General

This is a wonderful three days trail for riders who wants to admire the rough nature and the stunning landscapes in the Etna area.

Day 1 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours

Today your ride will begin from the stable Ardichetto, through old roads and paths of woodlands until you reach “Val Calanna” where 1992 the braided lava flows began to flow in to keep the lava from flowing towards the village Zafferana. You will reach the famous “Ilice di Carrinu”, a beautiful large and old tree about 700 years old. After a short photo stop you ride in direction “Ragabo” pine forest before you reach your accommodation “Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi” Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours

After breakfast you ride up to “Piano Provenzana”, famous as Ski resort during winter time until you will reach the famous famous volcanic cone “Monte Nero” (approximately 2049 a.s.l.). Along your ride you can admire some particular craters also called “hornitos” and lava flows from different periods. You will ride in turns through forest and typical volcanic landscapes. You climb in direction “la bottoniera”

(approximately 2150 a.s.l.) where you will see a succession of craters from the last great eruption of 2002. You ride down in direction “Altomontana” a wide path at an average height of 1700m a.s.l., drawing a half circle around Mt Etna, where you can explore on horseback the characteristics of the volcan: old craters, stone forests, woodland, old lava flows. You ride towards the forest “Timparossa” until you reach the cave “Grotta dei Lamponi” or Raspberry cave, formed by old lava flows. After you visit the cave you ride towards “Monte Spagnolo” where you will enjoy your pic nic. After then you continue your adventure to reach again the “Altomontana “path and you ride through the domain “Filicius Milia” past to the volcanic cone “Monte Scavo”. From “Rifugio Galvarina” your ride will lead you to the cave “Grotta S. Barbara” before you reach your accommodation “Ariel”. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 3 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours

After breakfast your ride will lead you towards “Silvestri Craters” and ride along the border of the extinct volcano from the eruption of 1892. On the days of good visibility, don’t miss the amazing view. You will reach a hight of 1900 a.s.l. You will ride down through Etna landscapes. You will then continue to descend through old lava flows to reach the cave so called” Grotta Cassone” a 277 meters long tunnel of old lava flow from 1792. You ride towards “Piano del Vescovo” near to which you will enjoy your pic nic before your ride continue to descend in the direction of the stable Ardichetto.

 

The Tour includes:

  • 3 days in the saddle
  • 3 days of guided riding
  • 2 nights accommodation in double
  • luggage transport with support vehicle
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • 2 liter bottle of water per day
  • Assurance
  • Rent of helmet and Chaps

 

The tour does not include:

  • Transfer on request ( to pay locally)
  • Single room on request
  • Additional nights
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included in price”

Available departures

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Castiglione di Sicilia

Castiglione di Sicilia

Castiglione di Sicilia lies about 160 kilometres (99 mi) east of Palermo and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Catania. It borders the following municipalities: Adrano, Belpasso, Biancavilla, Bronte, Calatabiano, Francavilla di Sicilia, Gaggi, Graniti, Linguaglossa, Maletto, Malvagna, Mojo Alcantara, Motta Camastra, Nicolosi, Piedimonte Etneo, Randazzo, Roccella Valdemone, Sant’Alfio, Taormina, Zafferana Etnea.

Passopisciaro is a frazione of Castiglione di Sicilia situated 12 kilometres (7 mi) from Castiglione di Sicilia, at 645 metres (2,116 ft) above sea level on the northern slopes of Mt. Etna. Nowadays Passopisciaro has a population of about 500 but in years gone by the population was as high as 1,500 people. The village can be reached by taking the SS120 Roman road from Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, or by the Circumetnea Railway. Passopisciaro’s main industry is wine making, vineyards can be found scattered throughout the entire region.

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Etna Volcano (Sicily)

Etna Volcano (Sicily)

 

The Etna volcano is one of the biggest and most active volcanos around the world. Thanks to its predictable not explosive eruptions (effusive) it’s possible for many people to live around it and take advantage of the soil that grants amazing products such as oranges, grapes, almond trees, which are all specialties of the island. Our customized excursions will take you to discover this hidden part of Sicily. The small town of Bronte is world renowned for its pistachios, and the Zafferana town for the zafferan cultivation.  Everywhere small “masserias” (farms) grow grapes that are sold then fermented as renowned wines. We will offer the chance to taste some of the local wines like nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio for the red wines and the carricante for the white ones. We also offer a horse riding excursion upon the volcano and its surroundings for a quite thrilling and astonishing view of the area. The slow walkabout with the horses will be easy for everyone in the family, and will be directed by skilled Sicilian horsemen, who will lead you on a journey to a mind-blowing landscape. Make sure to book in the springtime when flowers blossom everywhere crowning the famous volcano as King of Sicily.

 

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