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2016, Dec 08-11 - Medieval villages of Sicily

TripPuzzle and Silene cooperative, organize in the "Immaculate" weekend, 4 days of trekking in the heart of Sicily touching the ancient medieval villages of Gangi, Sperlinga and Nicosia.
An extraordinary journey in which we will discover some of the wonders of the Sicilian hinterland, exploring lesser known landscapes but with extraordinary suggestion. We will visit some of the most beautiful villages of Sicily (and Italy!) embedded in a landscape mosaic of natural forests and rural landscapes, crumbling castles, medieval narrow streets, great food and good wine.
It is possible to create an additional extension to make a full week holiday
Since the activity takes place in a bridge is required to respect the deadline in order to avoid not having the availability of rooms
Minimum number of participants: 12
For RESERVATIONS please contact Gabriella Costa +39 338 4898077 or send an e-mail to -
The package includes:
- 3 nights in hotel in double or triple room with breakfast
- 2 dinners including wine and water (8 and 10 December)
- 3 packed lunches (9, 10 and 11 December)
- Visit the Firm breeding buffaloes + hot ricotta cheese tasting
- Guided tour of Sperlinga + "tortone" tasting in a cave
- Silene naturalistic guide Accompaniment 
The package does not include:
- Transport (traveling by their own means).
The fuel input for moving by car is estimated at around € 80,00 per vehicle, we suggest you to split among the crew, excluding the owner / driver of the vehicle that helps with the demands of driving and the use of his car. The figure is indicative and may vary significantly depending on the type of vehicle.
- Entrance fees to monuments
- Anything not mentioned in "The offer includes"
- For cancellation within 28 November including: 100% refund of the entry fee
- For cancellation from 29 November to 3 December: reimbursement of 70%
- For cancellation from 4 December until the date of departure: no amount will be refunded
Day 1 - Thursday, December 8
8:15 Meeting in Palermo Piazzale Giotto in front of Bar Oceania and Departure at 8:30. For those who leave from other locations the meeting is in Gangi at 10.30
10:30 Arrival in Gangi
Excursion to the Red Cliff and Balza of Pezzalunga
In a recent and unprecedented geographical study based on the analysis of watershed ridges, it was discovered that the Red Cliff, a modest relief of Erei Mountains, located a few kilometers southeast of Gangi at about 950 m above sea level, leave the river courses of the rivers simeto-Salty-Sperlinga, Southern Imera-Salty-Gangi and Pollina. The route starts from the ancient and picturesque old former monastery of Gangi (850 m), from where walking through a shady dirt road we will forward to climb up on the ridges of the Pezzalunga Balza, of alternating pastures and woods in oak, pear trees and apple trees wild. At higher altitudes (max height m1055) widen the views of Mount Etna, the Nebrodi and the Madonie and the Red Cliff that we will reach easily after slipping back gently along the grassy northeastern slope Balza, including cows and horses grazing, we can observe up close and in all their evidence, the elements that make this place the geographical center of Sicily.
Difficulty: Easy. Path mostly on small road and dirt paths
Length: circular route of about 5.5 km total.
Altitude difference: about 250 m
15:30 Back in the village and visit Gangi
Gangi was proclaimed "Village of the villages in 2014" because of the extremely interesting monuments it contains, for the wonderful landscapes in which it faces and its eventful history and traces scattered throughout its territory. We visit the monuments and the most beautiful churches and the famous archaeological museum that collects the permanent exhibition of paintings by Giambecchina
19:00 Transfer to Nicosia, hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight
Day 2 - Friday, December 9
8:30 Breakfast and departure to visit a farm manufacturer of buffalo cheese and sausages
9:00 Tasting of warm ricotta and withdrawal packed lunch made with products from own production company
Hike Mount Sambughetti and Campanito ponds
Bosco della Giumenta occupies the northern slopes of Monte dell'arenaceo Sambughetti (m1558), one of the main reliefs of the ridge of the Nebrodi. The natural forest is made from beech wood with holly on top, in the middle of Turkey oak and bottom by cork oak. Colle del Contrasto is a wide saddle, 1107 m in altitude. which handle the state 117 connecting Mistretta and Nicosia. From here begins a dirt in southwest leading to the eastern slopes of Mount Sambughetti. Mount Campanito (1512 m) is a sandstone rock that is part of the Sambughetti south ridge. To the east of this rock tooth you are found the Laghetti Campanito. The largest pond is located at an altitude of 1257 m and is of natural origin.
Difficulty: easy to medium
Length: 8 km
Difference in height: 450 meters
15:30 Visit of Nicosia, tour of the churches, ruins of the castle and the Norman Bridge
20:00 Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight
Day 3 - Saturday, December 10
8:30 Breakfast and departure to Sperlinga
Excursion to the wood of Sperlinga
The wood of Sperlinga is an oak forest of deciduous trees to the south-west of the same name. The dominant tree is the oak essence, in its most thermophilic forms. The rocky ridges are locally enriched by old specimens of evergreen cork oak. The undergrowth is dominated by a thorny fabacea that in Sicily is called alastre (Calicotome infests), while the grassy clearings are now characterized by a massive flowering Crocus biflorus, beautiful iridacea characteristic of thermophilic oak forests of the eastern Mediterranean and one of the first flowers to appear in the mountains at the end of winter. The landscape is characterized by the emergence, from clay hills, large and small sandstone rocks.
Difficulty: easy
Length: 8 km
Difference in height: 400 m
15:00 Guided tour of Sperlinga with tasting of typical "tortone" in a cave
Sperlinga already called "a royal cave dwelling" carved into a giant sandstone grinding wheels, it is a small but beautiful village already included among the "most beautiful villages in Italy" characterized by his rock and village dominated by the beautiful castle originally built by Siculi and then rebuilt around the X century.
19:00 Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight
Day 4 - Sunday, December 11
8:30 Breakfast and departure for excursion to Mount Altesina
Excursion to Mount Altesina
Mount Altesina is a panoramic survey consists of quartz sandstone Oligocene. And 'high 1192 m s.l.m. and is the first peak of Erei Mountains. On the northern side resists a natural forest edge, a Mediterranean mixed oak. From the Bronze Age is attested sull'Altesina human presence. On its sides and on its top there are remains of a small, but interesting town with buildings in mixed stones quadrangular
Difficulty: easy to medium
Length 8 km
Difference in height 350 m
16:00 Departure for return




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