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VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS ON ETNA’S SOUTHERN FLANK AND THE MAJESTIC NATURAL AMPHITHEATRE OF THE VALLE DEL BOVE


NICOLOSI – HIKE ALONG SCHIENA DELL’ASINO - CASSONE CAVE – ZAFFERANA ETNEA

Another hiking tour which combines the natural features of Etna’s southern flank. The hike will be on the‘Schiena dell’Asino’trail (2000m a.s.l), on the western edge of that majestic natural amphitheatre called the Valle del Bove. This is an immense, deep volcanic gorge created by the collapsing of a crater/caldera over Etna’s history lasting thousands of years. Along the trail, you can see some of the native plants which grow on its steep sandy flanks , while admiring the evocative views on the gorge’s edge. Then, by minibus to the Stazione Sud, a place which has often been marked by recent eruptions. On the way down to Zafferana Etnea, we’ll stop to visit the Cassone Cave, a perfect example of a lava tunnel.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM
CLIMBING: 200 METRES
DESCENDING: 200 METRES
WALKING TIME: ABOUT 5 HOURS

TIME OF YEAR RECOMMENDED: FROM APRIL TO NOVEMBER

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