Madonie Hike to Piano Pomo’s Giant Hollies

Trail Hike
Trail Hike
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  • Duration:Approximately 3 hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium-easy
  • Distance:4.2km
  • Difference in altitude:250m
  • When:All year long! As part of the itinerary is shaded, the hike can take place even in the hot Sicilian summer.
  • Price:From €39 per adult

Hike in one of the Madonie’s magical woods

This hike in the Madonie will lead you to an area of the Madonie Park rich in huge, monumental trees. There are uncharacteristically large oaks, maple trees, and beech trees, but one species of tree stands out from the others…

Our main stop on this Madonie hiking tour is in a truly extraordinary place: an entire wood of giant hollies. These gargantuan holly trees are several centuries old and reach nearly 20m high. While not a distinct species, they are unique in the world for their size, number, and geographic location in the heart of the Mediterranean.

If you like the sounds of this excursion and you’d like a longer hike in which to experience Madonie National Park, you might like to consider our Full-Day Hike in the Madonie National Park instead.

Stopping at Piano Pomo and Cozzo Luminario

What’s the point in hiking through Sicily’s most beautiful national park if you can’t stop now and then to appreciate the staggering natural beauty? We will stop at Piano Pomo (1,400m) and Cozzo Luminario (1,512m); here, we will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Madonie Mountains. On clear days, we can even see as far as Mount Etna.

Along the trail, you will be able to observe many interesting plants and rare endemic species with our naturalist guide. On your way, you will probably cross paths with some of the Madonie Mountains’ inhabitants: birds, fallow deer, butterflies, coleopters, and many more. Keep reading to learn more about this Madonie hiking trip, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

Where and when to meet?

You will meet your guide in Castelbuono (Province of Palermo) at 9:00 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. You can always contact us to ask for more information. Each guest will then reach the starting point of the trail in their own vehicle. We do not drive you there.

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 poles
  • Local snacks

Optional Extras

  • Hiking shoes rental
  • Transport from the meeting point to the departure of the trail - participants must have a car. If you don't have one, please contact us and we will try to arrange transportation for you.

What to Bring

  • Hiking or good sport shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Windproof jacket
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions

Note: In the event of bad or dangerous weather conditions, the excursion may be cancelled.

Ideal for

  • Those looking for a beautiful and relatively easy hike near Castelbuono
  • Anyone who would like to experience and learn about the Madonie’s exceptional biodiversity in a short time
  • Families with children 8 years and older


Small groups; maximum 10 participants

1 adult: 49€
Save 20% if you book for 2 or 3 adults: 39€ per person

Children (6-16 years old): 15€

Children (0-5 years): free

Group price (from 4 to 10 people): 130€

For the price of private groups, please contact us directly.

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.