[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Being an avid cyclist has meant the tougher the climbs, the better the thrill. When it comes to cycling Sicily however, italys biggest island and autonomic region and home to Euopes highest active volcano Etna, this can even be too true…

Cycling Etna is something not many cyclists in Italy will try, even though it was part of the Giro Italia 2017. Its rocky landscape and occasional lava flows make it quite an inhospitable environment for your average cyclist. This said however arriving at the main piazza of Sapienza Refugio, 1900m above sea level is a “goosebumps” challenge.

There is a lot to like about Sicily; for its gastronomy (Sicilian pasticcerias are always the better ones here in Rome), its full bodied red wines (especially from those vineyards on the hills of Etna), exotic beaches and rocks perfect for diving, Greek & Roman & Arab historic roots and influences (as well as Norman castles!) and finally its volcanic islands like Stromboli (see the eruptions at night by boat!).

Next time you are planning on a cycling holiday, why not consider Sicily? Or have a look at our bike trip to Sicily program.

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About the author

Originally from South Africa, I moved to Italy in 2007 after having finished school in England. My grasp of the Italian language was basic but enough to get to know people. By the end of 2008 I had mastered an intermediate level of italian and would continue to progress onto higher levels. Today my proficiency of the italian language is enough to fool some italians into thinking I'm one of them! Although I never manage to be as charming... My other interests besides Italy, the Italians and the Italian way of life are: Cycling, Languages and Travel. At the moment I am heavily involved with the day-to-day running of The Red Bike Shop and am a keen cyclist, taking part in races and especially Grandfondos (one-off races). My goal for the future is to open a fully functional bike shop in the center of Rome.