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Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Palermo
Day 2: Corleone
Day 3: Prizzi
Day 4: Cammarata
Day 5: Sutera
Day 6: Racalmuto
Day 7: Agrigento
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

The Magna Via Francigena, the great road of the Frankish knights, follows the ancient route between Palermo and Agrigento, the two major harbours of the past, that was used for millennia by pilgrims and travellers. Walking the Magna Via is a unique experience, out of the common touristic routes.

Itinerary for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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Day 1: Arrive Palermo

As soon as you get settled in your accommodation, step outside and breathe in the incredibly fresh, crisp air of this multicultural city. In the evening, let all your senses be delighted as you prepare for the walking adventure ahead.

Day 2: Santa Cristina Gela to Corleone

You start the day with a short transfer to Santa Cristina Gela, by the Lake of Piana degli Albanesi. This town is home to a historical community of Albanese people (the largest Arbereshe community in Italy) who still lives and professes its faith here. After a stroll and trying the local delicacy “cassatella” (fried cannolo) you will start your walk towards Corleone. You climb along the “antica trazzera” (old route) towards the Santuario Maria S.S. del Rosario di Tagliavia. The Sanctuary, erected in 1841, constitutes a must-stop along the pilgrimage route. The path then takes you to Corleone, a town renowned as the birthplace of several Mafia families; it was immortalized by Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. While here, it is a must to visit the Mafia and Anti-Mafia Movement Museum.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Ristorante Leon d’Oro or similar
  • Walking for the day: 25 km, 6-7 hrs ↑900m ↓770m (shorter option: 19 km, 4-5 hrs ↑500m ↓700m)

Day 3: Corleone to Prizzi

While exiting Corleone, take your time to admire the waterfall Delle due rocche, 10 minutes out of town. Then the path takes you through vineyards and open fields, passing by dry-stone masonry (country farm) where you may encounter farmers who may offer you to try their freshly made ricotta. From Lake Prizzi a steady climb takes you into town, the perfect opportunity to grab a cannolo with pistachios and candied orange.

Day 4: Prizzi to Castronovo di Sicilia/Cammarata

Most of today’s walk is within the peaceful Carcaci Natural Reserve, home to numerous species of birds of prey. Between the trees, you can see the ruins of the abandoned village of Riena. Explore the rural houses, barns, the cosy manor homes and the small stone churches. Continue through the Bosco Comuni (Comuni forest). When you arrive in Castronovo, you get transferred to the hotel in Cammarata (20 min). You can shorten today’s walk by 4.5 km with an earlier transfer on request (not included, payable on-site).

  • Accommodation: Agriturismo Casale Margherita or similar
  • Walking for the day: 24 km, 6 hrs ↑650m ↓960m (shorter option: 19 km, 5 hrs ↑620m ↓660m)

Day 5: Cammarata to Sutera

Your journey begins along the railway, gradually proceeding uphill to Acquaviva Platani. The last part of the path to Sutera, a little gem on the other side of the rock face in front of you, is along a stunning ridge. Get lost in the maze of alleys and chalk houses of the Arabic neighbourhood, called Rabato, and visit the rich ethnographical museum.

  • Accommodation: B&B Piazza or similar
  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 5-6 hrs, ↑850m ↓820m

Day 6: Sutera to Racalmuto

You descend to the bed of the Platani River and then climb up the other side to Milena; here the path goes up into the hills that surround the village and gives you a panoramic view of all the surrounding valleys. Racalmuto, the destination of the day, is the hometown of the famous writer Leonardo Sciascia.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Regalpietra or similar
  • Walking for the day: 22 km, 6-7 hrs, ↑980m ↓1020m

Day 7: Racalmuto to Aragona/Agrigento

Today you will pass through the village of Grotte, where life slowly follows the rhythm of the seasons. A “must-do” is tasting the local arancini (fried rice balls filled with ragù, spinach or ham). When you reach Aragona, you take the train (fare not included) to Agrigento where you enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the old town or the Valley of the Temples. You can also book an optional private car transfer to Agrigento.

Day 8: Departure

Departure on your own or extension upon request.

Hotels for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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Accommodation is in a mix of characterful B&Bs and 3-star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Hotel Tonic – Palermo

A 3-star hotel located within walking distance from the main sights and attractions of the city, that will allow you to make the most of your time in Palermo. The hotel has a pleasant vintage feel, a very welcoming staff and very clean rooms. Air conditioning will freshen even the warmest days, and rich breakfast will make you start your adventure in a good mood.

Hotel Ristorante Leon d’Oro – Corleone

A recently renovated hotel, with finely decorated interiors and wide common spaces. In the middle of the structure lies a big courtyard lined by palm trees. The swimming pool will offer some relaxation during the warmest days. All rooms have a balcony and have been decorated by a local artist.

Ospitalità Diffusa La Casa di Kokalo – Prizzi

This “Ospitalità Diffusa” accommodation allows you to sleep in apartments located right in the ancient Norman town centre. The owner, Totò, will be happy to welcome you and introduce you to his hometown.

Hotel Halykos – Cammarata

This quiet hotel, appropriate for walkers, lying in the middle between Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. Rooms are quite spacious and have been recently renovated. There is a restaurant as well, free wifi, welcoming staff. Italian breakfast can be served early, on request.

B&B Piazza – Sutera

Just outside the town centre of Sutera, this is a small B&B (five simple, bright rooms). Some rooms might have their private bathroom just outside the room. Different kinds of breakfast available according to traveller’s preferences. Do not miss the view on the surrounding peaks.

Hotel Regalpietra – Racalmuto

Right in Racalmuto’s centre: the owners have renovated an ancient noble building converting it into a hotel dedicated to the town’s most famous person: Leonardo Sciascia (writer). The staff is used to hosting walkers and pilgrims and will welcome you in the friendly, familiar atmosphere of this place, relaxing before resuming your walk.

Colleverde Park Hotel – Agrigento

A 4-star hotel that will reward you after your long walk. You will be able to rest in an oasis of tranquillity with ample green spaces, with a view on the Valley of The Temples (some rooms have a view on the archaeological site). Enjoy their local food, you have deserved it!

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included every day. Packed lunches can be pre-ordered at the accommodations or you can by food from the village shops. Throughout the trip, there are plenty of opportunities to taste both the great local food and a wide range of the prestigious wines of the region.

Travel for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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The closest airport is Palermo.

From the airport you can take either a taxi or a bus to Palermo city centre. On departure, you can take a train from Agrigento to the Palermo train station and then a bus to the airport.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers.

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfer on all walking days is included.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems. Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs. Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit. Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Trip Info for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

The route is graded moderate; on average you will walk 5-6 hours per day. The whole itinerary is mostly on paths and gravel roads. A good level of fitness is required for enjoying the walks to the maximum (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

You can start your holiday every day between 1 March and 25 July and between 1 September and 30 November. It is too hot for walking in August.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Via Francigena in Sicily: Palermo to Agrigento

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  • 7 nights in characterful B&Bs and 3-star hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers on all walking days
  • Car transfers on Days 2 and 4
  • Holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route notes and maps (digital copy sent by email and a hard copy delivered at first hotel)
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers.

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights, trains or buses wherever necessary
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • City tourist taxes
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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