Cefalu to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento across central Sicily
Valley of the Temples.
This route Leaves the north coast and head south climbing into the Madonie mountains in the Madonie Regional Natural Park. The park covers some 35,000 hectares and is generally mountainous – there are 6 mountains over 1,500m and several others well over 1,000m. The highest, Pizzo Carbonara is 1,979m, second in Sicily only to the mighty Etna (3,323m). As a result, in winter the park is home to three ski pistes.
Land over 1,500m is dominated by the Madonie Forest while lower down the slopes, the locals continue to pursue millennial agricultural activities including sheep and cattle farming and the cultivation of wheat, olives and fruit.

If you are looking for a slightly alternative Sicily, one that does not really exist in the popular imagination, then Sicily's central interior will offer a great deal for contemplation thanks to its landscapes, its people and their way of life that has relatively little in common with that of coastal city-dwelling Sicilians.
For centuries the area was divided into large latifondi (landed estates) owned by absentee landlords, and still today the area seems remote and largely cut off from the rest of the world. The vast interior that makes up central Sicily is mostly deplete of tourism with just miles of cornfields and rolling hills, a beautiful picture of rural life on the island.
The roads are incredibly twisty including a series of 9 hairpin bends, adding excitement to an already enjoyable route.
The landscape softens as you travel further south with vineyards adorning the rolling hills. A 30 minute ride on the SS640 takes you to the jewel in the crown of this route, The Valley of the Temples at Agrigento.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hellenic ruins of the Valley of The Temples stand on a cool and breezy hilltop looking out across the Ionian Sea. Throughout history, Sicily has been subjected to frequent invasion. The Greeks were swiftly followed by the Romans, the Byzantines, and then the Moors, but it’s the Greeks that left these archaeological jewels behind. From the clifftop Temple of Juno to the Garden of Kolymbetra, Agrigento’s temple complex is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites of the ancient world. Once you glimpse the famous Doric temples, bathed in the Sicilian sun and surrounded by ancient, gnarled olive trees, it’s easy to understand why this site is arguably the most significant Greek ruin outside of Greece.
Akragas was founded in 582 BC and would have been, at its peak, one of the most imposing settlements in the Mediterranean. Positioned between the rivers Akragas and Hypsas, the city covered the site where modern day Agrigento stands today, as well as the lower terrain where the Valley of the Temples is found.
Today, the 1300-hectare Valley houses the extraordinarily well-preserved temples, which offer a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and culture of the founding Hellenic civilization and subsequent Roman conquerors.

The huge site is divided into 2 zones, eastern and western. This route takes you to the entrance to the eastern zone. In this zone, you will find the three most complete and well-preserved ruins - they’re sort of the superstars of the park.
This includes the 6th century Temple of Hercules / Heracles (the oldest temple in Agrigento) and the stunning Temple of Concordia (one of the best preserved) Doric temples in existence in the world). There’s also a cafe and free public toilets.
This entrance is just outside the Temple of Juno which can be clearly seen as can the Tempio di Giunone high on the hill as you approach the entrance.
The park is open every day from 8.30 am - 7 pm. During summer high season (usually mid-July to mid-September), the hours extend to 11 pm during the week, and until midnight on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time and the price for an adult is €12.

The route ends at a small B&B in Agrigento above a motorcycle/scooter shop with private parking, just 2 km away.
The beautiful landscapes, twisty roads and world class attraction earns this route 5***** stars.

Looking back towards La Rocca di Cefalù from RP 3.
Temple of Concord.
Useful links:
Start hotel in Cefalu, Hotel Kalura
B&B Agora (Booking.com)
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The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Neapolitan: Regno d’ ’e Ddoje Sicilie; Sicilian: Regnu dî Dui Sicili; Italian: Regno delle Due Sicilie; Spanish: Reino de las Dos Sicilias) was a kingdom located in Southern Italy from 1816 to 1860. The kingdom was the largest sovereign state by population and size in Italy prior to Italian unification, comprising Sicily and all of the peninsula of Italy south of the Papal States, covering most of the area of today's Mezzogiorno. The kingdom was formed when the Kingdom of Sicily merged with the Kingdom of Naples, which was officially also known as the Kingdom of Sicily. Since both kingdoms were named Sicily, they were collectively known as the "Two Sicilies" (Utraque Sicilia, literally "both Sicilies"), and the unified kingdom adopted this name. The King of the Two Sicilies was overthrown by Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1860, after which the people supposedly voted in a plebiscite to join the Savoyard Kingdom of Sardinia. The annexation of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies completed the first phase of Italian unification, and the new Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed in 1861. The Two Sicilies were heavily agricultural, like the other Italian states.
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View route collection An epic tour down the west coast of Italy to Sicily
About this route collection
This tour of 11 routes has been designed to take you to many of the well known sites in Italy, it even includes some lesser known sites that I think you'll enjoy too.
When they can, the routes will take you as close as you can get to the sites, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa just 100 m from where you park, or the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence where you'll pass right by the end of it and one route takes you as far as you can go up the active volcano Mount Etna.
I said this is a tour of 11 routes and not 11 days because I think you should stop an extra night at one or two places to really enjoy everything that Italy has to offer. For instance; an extra night at La Spezia gives you the opportunity to visit the famous chain of five picturesque seaside fishing villages known as the Cinque Terre. An extra night at the volcanic crater lake - Lake Bracciano, will allow you to take a short train ride into the city Rome to see all of her sights. I'd like an extra night at Salerno to ride the Amalfi Coast road again and another at Cefalu on the island of Sicily to enjoy the spectacular coastline.
What better way to discover amazing Italy than on a road tour? With 80% of world heritage sites, an Italian road tour surely promises an experience worth living!
From a motorcyclist’s point of view, Italy is among the best places in the world to ride. Twisty roads, close distances between sea, hills and mountains – you only need to ride a few miles and the landscape changes completely. Excellent food, good weather and reasonable costs make Italy an attractive touring place for bikers. Reasonably priced hotels and B&Bs; have been used with links to these on each route review.

Route highlights:
Route 1: The Italian Riviera and Portofino.
Route 2: Pisa, Florence and Siena.
Route 3. Volcanic crater lakes and the Tuscany landscape.
Route 4. Twisty roads through the foothills of the Lepini mountains.
Route 5. The Amalfi Coast road.
Route 6. The equally spectacular Cilento Coast road.
Route 7. Tropea and the Coast of Gods.
Route 8. Climbing Mount Etna and the incredibly twisty road to Cefalu.
Route 9. Twisty roads and The Valley of the Temples.
Route 10. The pure white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi and the Selinunte Temples.
Route 11. The salt pans of Trapani and the Grotta Mangiapane.

The tour ends in the ferry port of Palermo where you have a choice to either take to the road to head off of the island at Messina or hop on a ferry. Ferry destinations from Palermo include Genoa in northern Italy, the Italian island of Sardinia where you can tour the island and hop on another ferry to France, or even take a ferry to Tunisia in North Africa. The choice is yours. I hope you have enjoyed this tour.