Stage: 25% asphalt , 75% gravel/dirt track
This stage’s trailhead is on a path that leads from San Giovanni Gemini out onto a drover’s road which heads down to the river. On your way to Sutera you will find many opportunities to stop for a meal en route and there are several accommodations, too. Follow the old via Nazionale for about 2km and then cross the railway track and the highway SS189. This section of the highway is straight and easy to cross but please pay attention when you do so. On the other side of the road the trail continues on a steep climb for about 1.5km and reaches the cemetery of Acquaviva Platani where you can stop for a break and fill up fresh water. From the town, the trail follows a back road which continues on old drover’s roads that run along the ridges around Sutera and the Mountain of San Paolino. From here, you can enjoy beautiful views all year round. On your left, you can see the characteristic town of Mussomeli with its Castle. When approaching Sutera, you will walk past ancient farmhouses still maintaining their medieval origins, such as the last one on the way to the town. The final section of the trail leads up the hill to the center of Sutera with its impressive, probably medieval fortification, now a sacred place that is open to visitors. Don’t miss out on the town’s hidden gems, such as the Ràbato, the Arabic quarter with its well-preserved Arabic townscape with small houses clustered around narrow streets, as well as the ancient hospital of San Simone, the Mother Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the ethno-archaeological museum hosted in the former Carmelite monastery, the hill of Santa Croce and, last but not least, the Palazzo of Francesco Salamone, one of the 13 Italian knights who participated in the famous Challenge of Barletta.