8 days

Roam the pure natural landscape of Sicily’s rural backcountry

Stay in villages full of history, such as Sutera, with its Arabic maze of alleys

Experience the enthusiasm, hospitality and pride of the Sicilian people

Try traditional Cannoli pie filled with ricotta, pistachios and candied orange

Immerse yourself in the artistic melting pot of chaotic Palermo and the magnificence of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

Hiking the Magna Via Francigena

The Magna Via Francigena is not a trip or a holiday, it’s a “journey” of discovery that, like a budding wild flower, slowly opens up to reveal a vibrant, colourful and scented heart. Leave behind the bustling art-filled cities and archaeological sites that line the coasts of Sicily and step by step, village by village, traverse one of Italy’s last frontiers.

As the main overland connection between the north and the south coast, the ancient road between Agrigento and Palermo was a historically important trade route in Sicily which facilitated movement of people, animals and goods across the island. The Magna Via connected the two major harbours of the past: Agrigento and Palermo, via a system of Trazzere (old gravel roads) that linked every village of the backcountry. Over time, the route was shaped by the successive invading forces of Greeks, Arabs and Normans, and was used for millenia by pilgrims and travellers alike.

To walk the pilgrim route today means to explore authentic Sicily at a slower pace, as people did in the past centuries, and discover the very heart of the island with its hidden gems: archaeological and natural sites as well as masterpieces of art set amidst the rugged beauty of inland Sicily. Step out of your comfort zone and welcome the casual, unexpected and unorthodox and get to know the genuine character of this enchanting, controversial island.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS From €899 per person sharing*

*Discounts available for triple rooms. Please enquire for prices.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers


Selected 3* hotels and B&Bs are used in the larger towns, while in the villages and countryside we use cosy, friendly ‘agriturismo’ (farmhouses) and B&B.

In all the accommodation the rooms have private bathrooms and a good Italian breakfast is included each morning.

The trip is on Bed and breakfast basis because throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste both the outstanding local cuisine and a wide array of prestigious regional wines.

The standard accommodation of the trip is listed below.  If any hotels are unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.

You can book additional night(s) at any of the hotels.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 1st and July 25th, and between September 1st and November 30th.

In spring and autumn the trail can be muddy in places and you may need to remove your shoes and socks to wade across some streams after rainy periods.

7 nights in double room in ***/** hotels/B&Bs
7 breakfasts
1 dinner (day 4 in Cammarata)
Day 2: Transfer Palermo-S. Cristina Gela at start of walk
Day 4: Transfer Castronovo-Cammarata at end of walk
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
Detailed maps, route notes and GPS tracks
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
Flights & travel insurance
Travel to Palermo and from Agrigento at start and end of trip
Local trains/busses/boats
Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
Anything else not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single room supplement
Private transfer from Aragona to Agrigento on day 7
DIFFICULTY / TERRAIN On this journey you walk 122 km in 7 days, an average of 17.5 km per day. You will walk on varying terrain: secondary roads with little traffic (asphalt), paths along fields and forests and gravel roads. There are a few streams to cross, some with very little water and some others that can be more difficult in case of rain. Whenever possible, we provide an alternative route in case of heavy rain and in the case of river Platani (day 7) a transfer can be arranged if it has been raining heavily in the previous days.

Day 1: Arrival in Palermo

After settling into your city centre hotel, find an outdoor table to sit with a cappuccino or granita and take in the sights and sounds of this cultural melting pot. The Baroque art, Byzantine architecture and medieval buildings and monuments you see around you are the result of centuries of invasions by Arabs, Greeks and Normans. Take a stroll through the markets of Capo, Vucciria and Ballarò, which are reminiscent of Arab souks. In the evening, why not visit the famous Teatro Massimo – the largest opera house in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe.

Overnight: Palermo


Day 2: Palermo to Corleone

Distance: 26.5 km | Ascent: 872 m | Descent: 769 m | 7 hrs approx.


Distance: 19 km | Ascent: 500 m | Descent: 690 m | 5 hrs approx.

Your first walking day begins with a short transfer to Santa Cristina Gela, by the Lake of Piana degli Albanesi. After a stroll and a cassatella (fried cannolo – a local delicacy) you will start your walk towards Corleone. To shorten the walk you can ask your driver to drop you at Sant’Agata instead, a little further along the route.

You climb along the antica trazzera (old route) towards the Santuario Maria S.S. del Rosario di Tagliavia. According to legend, in 1800, two shepherds found a rock with the sacred image of the Holy Mary. In the same place, while digging, they later discovered a miraculous spring of water that is said to have healed King Ferdinando I of Bourbon. The Sanctuary, erected in 1841, is a must-stop along the pilgrimage route.

The path finally leads you to Corleone, a town renowned as the birthplace of several Mafia families; it was immortalized by Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”. While here, it is a must to visit the CIDMA: Mafia and Anti-Mafia Movement Museum.

Overnight: Corleone


Day 3: Corleone to Prizzi

Distance: 19 km | Ascent: 860 m | Descent: 430 m | 5 hrs approx.

As you leave Corleone, don’t miss the waterfall delle due rocche, about 10 mins out of town. From there, your walking path takes you through vineyards and open fields, passing masserie (country farms) where you may be lucky enough to be offered a taste of some freshly made ricotta! Eventually, you reach the lake of Prizzi, from where a steady climb takes you into town. Treat yourself to a cannolo with pistachio and candied orange!

Overnight: Prizzi


Day 4: Prizzi to Cammarata

Distance: 24 km | Ascent: 650 m | Descent: 960 m | 5½ hrs approx.*

A large part of today’s walk is within the tranquil woodlands of the Carcaci Natural reserve, home to numerous species of birds of prey. Leaving the forest, you will encounter the ruins of the abandoned village of Carcaci, with its cosy rural houses and small stone church. The last section takes you past some typical straw huts to the old town of Castronovo, from where a short pre-arranged transfer will take you your hotel in Cammarata (20 mins).

*You can also shorten today’s walk by 5 km with a transfer in the morning, by request.

Overnight: Cammarata


Day 5: Cammarata to Sutera

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 850 m | Descent: 820 m | 5 hrs approx.

Before starting out on your walk, be sure to stop for some local delicacies at the central Bar Sicilia. Fully energised, you are then ready to commence your hike; first along the railway, then gradually uphill to Acquaviva Platani. The last part of the path to Sutera – a little gem on the other side of the rock face you see in front of you – is along a stunning ridge. Get lost in the maze of alleys and chalk houses of the Arabic neighbourhood, called Rabato and visit the rich ethnographical museum.

Overnight: Sutera


Day 6: Sutera to Racalmuto

Distance: 22 km | Ascent: 920 m | Descent: 1080 m | 6 hrs approx.

First descending to the bed of the Platani river, you ford it and climb on the other side to Milena. Here the path climbs into the hills that surround the village and gives you a panoramic overview of the nearby valleys.

Racalmuto is the hometown of the famous Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia.

Overnight: Racalmuto


Day 7: Racalmuto to Aragona – train to Agrigento

Distance: 11.5 km | Ascent: 225 m | Descent: 332 m | 3 hrs approx.

On the last stage of your walk you pass through several nice villages such as Grotte and Comitini, where life slowly follows the rhythm of the seasons. A “must do” is to taste the local arancini (fried rice balls filled with ragù, spinach or ham). When you reach Aragona, you take the train to Agrigento where you can enjoy a free afternoon to explore the old town or the Valley of the Temples.

Overnight: Agrigento


Day 8: Arrivederci Agrigento!

Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights with us. Consult the ‘Location’ tab for info about onward travel.

Getting there and away

/  The nearest airport to Palermo is Palermo Falcone Borsellino airport. You can then reach the city centre by bus or train. More information on the airport website. 

The nearest airport to Agrigento is Palermo Falcone Borsellino airport. You can reach Palermo Centro train station with a 2h direct train from Agrigento, and then take a bus or train to the airport. More information on www.trenitalia.it and the airport website. 

The train station nearest to Palermo is Palermo Centrale.

The train station nearest to Agrigento is Agrigento Centrale – connected to Palermo by direct trains, 2h ride

For further information visit www.trenitalia.it

Sutera on the Via Magna Francigena, Sicily
Palermo, Sicily
The Duomo in Palermo
Byzantine frescoes in the Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, Palermo
The Magna Via Francigena winding its way through the Sicilian countryside
The Sicilian countryside on the Magna Via Francigena
The hilltop town of Prizzi, Sicily
The Magna Via Francigena trail at Rocca Spaccata, Sutera
Walking the Via Magna Francigena
The ghost town of Borgo Riena
The hilltop town of Cammarata in Sicily
Cammarata, Sicily on the Via Magna Francigena
Farmhouses in rural Sicily on the Magna Via Francigena
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
Sciacca, Agrigento

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews

I did a 6-night solo-trek across Sicily, via the Magna Via Francigena, having gone through Wild Rover to plan the trip for me. Everything went incredibly smoothly: the communication with Niall before and during the trip was thorough, informative, friendly, and always prompt (e.g. he provided an extensive package of travel documents and guides; he always promptly and clearly responded to my questions); the luggage transfers worked out perfectly; all of the hotel/inn/B&B accommodations were wonderful and conveniently located; the directions were easy-to-follow and clear. Everything was outstanding! I hope to go through this company again for my next camino.


This was our first self-guided walking tour. We wanted to slow down and see/experience Sicily beyond the cities and major attractions. We really enjoyed this trip. The countryside is beautiful. March was a good time as the fields were green and the wildflowers blooming. Each hill town has its own character. Niall was very helpful in the planning stages and was very responsive to my questions. The luggage transfers went smoothly. Accommodations were comfortable and clean, and the hosts very helpful with restaurant suggestions. Highly recommend this trip.

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