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Magna Via Francigena - from Palermo to Agrigento

The Magna Via Francigena is not a trip or a holiday, it’s a “journey” of discovery that, like a budding wild flower, slowly opens up to reveal a vibrant, colourful and scented heart. Leave behind the bustling art-filled cities and archaeological sites that line the coasts of Sicily and step by step, village by village traverse one of Italy’s last frontiers.

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Route
Day 1: Arrive in Palermo
Day 2: From Santa Cristina Gela to Corleone (19 or 25 kms)
Day 3: From Corleone to Prizzi (19 km)
Day 4: From Prizzi to Castronovo di SIcilia, transfer to Cammarata (24 or 21 km)
Day 5: From Cammarata to Sutera (20 km)
Day 6: From Sutera to Racalmuto (22 km)
Day 7: From Racalmuto to Aragona (11,5 km), train to Agrigento
Day 8: Arrivederci Agrigento!

Day 1:    Arrive in Palermo

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

Day 2:    From Santa Cristina Gela to Corleone (19 or 25 kms)

You start the day being transported 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 a 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. According to legend, in 1800, two shepherds found a rock with the sacred image of the Holy Mary. In the same place, while digging, they later discovered a miraculous spring of water that is said to have healed King Ferdinando I of Bourbon. The Sanctuary, erected in 1841, constitutes a must-stop along the pilgrimage route.

The path 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 CIDMA: Mafia and Anti-Mafia Movement Museum.

Distance: 4,5/6 hours, 19/25km, 500/900m total ascent, 690/770m total descent 

Day 3:    From Corleone to Prizzi (19 km)

While exiting Corleone, take your time to admire the waterfall “delle due rocche”, 10 mins out of town. Then the path takes you through vineyards and open fields, passing by dry-stone masserie (country farm) where you may encounter farmers who want 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 pistachio and candied orange! Yummy!!

Distance: 5 hours, 19 km, 860m total ascent, 430m total descent 

Day 4:    From Prizzi to Castronovo di SIcilia, transfer to Cammarata (24 or 21 km)

The majority 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 what remains of the abandoned village of Riena, with its old-world charm and the unaltered symmetry of its cross design.

Explore the rural houses, barns, the cozy manor homes and the small stone churchs. In the last part inside the Bosco Comuni (Comuni forest) you encounter the typical “pagliai” (hay)farmers.

When you arrive in Castronovo, you get transferred to the hotel in Cammarata (20min). You can shorten today’s walk of 4.5 km with a transfer on request.

Distance: 4,5/5,5 hours, 19.5/24 km, 620/650m ascent, 660/960m descent 

Day 5:    From Cammarata to Sutera (20 km)

Energize yourself for today's walk by tasting some local delicacies at the central Bar Sicilia. Your journey then 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.

Distance: 5 hours, 20 km, 850m total ascent, 820m total descent 

Day 6:    From Sutera to Racalmuto (22 km)

You descend to the bed of the Platani River, ford it 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 valleys nearby.

Racalmuto, the destination of the day, is the hometown of the famous writer Leonardo Sciascia.

Distance: 6 hours, 22 km, 920m total ascent, 1080 total descent 

Day 7:    From Racalmuto to Aragona (11,5 km), train to Agrigento

Today, the last day of the walk, you will pass through through the village of Grotte, where life slowly follows the rhythm of the seasons.

A "must do" is to taste the local arancini (fried rice balls filled with ragù, spinach or ham). When you reach Aragona you take the train to Agrigento where you enjoy a free afternoon to explore the old town or the Valley of the Temples.

Distance: 3 hours, 11,5 km, 225m total ascent, 332m total descent 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Agrigento!

Our services end after breakfast (unless you have booked extra nights)

Arrivederci! We wish you a safe trip home

accommodation

Selected 3* hotels and B&Bs are used in the larger towns, while in the villages and countryside we use cosy, friendly ‘agriturismo’ (farmhouses) and B&B.  

In all the accommodation the rooms have private bathrooms and a good Italian breakfast is included each morning.

The trip is on Bed and breakfast basis because throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste both the outstanding local cuisine and a wide array of prestigious regional wines

 

Hotel Tonic - Palermo

A *** 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 a 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 relax 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

A very quiet hotel, apt 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 (also very 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 peak

Hotel Regalpietra - Racalmuto

Right in Racalmuto's centre: the owners have renovated an ancient noble building reconverting 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 archeological site). Enjoy their local food, you have deserved it!

practical info

Palermo Airport is served by major and low-cost carriers.

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 Palermo train station and then a bus to the airport.

included

What is included

  • Seven nights in double room in ***/** hotels/B&Bs with breakfast
  • Maps and detailed description of the itinerary, App
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Two transfers (on day 2, 4)
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • Lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.
  • Visits and entrance fees - tips
  • Personal expense
  • Possible sojourn taxes
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

  • These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Single room supplement
  • Half Board supplement
  • Extra nights
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
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