The three days we are proposing to you will be truly volcanic, as guests of her majesty Etna, walking across lunar landscapes made of mineral deserts, black rocks, and scoria of fire.
Raspberries in the Cave
Arrival and check-in at the shelter. Departure with the guide for Piano della Perniciana to discover lavic caves, ancient
black channels cut by the lava, against which the yellow broom flowers and prickly astragalus stand out. The final destination will be the “Grotta dei Lamponi” (the Raspberry Cave, at 1762 m), thus named because of the presence of these red fruits at its entrance. Break for lunch in an extraordinary natural balcony facing the Aeolian Islands and the outline
of Etna. Return to shelter, dinner, and overnight stay. 3-hr walk. Accessible to all.
We Touch the Lava
Breakfast and departure for Piano Provenzana. Using a 4x4 jeep we will ascend to 2950 m, then continue on foot up to
3300 m, enchanted by the breathtaking panoramas offered by the volcano. The rocky, almost lunar layer will lead us close to the central crater and, weather conditions permitting, we will be able to go as far as the rim of the central crater, from which it is possible to see small, active eruptive mouths and almost “touch the lava”. Descending along the slopes, we will pass by the volcanological observatory, which we can visit. Dinner and overnight stay at the shelter of Piano Provenzana. 4-hr walk. Average-to-easy, with specialized guide.
After breakfast we go to the meeting room, where the mountain guides, the manager of Biosport Management, and the environmental expert of the Etna Park will provide us with much valuable information on the flora, fauna, and geology of the volcano and will answer all our questions. After a lunch break, we continue our “nature training” until mid-afternoon. Return by bus.