A day on Etna means to immerse in an unspoiled nature, discovering the paths that take you to the most recent volcanic cones, savage lava flows, caves and colourful woods to understand their morphological genesis and natural features. The landscapes frequently alternate the Mediterranean wealthy aspect to the desertic lava fields, over the tree-line, covered in rare pioneer vegetation.
Let us guide you through the imponderable relationship that binds the local man and his rural sites to this “muntagna”, so extravagant in giving mythological ruins and infinite richness.
– Pick-up from your accommodation with the vehicles of Truvatura, transfer to the sky station “Piano Provenzana”, 1800 meters above sea level, where we will visit the remains of the 2002 eruption which completely destroyed the ski resort. After a coffee and the equipment, will start the hike to the craters of the eruption of 2002 (duration about 3 hours trekking medium difficulty level, from 1800 to 2150 meters).
An half-day experience permits to enjoy a 5-7 km path, from the end of the regular road to the volcanic deserts, crossing the amazing colors of the endemic vegetation. You will walk among the volcanic cones of the eruption of 1923 (hornitos), the lava flow of 2002 and the magnificent eruptive craters of the same year.
– After a short stop for lunch, we will visit a running-magma cave equipped with helmets and torches
– 16.00 arrival in Valle Alcantara where, after a general introduction to the Valley and the story of this important part of the island, we’ll visit the famous “Gorge”. Depending on the season, we can descend to the river in the beautiful scenery of the lava organ pipes that constellate the walls into the canyon. Required equipment for the excursion: hiking boots, wind-jacket, packed lunch and water. Otherwise
tell us in advance what you need ( €4 each for the rental of jacket and shoes). In winter we provide snowshoes and sticks.
-Pick-up at 8.00, by car to the “Piano Provenzana” sky station (North, 1800 asl)
-Excursion easy / medium difficulty, about 3 hours
-Lunch and tasting of local wines in the company
-Drop-off 16.00 \16.30
The paths that our guides will choose for you are always tailored to the weather conditions and the needs of each our guest. Etna offers, however, a multitude of landscapes that make us always able to guarantee endless interesting alternatives, unforgettable lunar lava fields, the edges of vertiginous craters side, some rift, spectacular botanical sceneries…. and a running magma cave.
After half a day in the dust, rocks and the colors along the paths of the North side, we are back on board our vehicles: a table awaits us at the vineyard where the efficient staff of the selected azienda will guide us in the degustation of their best production. An exemplary experience that leads perfectly in the world of fine Sicilian and, overall, Etna wines, unique grapes expertly presented in combination
with a selection of local appetizers, vegetables, sausage.
-Pickup at 08,30 and transfer to rif. Citelli, 1700mt asl.
-10,00 Startfrom the refuge to the Serracozzo Cave and the Bove Valley, packed lunch at about 2500mt.
-Return to the starting point at about 15/16.00.
The “Serracozzo” path on the North-East side of the park of Etna starts from the Citelli parking area, 1740 mt above sea level and it takes to the ridge of the “Bove” Valley.
The hike begins in one of the most important hoods of the reserve and gradually gains the tree-line, a very suggestive walk to discover a unique volcanic ecosystem. The firts target is a running-magma cave that is born near the source of the 1971 lava flow, helmets and torches provided by the guide. Then, a steaper stretch until an unforgettable point of vantage on the Valle del Bove, an immense depression on the eastern slope of the mountain, left by several structrural collapses under the previous volcanic formations in the last thousands years.
After a packed lunch, the trekking continues near the Mt Frumento crater, the second biggest of this volcano from where we can dominate another amazing landscape and the Sartorius craters : a magnificient example of side-eruption in this complex volcanic system.
A run on the black ash will take us back to the car.
Equip with proper clothes according to the season and the meteo conditions (expecially trekking shoes), water… and your good will.