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Cycling Trip Mount Etna to the Ionian Sea

Cycling holiday Mount Etna – Self-guided Cycling Trip from Mount Etna to the Ionian Sea.
From March until November.
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Cycling holiday from Mount Etna to the Ionian Sea on a road bike

The history of Mount Etna is not only that of the most active volcano in Europe since 2011, but it’s also the history of Eastern Sicily itself. A bike ride through the Sicilian hinterland, in the shade of mighty Etna and among extraordinary national parks. It’s a fantastic journey because of the shifts between history and mythology to the discovery of enchanting tiny villages and foregone flavors.

You will ride through tiny villages with always the azure blue Mediterranean Sea in the vicinity of the track. Your start will be in Nicolosi with its stunning natural landscape and excellent weather all year round. From Nicolosi, you follow the way along Mount Etna. Cycle around Mount Etna and visit medieval villages like Randazzo and Bronte before arriving on the coastline of the Ionian Sea. For the last 2 days, you will visit old historical villages such as Taormina & Giardini Naxos. This region around Mount Etna is perfect for a great cycling holiday because of the sunny climate and all-year-round warm climate. Sicily is the perfect island for a great cycling holiday. You won’t be the first one to discover that Sicily is a cyclist’s paradise. In addition, this beautiful historical bike program on Sicily islands includes unique features. Enjoy fitness with the qualities of life in “Ancient Sicily”

Immerse your Cycling Holiday in Europe and Cycle Sicily!

  • Mount Etna National Park with breath-taking scenery
  • Mount Etna wine tasting & experience the Sicilian cuisine in Randazzo
  • Visit old historical places like Taormina & Giardini Naxos
  • Relax on one of the many spectacular beaches
  • Nicolosi, a pleasant town known as the “Door to Etna”
  • The wine road”, the “Gorge of the Alcantara River” (natural park)
Day 1
Check in
Check-in around 14.00 at your hotel in Nicolosi. Introduction, bike fitting, and description of the tour. After the briefing, you can store your bikes or take a look at the bikes you may have rented.
Day 2
Mount Etna to Nicolosi 20km
Using a public bus or a private transfer, you will reach Rifugio Sapienza (1900m), the starting point of your trip up Mount Etna. After your excursion, you will ride down to Nicolosi along a scenic road that winds its way along 1200m of different levels. In case of adverse weather conditions, you can do an excursion to the old town of Catania by a public bus (20km). Overnight in Nicolosi.
Day 3
Nicolosi to Bronte 49km
After leaving Nicolosi (''The door to Etna''). You will be riding mostly downhill along quite secondary roads until you reach Forre Laviche del Simeto nature reserve. Here you can see a very special kind of canyon carved by the Simeto River through an old lava flow. You can also see Ponte dei Saraceni, an old bridge dating back to the Roman era. Large pistachios groves preannounce the proximity to Bronte, a village at the foothills of the volcano, famous for its ‘green gold’. You will be staying at an old manor surrounded by pistachios groves. Overnight in Bronte. The pleasant town Bronte is famous for its warm-weather nut.
Day 4
Bronte Maniace - Randazzo 30-36km
On your third day of cycling, you will start in Bronte. Bronte is well known for being the European capital of Pistachio A few km from Bronte' you will cycle north towards Parco dei Nebrodi. Maniace is not far away anymore. Here you can visit the famous Nelson Castel and the former Norman abbey of S. Maria di Maniace. On the quiet countryside roads, you cycle the last stretch to Randazzo. Overnight in Randazzo .This pleasant small town on the slopes of Mount Etna: it's rich and has an interesting historic center
Day 5
Randazzo - Castiglione - Giardini Naxos 46km
The ”Wine Road” or in Italian la strada dei vini dell’Etna is the area where Mt Etna’s wines are produced. Wine tasting is possible in a local vineyard canteen. Visit the Alcantara River Gorges whose water cut through the lava. here you will be able to see the beautiful “Gorge of the Alcantara River” (natural park) & Alcantara Valley. We strongly recommended a visit to Castiglione di Sicilia. Your last destination is Giardini Naxos from here can you can get a refreshing dip in the Ionian Sea with its Christal clear water. Overnight in Giardini Naxos
Day 6
Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos 20km
Today is a very relaxing day with only 20 kilometers of pedaling. There are only a few uphill but the views are really spectacular! Visit Taormina: the pearl of Sicily. This town is famous for its art and culture. Don’t miss the Greek theatre and its main street with the churches of different epochs. Feel the romantic atmosphere of Giardini Naxos and try an excellent glass of Sicilian wine in one of the many restaurants in this ancient little town. Overnight in Giardini Naxos.
Day 7
Giardini Naxos to Acitrezza 37km
Day 7 is another easy leg, riding along the lemon river near the Ionic coast of Sicily. Today’s ride will lead you along a unique stretch of coastline named the Riviera dei Limoni for a very good reason, you will see some spectacular panoramas. After your cycling trip, it’s time to relax with a good glass of local Sicilian wine. Wander around in Acitrezza a nice pleasant fishing village and a popular spot for Italian vacationers. Overnight in Acitrezza.
Day 8
Departure day
Departure day... Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home, or a pleasant stay in Italy. Transfers on request


  • Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and has the busiest airport on Sicily Island with over more than six million passengers a year. The airport is situated 7 kilometres southwest of Catania next to highway A-19. Every 20 minutes busses leaving to Catania centre. There are regular bus services to the resort towns nearby like Taormina & Giardini Naxos. The bus ride to Palermo takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • In Palermo is another important airport called “Falcone-Borsellino”. The airport is 32 kilometres away from Palermo’s city centre and can easily be reached by highway A29. Buses leave every half an hour to Palermo Central Station or Piazza Castelnuevo. There are busses running frequently to Agrigento, Trapani, Catania or Syracuse.

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  • All prices are based on double rooms - for bookings & inquiries: send an email to
  • Price €720 basic package per person in double
  • Every Saturday from March - November
  • Departure on other weekdays is possible on request. Minimum 2 participants

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  • Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights in 3-star-hotels and B&B
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed maps and roadbook
  • Phone assistance
  • basic package per person in double room €720
  • single room supplement €200
  • extra night in Nicolosi in DBL per person €38
  • extra night in Nicolosi in a single room €53
  • extra night in Acitrezza in DBL per person €45
  • extra night in Acitrezza in a single room €65
  • half board supplement (drinks excluded) €200
  • supplement high season (July and August) €100
  • single participant supplement €120
  • City bike rental €90
  • fitnessbike (hybrid) €110
  • e-Bike rental €170
  • tandem €190
  • trailer for kids (max. 40 kg) €50
  • private transfer Rifugio Sapienza €25 pp
Child reduction (with 2 full paying pax in a double room):
  • 0-5 years 100%
  • 6-10 years 50%
  • 11-13 years 25%
Transfer per person, min 2 pax (to be paid on-site):
  • Catania Airport – Nicolosi €35
  • Acireale – Catania Airport €35




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