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Mount Etna villages excursion

Mount Etna Villages excursion: scenic drive through historic inland, visit of Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia, see where Alcantara river starts.

Mount Etna villages Excursion

A Tour that will show you the beauty of the northern side of Volcano Etna.

Admire some of the historical lava flows of the volcano.

Mount Etna Villages excursion starts at around 9:00am. The Tour guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, Taormina or Syracuse.

 

Our first stop on Mount Etna is Castiglione di Sicilia. This medieval cillage is located in the middle of the valley that the river Alcantara digs between Randazzo and Taormina.  To see it from afar, it is the archetype of the typical hilltop village, with houses perched along the slope. It is a medieval city whose silent atmosphere and old monuments make it the right place for people looking for peace and beauty. Walking through the main square, Piazza Lauria, paved with lava stone, and narrow streets, you will visit the rests of Castle Leone, from the Norman era.

 

We will then closely move to admire the “Cuba”. The Cube of Santa Domenica, also called “‘a cubula” by locals, is a byzantine church, built between the seventh and ninth centuries. This also is the spot where the Alcantara river begins. Through a narrow path you can see the point where the Alcantara River starts hollowing out of the lavic rock. Here it creates those structures that, a few kilometres down the valley, are known as the Alcantara Gorges.

Here, we will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food offered by Sicilydaybyday. Or, if you prefer, you will have one hour of spare time to enjoy lunch in the nearby.

 

The third site of the Mount Etna Villages Excursion is Randazzo, a typical medieval town on Etna. Hereyou can breathe the typical medieval atmosphere, admiring the three Mother Churches, related to Latin, Greek and Lombard ethnic groups. Randazzo houses also “The museum of Sicilian puppets”. It consists of 21 puppets, still perfectly usable, made in the early years of the twentieth century.

Free snack with typical Sicilian street food called “Tavola Calda”, Etna wine and water is included for lunch.

The tour will finish at 5.00 pm.

 

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If your accommodation is not in Catania, you can reach us using one of our comfortable transfer services.

 

Important Information

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes, cap, sun protection, water bottle, camera.

Itinerary variation

The itinerary may undergo variations based on extraordinary events, strikes, bad weather, or other unpredictable and non-voluntary situations.

Included in the price

Luxury air conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar.

Small group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Multilingual speaking driver – guide – for the day at disposal

Not included in the price

Authorized tourist guide inside the historical monuments (available on payment and on request)

Lunch

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Everything not specified in the included list

Suitable for

Everyone

Castiglione di Sicilia and Randazzo

Castiglione di Sicilia (sicilian: Castigghiuni di Sicilia) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. The village can be reached by taking the SS120 Roman road from Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, or by the Circumetnea Railway. Passopisciaro’s main industry is wine making, vineyards can be found scattered throughout the entire region.

 

Randazzo (sicilian: Rannazzu) is a town and comune in theMetropolitan City of Catania. It is situated at the northern foot of Mount Etna.

In the 13th century the town had its own army, which fought in favor of the king against the rebels. In 1210 King Frederick II of Hohenstaufen and his young wife Constance of Aragon sheltered at Randazzo to escape the terrible plague which raged in Palermo.

Randazzo became one of the most densely populated towns in the island, after Palermo and Messina. The town was also divided into three main districts: the Greeks lived in St. Nicola’s quarter, the Latins in St. Mary’s and the Lombards in St. Martin’s.

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