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Stage 3 - Enna - Etna (Linguaglossa-Piano Provenzana)

The Stage

The third stage of the Giro d’Italia 2020 starts from Enna, in the heart of Sicily, with destination Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.

Stage 3 - Enna-Etna

The stage starts from Enna, also known as the Belvedere of Sicily. To understand the reason behind the nickname, just go up to the Rocca di Cerere and admire the surrounding landscape. This place, where the most important sanctuary dedicated to Demeter stood in the Greek era, which was then devoted to Ceres in Roman times, is dominated by the Rocca di Cerere Geopark. In 2008, UNESCO included it in the World Network of Geoparks, i.e. geographical areas with sites and landscapes of international geological value that are managed according to criteria relating to protection, education and sustainable development.

Rocca di Cerere, Enna

One of the symbols of the city is the Castello di Lombardia, a medieval defensive fortress, and the Cathedral, a national monument that was appointed "a monument messenger of a culture of peace" by UNESCO in 2008.

Enna Cathedral

There is another splendid Italian UNESCO site less than 30 km from Enna. We are talking about the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, a magnificent imperial villa in the heart of Sicily, which fascinates visitors with its enchanting mosaics, considered the most beautiful and best preserved of their kind.

Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

The third stage of the Giro d'Italia ends on Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe and a UNESCO site since 2013.

An unbreakable bond ties Catania and Etna: the volcano dominates the city from above and reshapes the panorama and landscape.
This vast and varied landscape stretches from the waters of the Ionian Sea to the vast countryside decorated with citrus groves and vineyards. It ranges from the dense woods of chestnut and oak trees to the more barren and almost lunar nature found when approaching the summit of Etna, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Sicily.

A symbol of the island, Etna is an essential stop for those who visit this magnificent land. In winter, when the snow covers the entire landscape and the ski lifts start, it is possible to have a unique experience: skiing on the volcano while looking at the sea.

Mount Etna

Not to be missed

Late Baroque cities of the Val di Noto

Located in the South-East of Sicily, Val di Noto was included among the Italian sites of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002 thanks to its splendid late Baroque cities. The eight baroque cities of the valley - Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli - already existed in the Middle Ages but were partially or completely rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake of 1693 in keeping with the predominant stylistic model at the time. The architecture, urban planning and decoration of the palaces constitute the culmination of the Baroque in Europe and one of the periods in which it flourished.

Noto

By bike

Etna Cycling Park

For those who love challenges and climbs worthy of champions, the Etna Cycling Park is a must.
The cycling park represents a living testimony of the great cyclists of the past and present.
Among the slopes, the #salvaciclisti face (Linguaglossa - Piano Provenzana), the arrival stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, certainly deserves particular attention.
The Giro is returning to this slope nine years after the first time it stormed the volcano (Giro d'Italia 2011) when, after tackling it, it went downhill to the south before climbing up again towards the finish line at Piazzale del Rifugio Sapienza.

The other slopes (versanti) in the park:

Versante Giro d'Italia (Ragalna - Piano Vetore, stage finish of the Giro d'Italia 2018), Versante Alberto Contador (Nicolosi - Rifugio Sapienza, a stage of the Giro d'Italia won by Alberto Contador in May 2011), Versante Tom Doumoulin (Pedara - Rifugio Sapienza, which saw the Giro d'Italia take centre stage in the Giro 2017, which saw a victory by Jan Polanc), Versante Vincenzo Nibali (Zafferana - Rifugio Sapienza, dedicated to the great Italian cyclist because it looks towards Messina, his hometown ), Versante Bartali e Coppi (Fornazzo - Citelli Refuge).

Etna cycling park

Syracuse itineraries

For those looking for easy but enchanting cycling itineraries, we recommend the North-South Coastal Tour Cycle Route. It leads from the Pantani della Sicilia nature reserve to reach Syracuse, the birthplace of Archimedes, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site, together with the splendid Necropolis of Pantalica.

The "Noto Variation" is also very interesting and allows you to discover one of the eight late Baroque pearls of Sicily. Download the itinerary as a PDF

The Tourist Observatory of the Department of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment for the Sicilian Region has created a webmap that gathers together itineraries dedicated to soft mobility, including indications on the length of the route, level of difficulty and journey times. It is also possible to download the sheet for each cycle path, the legend of the cycle paths and the GPX file of the entire route.

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Webmap - Soft mobility routes in Sicily

The itineraries proposed by Visit Sicily to travel freely and in a sustainable way in contact with nature, art and unforgettable landscapes.