Our Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale tour will show you two of the most …
- approximately 11 hours
- Agrigento and Piazza Armerina
We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity (depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point) between 8.30 and 9.00 AM. Each of our minivans can accommodate up to 8 participants.
Drive to Mount Etna and start the ascent to the summit area; depending on the availability and the circumstances the ascent will be either carried out from Rifugio Sapienza (Etna South-East) by cableway and off-road vehicle or from Piano Provenzana (Etna North-East) by off-road vehicles only.
Once at the summit area, you will start an easy hike; our naturalistic guide and a volcanological guide will lead you to the base of the active craters through deserts of black ashes. The expert guides will show you extinct craters as well as introduce you to the spectacular volcanic phenomena that occurred over time. You will admire the central craters from a close distance.
Equipped with helmets and torchlights that we will provide for free, you will be able to get in the volcanic underground and visit one of the striking volcanic caves of our volcano; during this part the guide will explain origins, characteristics and uses of the of this fascinating volcanic phenomenon.
You will then stop for lunch in a restaurant or a winery in the area. You will taste an authentic Sicilian lunch made from fresh typical products and local wine (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options available upon request).
As final step of the day, you will stop at the River Park of the Alcantara Gorges. These originated when thick lava flows reached the icy Alcantara river and formed these geometrically perfect rocks. You will have some time to walk along the watercourse and relax; the sight of this river streaming through the high walls that form the gorge will amaze you.
At the end of the Mount Etna Summit Area tour, at around 6.00/6.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.