The "Giro dell'Etna"

One day excursion to discover the different environments of the volcano and to cycle the main lava flows followed in the course af ages, until the present time.
The itinerary covers a track around Etna through antique and recent lava flows, caves of flowing lava, woods and grassland.
The enviroment is typical of the Etna with sudden variations of vegetation.
In this sudden variation of vegetation you can suddenly pass from antique pine trees to the lunar scenery of the "sciare" and then plunge into beech - woods.
At the end of the itinerary the images of the wonderful and changeable landscapes will stay in your memory.

Turistic cycling trip of the Etna. Km 36
Appointment at 9,00 a.m. at the entrance of Villa Comunale in Zafferana Etnea (mt.600), Della Montagna Road, street-corner Garibaldi ( after TAMOIL petrol pump).
Return at about 5,00 p.m.

PROGRAM

Transfer by car to the mountain refuge Sapienza. (mt.1904)

Visit to the structures near the refuge and to the Monti Silvestri whose formation was determined by the 1892 eruption along a radial fracture.
Bikes delivery in the Square in front of the refuge and departure.
Departure for Linguaglossa pine forest through the mountain passes of "Altomontana of Etna", 37 km out of road.
The maximum altitude mt.1880 ( Pass of Monte Palestra).

The minimum altitude mt.1372.

The biggest Etna lava flows crossed:

Dammusi pass: It originated during the biggest eruption of the Etna ever recorded in historical times (July 1614-August 1624).

Lava flows of 1981, place where the eruption originated.

Lava flows of 2002-2003, the main and the minor branches.

The caves of lavic flow:

The most important “Grotta di Monte Nunziata” and “Grotta dei Lamponi”.

Total Km 70 (37 out of road).

This trip does not present any technical difficulty, but for its length and some slopes to overcome, it is suitable for people who have a minimum of training.

 

The cost includes:
» Transfer by car from Zafferana Etnea to Sapienza Refuge
» A Compaion by bike

The cost not includes:
» Bike rental (photos of the bikes) -Price Euro 20,00
Local taxes
» All that is not specified under the voice “the cost includes”

 

The periods are from April 30th to November 30th ( according to the snowy state of the track).


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