Explore Sicily with a Cicerone guidebook
Walking in Sicily
Short and long-distance walks by Gillian Price
This handy guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 46 graded routes in Sicily, including the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains and Mount Etna. The routes range from easy strolls suitable for all the family to walks akin to Alpine treks. The terrain varies considerably from river valleys to ancient ruins to volcanoes and mountain peaks. More...
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Sicily’s stunning range of scenery, combined with its Mediterranean climate, good transport and age-old pathways make it the ideal walking destination. This guidebook leads walkers along river valleys, past ancient ruins and up to volcanoes and mountain peaks. It also explores Sicily’s string of peaceful islands set in turquoise waters. There are 46 varied routes on Sicily, including Mount Etna, the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains and the Egadi and Aeolian islands.
There are both short and long distance routes that range from 3 to 23km in length so there is a route to suit all abilities. For the walks around Mount Etna the walking is generally on forestry tracks and the waymarking is all but absent on many routes. Orientation can be tricky in the thick woods as well as on the open lavic terrain which is all but devoid of useful landmarks; it is especially difficult and dangerous if low cloud and mist roll in which is not uncommon. Moreover, the high iron content of the rock can play havock with compass readings.
The routes vary considerably due to the terrain covered in each walk and are graded from 1 to 3. Grade 1 refers to an easy stroll that is suitable for all, Grade 2 is a little strenuous with reasonable distances and/or climbs and drops involved which require a basic level of fitness and Grade 3 is akin to an alpine trek. The latter may involve occasional problems with orientation as well as exposed or particularly arduous stretches so some experience and extra care is recommended along with suitable equipment.