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Madonie Mountains, Sicily

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  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: 1st April to 25th July and 1st September to 31st October
  • Location: Sicily – Petralia Sottana

Madonie Mountains

Tour Details

Let us take you to one of the best-kept secrets of walking holidays in Sicily, the stunningly beautiful Madonie Mountains. Our walking holiday in Sicily starts not too far from Palermo and is offered as a 6-night self-guided hiking vacation.

The Madonie mountains Sicily lie almost in the shadow of one of the most famous and dominant peaks in this part of Europe, Mount Etna. This region, the Parco delle Madonie, is an incredibly beautiful yet unknown mountain area south-east of Palermo. Rugged cliffs and razor-sharp mountain crests almost reaching up to 2000m offer many a panoramic view to greet you.

Whilst walking in the Madonie Mountains you will notice small villages built like eagles nests that lie scattered against the mountain slopes. Daily life passes away slowly, following the rhythm of the seasons and is strongly influenced by old rituals and traditions. People here still live off what nature has to offer. They work the small fields and grow their own vegetables, maintain the olive groves and vineyards and harvest the figs, almonds and hazelnuts.

Through this timeless landscape, you will enjoy your hiking vacation in Italy a real walk that takes you from the highest mountains to the sea at Cefalú, the famous harbour town with a Norman Cathedral dating back thousands of years.

Come and enjoy the secluded Madonie Mountains on your hiking vacation in Italy.

Starting Location

Sicily – Petralia Sottana

Price Includes

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast
  • 2 Dinners (nights 4 and 5)
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer (carry own luggage to Cefalu by public bus)
  • 1 pack lunch
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • GPS files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Nights
  • City Tax
Trip Info


The daily distances fluctuate between 8-10 miles, 13 and 16 km. You’ll climb and descend between the 200 and 750 m. Although the majority of the walks are not difficult and fairly well signed. You should, however, have some experience in mountain walking and orientation.

Best travel season

The best season for planning this tour is in late spring and early autumn. Not only the weather but also nature is at its best during these months. It rarely happens that you find snow on the highest pass at the beginning of May.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival in Sicily and transfer to Petralia Sottana

Arrive in Sicily and breathe in the warm island breezes and aroma of the outstanding local flora. Take a bus from Palermo Airport to the first accommodation in Petralia Sottana or book a private transfer to your first accommodation. Enjoy your first dinner in a local restaurant of your choice trying the many flavours of the tasty regional cuisine.

Day 2Loop walk 10 miles 16km 734/713m up/down 5 hours.

Today to enjoy a loop walk around the Petralia’s hills. During your walk you can enjoy beautiful landscapes across the southern part of Sicily, you can also see Mount Etna in the distance. There are a few sections across clay soil that can get heavy going in wet conditions, thankfully, it does not rain so much! All elevations are pretty gently except for one small section.  

Day 3Pomieri loop via Monte San Salvatore 9.3 miles 15 km 763/754 up/down  5 hours.

After your breakfast, you have a transfer to Pomieri where your walk starts. Today’s walk starts off fairly steep with rough underfoot sections but it eases out as you reach the higher lands where views begin to unfold and you follow panoramic dirt roads and well-marked trails, making a loop around the fascinating Vallone degli Angeli and on part of the long-distance ‘Sentiero Italia’ where you can still find a few examples of the Nebrodi Fir tree, that once covered a vast section of the uplands. From Vallone, you can take an optional detour to Scalone where you can enjoy wonderful views of Polissi Generosa. Monte Salvatore is one of the highest peaks of the Madonie mountain range where from the top you shall have stunning 360 degree vistas.

Day 4Transfer to Parco Avventura Madonie and walk to Rocca di Gonato. 8.1 miles 13km 600/450 up/down 5 hours.

After breakfast, you shall have a transfer to the start of your walk. A real mountain walk today climbing from Pomieri to the plateau Piano Battaglia at 1700 m. You make a large circular tour around the Monte Ferro at 1900 m, before descending to your accommodation.

Day 5Castelbuono. 8.1 miles 13km 206/635 up/down 5 hours

Today you’ll say goodbye to the Monte Madonie and descend to Castelbuono. This is an easy walk of around 5 hours so you should have time in the late afternoon to have a stroll through Castelbuono. The ancient castle of the Ventimiglia family, the medieval town centre and the small streets are all worthwhile visiting.

Day 6Cefalù– Short-Loop Walk Available 1.5 miles 3km 207m/203m up/down 1.5 hours

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred with your luggage to the bus stop of Castelbuono from where you’ll travel by public transport to Cefalú. After checking in at your hotel you’ll have the rest of the day to yourself. The Normans Cathedral, climbing the Rocca or the cool waves of the sea, the choice is yours.

Day 7Departure

You can travel back to Palermo by bus or with a private transfer.

Why not review our tour that takes you on foot through the Island of Madeira or even our tour around the Julian Alps in the northwest region of Slovenia


How to get there

The best airport to use is Palermo Punta Raisi where you can catch a bus to the first accommodation or you can book a private transfer. The bus company which arranges the public service at the start is Sais Autolinee (www.saisautolinee.it), Return Cefalu to airport by bus.

NOTE: We advise you book an early flight on your arrival day.

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