Mt Etna and Surrounding area Day Excursions
Alcantara Gorges (full day)
Enchanting tour in the valley of the river Alcantara that we follow down the valley to reach the famous Gorges, formed thousands of years ago when, according to the most likely hypothesis, in a lava flow that followed the river opened a rift in which water penetrated and quickly cooled, giving those special forms in its walls which make it the most visited natural site in Sicily, where in spring/summer you can bathe in its icy waters.
Duration: full day (hours of riding: 6)
Price: €100.00 (including picnic)
Excursion to Mt Etna (full day)
Amazing ride that takes us from Agriturismo San Marco, in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia, to the craters of the last great eruption of 2002, through forests, lava flows and stunning sceneries.
This excursion is reserved exclusively to experienced riders in good physical condition. For reasons related to weather and volcanological conditions, it is possible that the path is changed. In some places the path is done on foot, with horse on the hand.
Duration: full day (horse hours: 8)
Price: €130.00 (including picnic and entrance fee to Etna Natural Park)
Vineyard and Wine Tasting of Etna Doc Wines
This trail is dedicated to those who are both horse and wine lovers, who will have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful ride along the Alcantara Valley, on Etna's northern slopes, as well as tasting some of the best Sicilian wines, all produced using local grapes in the Etna area: the red wines, nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccino, and the white wines, carricante and cattarrato.
Riding through olive groves, hazel trees and of course, vines, we will arrive at the vineyard of Cavanera Etnea, where we will be accompanied by an expert guide on a tour of the old cellars, dating from the seventeenth century, and of the new cellars, before enjoying a tasting of at least five different Etna DOC wines, from among the vineyard's best labels. The tasting will be accompanied by a delicious selection of antipasti, including cured meats and cheeses from the area. We will return along a different path, passing through some of the wildest parts of the Alcantara Natural Park.
Hours of riding: approximately 7 hours (5 hours in the saddle)
Price: €120 (including vineyard visit and tasting)
Excursion "Fossa San Marco" (2 hours)
Pleasant and quiet loop excursion that takes place in the surroundings of the farm San Marco, on the northern slopes of Etna, through hazelnut and oak forests, fields used as pasture and lava flows more or less recent.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: €40 per person
Excursion “Small Alcantara Gorges” (3 hours)
The excursion starts at the Agriturismo San Marco. The commence with a downhill ride towards the river Alcantara through a series of narrow streets bordered by dry stone walls in lava and paths in a territory in which alternate hazelnut trees, vineyards, olive groves and oak forests.
Almost reached the river, you reach the famous “Byzantine Cuba”, ancient church dating back to the Byzantine period (VI-VIII BC) and soon after you get to the “Small Gorges of Alcantara” where the river is channelled into the narrow fissures in basalt rock originated thousands of years ago by a lava flow and where you make a short break to enjoy the best of this highly suggestive place (in the summer you can even take a bath in the refreshing waters).
You come back from a different way that makes you go near the medieval village of Castiglione di Sicilia (where on demand is possible to stop) and switching from other forests of oak and hazelnut trees before returning to the Agriturismo San Marco.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours - beginners
Price: €50 per person
Duration: 4hr - experienced