- Trek through the ‘lunar’ landscape around the sides of Mount Etna, an active volcano
- Explore the lava caves at its base to learn about Etna’s unique evolutionary history
- Enjoy Sicilian lunch and famous local wine tasting
Disembarking at the foot of one of the world’s most active volcanos, twice the height of Vesuvius, you’ll walk through woodland to the huge Valle del Bove, seeing orchards and vineyards along the way, which benefit from the nutrient-rich soil here. Venturing into the bowels of Etna, the lava caves which are said to contain the forges of Hephaestus, and where legend has it Zeus once trapped the monster Typhon, you’ll learn how the volcano was formed, and the legacy of past eruptions.
Following a fascinating walk across this memorable landscape and a typical Sicilian lunch for you, accompanied by locally-produced volcanic wine. Afterwards, visit the Alcantara Gorges. Thousand of years ago, thick lava flowed into the Alcantara river. Walking through the shallow river, surrounded by high basaltic walls, you will marvel at Mother Nature’s geometrical phenomena.