Stage: 35% asphalt – 65% gravel/dirt track
The stage starts right in the Sicanian town center, next to the Mother Church and the City Hall, seat of the “Universitas Prixiensis”. You leave the town following the drover’s road that starts at the fountain at the entrance of the town and continues southeastwards alongside the school building right outside of the town. The trail continues towards the district of Filaga and eastwards in the direction of the Monte Carcaci Nature Reserve and the picnic area of Santa Caterina, the “green lungs” of the Monti Sicani Park, set amidst wheat fields, where you can stop to fill up fresh water and use the public barbecue areas.
The trail continues on the gravel road called “via militare” which was used as a fast military ground connection during the 19th century and after several kilometers reaches one of the abandoned hamlets in Sicily, Borgo Riena, which was inhabited by farmers until the 1980ies. The trail continues on dirt tracks, across woods and, for a few sections, on minor roads. The last section cuts across the hill of Kassar, an important archeological site where precious elements regarding the Byzantine period of Castronovo were found during recent excavations led by the Universities of York and Rome Tor Vergata.
From the fortified plateau overlooking the town and the access road of Castronovo, a newly built path within the Bosco Comuni woods leads down to Castronovo, past typical straw huts, right onto the main square and the City Hall that bears the official Magna Via Francigena label.