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Sicily Italy The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

5 days / 4 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.

4 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 4 night Sicily cycling break includes rides up Mount Etna and to the villages used in the Godfather. We are based near Castiglioni di Sicilia near Taormina in the south & our rides are on quiet backroads with out of this world carb loading!

Real Rider Reviews

Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

Ride Highlights

  • 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: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Available Tues to Sat in May
  • 4 nights near Mt Etna
  • Total distance: Avg 101km per day
  • Total elevation: Avg 2,200m per day
  • Prices from £549
  • Bucket list climbs: Mt Etna
Routes Details

Route Overview

For those arriving early, we have a short warm up spin on Tuesday. From there we alternate longer and shorter days with all rides led by our expert guides and followed by our mechanics in a support van.

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

5 days, 4 nights in Sicily. We stay at the foot of Mt Etna close to the coast. On our rides we go to both the north and south coast as well as climbing Etna.

Itinerary

Day One Tuesday

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 Wednesday

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 Thursday

Castiglione di Sicilia

A shorter day featuring the biggest climb on the island and one of the major climbs of Italy. We leave slightly later and take it easy on the spin to the base of the mountain and then all climb at our own pace.

Ride Distance 66 km.
Elevation Gain 1829 m.

Day Four Friday

Castiglione di Sicilia

The Queen Stage. We head off in for lunch on the beach in the North of the island. The day includes two climbs - a 14km, 5% spin before lunch and a 12.5km, 5% climb after lunch. The roads are quiet today and lunch is on the sand. A classic Sicily ride.

Ride Distance 130 km.
Elevation Gain 2762 m.

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)
12.20pm, 7.15pm & 9.00pm - 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. Please contact us if you want to catch a private transfer outside of these times,

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Catania (CTA)
9am, 2.30pm and 6.45pm - 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

5 - 9th May 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £649 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1099 Book Now

Sicily
May

4 nights

Single Room £649
Twin Room £549
  • 4 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.