Itinerary bike route L7
A long and intensive bike route to San Cipirello, through the Sicilian towns of Carini, Montelepre and Ponte di Sagana. With 1365 meters of ascent, this is a bike ride for real mountain goats!
Go from the Eni gas station in the direction of Balestrate (SP17). Follow the road into town (Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando) and turn left on the large Via Paolino Gesugrande. Turn right at the crossroads in the direction of Trappeto. When you arrive in Trappeto, cross the railway and turn right in the direction of Palermo. Follow the Via Trieste which runs parallel to the railway. This road will curve left and leads to the Via Mario Rapisardi. Exit Trappeto via this road. When you arrive at the SS187, follow for Palermo. The SS187 leads to the SS113, where you need to go left in the direction of Palermo and Terrasini. Stay on this road (*) until you’ve reached the town of Carini.
Turn right on the Via Provinciale which leads to the old town center of Carini. This is the start of a long climb. Follow this road (Via Provinciale – Corso Italia) until you’ve reached a crossroads with traffic lights (and gas station Esso on your left on the other side of the road). Turn right here (Via Palermo). Turn right when you see a brown sign with “informazioni – i”. This road, the Via Umberto I, leads to a town square with a fountain. Turn left at the square, keep the church to your right and ride into the Via Rosino Pilo. Turn left at the Via Roma and turn right at the blue sign for Montelepre (Via Manganelli). Turn right at the fork in the road in the direction of Montelepre (Via Francesco Cangilosi). This mountain road will lead you to the town of Montelepre.
When you’re near Montelepre, turn left in the direction of this town (SP1) and then follow the SP1 in the direction of Bellocampo. After having passed the cemetery, turn right in the direction of Monreale and Sagana. Follow this road until you reach the SS186. Turn left here in the direction of Palermo, Monreale and Pioppo.
Turn right at the bar “La Maison du Cafè” (SP20) in the direction of Palermo, Giacalone and San Giuseppe Jato. Follow the SP20 until you’ve reached San Giuseppe Jato. The Via Palermo will lead you into town. Follow the Via Palermo until you’ve reached a fork in the road. Turn right here in the direction of Camporeale and Corleone (Via Vittorio Emanuele III). Turn left at the blue sign for “Piana degli Albanesi” (Via Nuova) and turn right on the Via Umberto I. When you’ve reached the one way street Via Roma, turn right in the direction of Partinico, Camporeale and Corleone (Via del Bosco). Turn right on the Via San Filippo and then follow for Partinico, Camporeale and Corleone (Via Enna – Via Giacomo Matteotti – Via Mazzini). Turn right at the end of the Via Mazzini in the direction of Partinico (SP2). Follow this road (you’ll pass Lago Poma) until you’ve reached the town of Partinico. When in Partinico, go underneath the SS186 and immediately turn right in the direction of Palermo and Trapani. This will lead you to the roundabout, where you need to go left in the direction of Balestrate (SS113). Follow this road and turn right at the exit for Balestrate. Follow this road, the SP17, until you see the Eni gas station on your right.
(*) On this road you’ll see a traffic sign in front of a tunnel, indicating that cyclists are not allowed to enter. However, the local police has no problem with cyclists passing through the tunnels, so it’s okay to ride through it. We do advise you to turn on your light(s) at this point, because tunnels are not always well lit.
Until the town of Montelepre, this bike route is the same as bike routes L5
. Until Ponte di Sagana
it is the same as bike route L6. L5 is the shortest and L7 the longest of these three bike routes.