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.
This tour begins at “Piano Provenzana” and follows a mountain trail at an altitude of 2900 meters. Traveling by large, off road vehicle, we will reach a high mountain slope framed by magnificent views of lava and volcanic sand along the rift created in the 2002 eruption. At the foot of the mountain one can admire the beautiful Peloritani, Nebrodi and Madonie mountain ranges; all surrounded by the picturesque Tyrrhenian and Ionian coast, from Siracusa to Calabria, from Taormina to the Aeolian islands. Here, one can take in the most impressive views in the world ... the multiple fumaroles and seemingly lunar landscapes created by multiple eruptions between 1923 and 2002. At an altitude of 2900 meters the North-East crater (where the volcano observatory is located), dominates the area. In clear weather, one can see both the "Lion" and the "Bove" valleys from this point.
the Mountain require specific clothing and accessories. Trekking shoes and anoraks are recommended (these can also be rented at Piano provenzana) these Excursion is not recommended for those who have blood pressure or heart problems or those who suffer from asthma