READY, STEADY, GO!
Armed with water, sandwiches, camera and everything that we have recommended to you in the "Information" section, let's go.
We begin the climb up to admire the buttonhole of the five Silvestri Craters, between 2025 and 1800 meters above sea level. The eruption that formed these craters lasted 173 days, from 9 July to 29 December 1892 and traveled about 7 kilometers, stopping almost in the Monti Rossi, just above Nicolosi, at an altitude of 970 m a.s.l. The name comes from the well-known Florentine volcanologist Orazio Silvestri.
THE 2001 ERUPTION
We continue towards the effusive mouth of the 2001 Eruption, at 2100 meters above sea level. This eruption has a great volcanological relevance, being made up of a very complex eruptive system. These are as many as seven fractures originating at different altitudes: from 2950m s.l.m. up to an altitude of 2100 meters. The eruption lasted only 24 days: it began in the night between 17 and 18 July and ceased in the night between 9 and 10 August 2001. The most threatening flows stopped at 1030m a.s.l.
SCHIENA DELL'ASINO (DONKEY'S BACK) AND THE HUGE VALLEY OF THE BOVE
Following the southern slope of Etna, we walk towards the Back of the Donkey where at about 2300 meters above sea level we will be able to admire the Valle del Bove. It is a valley of about 35 km², in the shape of a semicircle facing the Ionian Sea, nestled in the ancient volcanic structure further east than today's location of the volcanic building of Etna. You will have before your eyes a formation almost unique in the world, which will give you the sensation of looking at the volcanic structure from the inside. With such a view, we will not be able to avoid taking a well-deserved picnic break!
The time has come to drop in altitude, following the gullies of sand with a lunar atmosphere. We will head south through the Calcarazzi Mountains to discover the lava flow tunnel formed during the eruption of 1766.
Now close to our starting point we return to the Silvestri Craters and the SP 92 provincial road, probably tired, but satisfied to have seen breathtaking views and some of the most beautiful formations of the Etna volcano.
See you on the next adventure!