MOUNT ETNA AND THE SILVESTRI CRATERS
Sightseeing, Nature excursion
An excursion to the slopes of Mount Etna to see the incredible Silvestri Craters, and the unique natural environment forged by the volcano over the millennia.
What we will see
- Mount Etna
- Mediterranean Maquis
- Vineyards and valleys of stratified lava
- The Silvestri Craters
What we will do
- Accompanied by a local guide, we set off by coach from the port of Messina to explore the Sicilian natural environment and its landscape.
- Our journey takes us through a changing landscape. The volcano is actually inhabited up to an altitude of around 1000 metres, and it is quite normal to find farms and woodland as high as 1500 metres above sea level. The plant life we encounter as we climb up the volcano goes through an equally fascinating progression: the Mediterranean maquis of the lower slopes gradually gives way to sparser, more mountainous terrain, a realm of vineyards and valleys of stratified lava that lend the region its unique charm. We make our way amidst these natural wonders to our ultimate destination at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level.
- The Silvestri Craters are two pyroclastic cones formed during the eruption of 1892. Named after the noted volcanologist Orazio Silvestri, these cones account for the volcano's main eruptive activity. From here we can admire the mountain in all its spectacular and at the same time impressive charm.
- We will have all the time we need to admire the landscape and take photographs of the scenery before heading back to Messina.
What you need to know
- We recommend wearing suitable shoes for walking and warm, comfortable, casual clothing.