There is no long standing tradition of hiking as a leisure activity in Sicily. This is fully understandable, given that for generations farm workers had to either walk or ride a donkey long distances to reach their fields and olive groves. Travelling on foot was a sign of poverty, and today, when one says in Italian facciamo una passegiata, what is meant, of course, is a ride in the car! But time brings change. Many of the suggested walks follow old mule tracks, and gradually the word is starting to get around the tourist offices and the park administration that there are crazy foreigners around who want to walk and who want to see a Sicily beyond the temples and Taormina. As a result, new paths are now being created and the old mule tracks waymarked. We stranieri are setting an example. The possible walks are as varied as Sicily’s landscapes. You can stroll along a beach, with the scent of the maquis wafting on the breeze, or explore ancient ruins; you can hike through a shady forest or an alpine meadow, or scramble up a rock face; you can sail to islands floating on a shimmering turquoise sea, or climb an active volcano. There is something for everyone in Sicily. And walking in Sicily gives you the opportunity to experience one of the most ancient and varied cultural landscapes in the Mediterranean.
Peter Amann knows the island intimately; he leads walking groups on Sicily and works for the preservation of its national monuments. As an alternative to the stress of simply 'doing' all the sites, he invites you to savour the landscape at leisure. Thus there is enough material in his book "Landscapes of Sicily. Car tours and walks" for several holidays. Most of the walks are along old farming tracks, stone-laid mule trails and shepherds' paths. Some tracks are shown on Google Maps, see below. Buon cammino in Sicilia!
Have a look at the editors web site with current updates: www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/product/walking-in-sicily/.
The Istituto Geografico Militare – IGM (www.igmi.org) publishes both 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 topographical maps of Sicily. With the exception of the Etna region, these maps are, however, sadly outdated.
Litografia Artistica Cartografica published several hiking maps in the scales 1:25.000 or 1:50.000 including the Etna, Madonie, Nebrodi or Zingaro.
• Global Map Monte Etna – Alcantara – Simeto 1:50.000. Map of Outdoor Activities. The map covers walks 1 – 9 and can be bought locally or online at www.lac-cartografia.it.
• Global Map Parco dei Nebrodi 1:50.000. Map of Outdoor Activities. Doppelseitig bedruckte Karte mit klarem Kartenbild und aktuellem Inhalt. The map covers walks 15 – 18. With any luck free copies at the Parco dei Nebrodi tourist offices. Can be bought locally or online at www.lac-cartografia.it.
• Global Map Parco delle Madonie 1:50.000. Map of Outdoor Activities. The map covers walks 19 – 23 and can be bought locally or online at www.lac-cartografia.it.
• Global Map Zingaro e Monte Cofano 1:25.000. Map of Outdoor Activities. The map covers walks 26 – 27 and can be bought locally or online at www.lac-cartografia.it.
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