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Sicily Italy The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

7 days / 6 nights in one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Home to some of the planet's best food, one of the sunniest climates in Europe and miles upon miles of incredible cycling routes - Sicily is just waiting to be explored.

6 nights in 4* Hotel
Daily Guided Rides
Mechanical Support
Airport Transfers
Breakfast & Dinners
Optional Extras Bike Rental
Sicily by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

Sicily is the largest island in the med with a fascinating history and incredible landscapes. Home to Vincenzo Nibali, the island is rolling throughout with one large climb in Mount Etna. Several pro teams come and train here in Jan / Feb to make the most of the early season sunshine and mix of terrain.
This 7 night Sicily cycling break includes rides up Mount Etna and to the villages used in the Godfather. Our days are split between Castiglioni di Sicilia near Taormina in the south and Cefalu in the north. Our rides are on quiet backroads and the carb loading is out of this world!

Real Rider Reviews

Will, Etape du Tour, 2019: "L'Etape du Tour 2019 - Great trip, brilliantly organised. We would have been stuffed without them as we had several mechanical issues after unpacking the bike boxes, and needed their friendly and knowledgable mechanics, Taylor and Adam. Also decent value for money given airport transfers with bike boxes, hotels, shuttle to the start line, etc. Would definitely use Sportive Breaks for trips in the future. "

Ride Highlights

  • Discover beautiful Sicily

    In the middle of the week we spend 2 nights in lovely Cefalu on the beach.

  • Climb Mt Etna

    We mix more gentle climbs with some iconic rides including the classic climb up Mt Etna

  • A coffee stop with a difference

    As coffee stops go, this might be the best in Europe. The same bar Al Pacino drank at in the Godfather is also right next to an incredible descent.

  • Spectacular Taormina

    We spend most of our time off the beaten path in small Sicilian villages but also ride through famous sites including Taormina.

Trip Summary

  • Overview: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Available every Sunday to Sat in March & April
  • 4 nights near Mt Etna, 2 nights in Cefalu
  • Total distance: Avg 90km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 1,500m per day
  • Prices from £799
  • Bucket list climbs: Mt Etna
Routes Details

Route Overview

For those arriving early, we have a short warm up spin on Sunday. From there we alternate longer and shorter days with two rides around Etna & the coast, a ride around Cefalu and two rides through the middle of the island.

Stage One

Stage One

From Castiglioni di Sicilia to Castiglioni di Sicilia

Ride Distance 49
Elevation Gain 852

Climbs at Sicily

Mt Etna (from Linguaglossa)

The big climb on Sicily, the climb includes over 1,000m of ascending and some glorious views over the island. Expect very little traffic, a lot of hairpins and occasional steep gradients.

Ride Distance 15.2km
Elevation Gain 7%
KOM  51min39
Itinerary

Sicily Cycling Itinerary

7 days, 6 nights in Sicily. The first two nights are at the foot of Etna followed by two nights on the north coast in Cefalu before returning back to Etna for the last two nights.

Itinerary

Day One Sunday

Castiglione di Sicilia

Arrival day. Our mechanics are on hand to build bikes or set up rentals. We go for a short afternoon for those arriving on the early transfers.

Ride Distance 49 km.
Elevation Gain 852 m.

Day Two Monday

Castiglione di Sicilia

The Godfather Day: after a nice relaxing morning we meet up at 9.30am for a 9.45am rollout. Today's ride goes down to Taormina and then inland to the villages where the Godfather was set. After coffee and cake we head back to the hotel for mid afternoon for some relaxation before dinner.

Ride Distance 107 km.
Elevation Gain 2315 m.

Day Three Tuesday

Castiglione di Sicilia to Cefalu

Today we ride along the north coast to Cefalu. Bags are packed before breakfast and a rollout at 9am. We grab lunch with a glorious view over Stromboli and the med and arrive in our resort on the ocean for mid afternoon.

Ride Distance 135 km.
Elevation Gain 1830 m.

Day Four Wednesday

Cefalu

An easy day today in the hills around Cefalu. We roll out at 10am and should be back by 2pm for an afternoon to check out Cefalu.

Ride Distance 80 km.
Elevation Gain 1554 m.

Day Five Thursday

Cefalu to Castiglione di Sicilia

The longest ride of the week. We head back to the foothills of Etna via the middle of the island. After a flat start we climb to 1,000m and then ride over rolling terrain until we get back to our original hotel.

Ride Distance 147 km.
Elevation Gain 2915 m.

Day Six Friday

Castiglione di Sicilia

Another shorter day. We have two options for the ride, for those wanting one last climb we ascend Etna from the classic side. For everyone else we finish with a 60km flat route with a great lunch in a local restaurant.

Ride Distance 66 km.
Elevation Gain 1829 m.

Day Seven Saturday

Castiglione di Sicilia

Departure day. One last breakfast and then a 1hr drive back to the airport.

Airport Transfers

Our airport transfers are from Catania. If you cannot make the transfer times please get in touch with the team to arrange a private transfer.

Arrival

Our guides will meet you in arrivals for the transfer to Castiglione di Sicilia which takes 1hr10.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Catania (CTA)
2pm & 9.30pm - please book flights that arrive 30 mins before these transfers.

Departure

We leave the hotel with plenty of time for you to check your bike, grab a last minute gift and have a stress free return flight. Please book flights that leave at least 2 hours after our arrival time at 10am & 6.30pm. Please contact us if you want to catch a private transfer outside of these times,

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Catania (CTA)
10am and 6.30pm - please book flights that depart at least 2 hours after these times.
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The meds biggest island and a playground for cycling. Great road surfaces, a mix of mountains, foothills and coastal rides with the world's greatest food to keep you going.

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Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Spring 2020

15 - 21st Mar 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
22 - 28th Mar 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
29th Mar - 4th Apr 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
5 - 11th Apr 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
12 - 18th Apr 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now
19 - 25th Apr 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £999 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1599 Book Now

Sicily
Mar to May

6 nights

Single Room £999
Twin Room £799
  • 6 nights in 4* hotels
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Return airport transfers from Catania
  • Daily guided rides and mechanical support
  • Ride nutrition
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch (budget for €10 per day) and drinks with dinner.