Getting on/off bus, motorcoach, and train. Drive is approximately 1.5 hours; train ride is approximately 1 hour.
Boarding our mini-buses, we will ride to our motorcoach and set out to explore the western side of Mount Etna. As we venture into the countryside, our first stop will be at the Alcantara Gorges, one of the most incredible geological sites, visited by geologists from all over the world. The Alcantara River flows for 30 miles through the volcanic terrain created by a previous volcano before the existence of Mount Etna, smoothing the canyon walls and forming pools between rocky waterfalls. Departing from the gorge, we will travel along the incredible back slopes of the volcano for incredible views as we ride to Randazzo, an ancient city built by the Normans. In Randazzo, we will board the boxcar train used by locals to circumnavigate Mount Etna. Before boarding the train, we will have some commentary that will allow us to sit back, relax, and enjoy the terrain and the beauty of the ride. Along the way, the train will stop to change directions by hand. As we ride, we will gain an understanding of the volcanoes vast terrain and its importance for Sicilian agriculture.
On your own to enjoy what you like in Randazzo.
We will have a short walking field trip through the historical part of town. This was once one of the most densely populated towns in Sicily, with the population divided into three areas; the Greek quarter, the Latin quarter, and the Lombard quarter. Large portions of Randazzo are built out of lava. Afterwards, the motorcoach will be waiting for us for our return to the hotel.
At a local restaurant in Taormina with folk music, we’ll have a plated meal featuring regional cuisine, plus a glass of wine, coffee, mineral water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.