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Our tour includes a visit to the Alcantara Gorges in the morning, the discovery 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 the Alcantara Gorges in Sicily

The best time to visit the Alcantara Gorges is in the morning, when the sun is shining on the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. In fact, in the afternoon this part of the 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 nature of basaltic prisms. In the Motta Camastra area, the river flows into a section made up of an old lava flow. On the territory of Giardini Naxos there was a famous Roman bridge, from which the name of this river originates.

To visit the gorges and admire the marvelous columned basalts, we suggest a hike in the canyon (the water is around 7 ° degrees), you can swim (in this case remember to bring a change of clothes and a towel).

 

Highlights

  • Visit to the Alcantara Gorges
  • View of columnar basalts
  • Walk in the canyon
  • Tasting of olive oil
  • Sicilian cooking class
  • Typical Sicilian lunch
  • Visit to the Chestnut Tree of the Hundred Horses

 

When to book, how long before? We do not do mass tourism. So to make sure you have room, it's best to book quickly.

 

There are 2 options for visiting the Alcantara gorges with olive oil tasting, in a small group (max 6 pax)

  • Reach our meeting point in Giarre at 08:30 am with your own vehicle (there is a free public parking) and then ride in our luxury vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long) with dedicated driver. Return around 3:30 pm
     
  • Pick-up/drop-off at your hotel (Catania-Taormina areas) in luxury vehicles (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long) with dedicated driver. Return around 4 pm

 

Estimated planning

  • Pick-up
  • Visit to the Alcantara Gorges
  • Walk in the canyon
  • Visit of the organic farm Case Perrotta
  • Tasting of Etna olive oil
  • Lunch preparation / cooking class
  • Lunch
  • Visit of the Hundred Horses Chestnut Tree

 

Visit of the organic farm Case Perrotta

The guide will accompany you to the organic farm Case Perrotta, where the farmer will show you the different cultures, based on the period of the visit, and the varieties of olives.

The ideal time to see the harvest of olives and cherries is between October and November. If you are looking for accommodation on the volcano for your stay in Sicily, Case Perrotta can accommodate guests in ten comfortable rooms.

 

Taste Etna olive oil

After the tour of the farm, you will taste and compare several olive oils, the farmer will guide you in identifying the defects and the quality of different olive oils. After there will also be the guided compilation of a sensory analysis.

 

Sicilian cooking class

Under the direction of the chef, you actively collaborate in the preparation of your dishes and you will receive all the information necessary to be able to repeat the recipes of Italian cuisine, rich in flavors, independently. If possible the course will take place in the kitchen. The dishes you have prepared are tasted during lunch.

 

Visit of the Chestnut Tree of One Hundred Horses on the Etna volcano

After lunch, a visit to a thousand-year-old chestnut is planned, located in Sant’Alfio on the eastern slope of the Etna volcano, near Case Perrotta. The Chestnut of the Hundred Horses is considered to be the oldest in Europe and is listed in the Italian heritage of green monuments. The legend tells of a queen and her 100 riders who would have found refuge under the famous chestnut tree sheltered from a storm.

For your comfort it is also possible for you to arrive at our meeting point in Giarre with your own vehicle and thus get into our vehicle with dedicated driver.

Our groups are made up of 6 people maximum, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Our excursion starts early in the morning to allow you to fully appreciate the beauty of the Alcantara Gorges.


Pick-up / drop-off, meeting point

  • At your hotel in Catania or Taormina area (please give us the exact address of the pick-up). You will be picked up with our luxury vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long) with dedicated driver. Return around 4 pm
     
  • Giarre motorway exit, departure from the Etna Fuel gas station https://goo.gl/maps/URpKmqQDdd22 You arrive with your own vehicle, park it in the car park (there is free public parking) and get into a luxury vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long) with dedicated driver. To reach the gas station: take the Catania - Messina motorway, GIARRE motorway exit. Pass the toll, at the roundabout take the first exit on the right. After 300 mt on the right side you will find the gas station. Return around 3:30 pm
     
  • Other places of care: an estimate will be established on request.

Conditions of sale

The weather conditions will be updated 48/24 hours before the excursion. If the weather conditions are unfavorable, the excursion will be postponed to another day available or refunded. You can cancel and be reimbursed free of charge up to 1 month in advance.

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