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DISCOVERING THE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS THAT HAVE MARKED THE HISTORY OF MANKIND AND SHAPED ETNA’S SOUTHERN FLANK


NICOLOSI – 1983 ERUPTION – HIKING ALONG ‘MONTE NERO DEGLI ZAPPINI’ NATURE TRAIL – HIKING ALONG ‘SILVESTRI CRATERS’ERUPTIVE FISSURE – CASSONE CAVE – 1991-93 LAVA FLOW FRONT – ZAFFERANA ETNEA.

Excursion tour which combines Etna’s southern flank’s volcanic history and its natural catastrophies. From Nicolosi, the town thought to be the doorway to Etna, going up to Stazione sud (1995m a.s.l) Crossing Monti Rossi, the eruptive fissure which led to the important 1669 eruption, which covered the towns on Etna’s southern flank, even reaching Catania. Going across the plateau where the 2001 lava stopped and a series of switchbacks crossing the evocative 1983 lava flow, with fabulous phototaking opportunities. The first hike will be from Piano Vettore (1735m a.s.l.) along the ‘Monte Nero degli Zappini’ nature trail , a first chance to know Etna’s most important volcanic and botanic features, amid various lava flows, hornitos, lava caves and Etna’s endemic plants. Going by minibus to Stazione Sud, a place which has often been marked by recent eruptions. The second hike will be along all the 1892 eruptive fissure, which the Silvestri craters(2000m a.s.l.) originated from. Going down by minibus towards the town of Zafferana Etnea, where we will stop to visit the Cassone Cave, a perfect example of a lava tunnel. Then, before getting to Zafferana Etnea, another stop to see the effects of the 1991-93 eruption, which seriously threatened the town.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: EASY
CLIMBING: 100 metres
DESCENDING: 100 metres
WALKING TIME: about 4 hours

PERIODO CONSIGLIATO: TUTTO L’ANNO.
TIME OF YEAR RECOMMENDED: ALL YEAR ROUND. THIS HIKE CAN BE SNOWSHOED IN WINTER. (SNOWSHOES SUPPLIED BY CAMMINASICILIA)

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