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Villa Romana del Casale The Cathedral of Maria Santissima delle Vittorie in Piazza Armerina The mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale Palazzo Biscari in Siracusa. The "scalinata" in Caltagirone. The historic centre of Ragusa. The Cathedral of St. George in Modica. The Basilica of Santa Maria and The Mother Church of Saint Bartholomew in Ispica. The Cathedral of St. Nicolò in Noto. Tour type: Self-guided Tour Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Departures: any day in the week all year long. Participants: Minimum of 2 Level of difficulty: Bikes: Road Bike, Hybrid Bike, and E-bike. Offered Service: Bed and Breakfast Luggage Transportation: Your luggage will be delivered to your next accomodation every day.
Day 1 :
Individual arrival in Piazza Armerina, 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, the elegant town hall and grand old palazzi such as the Palazzo Trigona. Overnight stay in Piazza Armerina.
Day 2 :
Bike and road map delivery, route description. Heading out of Piazza Armerina, after about 4 Km you will reach Villa Romana del Casale, the centre of the large estate upon which the rural economy of the Western Empire was based. This majestic imperial villa dates back to the 4th Century A.D. 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. (About 50 Km). Overnight stay in Caltagirone.
Day 3 :
From Caltagirone you will cycle to Palazzo 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 since 2002. (About 60 Km). (This stage could be a little bit longer, about 75 Km, if you have chosen to ride a roadbike). Overnight stay in Palazzo Acreide.
Day 4 :
Today you will cycle along the Hyblaean Plateau, charachterized 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 town is divided into three parts: 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. (About 30 Km, with roadbike 40 Km). Overnight stay in Ragusa Ibla.
Day 5 :
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 Monti Iblei. From here you’ll continue your ride to Scicli, where youn can visit The Church of San Bartolomeo. Finally you will reach Ispica. The centre of Ispica is home to a handful of elegant churches, such as Santa Maria Maggiore, with its splendid collection of frescoes, and the Chiesa 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. (About 50 Km). Overnight stay in Ispica.
Day 6 :
Leaving Ispica, you will come cross 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 towards 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. 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. 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. (About 55 Km). Overnight stay in Noto.
Day 7 :
The final step will take you from Noto to Siracusa, a city among the most noble and 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: the urban part of the city and Ortigia, the beautiful island of the city, increasingly rich in tourism. In 2005, Syracuse has become part of the Unesco World Heritage. (About 50 Km). Overnight stay in Siracusa.
Day 8 :
End of services and arrivederci Sicilia.
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* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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