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The Mountains of Sicily

From the Madonie peaks to the sea
Escape to tranquil mountains with sweeping views and rich wildlife on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday. Your luggage is transported as you walk, and you finish in style at a luxurious 5-star agriturismo complete with a swimming pool.
The Mountains of Sicily. 7 nights
The Mountains of Sicily. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Sicily's Madonie Mountains

Rugged and peaceful, the little-visited Madonie Mountains in northern Sicily are home to golden and royal eagles and are criss-crossed with rugged, tranquil trails which invite the walker on a journey through the mountains to the sparkling waters of the Tirrenian Sea. On clear days you can admire splendid views of the Aeolian Islands, but it is not these that make the holiday so special – there is also a real sense of getting away from it all that is enhanced by the attractive hotels and agriturismi (working farms), including the luxurious Relais Santa Anastasia.
Autumn, when the reds and golds of the turning leaves light up the wooded slopes, is always beautiful, but another special time is mid-April to mid-May, when masses of endemic flowers provide extraordinary displays of colour, particularly around Pomieri.


We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday while we make some changes, but should have these finalised by the end of January. Please contact us if you’d like to register your interest.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the mountains, temperatures will often be lower than the figures given above for the coast.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 8 9 10 13 19 23 26 27 23 18 14 10
    mm 65 52 48 38 27 12 10 21 38 72 66 76
  • Arrival in Petralia Sottana
    Night 1: at Albergo Il Castello (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Petralia Sottana: 8km or 14.5km

    Circular walk via Petralia Soprana: 8km, 3hrs; ascent / descent 700m
    As well as exploring the lower slopes of the Madonie Park, following scenic lanes and grassy trails, this walk gives you the opportunity to explore historic Petralia Sottana and its sister town of Petralia Soprana, the second highest town in Sicily. Both have a labyrinth of narrow streets with tiny shops, and a wealth of small churches. 

    Circular walk via Pizzo di Covo: 14.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent / descent 320m
    A more challenging option ascends the flanks of Pizzo di Covo to reach a high plateau between the peaks of Cozzo Ipsi, Pizzo di Catarineci and Pizzo di Covo. Your efforts are rewarded with panoramic views as far as Etna in the east. The return to Petralia Sottana is initially steep but soon becomes a long gentle descent.
    Cozzo Ipsi on the circular walk around Petralia Sottana
    Circular walk via Petralia Soprana: 8km
    Circular walk via Pizzo di Covo: 14.5km
  • Petralia Sottana to Pomieri: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 700m / descent 350m
    A mix of countryside paths and woodland tracks ascend gently north from Petralia Sottana, before swinging west to reach a remote and peaceful upland known as Portella di Mele in the heart of the Madonie National Park. You rise to the top of a ridge, finishing with a descent to your destination, the Hotel Pomieri, where you stay two nights.
    Petralia Sottana to Pomieri: 11.5km
    The walk from Petralia Sottana to Pomieri
  • Circular walk from Pomieri: 13km, 5hrs; ascent / descent 750m
    You have the chance to walk a section of the long distance ‘Sentiero Italia’ linking Pomieri to the Vallone degli Angeli that contains over twenty examples of the Nebrodi Fir, an endemic species that in the past covered a large part of the Sicilian mountains. The gradient is fairly steep at first and the ground underfoot is rough, but it soon softens as you gain height and views begin to unfold. You follow panoramic forestry tracks and clearly waymarked paths in a clockwise direction to complete a loop around this fascinating valley.
    Circular walk from Pomieri: 13m
    Vallone degli Angeli on the circular walk aound Pomieri
  • Pomieri to Bergi: 18km, 6.5hrs; ascent 500m / descent 1500m
    Today's epic route crosses a wide limestone valley, surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Madonie. The paths are exceptionally tranquil as you head towards the green pastures and woods of the Piano ('plain') Pomo where there are remarkable 14-metre-high, 300-year-old holly trees. Continuing on pleasant forest tracks from Rifugio Crispi, the second part of the walk takes you gently downhill beneath enormous chestnut and oak trees to reach your hotel, the Azienda Agrituristica Bergi.
    Pomieri to Bergi: 18km
    The walk from Pomieri to Bergi
  • Bergi to Santa Anastasia: 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent 500m / descent 400m
    Leaving the heart of the Madonie Park, you cross a range of small hills via the bustling town of Castelbuono, renowned for its cake shops and dominated by an imposing fortress. Take some time to explore before continuing to your final hotel. It's a relatively short walk, leaving you time to spend the afternoon relaxing in the splendid setting of the Relais Santa Anastasia where you spend your final two nights.
    Bergi to Santa Anastasia: 10.5km
    The walk from Bergi to Santa Anastasia
  • Explore Cefalù from Santa Anastasia
    It might be tempting to spend your last day relaxing at the Santa Anastasia. However, Cefalù and the sea beckons. We include a one-way transfer for you today, so that you can take time to visit the town's best-known landmarks – the Norman cathedral with its early mosaics, and La Rocca, the northernmost spur of the Madonie Mountains. You can even climb to the ruined 13th-century castle which tops La Rocca and affords marvellous views to the Aeolian Islands. You return to your hotel by taxi or bus (pay locally).


You stay in carefully chosen accommodation of varying styles.

Extend your stay

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 6

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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