Here we are in Sicily, volcanic earth and breathtaking views.
We stay at Villa Paradiso Hotel, a historic and recently restored hotel located a few meters from the center of Taormina: the rooms overlook the beautiful Bay of Naxos and the majestic Mount Etna.
We treat well, but the goal is not to rest but to work hard.
Early in the morning we rent a bike in Taormina (two days 40 €) and a bike rack to start to sweat.
We check if we have all the necessary for the “climbing”: anorak, clean shirt, two water bottle, energy gels and fingers.
After an hour trip, we arrived at Rifugio la Sapienza (1900 m) where we could reach the peak first with the cableway and then with a van, but we prefer our MTB.
We expect a climb with 23% of slope, checked up our MTB and start.
After about 5 km at the stop of the cableway and the landscape reward the effort, there’s not a very clear weather but fortunately we are well equipped!
We stop at the bar getting our supplies, we wear the clean shirt and the anorak and we are ready to reach 3000m quote.
After nine kilometers of climb we arrived at Torre del Filosofo (2920 m). we are almost there! We continue on the lunar desert near craters (it seems to be on the moon! OMG). We arrive to Piano Provenzana and so we reach 3000 m quote!!!
Now we enjoy the downhill after much kilometers climb!
An experience to try at least once in life.