Sicily South

Sicily Italy: (ZZ-BK-GL06)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_bike_italy_Biking_sicily_south.aspx

Introduction
Sicily Italy
Sicily - the Land of Lemons and Oranges
A tour through the southeast of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. you drive through the Noto Valley, which is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fascinating cities such as Noto, the most important Baroque city of Sicily, as well as Syracuse, the legendary Greek colony. Surrender to the Mediterranean charm of charming coastal towns such as Vendicari and Marzamemi and discover the place where the Mediterranean and encounter the Ionian Sea.

Accomodation

Accommodations
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
You will be accommodated in 3* hotels, B&B and “agriturismo” (holiday farms). All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.


Meals
Breakfast is included on this tour.

Riding

Activity level
Easy to moderate: flat on some days, others hilly. Suitable for anyone who already has a bit of cycling experience and are fit.
We have carefully chosen our bicycles and accessories in order to be able to satisfy the requests and wishes of our customers. In this page we illustrate some of the available types of bicycles.

Rental Bikes
Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models.
-Equipment of bicycles (City bike 27-speed Shimano Deore):
- Aluminum frame
- mudguards
- Porter
- Comfort gel saddle
- puncture-proof tires Schwalbe
- ergonomic handles
- Speed Lifter System

We supply you with some useful material to help you follow the itinerary as well as some tourist information about places and cities you will meet in your holiday.

Accessories
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Individual arrival. Caltagirone is one of the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Caltagirone


Day 2: Bike to Piazza Armerina
First, we bring you and the bikes by car to Piazza Armerina his villa Romana del Casale. The villa was excavated in 1950 and served once as a hunting lodge and summer residence. It is decorated with mosaic floors, which are unique in their quality and size. After the tour you cycle back to Caltagirone. Short stage with lots of ups and downs, a hilly and panoramic landscape crosses.
Biking approx. 35 km (elevation gain: 500 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Piazza Armerina


Day 3: Caltagirone to Comiso
Head south to Comiso for a transfer to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio. Many short climbs are in the first part of today. If you expect to arrive at the bosco di Santo Pietro, you make a descent with many turns, and then the only slight rise. As soon as you leave Acate, you will reach 4 km and then you will continue on country roads to Comiso.
Biking approx. 50 km (elevation gain: 400 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Modica


Day 4: Modica to Pozzallo
Before leaving Modica, one should at least 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. From Modica you follow the valley of the Fiumara di Modica river, along a quiet road slightly downhill to Scicli. After you leave the town, you have an a 3 km long climb, then again down the coast where you finally reach Pozzallo.
Biking approx. 35 km (elevation gain: 250 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pozzallo


Day 5: Pozzallo to Marzamemi
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 runs along the coast for the first 15 km. It continues on and from there you will cycle to Portopalo di Capopassero and then you will cycle along the coast to Marzamemi.
Biking approx. 55 km (elevation gain: 120 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Marzamemi


Day 6: Marzamemi to Noto
You turn back north and drive through the nature reserve of Vendicari, where you will find yourself at the can refresh you untouched landscape. A little further north ends the stage in Noto, considered the most beautiful baroque city in Sicily. Also Noto was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and then in the same style with wonderful buildings made of honey-colored stone, gilded churches, rebuilt monuments and magnificent squares. The main route follows the provincial road sp19 from several deviations from the main entrances of the nature reserve to lead. In the last few kilometers begins an up and down until you reach Noto.
Biking approx. 20 km (elevation gain: 150 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Noto


Day 7: Noto to Siracusa
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 display of an ancient city. We leave Noto and the Monti Iblei to return to the coast. Once arrived at Noto Marina, drive along the coast and through the Villages Calabernerdo e Avola. If you have crossed the bridge on the Cassibile River, follow the main road sp104 where you will find the famous seaside resort Fontane Bianche.
Biking approx. 40 km (elevation gain: 50 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siracusa


Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast


Tour program variations
For organizational reasons, because of the weather or according to regulations of the Local authorities might make some changes in the itinerary before and / or occur during the vacation.
Along the way you could find diversions (for example because of construction work) that we can not foresee; in that case you decide yourself how you want to handle this route.


Rates and Dates for Sicily South

Rates include:

7 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast buffet, luggage transportation, transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina and from Comiso to Modica, route descriptions & maps, Hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 days, B&B€670$760
    • Single supplement€0$0
      Triple room discount(€100)($105)
  • B
    20207 days, B&B€610$690
    • Single supplement€160$185
      Triple room discount(€90)($95)
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Bike rental 85 $100
2020 Helmet 15 $20
2020 Transfer from Catania-Caltagirone 60 $70
2020 Transfer from Siracusa-Catania 70 $80
2020 Extra nights, please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 03/21 - 03/28 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 03/22 - 03/29 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 03/28 - 04/04 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 03/29 - 04/05 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 04/04 - 04/11 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 04/05 - 04/12 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 04/11 - 04/18 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 04/12 - 04/19 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 04/18 - 04/25 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 04/19 - 04/26 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 04/25 - 05/02 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 04/26 - 05/03 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 05/02 - 05/09 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 05/03 - 05/10 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 05/09 - 05/16 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 05/10 - 05/17 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 05/16 - 05/23 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 05/17 - 05/24 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 05/23 - 05/30 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 05/24 - 05/31 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 05/30 - 06/06 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 05/31 - 06/07 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 06/06 - 06/13 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 06/07 - 06/14 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 08/29 - 09/05 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 08/30 - 09/06 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 09/12 - 09/19 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 09/13 - 09/20 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 09/27 - 10/04 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/04 - 10/11 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/11 - 10/18 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve

Dates Note:
every Saturday from March 30th to June 15th and from August 31st to October 19th, 2013

Rates do not include:

Local hotel taxes (approx 10 €)

Other Info
Meeting: Caltagirone
Airport: Catania
Transfer: Catania by train (not included)

Climate:
                                                Catania area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

60

61

64

69

76

84

89

90

85

77

69

62

Average Low Temperature (°F)

41

41

44

47

54

61

66

68

64

58

50

44

Average High Temperature (°C)

16

16

18

20

24

29

32

32

29

25

20

17

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

5

6

9

12

16

19

20

18

14

10

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

6

5

5

4

2

1

0

1

3

5

5

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Sicily is characterized by a typically Mediterranean climate: hot, dry in summer and mild in winter, with average annual temperatures around 20°C, reaching as much as 35°C in summer. Rainfall is rare and scarce, except for winter showers.

Spring (March to May)
On the coast the winter is truly over, with wild flowers starting in abundance, the days lengthening and the average temperatures making warm clothes decidedly uncomfortable. Inland the farmers start preparing the land, tending the vines and planting the grain. If you’re lucky, you might get to witness the “mattanza” or tuna harvest in the fishing towns all over the western part of the island, in May.

Summer (June to September)
The first smells of summer waft through the island and the strong colors on the coast and the lower plains succumb to the bleaching rays of the sun. The temperatures everywhere are generally agreeable, though the Sirocco wind can send them soaring for a few days. The sea is warm. The fruit trees are laden with cherries, plums and the local specialty "gelsi". Towards the end of August begins the spectacle of the salt harvest in the salt pans around Trapani and the grape harvest or “vendemmia” all over the islands.
The summer is often interrupted by coastal storms, which can be accompanied by high winds.

Autumn (October to November)
The abandoned vines turn to reds and oranges giving the vast areas of vineyards a spectacular range of hues and making this one of the most beautiful periods to visit. Seasonal rainfalls help develop an astonishing variety of mushrooms. The temperatures can stay in the high twenties during the day to produce a surprisingly balmy Sicilian “Indian summer”. November is generally the month with the highest rainfall, though the big storms that often sweep the Italian peninsula generally pass safely to the north of Sicily.

Winter (December to February)
One can still have extremely agreeable temperatures during the days, though the sunlight hours are clearly at their lowest of the year. In the deep midwinter the average temperatures on the coast should still be hovering around the 10°C (50°F) mark, though on sunny days it can be warm enough in the sun to walk around in a tee-shirt. It is cooler at night and much cooler in the higher mountains. Come February, the days are starting to get warmer, although conditions in the mountains are still very wintery.

What To Bring:
We advise you to wear comfortable shoes and various layers of practical clothing to be prepared for sudden changes of climate and temperature; don’t forget a K-Way or a poncho, both indispensable in the event of rain, besides a light jacket for cold days and evenings. Sunglasses, a light-coloured hat, protective suntan cream and insect repellent sprays are important, especially in summer.
Helmet, cycling trousers and gloves are advisable but not essential. During the tour you will have the chance to visit various religious institutions, such as churches and convents, where you must be appropriately dressed (covered shoulders, shoes or sandals, etc...). We advise you to bring a towel and a swimming costume for the coastal sections, where you can enjoy a swim in the wonderful sea. Also remember to bring a first aid kit with you.