Only 4 minutes (by car) from Gioiosa Marea
Coming from Messina: Take highway A20 and exit in Patti. Continue on the S.S. 113 (strada statale 113) in the direction of Gioiosa Marea (towards Palermo) (12km), cross the town center and before the small bridge, turn left up the Torrente Zappardino on the side of Gioiosa Marea (not the Piraino side), follow the valley up until you see the road that leads to San Francesco (3 km). Follow the signs for “Borgo San Francesco” about 500 meters.
From Palermo: Be sure to go in the direction of Messina (not Catania) Exit the A20 highway at Brolo, follow along the S.S.113 in the direction of Gioiosa Marea (7 km). Upon reaching Gioiosa Marea, right after the small bridge take a sharp right and follow up the valley road called Torrente Zappardino (on the left side of the torrent coming from Gioiosa Marea), until you see a sign for San Francesco, (km 3,5) and follow the signs that lead to Borgo San Francesco (500 metres).
The train stop for regional trains : Gioiosa Marea Faster trains stop at Brolo (10 km), Patti (15 km) or Capo d’Orlando. (18 km)
Catania (180 km)
Palermo (185 km)
Reggio Calabria (105 km)
Please Note If you are coming from Catania be sure to take the motorway, because GPS guides you over the curvy Mountain route
(When using GPS we advise first inserting “Gioiosa Marea” as a destination and once in Gioiosa Marea using “Contrada/Frazione San Francesco n. 102” as a destination)