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A tour in the south-eastern area of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. The cycle itinerary takes you through the Val di Noto, since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the most fascinating cities of the region. Explore Noto, the most important baroque city of Sicily and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. Further you also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.
ROUTE PROFILE The itinerary develops on low traffic side roads except for the short part entering Siracusa. Terrain: 100% asphalt. There are no train connection among the overnight stays: NO possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train. Most of the stretches are on lowlands with some slightly hilly passages. This tour is however suggested to people with a minimum of bike practise.
Individual arrival and overnight.
In the morning there is a transfer to Piazza Armerina with its Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km southwest of the town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer residence and is decorated with multicoloured mosaic floors that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and extension. After the visit cycle back to Caltagirone.
From Caltagirone you cycle southward until you reach Vittoria where a transfer will bring you to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.
Before leaving Modica 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 of 1693. Continue onwards through the marine centre of Pozzallo.
This day of cycling on an almost completely flat course will bring you through Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s southernmost point. Before arriving to Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas meet.
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. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693 the city was rebuilt in the style of that time with beautiful honey- coloured stone buildings with ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.
Heading north, the route continues towards Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the centre of Siracusa is a wonderful example of an ancient city.
Departure after the breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
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