A short stage with just an uncomplicated climb up Portella Mandrazzi, mid-course. From Catania to just outside Taormina, the roads are quite wide and mostly flat, but twisting and winding, with only a few straight stretches. After leaving the coastline, the route takes in the long Portella Mandrazzi climb (avg. gradient: 4%), followed by a lengthy descent that will lead the peloton to the northern coast of the island. Over the final 40 km, the roads are quite wide, flat and straight, with a few urban areas along the route.
With less than 2 km remaining to the finish, the route leaves the ss. 113 and descends slightly, following a few quite wide bends, and reaching the seafront. One last left-hand bend approximately 850 m before the finish leads into the long home stretch (on 8 m tarmac).