Responsible tourism itineraries within the Alcantara Fluvial Park, discovering a territory full of history and natural beauty, without neglecting the delights of the true characteristic cuisine of the area.

Le Gole dell'AlcantaraLe Gole dell'Alcantara (Foto di kallerna via Wikimedia Commons)
Travel with Mediterranean Pearls
Travel with Mediterranean Pearls

Route 1

Day 1: Castiglione di Sicilia - Mojo Alcantara

Arrival to Castiglione di Sicilia and guided tour of the historical center, to discover the medieval village called one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. You will continue for Mojo Alcantara for a guided hike on the Mount Mojo volcano, a volcanic cone belonging to the Etna complex, but formed very far from the main volcano. The path we will follow to reach its peak starts with a short stretch of lava stone paved and is characterized by the presence of olive groves, oaks, chestnuts, broomsticks and other spontaneous species of local flora.

Universo Alcantara
Arriving at the edge of the crater, we will follow a ring route that will allow us to walk along its entire circumference, admiring splendid views that will open on Etna, the valley of Alcantara and the Peloritani Mountains. After completing the tour, there will be a chance to get off even in the interior of Monte Mojo crater, where millennia ago it was the eruptive mouth and where we can now admire majestic chestnut trees, some of them really magnificent. The visit will follow in a historic family-owned pasta factory at the foot of Mount Mojo, which produces handmade pasta with a local high quality product. Return to Castiglione di Sicilia. Accommodation at the popular diffused hotel "Borgo Santa Caterina". A new hospitality formula based on the refurbishing of old small houses connected just in the heart of historical center of the medieval village. Free dinner and overnight stay.

Motta CamastraMotta Camastra

Day 2: Alcantara Gorges - Gurne - Motta Camastra

After breakfast, excursion to the Gorges of Alcantara, natural volcanic creeks, with walls up to 50 meters high, where the river runs through. The most famous gorges are easily accessible in the summer fairly easily for almost 700 meters, wandering the cold waters coming from Nebrodi and Etna neighbors. Within the gorges you can admire several spectacular natural aspects including basalt columns from various shapes and numerous plant and animal species you will be able to take advantage of the freshness of river waters to take a bath, to admire the beautiful basalt columns or to practice sport water. Continue for a guided hike on the Gurne Trail. It is a fairly straightforward path, during which you can admire some remarkable naturalistic features, such as a superb example of roverella, the presence of lichens on lava rocks, the flight of green herons and the creeping of the natrians. Once you leave the oak grove, you will come to a footpath, close to the hydroelectric plant, where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Gurne. These are, in a nutshell, small ponds along the river, created by the erosion of water on lava stone, surrounded by a lush flora: poplars, roverelle, willows and oleanders. Lunch at Motta Camastra. The little village with little more than 600 inhabitants is lying in the heart of the Alcantara River Park, overlooking the gorges giving breathtaking scenery. Nestled in the rock, offers an eye-catching look that has even charmed the great director Francis Ford Coppola who chose the village as a location for some scenes of his masterpiece The Godfather. Lunch will be tasted in an itinerant way, visiting the country's streets prepared and served by the Moms of the Village. Afternoon guided tour by Motta Camastra. Return to Castiglione di Sicilia. Free dinner. Overnight.

Castiglione di SiciliaCastiglione di Sicilia

Day 3: Horse trekking and small gorges visit - Byzantine Cuba

Breakfast. Visit of the farm "Le Terre di Castel Leone" from where you will go for a trekking to explore the small gorges of Alcantara and Byzantine Cuba on Santa Domenica. Lunch tasting of typical products.

Participation per person group min. 8 participants: € 259,00
Suppl. single room (2 nights) € 45,00
Extra:
● Rent a car at Catania airport from € 35.00 per day ● Minivan 8 4x4 seats with private driver / guide for excursions € 145.00 p.p. ● Water sports at the Alcantara Gorges (river trekking, hydrospeed etc ..) from € 35.00 p.p.
The fee includes:
● Excursion guide provided by the program ● Visits: handcrafted pasta factory Mojo Alcantara “Piazza” (only Sicilian wheat from a chain agreement), “Le Terre di Castel Leone” farm ● 2 nights at Castiglione di Sicilia at the hotel " Borgo Santa Caterina "accommodation in double / twin room ● 1 lunch at Motta Camastra ● 1 horseback riding ● 1 tasting of typical products
The fee does not include:
PUnspecified meals, entrances, tips, personal extras, as not specified under "quota includes".
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Technical Coverage: Etna Emotion - REA della CCIAA di Catania n. CT-355892 Autoriz. n.1451/S9Tur del 29.10.2013

Monte MojoIl vulcanetto del Monte Mojo

Route 2

Day 1: Castiglione di Sicilia - Mojo Alcantara - Farm "The Three Lands of Sicily" - Dinner and wine tasting in the cellar

Arrival to Castiglione di Sicilia and guided tour of the historical center, to discover the medieval village called one of the most beautiful old villages in Italy. You will continue for Mojo Alcantara for a guided hike on the Mount Mojo volcano, a volcanic cone belonging to the Etna complex, but formed very far from the main volcano. The path we will follow to reach its top begins with a short stretch of lava stone paved and is characterized by the presence of olive trees, oaks, chestnuts, broomsticks and other spontaneous species of local flora. Arriving at the edge of the crater, we will follow a ring route that will allow us to walk along its entire circumference, admiring splendid views that will open on Etna, the valley of Alcantara and the Peloritani Mountains. After completing the tour, there will be a chance to get off even in the millennial mouth of the crater of Monte Mojo, where we can now admire majestic chestnut trees.
Visit of the farm "Le Tre Terre di Sicilia", whose activity is focused on the preservation and transformation of local products with the aim of enhancing the product, with yesterday's recipes and today's technology. Accommodation in Castiglione di Sicilia at the popular diffused hotel "Borgo Santa Caterina". Gourmet dinner with wine tasting and visit to the cellar. Overnight.

Le Mamme del BorgoLe Mamme del Borgo di Motta Camastra

Day 2: Gorges of Alcantara - Gurne – Francavilla di Sicilia - Convent of Capuchins

After breakfast hiking on the Path of the Gurne. It is a fairly straightforward path, during which you can admire some remarkable naturalistic features, such as a superb example of roverella, the presence of lichens on lava rocks, the flight of green herons and the creeping of the natrians. Once you leave the oak grove, you will come to a footpath, close to Hydroelectric plant, where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Gurne. These are, in a nutshell, small ponds along the river, created by the erosion of water on lava stone, surrounded by a lush flora: poplars, roverelle, willows and oleanders. Then it will continue to the ruins of the Francavilla Castle of Sicily reaching to the belvedere from which you can see the confluence between the Zavianni River and the Alcantara river. Lunch break.
At the end of the route you will arrive in Francavilla, where we will visit the sixteenth-century convent of the Capuchins. Return to Castiglione di Sicilia. Free dinner. Overnight at the popular diffused hotel "Borgo Santa Caterina".

Day 3: Motta Camastra "Calvary Trail"

After breakfast departure for Motta Camastra small borough with little more than 600 inhabitants lying in the heart of Alcantara River Park. From here, exactly from Piazza Croce where the Town Hall is located, climbing a long staircase made of stones and woods, you get to the three crosses (for this is named calvary mountain) where you can admire a spectacular panorama. The villages down the valley look like cribs and in the background of the Nebrodi mountain it is possible to see the summit of Etna. Return to Motta Camastra's Old Town for lunch. Lunch will be tasted in an itinerant way, visiting the medieval village roads prepared and served by the Moms of the Village. Afternoon guided tour of Motta Camastra.

Participation fee p.p. min. 8 participants: € 230,00
Suppl single room: € 45,00
Extra: ● Rent a car at Catania Airport from € 35.00 per day ● Minivan 8 4x4 seats with private driver / guide for excursions € 90.00 p.p. ● Water sports at the Alcantara Gorges (river trekking, hydrospeed etc ..) from € 35.00 p.p.
The fee includes: ● Guided excursion guide ● Visits: "Tre Terre di Sicilia" farm ● 2 nights in Castiglione di Sicilia at the popular hotel "Borgo Santa Caterina" ● 1 lunch in Motta Camastra drinks included ● 1 dinner with wine cellar visit and wine tasting
The fee does not include:
Unspecified meals, entrances, tips, personal extras, as not specified under "quota includes".
For info and reservations: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.
Technical Coverage: Etna Emotion - REA della CCIAA di Catania n. CT-355892 Autoriz. n.1451/S9Tur del 29.10.2013

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