the culmination and final flowering of baroque art in Europe. After that, you will stay overnight in Ragusa Ibla.

Day 5: Ragusa Ibla - Ispica (about 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Today, the tour leads you from Ragusa Ibla to Ispica. The first stop will be Modica, one of the area's UNESCO-listed baroque towns. Particularly famous for its chocolate, Modica is situated in the dramatic landscape of the Hyblaean Mountains. From here, you’ll continue your ride to Scicli, where you can visit the church of San Bartolomeo. Finally, you will reach Ispica, primarily known for the Cava d'Ispica, a long geological fault dotted with cave dwellings that lies some 10 kilometers from the town.

The center of Ispica is home to a handful of elegant churches, such as Santa Maria Maggiore, with its splendid collection of frescoes, and the Chiesà dell'Annunziata. The town's streets and squares, some lined with fine palazzi, such as the current town hall, will lead you to the former covered market, which now houses a café and restaurant. After that, you will stay overnight in Ispica.

Day 6: Ispica - Noto (about 55 kilometers / 34 miles)

Leaving Ispica, you will come across Marzamemi, one of Sicily's prettiest seaside villages. Here, you can see the small and characteristic houses of the fishermen which border the main square. They were renovated during the construction of the Palazzo of the Prince of Villadorata.

Then, you will continue cycling toward the Vendicari Nature Reserve, a mixture of lagoons (pantano), sand dunes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. It was instituted in 1984 and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The high salinity of the ground provides an ideal habitat for Mediterranean maquis, herbs such as thyme and rosemary, and other prickly customers such as juniper bushes.

Thousands of migrating birds pass a few days here on their way to or from Africa. Today’s stage ends in Noto, perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro Valley, covered by citrus, olive, and almond trees. Noto was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and then rebuilt. You can admire palaces, churches, balconies with wrought iron railings and cherubs that decorate the facing. Noto is called the garden of stone because of its typical stone. After that, stay overnight in Noto.

Day 7: Noto - Syracuse (about 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

The final step will take you frm Noto to Syracuse, a city among the noblest and most elegant from all over the Mediterranean Sea. Full of charm, history, and natural landscape, enviable and envied, the city is divided into two different groups namely the urban part of the city and Ortygia, the beautiful island of the city, increasingly rich in tourism. In 2005, Syracuse has become part of the Unesco World Heritage. After that, you will stay overnight in Syracuse.

Day 8

This is the end of services and arrivederci Sicilia!

Bike

On this tour, a hybrid bike rental is included in the price. Apulia Bike Tours is in collaboration with Merida Bikes, a brand known around the world for the high quality of produced bikes. The bikes are synonymous of reliability and prestige. Merida Bikes provide the cyclists who want to explore the Sicily region on two wheels, a fleet of over 400 bicycles.

You can also choose to rent other bikes at an extra cost. You can rent a road bike (Merida SCULTURA 100 / Merida Ride 100). For those who love the bike tour, but maybe does not have an optimum level of fitness, Merida is equipped with the electric bikes or e-bikes (Merida BIG.SEVEN eLITE 30), to make trips more leisurely or difficult terrain more manageable.

Location

This bike tour will take you to explore Sicily's baroque towns, Italy. You will cycle from Piazza Armerina to Villa Romana del Casale, Caltagirone, Palazzolo Acreide, Hyblaean Plateau, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Ispica, Marzamemi, Vendicari Nature Reserve, Noto, and Syracuse. During the tour, you may come accross:

  • Piazza Armerina Cathedral in Piazza Armerina
  • The mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina
  • Palazzo Biscari in Syracuse
  • The Scalinata in Caltagirone
  • The historic center of Ragusa
  • Duomo of San Giorgio in Modica
  • The Basilica of Santa Maria and the mother church of Saint Bartholomew in Ispica
  • Noto Cathedral in Noto

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6-day self-guided bike tour
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • Use of GPS with the needed tracks
  • Bike rental (hybrid bike)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transport service

What's not included

  • Roundtrip airport transfers (airport / hotel - hotel / airport)
  • Health / luggage insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Other things not listed as included

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer available: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (US$154 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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