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Sicilian Camino ?

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Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Good morning fellow pilgrims !

I just arrived home from a trip to Sicily where I climbed Mt. Etna. (Great experience).
While there on the island I stumbled across way markers for the Camino Magna Via Francigena. When I went to Sicily I had no idea there was an established Camino there.:eek:o_O I later did some further research and found this beautiful camino traversing the island.
I would suggest if you are short on time, looking for a scenic and easy camino you might want to check this one out.
This is a beautiful island hiding a secret camino with very nice people and fantastic food !

Buen Camino !
 

High Endeavours

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 13
VdlP 14
LePuy 15
Invierno DosFaros CP 16
88 Templ Japan 17
Sicily Arles-Santiago 18
Norte 19
I walked the Magna Via Francigena in late April/early May from Palermo on the north coast to Agrigento on the south coast. A 200 km 9 day crossing that has only just been reopened a year ago after centuries sitting dormant. Greek, Roman, Frank and Arab history abounds! It was quite amazing with beautiful green, mountainous landscapes covered with flowers. It was as quiet as the Invierno (though more difficult) with lovely Sicilian villages essentially unchanged for centuries. The food was amazing and the people along the way very kind and supportive. This is an area of Sicilia that sees almost no tourism and is essentially untouched, if you know what I mean. The accommodations are mostly small family run B&B's and our hosts went out of their way to show us their area and towns when we arrived. I've never experienced such hospitality on Camino, except in Japan on the Shikoku 88 Temple Walk. Loved Sicilia!! A refreshing change and I highly recommend to those who like something unique, a bit challenging and fresh.:cool: A new route will be opened next year along the north coastal mountains of Sicilia and I'm already thinking about it! And Bob from LA, it's not an "easy" camino. Short, but more difficult than the Camino Frances and many others. Buon Cammino!!DSC07950.jpg
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Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
I could not agree more.........
 
Camino(s) past & future
Autumn 2017:CP, Lisbon-Vila Do Conde
Spring 2018: Villa Do Conde to Santiago
We're going to do this next month; any other resources or POIs please? Mille Grazie!
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Just what I need, another camino to dream about. I have spent about 3 weeks on Sicily and absolutely loved every second, so this would be a fabulous walk. Looks like good info on the web, such as http://www.visitsicily.info/en/the-magna-via-francigena/

http://www.magnaviafrancigena.it/tappa/?lang=en

@High Endeavours, since you said 9 stages, I am assuming you followed the "tappas" listed above. Do you have a list of the places you stayed?

What is so appealing about this route is that it absolutely takes you where the tourists just never go. Even with a long visit to Sicily (by car), we essentially did a circle around the coast, popping to the interior on occasion to visit the big attractions like Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Segesta, baroque towns, etc. But it was always out and back from the coast more or less. This route must just be wonderful! Palermo is one of my all time favorite cities, so if you go, plan to spend at least three or four days there first!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Autumn 2017:CP, Lisbon-Vila Do Conde
Spring 2018: Villa Do Conde to Santiago
We received a pair of free credentials from the volunteers at the Magna Via Francigena site, donations upon arrival in Palermo next month. Mille Grazie!0817180915~4.jpg
 

Corrine Maira

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Saint Jean to Santiago ( 2018)
So, there are four Camino paths in Sicily? I am currently on the Camino de Santiago From St. Jean and am already planning another one. I love Sicily! My grandparents are all from Sicily. Buem Camino? What is said in Sicily?
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019
In progress: CP 2020 and/or CI
Wish that the camino will be everything you wish and hope for.

And selfishly I hope you'll write about your camino in Sicily. Haven't even walked the first camino yet myself, but already put down Sicily on my list ;).

Buon Cammino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Autumn 2017:CP, Lisbon-Vila Do Conde
Spring 2018: Villa Do Conde to Santiago
Wish that the camino will be everything you wish and hope for.

And selfishly I hope you'll write about your camino in Sicily. Haven't even walked the first camino yet myself, but already put down Sicily on my list ;).

Buon Cammino.
Mille Grazie! My wife is our camino/travel blogger: www.USbyus2016.com
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019
In progress: CP 2020 and/or CI
:cool: Bookmarked it immediatley!

Will you blog while you're walking or summarize after your pilgrimage?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Autumn 2017:CP, Lisbon-Vila Do Conde
Spring 2018: Villa Do Conde to Santiago
Wendy usually blogs each night, like last night for our arrival she wrote a short one. Thank you for following along.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Autumn 2017:CP, Lisbon-Vila Do Conde
Spring 2018: Villa Do Conde to Santiago
There are no services, at all, on this cammino. You must carry all food, all water, everything (tho day 1 there was a pannini shop at the sanctuary at mid point/ 12k). There are no restaurants open on Monday in Corleone. There are no restaurants open on Tuesday in Prizzi.

Everyone here is lovely and gracious and thrilled about the prospect of pilgrims coming through. It is extremely affordable compared to Spain and Portugal. The views are breathtaking. Sheep and cows vastly outnumber people. This is a very arduous cammino, no flats, just up one mountain, down the other side, up the next, for 25k each stage. Gorgeous scenery. Just very different from Iberia.0925181209.jpg
 
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Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Beautiful scenery. Too bad services are limited (non existent).
 

MichaelC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aug 2017: Le Puy to Santiago
Nov 2018: Kumano Kodo (part)
June 2021: Via Francigena, Lucca to Rome
When you say services are non-existent ... are there at least shops in each town to stock up on for the next day?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I loved all the gorgeous photos on your blog of your time in Sicily. It truly is a beautiful island (where my grandparents were from), but I was slightly confused as I didn't read anything relating to this being a walking pilgrimage. I was wondering if you walked the route on the map you provided or if you ended up doing the stages by transportation.
 

Vince1958

Experienced Hiker
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Via de la Plata, Portugues, Salvador, Madrid, Ingles and Fisterra
So my friends. What do we do when life throws us lemons? Yes - we make lemonade! No camino for me this year so I am going to start planning a new adventure for 2021: the Alps to the Mediterranean [763 miles], and then across Sicily [120 miles - their new camino] with my five Cosa Nostra camino buddies. Just the planning alone will keep me sane - and the thought of such a beautiful hike through the whole length of Italy, ending with a reunion with old friends - marvellous! I hope you all find something that you can focus and hold on to and get through this. Stay safe!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Good for you, Vince! I wish I had your enthusiasm and energy! I plan to keep all my notes, stages and lodging information for my detained Camino and hope to do it in the fall or next spring.
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
So my friends. What do we do when life throws us lemons? Yes - we make lemonade! No camino for me this year so I am going to start planning a new adventure for 2021: the Alps to the Mediterranean [763 miles], and then across Sicily [120 miles - their new camino] with my five Cosa Nostra camino buddies. Just the planning alone will keep me sane - and the thought of such a beautiful hike through the whole length of Italy, ending with a reunion with old friends - marvellous! I hope you all find something that you can focus and hold on to and get through this. Stay safe!
Now that sounds like an outstanding trip !
 

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