Our tour of Sicily - CycleBlaze

Our tour of Sicily

A loop from Palermo to Etna and back

By Scott Anderson & Rachael Anderson
1,355 miles (2,181 km) over 35 days between Apr. 20, 2016 and May 24, 2016


An introduction: Why, why, why? heart 1
Some historical context: The early years heart 0
Some historical context: The Age of Greece, et alia heart 1
The final countdown: Readying for departure heart 0


Departure: PDX to Palermo heart 3
In Palermo: Quickly using up our nine lives heart 2
To Castellammare de Golfo: On the road again heart 1
To Erice: Segesta heart 0
In Erice: Loop ride to Trapani heart 0
To Mazara del Vallo: Salt pans and windmills heart 0
In Mazara del Vallo: Loop ride to Salemi heart 0
To Sciacca: Selinunte heart 0
To Realmonte: Sunset on the Turkish Steps heart 4
To Licata: In the Valley of the Temples heart 0
To Piazza Armerina: We find a patch of rain heart 0
To Enna: Villa Romana del Casale heart 0
At Enna: Rest day! heart 0
To Caltagirone: three meters below Heaven heart 0
To Piazzolo Acreide: Through the Hyblaean Mountains heart 5
To Ragusa: Sicilian Baroque heart 1
At Ragusa: Loop ride to Comiso heart 0
To Siracusa: Mothers Day! heart 1
In Siracusa: Rest day! heart 0
To Catania: Approaching Elusive Etna heart 0
At Catania: Loop ride to Mount Etna heart 0
To Taormina: The mountain reveals itself at last heart 0
At Taormina: Loop ride to Savoca heart 0
To Randazzo: Along the shoulder of Mount Etna heart 0
In Randazzo: Loop ride to Alcantara Gorge heart 0
To Nicosia: Fifty miles through paradise heart 0
To Cefalu: Mount Etna awakens heart 0
At Cefalu: Loop ride to Collesano heart 0
To Petralia Soprana: Into the Madonie heart 0
At Petralia Soprana: Loop ride to Piano Battaglia heart 0
To Palazzo Adriano: Wrestling with the winds heart 0
To Monreale: Checking in on the Godfather heart 0
Return to Palermo: Finding the right tool for the job, again heart 0
The Monreale Cathedral: A photo gallery heart 0
The Palatine Chapel: A photo gallery heart 0


Returning to PDX: It's a wrap heart 0
Reflections: About the tour heart 0
Reflections: About Sicily heart 0