As seen from above, the majestic Mount Etna seems more like a mirage. This is a view of extraordinary beauty and a moving experience to reward yourself or someone else. The helicopter flight lasts approximately 20 minutes from take off (from Castiglione di Sicilia).
1923 Lava front (Linguaglossa)
We will make our first stop on the Northern slope of Mount Etna for a compelling look at the old lava flow from 1923, which reached the town of Linguaglossa (550 meters above sea level) and destroyed part of the village of Catena. We will then proceed along a long, winding dirt road until we arrive at Etna’s Regional Park. There we will able to observe multiple species of Mount Etna’s plants such as the “ginestra”(genista aetnensis/broom), the ruins of small rural settlements, and in particular a “palmento”, a structure used in the past for making wine.
2002 Lava front
We will then make a brief stop at the 2002 lava flow reachable by jeep through a winding dirt road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years
Corruccio’s cave. Continuing our excursion we will reach the Ragabo pine forest where hidden among pines and brooms, we will discover the cave of Corruccio (1350 meters above sea level) a cave formed by flowing lava.
Later, driving up along the Mareneve road we will reach Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002. After enjoying an excellent espresso, we will take a short walk to visit the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle destroyed by a molten lava flow.
Roads of the wine of Mount Etna
Traveling through one of the wine roads of Sicily and crossing large expanses of vineyards (Etna D.O.C.), we will arrive at a local winery. This is the ideal place to enjoy relaxing moments surrounded by nature while sampling local cuisine and excellent wines. In fact the wines are complemented by uniquely local delicacies. Participants will also have the option of taking a complete tour of the winery,
Castiglione di Sicilia Visit the historic center of Castiglione di Sicilia, a medieval village perched on a hill overlooking the Alcantara valley. The tour includes a walk to the Belvedere of the Castello di Lauria (of Norman-Swabian origin dating back to the twelfth century and built on the highest cliff of the medieval village).
In the afternoon we will discover a unique canyon comprised of basaltic lava (the “Alcantara” Gorges) and shaped by the waters of the Alcantara river. The Alcantara's vertical cliffs reach 30 meters in height and its structures have been forged by high intensity geological and geothermal events. In prehistoric times, a river flowed here over clay sediments until a massive volcanic eruption channeled magma into the river bed forming the current canyons.
After this stop, we end our memorable day and return to town.
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