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Stage 4 - Catania - Villafranca Tirrena

The stage


The fourth and final stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia in Sicily starts from Catania.

Stage 4 - Catania-Villafranca Tirrena

Located at the foot of impressive Mount Etna - which often gives it a unique charm with its eruptions - Catania is a splendid city of art, an undisputed example of Sicilian Baroque and for this reason named a UNESCO site, together with the other seven late-baroque cities of the Val di Noto.

Catania Cathedral

From Palazzo Biscari to Pescheria, from the Benedictine Monastery to visits to the underground city, here are ten things to see, do and taste in Catania.

Besides being a splendid city of art, Catania is also an ideal destination for those who love to eat well. Do not miss out on a steaming plate of Pasta alla Norma, made with tomato sauce, fried eggplant, basil and plenty of grated salted ricotta.
Let's discover the unmissable flavours of Sicily together.

Pasta alla Norma

Leaving Catania we come to Acireale, a city famous for its Carneval, a historical event full of colours and music that dates back to the sixteenth century, when it was traditional to challenge each other with oranges and lemons (a practice that was later prohibited).
Parades of masks and papier-mâché floats take place in the streets of the splendid baroque centre of Acireale. In addition to the mammoth allegorical-grotesque floats equipped with sophisticated mechanical movements and lights, there are also floats decorated with themes made entirely from fresh flowers as well as miniature, which are often tiny versions of the same allegorical floats, in a true celebration of lights and colours.

Carnevale di Acireale

Acireale Carnival

From Acireale, continuing north along the coast, you cannot miss out on a stop in Taormina.
With the appearance of a medieval village, an ancient Greek soul and the colours and scents of the Mediterranean vegetation, Taormina never ceases to amaze.
It is impossible not to be enchanted by the immense beauty of this place.
Speaking of the ancient theatre of Taormina (III BC), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stated: "If you take a seat where the spectators who were highest up once sat, you will have to confess that perhaps no audience in a theater had such a view before them."

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

In the last stretch of the race, which leads from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto to Villafranca Tirrena, we find the splendid Marine Protected Area of Capo Milazzo, one of Sicily's seven marine protected areas.

Marine Protected Area of Capo Milazzo

Ferries depart from the port of Milazzo to take you to another Sicilian natural wonder, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. We are talking about the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic paradise made up of seven sisters: Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi.
They are home to landscapes of disruptive beauty, where the power of nature is expressed at its highest levels with the spectacular eruptions of Vulcano and Stromboli.
Discover ten things to do in the Aeolian Islands

Panarea, Aeolian Islands

By bike

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

Visit Sicily proposes itineraries so that you can travel in freedom and sustainably, in contact with nature, art and unforgettable landscapes.

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