Hike to Pizzo Carbonara

On the top of the Madonie
On the top of the Madonie
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Reach the highest peak of the Madonie Mountains

  • Duration:About 4½ hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium
  • Distance:8km
  • Difference in altitude:400m
  • When:All year long except in winter

Unique geology and biodiversity on the top of the Madonie

Pizzo Carbonara (1979m), the highest peak of the Madonie Park (and second highest peak in Sicily after Mount Etna), offers fantastic 360-degree panoramic views. It is also one of our favorite places for a coffee break with biscuits.

You will walk through surprising landscapes shaped by the action of water on the limestone rock, surrounded by numerous sea fossils hidden in the rocks, and rare plants and butterflies in every direction.
Our English-speaking nature guide will help you discover and understand fascinating details about these unique natural landscapes.

When you reach the top, you will be rewarded by the view. On clear days, you will be able to see along the Tyrrhenian coast as far as Palermo and an extensive portion of Sicily’s hinterland as well as Mount Etna.

Where and when to meet?

You will meet your guide in Piano Battaglia (Province of Palermo) at 9:30 am. If you aren’t sure where this is, don’t worry, as you will be provided with a map indicating the meeting point when you book.


  • Sea fossils hidden in the rocks
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Tasty breakWith the best local biscuits
  • Many opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Perfect for those looking for a beautiful hike in the heart of the Madonie Park


Small group tours (maximum 10 participants):

Adults: 59€
Children (12-16 years old): 25€
For families with younger children, we suggest the Giant holly trees hike (from 8 years old)

Private tours:

Maximum 10 people: 210€ fixed price
More than 10 people: please contact us

Want to personalize this excursion to make it even more special? Contact us

Madonie Explorers' Guarantee

  • Qualified English-speaking nature guideMember of AIGAE (Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche) - Language options include Italian, English and French
  • Free hiking equipment rentalIn the limit of the available stock
  • 10% Discount on the second excursionYou will find the discount code in the first booking confirmation email
  • Free cancellationUp to 48 hours before the tour
  • Rescheduling or cancellation with refund in case of bad weatherIf Madonie Explorers cancels the excursion because of bad weather conditions, you can choose to reschedule the excursion or to be refunded
  • Reduced entry price to Castelbuono museumsValid for the Castle and the Museo Naturalistico F. Minà Palumbo

Optional Extras

  • Picnic in the mountainsIf you want to include a picnic lunch, please specify it when booking and we will contact you before the excursion.
  • Transport from the meeting point to the departure of the trailParticipants must have a car. If you don't have one, please contact us.

What to Bring

Let us know when booking if you miss equipment: we can lend you hiking shoes, poles, jackets, etc.

  • Hiking shoes (compulsory)Due to the type of trails, it’s better if they have a high upper.
  • Water bottle
  • A picnic so that you can refuel
  • Windproof jacket
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions