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As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is also one of the most picturesque with beautiful mountains soaring high above the glistening sea. Located right on the island, Mount Etna is the largest volcano in Europe and perfect for the experienced biker to climb. The hilly countryside in central Sicily is fit for a more moderate cyclist. While in Sicily, it is important to enjoy the cooking style that has not changed for hundreds of years. Enjoy such favorites as pasta, stuffed eggplant, scaloppine and of course meatballs.
Why Cycle in Sicily
With such a diversified landscape of mountains, rolling hills and surrounding ocean, Sicily is a cyclists’ dream. Zip along the quiet country roads or casually ride through one of many baroque towns. One of the best places to cycle in Sicily is down the road from Scopello to Nubia. Along the way you will view natural towering limestone structures. The second best location is around the hilltop village of Erice. Here you will experience the Old World charm of western Sicily. The third stop on your trip should be the seaside town of Marinella which sits on flat countryside lined by vineyards.
While enjoy the cycling, there are a number of popular tourist sites which are easily accessible. For instance, Archeological park Valle dei Templi of Agrigento, the Villa Romana del Casale of Piazza Armerina and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica. In addition to these ancient sites, Sicily features many baroque architecture, especially amongst the baroque church in Modica. Additionally, there are a number of castles with pristine views of the ocean scattered around the island.
Sicily has more wine vineyards than any other region in Italy. Sicilian grapes have a major role in creating dessert wines. Almost all regions in Sicily produce wine with the most popular areas being Palermo, Messina and Catania. Marsala, Grappa and Moscato are some of the most well-known types being produced in Sicily. One of the largest and best wineries is Tasca d’Almerita located over an hour from the city of Palermo. Other popular wineries include Donnafugata, Tenuta San Leonardo, Casanova di Neri and Castello Romitorio.
Appeal of major cities
Sicilian cities have an inescapable, ubiquitous appeal. With ancient structures mixed with modern buildings, Sicilian cities have appeal to all tastes. The ancient recipes still used today at small restaurants are remarkable and the wine will have your taste buds dancing. Each city offers its own charming attractions with the largest being Messina, Palermo and Catania.
Great vacation spot
Sicily is one of the best vacation spots because of its rich history, delicious food and overall culture. It is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts who can enjoy miles of hiking, cycling and water sports.
Palermo has two large airports: Palermo Airport which is one of the busiest in Italy. The other large airport is located in Catania and is known as International Airport Catania Fontanarossa Florence. Each airport is a short taxi or bus ride into adjacent cities.