The East Coast: Bagheria, Casteldaccia, Santa Flavia e Ficarazzi
The route is relatively short (27 km), and, compared to other routes, less demanding, although it has a change in
elevation of almost 500 m and some parts on bumpy roads. It winds through the urban centers of Bagheria, Casteldaccia, Santa Flavia and Ficarazzi, and the related sea resorts of Solanto, Porticello, Sant’Elia and Aspra.
Much of the route, which runs along secondary roads in a hilly area full of orchards and vegetable gardens, is flat, but there are some challenging climbs, both in the interior and along the coast. The itinerary also uses roads with potentially significant traffic, especially in the summer when the coastal area is very busy and therefore requires close attention to motor vehicles.
Landscape and cultural interest is based on many features: the coastal and mountainous settings (the relationship between the sea and Mount Catalfano), the citrus cultivation in rural areas, the archaeological remains of the town of Solunto on the slopes of Mount Catalfano, patrician villas of the 18th century near Bagheria and Santa Flavia and the urban centers which developed from that period.
Starting from the square of the Mother Church of Bagheria, the itinerary climbs to Villa Butera and its western tower and, along urban roads, reaches the highway, crossed by overpass. Going south along the SP16, in a rural area with fields and dwellings, the itinerary reaches 116 meters above sea level, continuing with varying elevation for about 1.5 km.
Entering the Bellacera road, we continue to the highest point of the village of Casteldaccia (153 m), from where the route descends for about 3 km along urban roads to the coast, where it continues westward along the SS113 road to the Santa Flavia railway station and via urban roads comes to Porticello and its fishing port. Proceeding north, the route reaches the village of Sant’Elia and then the northern coastal road (SP 23) between Mount Catalfano,
Capo Zafferano and Capo Mongerbino, to the seaside town of Aspra.Following the waterfront (SP 74 road), the itinerary climbs along Via Leonardo da Vinci in Ficarazzi to the SS113 road, which extends eastwards as the main street of the town. Crossing the Eleuterio River, the SS 113 travels through agricultural areas, mixed with industrial and residential neighborhoods, towards the Bagheria railway area and from here again to the starting point on