This is a full mountain stage (and the longest of the Giro di Sicilia, at 216 km) with 3 superior category summits, finishing after the last descent. The route first runs along the coast for approximately 50 km, and then ascends to Floresta (40 km overall, with average 3% gradients, reaching 7% at points). After a long descent, past Linguaglossa, the route tackles the climb to Mt. Etna (Due Monti) (nearly 18 km at 6%), descends into Mascali and goes up again, heading for Scorciavacca, reaching the summit (10 km at 6.4%). The route then runs over the previous descent, all the way to Mascali and, further on, to Giarre.
Past Mascali, the final kilometres are essentially straight, with just a few short mild bends, rising slightly (at around 2%) all the way to the finish. The home straight (approx. 1 km long, 8 m wide) is on stone‑paved road.