Knowing the highest active volcano in Europe does not only mean walking among the naturalistic paths of incomparable beauty, or among the ancient and recent lavas that make its landscape almost lunar one, but above all deepening its orogenetic characteristics and food and wine peculiarities, and historical architectural that make this territory unique in the world.
Appointment with driver / nature guide at the hotel or other location to be agreed. Visit of the seaside village of Acitrezza , a fundamental starting point to get to know the first Etna volcanic phase dating back to about 550,000 years ago.
Here are the famous Faraglioni , generated by an underwater volcanic explosion and, along the pier, rocks composed of thin prisms formed following the sudden thermal contraction; Continue to Acicastello , where you can observe the original shape of the rocky walls of the fortress on which the Norman castle stands.
Continue to the Chestnut of the Horse Center , a thousand-year-old Arboreal patriarch and a real emblem of the close link between the local peasant tradition and its territory.
Meeting with a local craftsman among the last to still make the typical “Sicilian friscaletti” wooden zufoli carved into the barrel. Small representation of Sicilian poetry and songs.
Lunch at a local restaurant based on typical products. Continue on to visit the Grotta dei Ladroni , a lava flow cave used by man as a snowbox. Arrival at the Hotel “Il Picciolo Etna golf resort and SPA” and relax at the internal Spa. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure in the direction of Motta Camastra to visit the Gole dell'Alcantara , a lava basalt canyon at the base of which flows the icy river of the same name .
Visit of the Patria historic cellars and tasting of wines and typical products. Continue to Randazzo and visit the Church of Santa Maria, characterized by the massive presence of lava stone on the outside, which gives its architecture an austere aspect.
Visit of the Ponte dei Saraceni structure dating back to the Roman period and rebuilt during the Norman period that overlooks a particularly suggestive stretch of the so-called Simeto lava “ravines”.
Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the Castle of Motta Sant'Anastasia , inside which you can appreciate the typical structure of a Norman castle.
The manor, built sentinel of the Plain of Catania, it is located on a hill of volcanic origin, unique in the world because it is composed of the columnar basalt called Nek. present in Italy only on the Islands and Aeolian Islands and in very rare places in the world. Observation of the millennial olive tree of Motta .
Free lunch and visit to a artisan workshop for the processing of ceramic-coated lava stone , a refined technique that combines the resistance of the lava basalt with the elegance of ceramic decorated by skilled hands of local artists and artisans.
Continuation to the south side of Etna, crossing the villages of Pedara and Nicolosi, starting point for a careful analysis of the orography of the area and its continuous changes. Arrival at the Sapienza Refuge and free visit to the Silvestri Craters .
Naturalistic walk along the path called "back of the Donkey", a medium difficulty route that crosses a pine forest until it reaches the westernmost border of the Grande Caldera, called "Valle del Bove" with breathtaking scenery. p >
300 EURO P.P. in double
• 2 nights in a 4-star hotel • arrangement in HB (breakfast and dinner), drinks included (1/2 water + 1/4 wine) • guided tours as per program • private car / minibus for the entire program • typical lunch on Etna • entrances • Driver / guide accommodation and meals • SPA treatment of the first oven
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