Progetto finanziato dal GAL ISC Madonie PSR Sicilia 2014-2020 misura 19.2 sotto-misura 6.2
Progetto finanziato dal GAL ISC Madonie PSR Sicilia 2014-2020 misura 19.2 sotto-misura 6.2

Madonie Hike to Piano Pomo’s Giant Hollies

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  • Duration:3½ hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium-easy
  • Distance:About 5km
  • 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 €44 per adult

Hike in one of the Madonie’s magical woods

This hike 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 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, comprised of more than 100 trees. These gargantuan holly trees reach nearly 20m high and are several centuries old. You will discover together with our nature guide how such a place can exist and why it is so special.

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

Stopping at Piano Pomo and Cozzo Luminario

We will stop at Piano Pomo (1,400m) and Cozzo Luminario (1,512m): here, we will enjoy amazing panoramic views over the mountains and the coast. 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. On your way, you will also cross paths with some of the Madonie Mountains’ inhabitants: birds, fallow deer, butterflies, coleopters, etc. 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.


  • The mystery of Piano Pomo's giant hollies unveiled
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Stop at Piano Pomo's pagliaio (shepherd's hut)
  • Many opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Ideal for those looking for a beautiful and relatively easy hike near CastelbuonoA shorter and easier version is also available. Please contact us.
  • Perfect for families with children 8 years and older With younger children, you could consider our Excursion for families.


Small group tours (maximum 10 participants):

1 adult: 55€
Save 20% if you book for 2 or 3 adults: 44€ per person
Children (6-16 years old): 15€
Children (0-5 years): free
Group price (from 4 to 10 people): 145€

Private tours:

Maximum 10 people: 145€
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 snacks
  • 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 and we will try to arrange transportation for you.

What to Bring

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

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

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