The program of the day includes an excursion to Etna and a visit to Alcantara River. In the morning we are walking around the rim of Sartorius Craters. On Mount Etna there are lots of volcanic caves, at least 100 classified caves. These lateral vents were born during the eruption of 1865, they are the so called button line craters, there are many on the volcano as they are typical of the Etna eruptions. At the end of the walking we will visit “Grotta della Neve” ( the cave of the snow), formed by a lava flow in ancient times and used in the past as a deposit for the snow for centuries. On Etna there are lots of volcanic caves, at least 100 classified. After lunch served into a typical mountain hut, we will move into the Alcantara Valley. There are several interesting itineraries for nature lovers along the Alcantara Valley. During our walk in the Alcantara River, we will see large and small gorges, ponds, waterfalls, Byzantine churches, Norman bridges, and beautiful Sicilian gardens.
Included: Transfer service, professional naturalistic guide, ticket entrance to the Alcantara Gorges, lunch.
Informations and suggestions
In winter time, naturally depending on the amount of snow, it might be possible to use snowshoes during the excursion. Snowshoes are provided by us.
It is important to be equipped with trekking shoes or at least good sport shoes, a rucksack, a wind jacket ( or a winter jacket according to the season) and a change of clothes.
It is recommended to wear various layers of clothes even in the summer time.
The excursion does not involve a visit to the summit craters.
Etna Alcantara Tour
Mount Etna (Mungibeddu or ‘a Muntagna in Sicilian dialect) is a volcanic complex formed during the Quaternary period, it is today the highest active volcano in Europe and one of the most studied in the world. Its frequent eruptions throughout history have deeply transformed the surrounding landscape, often threatening the various populations that in the millennia have lived at its feet. Since 21st June 2013, Mount Etna has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The Alcantara river (in latin Assinus, in arabic Al Qantarh, the bridge) flows through the eastern part of Sicily for about 53 kilometers. The whole area is a natural reserve, the “Parco Fluviale dell’Alcantara” ( Alcantara Fluvial Park). The Alcantara bed, from a volcanological point of view, was interested by many lava flows in prehistoric and protohistoric times. So the river flow has been blocked or diverted by lava, the result being the unique gorges and its basaltic columns.