IN TAORMINA 15 - 21 OCTOBER 2018
We will take you to some of the most beautiful places and roads in Sicily from the Sea to the Mountains to the magical volcano Etna. You will be riding the same road as the Giro d’Italia and the roads that many professionals use for training. You will stay in the famous Taormina in one of the most tasteful hotels with a panoramic view of the Meditteranean. Besides amazing cycling, you will experience the very special Sicilian culture and taste the great food of Sicily.
"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."
For the cyclist, Sicily is known for the volcano Etna but there are so many attractive places to ride. Besides taking you to Etna we will show you many beautiful places with exiting climbs, breathtaking views, and charming villages.
Built on the rock, the Villa Fiorita Hotel is a typical Taormina residence of the early '900. The unique architecture on several levels, framed by terraces, stone stairs and gardens, makes the structure unique in its kind.
From every corner of the villa, climbing up the exterior stairs, the view is lost in the sea expanse that lays the beaches below to gaze at the coast of Calabria that shows beautifully on the clear and sunny days.
The panoramic pool was built on a flowered terrace to give you all the moments of relaxation you will want to treat yourself to.
There are riches and mysteries galore in the Sicilian history from the ancient Greeks to the Normans. This migration of different cultures has given Sicily its own special character. Riding here you will experience all these different historical and cultural layers that Sicily consists of, from the beaches to the beautiful Baroc cities to the churches and castles and the distinct kind of warmth and humor of the Sicilian people.
Sicilian food is contradictory, just like Sicilian culture. It is an odd mixture of Italian, Greek, Arab, French, Spanish, and North African. Its dinner plates are living odes to the number of peoples that have conquered, colonized, settled, ruled, and emigrated here. The vegetables and fruit grown here are known as some of the best in all of Europe and the fish from the ocean is a story of its own. Food is very important to Sicilians and they always talk about it.
15 October 2018 // Pickup from the Airport every second hour from 8.00 to 13.00 and transfer to Hotel in Taormina.
Bike unpacking, "Aperitivo", Presentation of the Camp and First Ride. We will start the ride at 15 sharp and it will be an easy 3 hours one just to evaluate the level of the guests in the group and to know each other. Dinner at 20.00.
16 October // We will climb up to Savoca, a small town famous for the Godfather movie (of course a stop at the Bar Vitelli Cafe is a must!), we continue up to the Nebrodi Mountains where we reach Limina and then up to Roccafiorita where we will have a light lunch. Finally, we ride down to Letojanni.
17 October // We will climb up to the Linguaglossa and the to the Giro 2011 first climb to Etna on the North Side (Piano Provenzana). Then we go down on the beautiful road in the lava fields that brings us to Milo and Zafferana where we will enjoy some local specialties and observe life on the square. From Zafferana it is mostly down to Taormina.
18 October // Starting from Taormina we go up we go to one of our favorite rides along the "Secret Roads" between Etna and Peloritani. We will ride the Alcantara river and Graniti. After this small town there is a brutal but short 18% climb and then we continue along one of Nibali's favorite training routes. After the climb from Graniti, we ride into the secret roads build by the allied soldiers under second World War from where they attacked the German Army. This road This road offers the most amazing view to Etna and the Church on top of Monte Kalfe where we will take a short break and take in the breathtaking views before we decent for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we descend to the coast and ride along the coastal road to Taormina.
19 October // Today we go up from Fiumefreddo and then we go up to Francavilla di Sicilia. along the way, we will ride the short climb to the village of Motto Camastra. This pictures village was used as Corleone in the Godfather movies. Hereafter we climb from Francavilla di Sicilia to the mystic abandon town of Borgo Morfia. The Ghost Town of Borgo Morfia was abandoned in the 60s. From here we have the most beautiful descent that ends in the river valley and then a little flat back to Francavilla di Sicilia where we have lunch before we ride back to Taormina.
20 October // We want you to experience the same stage (Last part) ridden by the Giro d'Italia in 2017. So we will climb Etna from Nicolosi and up the Salto del Cane climb. Almost 30 km. of climbing to the top of Etna. When we go back to the Hotel it will be time for you Sicilian style BBQ together with some beer and wine... well actually a lot!!!
21 October // Ciao e Arrivederci!!! Today we bring you back to the Airport. Tell us what time is your flight or if you want to stay some extra day with or without your bike. We will try to arrange everything for you all!
AIRPORT We recommend that you fly to Catania airport from there we arrange transfer to/ from. Alternatively, you can fly to Palermo but you will have a longer transfer on your own account.
To and from Catania airport there are several connections from airlines like Norwegian, Alitalia, SAS, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair etc. If you have questions regarding the booking of tickets please contact us. We are ready to help you. IT IS IMPORTANT to have minimum 2 hours between connections if you are flying with stopover so the handling people have time to put your bike on the plane. In the unlikely event that your bike is not delivered to the airport on the same flight as you and first arrive the day after. We will give you one of our bikes (if size is available) so you can ride as planned with the rest of the group. We suggest you bring your pedals, shoes, helmet and one cycling kit in your handbag.
TRANSFER We will arrange your transfer to and from Catania Airport and the hotel. When you arrive we are ready to receive you and bring you and your bike to the hotel.
SCC will be responsible for the daily bike rides. All Customers will ride with SCC every day. You will also have the two owners of SCC Thomas & Tommaso as guides. They will give insight into the special location and the history of the different towns and places we pass through. If somebody has an accident or mechanical defect, he will be ‘picked’ up by the Support car which also has a bike storage rack for your bike.
LEVEL OF FITNESS This trip is suited for all people who ride the bike 1-2 times a week or more. SCC is the guarantor that clients of all level will succeed this cycling journey. If necessary, we will divide people into groups by fitness level.
BIKE RENTAL SCC If you don’t care to bring your bike you can rent, for €160, a full Carbon bike delivered directly to the Hotel.
PRICE FOR THE GIRO CAMP A PERSON IS € 1149
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel T/R.
- 6 nights in hotel Villa Fiorita in Taormina in double room. (Single room is possible for 300 euros extra)
- Half board (Breakfast and dinner).
- Snack (we call it "Aperitivo") after the rides.
- Secure Bike room.
- Following Car during the rides with Mechanical Assistance.
- Route program of 80/100 km a day and 1500/2500 hm. (adapted to the participants)
- Guides will ride with you every day and we will split the group in smaller ones with different fitness level.
- Pictures and video from the rides.
- Cafe and snacks during the rides.
- Wine, Beer, and other alcoholic drinks.
- It is possible to have a single room for extra payment of € 300