Godrano, Ficuzza e Mezzojuso
The path, circular and mountainous, begins and ends in the village of Godrano, about 690 m high, with a large part of the trail in the municipality of Mezzojuso and crossing portions of the communes of Corleone (the enclave of the village of Ficuzza) Monreale, Villafrati and Cefalà Diana. The path, with significant elevation changes (over 1,000
meters with an average slope of close to 5%), with notable climbs (over 17% uphill slope, and 21% downhill slope) and rough surface, requires good physical effort and use of a good MTB for the difficult conditions of the high roads in the Ficuzza Reserve. The first part up to Mezzojuso, with significant slopes, follows along dirt roads and/or partially paved roads and crosses wide wooded areas, with no dwellings and services, except in the village of Ficuzza where there are also rest/picnic areas. The route continues on paved roads with medium-level traffic, touching the centers of Mezzojuso, Villafrati, passing near Cefalà Diana, then climbing back to Godrano.
This itinerary is especially noteworthy for the landscape, for the presence of the Ficuzza Wood, the passage under the Rock of Busambra and the valleys of the tributaries of the San Leonardo River, where the colors of pastures and crops alternate during the seasons. Of historical-cultural value, the orderly urban layout of Godrano, a 17th century feudal agricultural village; the dismantled Palermo-Corleone railway; the Ficuzza hunting lodge, built in the early 19th century on the project of G.V. Marvuglia for King Ferdinand III of Sicily; Mezzojuso, from the Arabic toponym “Manzil Yusuf” (the Farmstead of Joseph) but restructured in the 16th century, after the arrival of Albanian refugees fleeing the Turkish advance and from which remain notable ethnographic testimonies such as bilingualism or the joint presence of Catholic and Greek Orthodox religious rites.
The route starts with a descent from Godrano to the former railway station where, via the abandoned railway line, with moderate climbs and descents, it enters the Ficuzza Reserve for about 8 km. The trailthen climbs to the highest point of the itinerary (about 1,000 meters) and then begins a long, steep descent to Mezzojuso (13 km). From here the route goes down gently to the valley floor on asphalted roads where it remains flat as it follows state road 121, sometimes with medium-level traffic, then touching the centers of Villafrati and Cefalà Diana and the medieval castle, finally returning to Godrano.