Discover our Etna excursions.
On board of our jeep we arrive at the village of Trecastagni and along a road, visiting the old chestnuts forest of Tarderia, we stop at the ancient lava flow of 1750 / 1792 to give you a detailed explanation of the volcanoes in particular of Mount Etn. Again by our jeep we proceed in direction of the Lava tube. Equipped with helmets and flashlights we walk inside the Cassone Cave, a beautiful lava tube. We reach the trailhead “Schiena dell’Asino” (Back Donkey), a wonderful natural path that will lead us to an altitude of 2170mt asl. The first part of the trail runs uphill in a magnificent pine forest then becomes almost flat and the forest gives way to expanses of volcanic ash and Astragalus Siculus or Spino Santo, among its thorns can see and touch volcanic lapilli that sometimes only have a few hours of training vita. It is a pioneer characterized by a typical form pulvinar that settles on the volcanic sands inconsistent and permeable, is an endemic Etna that, thanks to its developed root system, stabilize the substrates inconsistent, facilitating other species orofile many of which are endemic and exclusive Etna, among them we remember the Purple Aetnensis. Once at the top of the path awaits us a wonderful show, to be our frame will in fact be the majestic and active crater of South-East and the immense valley Bove. We continue towards Rifugio Sapienza (2000 m above sea level), here becomes a lunar landscape and green forests dell 'Etna give way to black lava recent (2002). Within minutes we reach the Silvestri Craters, bottoniera consists of 5 eruptive vents born in 1892, from where you can admire the wonderful view of Catania and its bay from an altitude of 2000 m above sea level.
PS: In winter time with the presence of snow is possible to organise this trekking tour by the snowshoeing.