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Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

1. Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing 3,329m - the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Volcanic activity first took place at Etna about half a million years ago. Due to its history of much more recent activity and its nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. The power and romance of Mount Etna have attracted the attention of travellers, artists, poets and philosophers for centuries. Hiking on Etna represents an utterly unique experience. The Alcantara Gorges represent an impressive natural work of art. Several thousand years ago the riverbed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As a consequence of the lava cooling much more quickly by the water, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges. Our tour will take you first to the intriguing formations of the Alcantara Gorges for a short stop and afterwards to the medieval town of Randazzo. From here we will then take a special train called the "Circumetnea" which goes to the ancient city of Adrano, right at the foot of Mount Etna. Finally we proceed comfortably by bus up to Rifugio Sapienza on the south side of Mount Etna at 1900 meters. A possible ascent to the main crater area (dependent on weather conditions), trekking and lunch are optional.

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It's worth it!

Very nice trip around and on Etna. The Alcantara Gorge is well worth seeing, the train journey was very interesting and you really drove across the planted fields. And the Etna very high - you just have to do it - that's a completely different world up there !! The guide was good and you understood it well! The organizer was very helpful in advance and took good care of you! It was a great trip that I can only recommend.

Successful family outing

Very good organization. ran smoothly. Guide has presented everything in 3 languages. Alcantara Gorge worth seeing, train ride with good landscape scenes, Etna: very expensive, with a large jeep far up - very interesting, especially because the volcano is currently active & so the earth/lava was actually warm/hot...

very well organized!

Great tour, perfect to satisfy the visit to three very beautiful places. The only flaw is the guide (very rude, I have to make a complaint to the Sat company) that happened to us that day, but it won't happen to everyone.

À verk proffessional and interesting otur.

I admire specially the guides acting in difficult situations, and the decisions she made. She informed in à proffessional Wayne. She knew Whitney she was talking of. She köpt an ene on us all, so tjat noone was left behind.

This tour take you to all the main places, including on the round Etna train. We did take the optional trip to 2,900 meters which gave us time to walk round the craters at 1,900 meters.