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This natural path it was been the first one created in Sicily (in mid-1991) and today it remains one of the most popular hiking trails in the territory of the Etna Park.
It is named after the Sicilian dialectal term for pine trees. The route is not particularly difficult.
It unwinds from the plateau located West of Monte Vetore (1823 m a.s.l.) at a short distance from the Grande Albergo dell’Etna. It crosses ancient and recent lava fields (1985-2001), lava flow caves, hornitos, “cannon-shaped” stones (solidified sarcophagi of lava solidified around tree trunks), wooded formations, impressive pines of exceptional beauty, and finally reaches the Botanical Garden New Gussonea belonging to Ragalna the most higher village of Etna south-side. Here all the main environments characterising the Etna area have been recreated and all the plant species of Etna can be observed.
From here, along a stretch of paved road, the starting point is reached and the ring route completed.
The trail develops entirely within the Forestry Property and offers several observation points, each with its specific features, constituting a significant cross-section of the natural environment of Mount Etna.
At the end of the walking, we will go for a sicilian appetizer (Pic Nic) inside a mountain refuge,
tasting local cheese and charcuterie and drinking local wine.
End of the walking.
*Regarding the food it’s necessary to know in advance any intollerance/allergies food.
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