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Trekking Tour East Sicily
from the Nebrodi Mountains to the jonian coast

This extraordinary route embraces the north-eastern area of ​​Sicily, starting above the Tyrrhenian coast in Montalbano Elicona, (named "the most beautiful village in Italy" in 2016), and ends at Castelmola sul Mar Ionio, just above Taormina.


The itinerary takes you through lesser known areas of Sicily such as Argimusco, (the Stonehenge of Sicily), the Malabotta Wood with its centuries-old oaks and sensational views from which you can see the coast of Calabria on one side and the islands Aeolian on the other.

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An overnight stay is planned in Floresta, the highest town in Sicily at 1,275 m. above sea level, nestled in the alpine landscape of the Nebrodi Mountains with a spectacular view towards Etna.


After Floresta, the itinerary follows the Alcantara river to the medieval village of Randazzo, known as the "Black City" and then to Castiglione in Sicily. You will have the opportunity to visit sites such as the famous Alcantara Gorges and therefore to be able to swim in the clear and cold waters.


You can choose a lower or higher path on Etna, which varies in length and level of activity, however both are set in a dramatic landscape, which allows you to walk on the petrified lava from the eruptions of 1981 and 2002.


At the foot of Etna, you walk through a fertile land where Etna Rosso, one of the most prestigious wines in Sicily, is grown and produced.


The routes are mostly easy to moderate in level, however there are two slightly longer and more demanding days.


Upon request, the tour can be shortened by 1 or 2 days.


Our luggage transfer service and digital and paper information on the routes will allow you to spend a holiday in complete tranquility and to discover a Sicily that will amaze you.

Important information

The walks:

The walks are on marked trails and although they are sometimes not well marked, they can be followed easily.

There are only very short sections of steep ascent, with mostly moderate climbs on trails. We try to balance the walks so that after a more strenuous day, an easier day follows with a shorter route.


A moderate level of fitness is required.


The accommodation:

There are different styles of accommodation (guest houses, farm holidays, small hotels) based on what is available in the area and also to provide an interesting and varied experience, thus giving a better understanding of the place and its history.


The food:

Authentic and unique culinary experiences are planned during the tour, using local and fresh products.

The Nebrodi mountains are famous for farm animals. The black pig cured meats, present only in this area, are renowned as well as the numerous varieties of local cheeses.

It is advisable to report if you are subject to certain allergies and if you are a vegetarian.


Notes on the itinerary:

UGo Tours will endeavor to manage your tour as scheduled.

However, the itinerary times for the activities are indicative and may be subject to change due to events beyond our control - "force majeure" such as (but not limited to) local strikes, traffic, road closures, adverse weather conditions or availability of local services temporarily limited or hindered.


COVID-19 prevention measures

Security measures in force

All surfaces in contact with visitors are cleaned frequently

Participants are required to keep their distances inside the vehicles

The number of visitors allowed is limited in order to avoid crowds

Participants are required to bring their own mask and wear it

ITINERARY

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DAY  1

Montalbano Elicona

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DAY  2

Malabotta Wood and Argimusco

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DAY  3

from Montalbano to Floresta

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DAY 4

from Floresta to Randazzo

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DAY 5

from Mojo to Castiglione

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DAY 6


Etna

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DAY 7

from Castiglione to the Gorges of Alcantara

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DAY 8

from Graniti to Castelmola

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DAY 9

Taormina

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DAY 10

Departure

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DAY 1

Montalbano Elicona

Transfer from Catania airport to Montalbano Elicona.


Montalbano Elicona is a medieval village originally built in 1233 by the emperor Frederick II.


It is perched on top of a mountain and from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands.


Its most impressive monument is the castle, and it has also become famous for the fact that it won the title of "Most beautiful village in Italy" in 2016.


Meeting with one of our coworker, who will give you the Self-Guided Booklet.


Overnight in a restored typical house.

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DAY 2

from Malabotta Wood to Argimusco

A short transfer with one of our drivers will take you to the beginning of the route in the Malabotta Wood.


Along the way you will see the "Tholos" of the houses dating back to 2000 BC.


A forest trail leads past century-old oak trees into an open landscape with sensational views.


The route continues on a country road to the site of the "Argimusco", where you will see megaliths and for this reason it is called the Stonehenge of Sicily.


We are at the meeting point for the return transfer to Montalbano Elicona.


Overnight in a guest house in Montalbano,. breakfast and packed lunch included.


Distance: 10.6 km; ascent: 318 m; descent: 318m

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DAY 3

from Montalbano to Floresta

Leaving Montalbano Elicona, you follow an ancient path that descends to the Elicona river, from where there is a constant ascent on a wide path that crosses hazelnut groves and open agricultural land to reach Floresta.


Floresta is located in the Nebrodi Mountains, on the watershed between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea. rising at 1,275 m a.s.l., it is the highest town in Sicily.


From here you can admire spectacular views towards Etna and the Peloritani Mountains.


Overnight in Hotel in Floresta, a family-run hotel. Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included (with house wine).


Distance: 14.7 km; ascent: 738 m; descent: 343m​

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DAY 4

from Floresta to Randazzo

Today's route is the longest in terms of distance, but not difficult, as it is a gradual descent from Floresta mainly through the woods and along the river.


Halfway through your trip, there is a lovely picnic area with fresh drinking water available from a fountain, where you can stop and have lunch.


The day ends with the arrival in Randazzo, known as the "Black City" as many buildings in the historic center, cathedrals and palaces are built almost entirely of volcanic lava.


Overnight: in B&B in Randazzo. Breakfast and packed lunch included.


Distance: 17.1 km; ascent: 230m; descent: 757m

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Services on request

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The rate includes

The rate does not include

DAY 5

✔ Half board supplement

✔ Rental car ​

✔ Extra nights

Guide and excursion services ​

✔ Non-stop cancellation and / or medical

    insurance

Flights

Entrance fees to museums / monuments to

    be paid locally ​

City tax (where applicable)

✔ One-way car rental supplement to be paid

    locally

✔ Anything not expressly indicated below

    “The rate includes ”

✔ Accommodation in hotel 3 / 4 *

✔ Price per person in double room with private

    facilities

Bed and breakfast

✔ Meals and tastings as scheduled ​

✔ Assistance during the trip

from Mojo to Castiglione di Sicilia

This morning, if you wish, you have time to explore Randazzo, as today's route is short and pleasant.


There will be a short transfer by car (our driver) at the beginning of the route near the village of Mojo. 


The route continues following the Alcantara river, with a detour to the "Cuba Bizantina" (Byzantine chapel).


You may want to stop for a swim in a shady spot along the way before making the last uphill stretch.


This final part of your walk is once again on an ancient path, which leads to the village of Castiglione di Sicilia, where the Greeks built a fortress there in the 5th century BC.


Overnight in Guest House in Castiglione, breakfast and dinner included (wine not included).


Distance: 7.3 km; ascent: 260 m; descent: 178m​​

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DAY 6

Mount Etna

Weather permitting, today you walk on Mount Etna, after choosing one of the two proposed routes: the low or high path, with the difference in distance and level of activity.


You will be guided to the beginning of the route and picked up at the end for your return to Castiglione di Sicilia.


Both walks are set in a spectacular landscape, which includes walking on petrified lava, an experience that is sure to amaze you.


Along the way you discover the various phenomena created by the eruptions of 1981 and 2002.


An English-speaking guide can be arranged upon request to accompany you on this excursion.


Overnight in a Guest House by Castiglione, breakfast included.


Highest route - Distance: 13 km; ascent: 267m; descent: 631m

Lower route - Distance: 10 km; ascent: 310m; descent: 310m

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DAY 7

from Castiglione to the Gorges of Alcantara

Walking down from Castiglione di Sicilia, you arrive at the fertile plain of the Alcantara river.


The plain is surrounded by beautiful cultivated fields consisting of vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and well-kept gardens.


The first interesting stop is at "Le Gurne" which are small pools along the river in the nearby town of Francavilla.


You will have time to enjoy a swim or relax at the Alcantara Gorges.


Overnight in country resort, Breakfast and dinner included with 1/2 lt water and ¼ lt wine p.p.


Distance: 10.4 km; ascent: 51m; descent: 512m

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DAY 8

from Graniti to Castelmola

A 5-minute drive takes you to the village of Graniti, located in a nearby valley, where the route begins.


From here the path begins to rise gently between olive and almond groves.


Halfway up, glimpses of the coast of Giardini Naxos begin to appear, which increase until they reach the summit, where breathtaking views of Castelmola and Taormina.


Overnight in Hotel Castelmola, breakfast included.


Distance: 11.8 km; ascent: 766 m; descent: 434m

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DAY 9

Taormina (optional)

Today you can dedicate yourself to relaxation and visit Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian coast.


Charm, beauty, unspoiled nature: Taormina offers many emotions to travelers, including artists.


A walking tour through the medieval squares and streets, to discover the monuments and the history of the town. From the Greeks to the Romans to the Normans: Taormina has always been a strategic place for the various peoples who have governed and animated it.


We will visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina has very ancient origins: although today it looks like a Roman theater, in reality its construction dates back to the Greek era, between the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC.


You will get to know the Odeon and Palazzo Corvaja, the ancient seat of the parliament of Sicily.


You will be amazed by the medieval Duomo and the charming streets full of traditions that culminate in the world-famous panoramic squares.

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DAY 10

Breakfast and hotel check-out.


Free morning in the streets of Castelmola


Transfer to the airport and end of the services and the tour.


See you in Sicily

Services

The rate does not include

The rate includes

✔ Transfers to and from Catania airport.

✔ Accommodation as specified

✔ Meals as specified

✔ Transfers as outlined during walks.

✔ Luggage transfer between accommodation.

✔ Maps, photos, GPS coordinates and travel notes.

✔ Historical and cultural information.

✔ Assistance during the tour

Flights

​✔ Entrance fees to museums / monuments to

    be paid on site

City tax (if applicable)

✔ Personal items or services not specified in the

    itinerary.

Travel insurance which is a travel requirement.

Non-stop cancellation and medical insurance

✔ ​Single room supplement

✔ Anything not expressly indicated below “the fee 

    includes ”

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