The short MT. Etna Volcano tour. -Two sides - Dur. 5 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 Tour ( North side ) in Piano Provenzana with Castiglione Siculo and Alcantara Gorge, Dur. 6 hours. Pick up from your stay at 08.30am. We drive towards Piedimonte Etneo and Linguaglossa towns beafore climb up. This excursion can allow us to see the Monti Sartorius WEATHER PERMITTING, seven eruptive cones lined up with "buttonhole" that gave rise to the imposing 1865 casting. The path is of great interest both from the geological and botanical point of view, with remarkable volcanic bombs dimensions and forest formations dominated by the Birch (Betula aetnensis).Practicability: only in trekking. In the presence of snow sometimes the path requires the use of snowshoes.The excursion will complete with a walk to Piano Provenzana tourist center equipped with bars and shops to see with the imposing flow of 2002 that in a few days has destroyed the tourist facilities of the area. Then we drive towards Castiglione Siculo Town, very interesting to see the area of the castle Lauria from where you can admire a fantastic scenery of the valley and the stratolevel rock that shows us the work of the Teutonic plates in Sicily after we drive to visit The natural canyon of Gole Alcantara is made of angular gorges up to fifty meters tall, and wide two to five meters, likely the result of ancient earthquakes. With the river of the same name running through them, they are part of the Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park. After all thsi we go back in Taormina.