Coast to Coast from Cefalù to Taormina

Sicily coast to coast, from Cefalù to Taormina, passing through Etna.

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Eruption of Etna - Ph. Canva

A beautiful motorcycle itinerary that unites two seas: from Cefalù on the Tyrrhenian to Taormina on the Ionian Sea, passing through the Etna volcano.

From the rocks and the village of Cefalù, our trip to Sicily goes west, first along the sea, then towards Etna, to dive back into the blue sea of ​​Taormina.

Content index

  1. Cefalù
  2. Bronte and the Etna Park
  3. Taormina
  4. Information and map
Sicily by motorcycle by bike tour itinerary route cefalù taormina etan eruption
Cefalù - Ph. Canva

Here is the first part of our tour of the Sicily by motorbike.

Cefalù

The medieval village, which develops close to a cliff, is one of the most visited destinations on the north side of the island. The crystal clear sea and the history of the village make it truly one of a kind. Don't miss the medieval wash house and Norman Cathedral which since 2015 is part of the Unesco Heritage together with the Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral of Monreale.

We then recommend both a visit to the marina, perhaps at sunset, that the view from the top of the Roll, obviously without forgetting the delicacies of local cuisine from fish to vegetables, a true triumph of Mediterranean flavors.

Bronte and Etna

From Cefalù through the overview SS113 we enter the SS289 to look for some curves and shade in the Nebrodi park up to Passo Portella Dead Female in Miraglia at 1.520 meters above sea level From here our descent towards Bronte, where we stop above all to taste dishes based on the famous pistachios.

Sicily by motorcycle by bike tour itinerary route cefalù taormina etan eruption
Eruption of Etna in winter - Ph. Canva

The next stop is the Giovanni Sapienza refuge, on the slopes of the volcano Etna, often in business. In fact, Etna is not only the highest active volcano in Europe, but a mountain where there are recent lava flows, in which no form of life has yet settled, and ancient flows on which natural formations of Larch pine are present. , Beech and Birch. The Etna park, divided into 4 areas, is really interesting from a naturalistic point of view and undoubtedly deserves a stop. unescoparcoetna.it

Always pay attention to any ashes that, in the event of an eruption, are deposited on the road surface.

Taormina

A few passivated from the strait that separates the Sicilia from the Italian peninsula, on a natural terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea, rises the splendid Taormina, the ancient Tauromenion.
With its appearance of a medieval village, its ancient Greek soul, the colors and scents of the Mediterranean vegetation, Taormina it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. And the climate of Sicily makes it an ideal destination at any time of the year.

Sicily by motorcycle by bike tour itinerary route cefalù taormina etan eruption
Taormina - Ph. Canva

From Porta Messina, you can reach the medieval heart of Taormina: Corvaia palace and the seventeenth century church of San Pancrazio, which stands on the remains of a Greek temple. Not far away, the cavea of ​​the ancient is also worth visiting Odeon and nearby church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

The massive defensive palace of the Dukes of Santo Stefano, with Gothic, Arab and Norman elements, and the Badia Vecchia, on the other hand, date back to the Norman period. Not only history, Taormina is also characterized by a luxuriant nature like that of the public gardens of the Villa Comunale. Don't miss the famous shows at the ancient Greek theater.

From Taormina you can then resume the motorcycle to go and visit the Gorges of Alcantara.

Where to sleep and eat

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