Madonie Mountains Hike to Pizzo Carbonara

On the top of the Madonie
On the top of the Madonie
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  • Duration:About 4½ hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium
  • Distance:8km
  • Difference in altitude:400m
  • When:All year long

Unique Geology and Biodiversity on the Top of the Madonie

Enjoy amazing geology and biodiversity with this hike to Pizzo Carbonara (1979m), the highest peak of the Madonie Park. You will walk through surprising landscapes shaped by the action of water on the limestone rock, with numerous sea fossils hidden in the stones, and rare plants and butterflies in every direction.

Madonie Explorers’ experienced nature guide will help you discover and understand fascinating details about this unique natural landscape.

When you reach Pizzo Carbonara, you will be rewarded with a fantastic 360-degree panoramic 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.

While you plan your trip, you might also like to consider our longer 3-day Trek in the Madonie Natural Park, which includes the Pizzo Carbonara hike.

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
  • 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): 20€
For families with younger children, we suggest the Hike to Piano Pomo’s giant hollies (from 8 years old) or the Natural caves hike (from 10 years old)

Private tours:

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

Want to enjoy even more of the Madonie National Park? We offer a 15% discount on the second excursion! You will find a discount code in the first booking confirmation email. Take a look at our entire range of Tours and Excursions in the Madonie Mountains.

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

What's Included

  • Madonie Explorers’ nature guide who is a member of AIGAE (Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche)Language options include Italian, English, French, and Spanish
  • Hiking equipment rentalIn the limit of the available stock
  • Local snack
  • Reduced entry price to Castelbuono museumsValid for the Castle and the Museo Naturalistico F. Minà Palumbo

Optional Extras

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

What to Bring

Let us know when booking if you miss something: 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

Note: Madonie Explorers might cancel the excursion in the event of bad weather conditions. In this case, participants can choose to postpone the excursion or to be refunded.