The program of the day includes an excursion to Etna and a tasting of 4 typical Etna DOP wines together with some local products. We walk at an altitude of 1700 meters, admiring the lateral eruption of 1865 and its lateral craters called Sartorius, and later on schedule the visit to a volcanic cave. The North Est side on Mount Etna is the scene of the eruption generated by the Pernicana fault line, one of the weakest and most active areas up Mount Etna. In fact it is along the fault lines that the largest and most destructive eruptions start from, we have about 25 between hornitos and lateral craters along the fracture of 2002-2003. The lava flow originating from this fracture destroyed in three weeks the ski resort of Piano Provenzana and hectares of the Pine forest Ragabo. On Mount Etna there are lots of volcanic caves, at least 100 classified caves. The one we will visit during the excursion is called “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. Etna and Wine tour is the best choice to discover the volcano and its local products.
Included: Transfer service, professional naturalistic guide, wine and food tasting.
Informations and suggestions
In winter time, naturally depending on the amount of snow, it might be possible to use snowshoes/snow rackets during the excursion.
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 and Wine
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.