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Ponte dei Saraceni, Adrano

The "Ponte dei Saraceni" is one of the most beautiful and historically interesting building of the Sicilian Middle Ages. The bridge has lasted for about a thousand years on the major river of Sicily, "the Simeto", characterized by a varied geological structure that provides the alternation of waterfalls, gorges and lava flows. The river falls for a good stretch in the so-called "Gorges" creating a natural water play of great suggestion. The district is called "Salto del Pecoraio" thanks to an ancient legend about a shepherd in love who jumped to the other side to join his beloved. In the neighboring district of Mendolito is the area of ​​the largest, and perhaps most evolved, Hellenic city in Sicily: the Sicula town of Mendolito, dating back to the IX-V century. a.C .. The city wall has been identified and recently brought to light by the monumental Porta Sud.

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Etna Park

Etna is the highest volcano of Europe and it is considered both a lovely and fearsome “mother” by the citizens of Catania. Its eruptions are in fact terrifying and spectacular at the same time.

Etna is definitely a must destination for your trip around Sicily.

Mount Etna, also known as Mongibello, is a sicilian stratovolcan on the east coast of Sicily, in Catania and covers an area of 1,265 km 2 . Etna is the tallest and most active volcano in Europe. In 2010 it was 3350 meters high (10990,81 ft) , though this varies because of the constant state of activity.

The origin of the name is still uncertain: probably the name “Etna” comes from the Greek αἴθω (aithō), meaning “ to burn” and the name “Mongibello” comes from the Latin mons and the Arabic جبل jebel, both meaning mountain.

Etna eruptions are constant, the longest eruption was in December 1991 and lasted 473 days.

There are many myths and legends about Etna concerning King Arthur’s Castle or the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

In Etna there is the possibility to take part to guided tours or play many sports such as ski, snowboard and climbing.

In Etna it’s easy to find many beautiful nature paths to discover the amazing ecosystem of the mountain. For example the path Acqua Rocca leads to the Bove Valley, the path Schiena dell’Asino leads across a pine forest from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Catania and the Ionian Sea. For a family trip the suggested path is Grotta del Gatto or Monte degli Zappini.

Besides these, there are many others like Monti Sartorius, Case di Pietracannone, Pineta della Cubania,Val Calanna. Lago Gurrida, Monte Fontane, Monti Rossi, Serra delle Concazze, Crateri Silvestri and so on.

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Bosco di Santo Pietro

The natural reserve of “Bosco di Santo Pietro” is 20 km far from Caltagirone and represents one of the most luxuriant areas of the territory. The vegetation is extremely diverse and also the landscape and environment may vary a lot.

There are also many protected animal species.

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Timpa di Acireale

The Timpa di Acireale is the result of a long series of vulcanologic and geological phenomena which resume the history of Etna, the most active vulcano in Europe.

It is made of different layers of eructive sediments with different colors, grey for eldest materials and black for the most recent ones.

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Cosentini Park

Cosentini park is a green oasis in Cosentini (Santa Venerina). At the beginning it was a hunting park called “ bosco della Cunigghieria”.

The most beautiful feature of this park are the narrow lanes inside the wood. Not far from the park two meditteranean pines and a magnificent oak tree are visible from a small ridge.

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