View of the columnar basalts
Our circuit includes the morning visit of the Alcantara Gorges, the visit of an organic farm on the Etna volcano, the tasting of olive oils and a Sicilian cooking class.
Experience a gourmet journey through the flavors of Sicilian gastronomy and the landscapes of Sicily.
- Visit of the Alcantara gorges.
- View of columnar basalts.
- Walk the canyon.
- Olive oil tasting.
- Sicilian cooking class.
- Typical Sicilian lunch.
- Visit to the Chestnut of the Hundred Horses.
- Maximum altitude: 700 m.
There are 2 options to visit the Alcantara Gorges:
- With your vehicle reach our meeting point in Giarre at 9:00. Park your car and hop into our luxury VTC vehicle with a dedicated driver (there is free public parking). Return to Giarre around 4.00 pm.
- Pick-up directly from your hotel (Catania-Taormina areas) in a luxury VTC vehicle with a dedicated driver. After the excursion we will drop you at the hotel around 4.00 pm.
If you are looking for accommodation on the volcano for your stay in Sicily, Case Perrotta can accommodate guests in ten comfortable rooms.
Excursion and visit to the Alcantara Gorges in Sicily
The best time to visit the Alcantara Gorges is in the morning, when the sun illuminates the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. In fact, in the afternoon this stretch of river is in the shade and there is a large crowd of tourists.
The gorges are located in the Alcantara Valley
Between the Etna volcano and the Peloritani mountain range, the site is known for the spectacular basaltic prisms. In the Motta Camastra area, the river flows into a stretch made up of an ancient lava flow. In the territory of Giardini Naxos there was a famous Roman bridge, from which the name of this watercourse originates. To visit the gorges and admire the wonderful basalts of the column, we suggest a walk in the canyon (the water is around 7°C), you can swim (in this case, remember to bring a change of clothes and a towel).
Pick-up/drop-off with an NCC vehicle with a dedicated driver. The guide will take you to the Case Perrotta organic farm, where the farmer will show you the different crops, depending on the period of visit, and the varieties of olives. The ideal period to attend the olive and cherry harvest is between October and November. Visit the Alcantara Gorges with a walk in the lava canyon. Visits to the Case Perrotta organic farm. Etna olive oil tasting. Lunch preparation and simple cooking class. Lunch at the Case Perrotta organic farm. Visit of the Chestnut of the Hundred Horses on Etna.
Taste the olive oil from Etna
After the farm tour, you will taste and compare different olive oils. The closure guides you in identifying the defects and the quality of the different olive oils. There will also be guided compilation of a sensory analysis form.
Sicilian cooking lesson
Under the direction of the chef, you will actively participate in the preparation of your dishes and you will receive all the necessary information so that you can autonomously repeat the recipes of Italian cuisine, full of flavors. The dishes you prepare are tasted during lunch.
Visit to the Chestnut of the Hundred Horses on the Etna volcano
After lunch there will be a visit to a millenary chestnut grove, located in Sant'Alfio on the eastern slope of the Etna volcano, near Case Perrotta. The Chestnut of the Hundred Horses is considered the oldest in Europe and is included in the Italian heritage of green monuments. Legend tells of a queen and her 100 knights who would have found refuge under the famous chestnut tree sheltered from a storm.