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The short MT. Etna Volcano tour. -Two sides - Dur. 5/6 hours. Today we drive up from Nicolosi side,north Catania, let me invite you to rejoice this unique and spectacular itineray. Geological tests suggest that Mount Etna initiated activity around six hundred thousand years ago. After millennia of eruptions the 'mungibello' boasts of more than 400 craters spread over 45 kilometers square and stands a mighty 3350 meters, making it the tallest active volcano in Europe.  Visiting Mount Etna is a unique experience in the whole world.  While you can go skiing on its safe slopes in winter and cooling off the warmth of the Sicilan summers at its peaks, during spring you can perform a matchless practice where you can go skiing in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. we can start at 9.00am from your stay, proceeding to Viagrande and Pedara Village before arrive to Nicolosi, a village south of the mount, where you can see the lava flow from the great eruption of 1669 who distroiy Catania in totaly, and also other one of 2001 which miraculously stopped at the gates of this village. After, we climb to 2000 mt. to stop at Rifuge Sapienza for visit Silvestri Craters, where you can have an easy-going trekking, suitable for most fitness levels, then next stop in   Zafferana Etnea  to the east of the volcano to admire the flows of 1979, 1982-83 and 1992. During this way you can enjoy the unusual changing of the landscape from dark volcanic atmosphere to chestnut and pine forest green. At Zafferana Etnea we take you to savor what Sicily is best known for. Here you can taste a selection of different honeys, cold pressed Sicilian olive oil, sun dried fruit and vegetables. Our last stop before Taormina will be at Naxos. Here Greeks settled the first Greek colony in Sicily in 734 BC amidst the lava flow 2400 years old which changed the area.

Mt. Etna Volcano Tour with Alcantara Gorge full -day experience ( 8 hours ) Mt. Etna, which is 3350mt. high, is the tallest active volcano in Europe, on it you can feel some unique experience, Etna has been erupting since several Thousend years, her is able to give us a daydream gift in all seasons. This Volcano has more then 400 craters, spilt all over 45km. square, during the Greek settlement was the realm of Volcano, and the home of the mythical monster as the Cyclops. Our Volcano offers skiing in the Winter months and one cool temperature in the warmest Sicilian Summer. Pick up at 09am. during a leisurely journey you'll get many chance to enjoy and admire the majestic Volcano, we'll drive up from South site, we will enjoy a leisurely journey until Zafferana gorgeous small town sloped on Etna, here visiting the historical centre and also we can go to enjoy an Free tasting of local Etna products in a typical beekeeping family-run business (honey, olive, sundry tomato olive oil, and more....) after we continue our journey up to Silvestri Craters at Refuge Sapienza 2000mt. during you'll admire differents old lava flows 1981-83 -92. alos an unusual mountain landscape for Sicily with forests of Chestnuts  and stately Pine trees, then finally we go inside a scenery more volcanic, I would like to say magical, almost lunar ... we will stop at several points in order to give way to take pictures. Once we are at 2000mt. you can visit Silvestri Craters who of this line are in seven, where you can walk in easy way on the top of board line of them to explore it, after all this we will drive to reach a pastoral landscape of Alcantara Gorge Valley & it's river ... AL Qantar in Arab gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. we start to visit Alcantara Gorges, this natural wonder created by an eruption of  Mt. Etna around year 2400B.C. The lava engulfed the whole valley, and over the years the various earthquakes that have occurred sculpted this marvel gran canyon, After this we will return at your stay. of course during a tour on your request we can stop and suggest where you can have some typical food.  

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Mt. Etna Volcano short experience  with visit to Winery.                      Pick up suggested  at 09am. we will enjoy a leisurely journey until Zafferana, an Village in South/East dell'Etna, here visiting the historical centre and on  request we can go toTasting many local products in a Honey Farm, with sundry vegetables and Olive Oil and several type of Honey, after we continue our journey up to Silvestri Craters at Refuge Sapienza 2000mt. during you'll admire differents old lava flows 1981-82 -92. after we drive inside an unusual mountain landscape for Sicily with forests of Chestnuts  and stately Pine trees, then finally we go inside a scenery more volcanic, I would like to say magical, almost lunar ... we will stop at several points in order to give way to take pictures. Once we are at 2000mt. you can visit Silvestri Craters who of this line are in seven, where you can walk on the top of board line of them and explore it, Later we drive towards Winery to visit and enjoy of the Sicilian hospitality with great Wine tasting in a fantastic scenery,  5 wines plus very interesting Sicilian Lunch/Brunch that will give you a choice to have many differents tasting of our home made food, great way to meet Local life style. (Dur 6/7h.) 

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Portraits unknown of Sicilians Village surround Mount "ETNA" Volcano /Alcantara Gorge/Castiglione di Sicilia/Linguaglossa, after this Visit to Winery - Wine tasting - Sicilian Lunch Brunch.(duration 7h. )  This tour start from your place and would like to present and to gives away a step back to the time, where you can enjoy oldest customs of our Sicilian Lifestyle. We'll travel north-east through a pastoral landscape of Alcantara Valley & it's river ... AL Qantar in Arab gentle agricultural land bounded by mountain and dotted with traditional villages and medieval hill towns. we start to visit Alcantara Gorges, this natural wonder created by an eruption of  Mt. Etna around year 2400B.C. The lava engulfed the whole valley, and over the years the river sculpted this marvel gran canyon, next we ascend to mountain top in Castiglione di Sicilia, on the way we'll enjoy part of the mouth of Alcantara river, one time we will be in Castiglione we stroll around narrow streets with picturesque Sicilian corners and the Greek Fortress up the hill , after this we drive towards Linguaglossa, where we'll enjoy a typical Etna lavic center, then we will be pleased to propose you to have a nice meeting with our hospitality and flavors of our Etna people we stop to enjoy an Wine tasting with many homemade local food.  Usually we use on this Tour Gambino winery. On way back home we will stop to visit Naxos. 

Wine Tour in Etna Wineries

Wine Tour in Etna Wineries - Sicily Tours & Taxi Taormina

Vineyards Etna Tour.  

Briefly describing the Sicilian “Wine area”…The wine is an unique nectar of God with fragrant scents that really intoxicate the mind and its distinct tastes awaken the senses. Thus begins the amazing trip of discovery a tradition that takes place every year surround of the highest volcano in Europe, with a special ritual of the harvest. A journey to discover the wines that have created the history of Etna. The origin of the wine production on Etna has deep roots and reaches the twelfth century BC when actually the inhabitants of the volcano favored the crops of black grapes.

This custom has been passed down from generation to generation, from father to son and the varieties of the classic "vineyard Etna" have seen the prevalence of black grapes on the white. The bunches of the dark leafy vines, that descend from the lava landscape framing the slopes of the volcano Etna.

 

 

The existing journey of taste that we can enjoy now was unthinkable a few years ago and became available at present time only thanks to the genuine hard work of many Etna wineries and their continuous development. The protagonists of this experience are the cultivars of red wines that were grown on Mt. Etna such as Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio mantellato or Cabernet and the Alicante that is better known locally as the synonym Grenache. 

The intensive cultivation of the white grapes was launched actually in the beginning of 1900s and were represented by a patchwork of local grape varieties such as Carricante, Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico and Minella. From the blend of these grapes, with the prevalence of Carricante, was born the Etna Bianco (Etna White DOC.)  In addition to written above, not be amiss to say that the Etna volcano soil is great also for cultivating olives, fruits, hazelnut, pistachio and what ever we can imagine... it is the soil enriched by the fallen ash. The combination of high altitude, volcanic minerals and the particular microclimate create absolutely terrific results of unique flavors and great wines. Sicily represents in the world the convergence of many cultures and are evident in the food and the history of this place.

What we are going to do….is to enjoy with calm just one of this winery or two or all three, I will adapt at your needs and time.  

Let me  suggest to start from your place at 10.30am. We will drive towards our first local Etna Winery where will be possible to visit the vineyards, cellar wine, accompanied by a local wine expert and after this start you will enjoy the wine tasting ( 1 white and 3 red ) with small Typical Sicilyan Brunch ( Local Cheese with some vegetables ).

Then approx. at 12.30pm. we drive direction Milo, our second stop where you also will have opportunity to make a visit to the vineyards, cellar wine, accompanied by a local wine expert and after you can have the wine tasting ( 2 white - 2 red - 1 sweet ) and Typical Sicilyan Brunch ( Local Cheese and vegetables ).

One time you are happy and already finish we can follow further… if you would like of course to visit the third Winery  where as well you are welcomed to attend the vineyards, cellar wine, accompanied by a local wine expert and later to enjoy the wine tasting ( 1 white - 3 red ) also one more Typical Sicilyan Brunch( Local Cheese with some vegetables ).

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