Dried up and re-energised from breakfast we jump on the bikes and drive along a winding curvy road (SP7) in a descend of 1000 m altitude difference down to the coast line to Reggio Calabria. There we take the ferry to Messina – finally we are in Sicilia. After the traffic chaos in Messina, which took us forever to go through, we take the coastal road towards Toarmina and Etna. Although it’s already afternoon, we cannot resist the magic of Etna. Eager for the view on The Big Black Mountain we explore all the roads and tracks and possibilities to ride on the back of the Volcano. Again, we are surprised to find a skiing resort at the highest point of Etna. The black and massive lava just beside the road is very impressive and stunning, one can just imagine the force of nature and elements this mountain hosts. For the night we find a beautiful and romantic Agriturismo in Fiumefreddo, ‘Agriturismo Serra San Biagio’. This place is difficult to find, we follow a gravel road which seems to lead nowhere, however it is more than worth to go there. The place is beautifully placed directly above the coast line. We are heartily welcomed by the ‘Donna della Casa’ and stunned by the location which offers a wide view over the sea and a spectacular unimpaired sight on Etna from the terrace of the Restaurant, unbeatable in romance. The day ends with a fantastic dinner in a fantastic place, truly an insider tip to be explored.
Etna – Ucria - Sant‘ Angelo di Brolo - Oliveri. First, we are tempted to stay for another day in this wonderful place enjoying the flair of doing nothing, but in the end our passion and desire for adventure on the bike are stronger - as always happens. Our goal for today is to cross the mountain range towards northward and, as usual, we do not have any particular route planned, it’s more important for us to find small winding and adventurous roads with no traffic, the smaller the tracks the better. We follow a beautiful country road on the back of the Etna plateaus towards Ucria, a beautiful little dozing village where we stop for a caffè. We take a left on SP139; this road gets smaller and finally we find what we were looking for, an access to a gravel road. Along this path we cross the high plateau with herds of cows and flocks of sheep and experience spectacular views. On the one side Etna slowly disappears and on the other side the view sight opens up towards the seaside with the impressive volcanic islands placed in the middle of the sea. We trundle on the gravel road with a fantastic landscape taking stunning scenic pictures which we will not forget, truly a journey hard to top. Back to civilisation again in Sant‘Angelo di Brolo we take a break to let these wonderful impressions sink into our minds. After this we take the motorway along the coast to Oliveri where we find our last accommodation on the mainland.