ROAD BIKE TOURS IN SICILY
At the Slopes of Mount Etna Bike Tour
DURATION: 1 DAY | TOUR STYLE: ROAD BIKE TOUR | LOCATION: ETNA VOLCANO
BIKE TOUR LEVEL: 3 | DISTANCE: 55 KILOMETRES | ALTITUDE: 800 METERS
The discovery of Sicily with our road bike continues to the secondary roads; Starting from the town of Giardini Naxos we will cross Calatabiano, Fiumefreddo, and we will start to climb the winding and natural roads of Nunziata until the Sanctuary of Maria Vena. Tradition says that the Sanctuary of Maria Santissima della Vena in Piedimonte Etneo was built in the area where the pope Gregory The Great built the Monastery of St. Andrew. Inside the shrine, the sacred Byzantine icon depicting the Virgin and Child is venerated and the legend of the foundation dates back to the sixth-seventh century. According to a historian of the 500, Filoteo of Omodei, the icon would have been the work of San Luca. In addition to the sacred icon; the presence of a vein of water in the sanctuary that would have miraculous properties is also venerated.
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