A few steps from Rifugio Sapienza, the path of the Schiena dell’Asino gives hikers a spectacular view of the immense Bove dell’Etna valley dominated by its central craters
The starting point is less than 2 km from the Sapienza refuge along the road connected with Zafferana Etnea at the crossing point with the provincial road that rises from Pedara-Tarderia.
The first part of the path winds up rapidly through reforestation by Pino Laricio, characterized from a pavement covered with shapeless volcanic paving stones. looking south-east, you can observe the numerous adventitious cones and flows lava flows originating from the fissure and the eruptive vents, almost circular in shape, of the eruption of 1792.
Once on the crest, at the height of the Canalone dei Faggi, you look out over the Vulcano-tectonic depression known as Valle del Bove, a wonderful panoramic view that gives the visitor the opportunity to observe towards the whole valley submerged by the ancient and more recent lava flows. From here is the mountain peak Zoccolaro, Monte Calanna, the Deneri lace up to the summit of Etna where the central craters stand out.
Info about the route:
length: about 5 km - difficulty: medium - travel time: about 4 h uphill and downhill altitude difference: 250 mt - clothing: trekking shoes and waterproof windbreaker.