Walking in Sicily
A walking guidebook with 46 graded routes in Sicily, including the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, the Egadi and Aeolian islands and Mount Etna. Most walks take 3-4 hours, plus some short easy strolls as well as long mountain traverses. Interesting varied terrain, including river valleys, coastal walks, ancient ruins, volcanoes and mountain peaks.
SeasonsMarch to June is best; summers are very hot for walking; early Autumn is pleasant but late Autumn is the wettest time of the year
CentresAccess via Palermo, Naples and and other airports; most main towns would be good bases- Messina, Taormina, Catania
Difficultysome of the walking may be arduous (Etna); routes of varying difficulty between half and full days
Must SeeMount Etna (though it may be closed to walkers); the Isola Egadi; Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine remains; and the wonderful food
This guidebook includes 46 walks throughout Sicily and the adjoining Aeolian and Egadi Islands. 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. The walking includes Mount Etna, the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains and the Egadi and Aeolian islands.
This guidebook combines detailed route description and mapping with fascinating insight into the history and geology of Sicily and the many points of interest along the way. Whether the active volcanic rumblings of Stromboli, or elaborate coastal forts, to prehistoric cave paintings; Sicily is home to some of Europe's greatest natural and historical wonders.
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. 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.
- includes practical information on the best time to go to Sicily, getting there, as well as accommodation advice and information on facilities along the way
- a useful Italian-English glossary
- fully stocked with mapping for each walk, as well as imspiring colour photography
Walking and Maps
Parks, Reserves and Protected Areas
When to Go
What to Take
Travelling Around Sicily
Food and Drink
Flowers and Trees
The Northeast Coast
1 Taormina and the Castello Saraceno
The Alcantara River Valley
3 Monte Mojo
4 Francavilla and the River
5 The Craters of Monte Silvestri
6 Monte Nero degli Zappini Loop
7 Schiena dell’Asino
8 The Monti Sartorio Circuit
9 Monte Nero Circuit and Grotta dei Lamponi
10 Monte Etna: The North–South Traverse
Monti Iblei and the Southeast Corner
11 Wondrous Pantalica and its Necropolises
12 The Pantalica River Walk
13 Cava Grande del Cassibile
14 Noto Antica
15 Riserva Naturale di Vendicari
16 Isola delle Correnti
17 Cava d’Ispica
Antiquities in the West
18 The White Cliffs of Eraclea Minoa
19 The Stones of Selinunte
20 Mozia and its Lagoon
Le Isole Egadi (Egadi Islands)
21 Favignana by Bicycle
22 Levanzo and its Cave Paintings
23 Marettimo’s Coastal Path
24 Marettimo’s High Level Circuit
The Glorious Northwest
25 Marvellous Medieval Erice
26 Riserva Naturale di Monte Cofano
27 Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro
28 Palermo’s Monte Pellegrino
29 Monte Iato
30 Piana degli Albanesi
31 Bosco della Ficuzza
32 Rocca Busambra
Le Madonie (Madonie Mountains)
33 Cefalù and its Rocca
34 Isnello to Gratteri
35 Pizzo Carbonara
36 Piano Cervi
37 Vallone Madonna degli Angeli
38 Piano Sempria Sentiero Natura
I Nebrodi (Nebrodi Mountains)
39 Biviere di Cesarò
40 Floresta to Randazzo
Le Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
41 Vulcano’s Gran Cratere
42 Lipari’s Castello and Southern Headlands
43 Lipari’s San Calogero Spa
44 Salina’s Monte Fossa delle Felci
45 Stromboli – Ascent to the Volcano
46 Stromboli Loop
Appendix I Italian–English Glossary
Appendix II Further Reading
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Walk 26 - Monte Cofano. The coastal walk under the steep parts of the mountain is closed due dangerous rock fall. The pass across the saddle is still open. (Thanks to Andrew Lumsden)
p84 Walk 11: 2nd paragraph - turn left (east) at the second fork for the 'Oratorio Bizantino'.
p86 Walk 12: annual winter flooding means the route may change so stick to the old railway line if in doubt and return the same way.
(Thanks to Andrea Grimshaw)
p158 Walk 28 - the map is no longer available
p174 Walk 31 Access: the AST bus to Ficuzza departs from Palermo's Stazione Centrale railway station
p249 Walk 46: CAI path markers are reportedly gone or illegibile.
The Walk: From Scari turn L past the Liberty Lines office to Via Roma.
(Thanks to Sandra Bardwell)
Linda, July 2014
My husband and I had a completely different experience as tourists in Sicily as a result of having your hiking guide. It MADE our trip. Thanks for the excellent work!
Henry, by email, November 2014
"Everyone in our walking group ha[s] acquired a copy of your excellent guide Walking in Sicily... Without exception the walks we adopted and in some cases adapted from your book provided stunning views and an amazing diversity of scenery and vegetation. We were bowled over by the magnificent trees, especially in the Madonie range, great oaks, sycamores, holm oaks, beech and, of course, the giant holly by the Rifugio Crispi... The consolation for the long climb up past the Stations of the Cross was happily a superb lunch at 'Al Saraceno' restaurant.
The lunch made a splendid finish to what everyone agreed was one of our best ever walks, especially for those who never dreamt that Sicily offered so many treasures - scenery, wine, food, charming little hill towns, the list could go on .. So, thank you, Gillian, for all your good advice and for an inspirational book."
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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price
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