Bike Pilgrims in Sicily

pilgrim routes in sicily

the ancient ways of communication of the Normans to go with a gravel or mountain bike
Vie Francigene di Sicilia

Our organization has been studying, mapping and traveling along the Via Francigena of Sicily for years, making them usable for travelers, pilgrims and pilgrims. We work with them to map the cycle routes along the Vie Francigene of Sicily to allow everyone to explore the culture and traditions of which Sicily is very rich.

The Vie Francigene develop mainly on the Trazzere used for transhumance and on the communication routes that crossed the island since the archaic world and that were crossed by armies, merchants, knights and pilgrims. A circuit of over 900 km which offers the most characteristic landscapes of the region, from the mountain ones passing through the valleys planted with wheat to the interior, to the fascinating shores of the Mediterranean in the direction of the port of Messina, which was the gateway to the East and boarding to the Rome of the Martyrs and the Holy Land of Jerusalem.

Magna Via Francigena

discover the most authentic and fascinating Sicily among millenary villages, farms and impressive castles following in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims

via messina palermo sulle montagne

An itinerary of about 370 km, which combines the snow-capped peaks of the Madonie, the Nebrodi mountain landscapes, the Peloritani peaks, to reach Messina, city of the Strait.

Via Francigena Mazarense

A fascinating itinerary that winds along the villages and towns of the coast towards Alcamo, the archaeological area of ​​Segesta to end in Palermo and its Conca d’Oro.

Via francigena fabaria

Along the ancient Greek “selinuntina” road from Agrigento you reach Gela and then in the “Fáwara” area. 250 km that from the Mediterranean coasts reach the slopes of Etna and finally to Bronte.

the best bikes to rent on the vie francigene of sicily

Taking the Vie Francigene of Sicily by bike is easy, just contact the right people! You can choose between bike rental on the Vie Francigene with delivery and collection at any of the stops, one of our Adventure Packs or an “all-inclusive bike trip on one of the Vie Francigene”.

If you want more details you can contact us at info@ciclabilisiciliane.com or at our phone numbers 0916190633 and 3331358769

Trek Checkpoint ALR 4

The gravel bike designed to respond to any stress. Asphalt, dirt or city

The Checkpoint ALR 4 is a gravel bike in ultra-light aluminum and carbon fork designed to withstand the stresses typical of dirt roads and light gravel roads. The geometry is designed to offer excellent performance even on road and cycling routes. For this reason this is the perfect gravel bike for both the Magna Via Francigena and the other Vie Francigene of Sicily.

Frame: Alluminio 300 Series Alpha

Fork: Carbonio 

Shifters: Shimano Tiagra RS405

Crankset: Shimano Tiagra 50/34 Compact

Cassette: Shimano Tiagra – 10 speed (11-34)

Brakes: Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc

Pedals: Shimano M324 (SPD/Flat), SPD SL, Look

Tires: Schwalbe G-one Aramid 700x35c 

61 (XXL) 184 – 191 cm 

58 (XL) 179 – 186 cm

56 (L) 173 – 180 cm

54 (M) 167 – 174 cm 

Specialized Rockhopper 29 pro

Light and robust mountain bike. Unstoppable on any terrain

The Rockhopper 29 PRO is a light, agile and robust MTB with a very advanced XC geometry and ideal for tackling any type of trail with efficiency and ensuring maximum enjoyment both uphill and downhill. Ideal for both bikepacking and long journeys thanks to the predisposition for the rear luggage rack, it is the best mountain bike to tackle both the Magna Via Francigena and the other Vie Francigene of Sicily by bike

Frame: Alu A1 SL Pro 29

Fork: Manitou Markhor 29 100 mm 

Shifters: Shimano SLX

Crankset: Specialized Stour 36/22

Cassete: Shimano SLX – 10 speed (11-36)

Brakes: Shimano M365BR,  180/160 mm

Pedals: Shimano M324 (SPD/Flat), SPD SL or Look

Tires: SchwalbeSmart Sam Plus kevlar

L  178 – 187 cm

M 168 – 179 cm

Magna Via Francigena

Magna Via Francigena

Looking for new pilgrim routes to explore by bicycle? Sicily has some wonderful secret locations for crowd-free cycling holidays across its most authentic regions. Don’t expect to find signposted itineraries or English-speaking locals but this is part of the adventure! And with our GPS tracks you can find your way through the Sicilian countryside, you just need to download them from the link listed below. If you require more details or tracks in gpx format, feel free to contact us! The Magna Via Fracigena from Palermo to Agrigento Go to the page to view the maps of the nine stages for trekking & mountain bikes and download the GPS tracks in kml format. You can combine 2-3 stages depending on your ability. The total distance to cover is about 190 km but there are several climbs so make sure you plan at least 3 days for the Magna Via. However, we recommend you plan a minimum of 5 days so that you can spend a few more hours in each town and savour the local specialities, chat with the locals (gesture and body language will do!) or even an extra day in places such as Castronovo di Sicilia which is unique in many ways.

 

The villages and cities that meet along the Magna Via Francigena route are:

Palermo, Monreale, Altofonte, Piana degli Albanesi, Santa Cristina Gela, Corleone, Prizzi, Castronovo of Sicily, Cammarata, San Giovanni Gemini, Campofranco, Acquaviva Platani, Sutera, Milena, Racalmuto, Caves, Aragon, Comitini, Joppolo Giancaxio, Agrigento. Some inhabited centers are ideal for a stage, while others are very important for a refreshment or to rest for a few minutes.

The Adventure Pack solution – Magna Via Francigena is the most convenient because it allows you to have a 5-day cycling holiday at a cost of only 150 euros including bci!

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Via palermo - messina per le montagne

The Via da Palermo to Messina on the mountains is already ready to be traveled on either on foot or by bicycle, it is structured with signs and a receptive network. The itinerary is extremely fascinating and characterized by woods and natural reserves among the most beautiful and luxuriant in Sicily. Between one reserve and another, you will pass through some of the most famous, fascinating and best preserved medieval villages of the region.

The villages and cities that you meet along the route are:

Palermo, Bagheria, Caccamo, Montemaggiore Belsito, Polizzi, Petralia Sottana, Petralia Soprana, Castellana, Gangi, Sperlinga, Nicosia, Troina, Cesarò, Maniace, Floresta, Montalbano Elicona, Novara of Sicily, Castroreale, Santa Lucia del Mela, Rometta, Messina .

pellegrino Via francigena delle montagne
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Via francigena mazarense

Via Francigena Mazarense

The Via Francigena Mazarense also partly encompasses the Via Selinuntina, from Agrigento to Marsala (the ancient Lilybeum) in the Greek tract and a Norman part, from Marsala to Palermo, following the Roman late imperial route and the historic transhumance routes of western Sicily . Our association will provide you with all the information in our possession to follow it and learn about the western part of Norman Sicily, rich in castles, archaeological sites and eno-gastronomic excellence.

Some of the towns in the cities that you meet along the Via Francigena Mazarense route are:

Palermo, Carini, Altofonte, San Giuseppe Jato, Alcamo, Calatafimi-Segesta, Life, Mazara del Vallo, Castelvetrano, Porto Palo, Selinunte, Menfi, Sciacca, Ribera, Cattolica Eraclea, Siculiana, Realmonte, Agrigento.

Via francigena Fabaria

Via Francigena Fabaria

The Via Fabaria, in part incorporates the oldest via Selinuntina, which represents, from Agrigento to Gela, the Greek part of this route of about 320 km. From Gela onwards, up to Lentini and then along the Simeto to Randazzo, the Norman part of this path develops. The association will provide you with all the information available to follow it and learn about the southern coast of Norman Sicily.

Some of the towns in the cities that you meet along the Via Francigena Fabaria route are:

Agrigento, Palma di Montechiaro, Licata, Gela, Niscemi, Caltagirone, Grammichele, Militello, Lentini, Paternò, Adrano, Bronte, Maniace.

pellegrino via francigena fabaria
segnaletica via francigena fabaria

Traveling the Vie Francigene by bike means crossing an area characterized by architectural testimonies and Byzantine monasteries, castles, ancient farms and villages that confirm what the Muslim cartographic sources and the Norman notary diplomas highlight as a communication system that connects the Palermo of Norman counts with Agrigento, the long beaches of Mazara with Catania, the peaks of the Nebrodis at the port on the Strait of Messina.


The ethical tour operator Inspiring Tours has developed a series of solutions to help pilgrims or cyclists who want to travel along the Via Francigena of Sicily both by bike and on foot. The services that the tour operator is able to offer range from bike rental on the Vie Francigene of Sicily, luggage transport, insurance, bike transport, mechanical assistance, booking of accommodation facilities and planning of customized itineraries.


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the packages and services will be reinvested in the territory to finance projects to improve the Streets in agreement with the Association of Friends of the Franciscan Routes of Sicily.


For more information you can write an email to info@ciclabilisiciliane.com or call 3331358769

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