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Bove Valley from the top

A slice of Heaven: the north-eastern area of Etna, a stroll through the clouds, on the edge of the Bove Valley, at an altitude of 2000m, to discover Serracozzo Ridge and Frumento delle Concazze Mount. Among craters, eruptive vents, lava flows and caves, we will run a ring-shaped path that will take us across landscape and geological hotspots of extremely high interest, showing us a multitude of Etna’s aspects.

€50 per person*
*Price valid for a minumum of 4 participants
Children 3- 12 y.o.: €10 off!
Babies 0- 2 y.o.: free!

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Info
  • Starting time

    9 a.m.

  • Meeting point

    Citelli Refuge

  • Finishing time

    About 3 p.m.

  • Included services

    Insurance;
    Authorised English tour guide (touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE-GRE in possession of BLSD certification).

  • Not included services

    Anything not specified in the "Included services"

  • We advice

    Trekking or running shoes, proper clothes depending on the season, the weather conditions and to the altitude: during winter season we recommend snow clothing (hat and gloves essential), during summer season you should wear a wind jacket, a hat and bring sunscreen. Bring some water, a snack, and don't forget your camera!

  • Important comunications

    Tell us in advance about any special needs or health issues, such as allergies, heart disease, pressure problems, walking difficulties, handicaps.
    We will do our best to let you enjoy the tour to its full extent. Hiking at this altitude is not permitted to women over 3 months pregnant.
    Thank you!

    The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or vulcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.

Itinerary

We start our trekking at 1740m, from Citellu Refuge, n°15 base point of the Etna Park. We enter in birches, pines and beeches woods. At the start, the path is marked by an alternation of up-and-down trails walking in lava stone canyons, smoothed by the water of melting snow. We will also come across areas of more or less dense greenery.

Ready, steady, go!

After about 1,5km we reach Serracozzo cave, which was created by one of the eruptive vents in the eruption of 1971. The Serracozzo cave is a perfect example of the about 190 lava flow caves scattered on the Etna surface. These tunnels originated during eruptions, through the incandescent lava flowing, which takes place when its temperature is still between 1100°C and 700°C. The cave is characterized by two parts, very different from each other: while the entrance roof is low and narrow, we will find ourselves, for the first dozens of meters, between high walls, which are smooth, almost glass-like, due to the lava blunting action… a rather surprising and evocative view. Thereafter, making our way down, the cave becomes a lava tunnel whose height decreases until it will not allow us to keep a standing a posture. Here everything changes: the walls’ surface becomes scoriaceus and the vault is now characterized by the beautiful formations of “dog’s teeth”.

Serracozzo cave

Once we resurface, we start back on the path, trekking up and, after about half a km, we reach the Valle del Bove’s edge. Before our eyes, a breathtaking view: the whole valley looms with its 35 square km made of lava flows, overlapping each other as of the last 50 years. Our eyes can look over an enormous space, the most extraordinary spectacle in nature, a big semicircular basin that deeply carves the whole oriental slope of the volcano. We can admire a plane full of lava flows that, as motionless rock spits in front of us, testifies how Etna’s activity could cover such a wide surface in barely half century. Observing the landscape, we can also easily recognize the geological structure that was here before Etna existed and that, because of its collapse, gave way to the Valle del Bove about 8000 years ago. In this place, we can appreciate the magmatic dikes, an interesting formation here which particularly noticeable, as well as some extinct craters. Another valley’s feature that will definitely catch the viewer’s eye is the so called Cicirara stone. We keep moving towards Pizzi Deneri peak, following the valley’s edge for some hundreds meters, until we get to the eruptive vents of 1928.

Facing the Valle del Bove

We leave the ridge, go over the 1928 lava flow and go ahead towards Frumento delle Concazze Mountain, one of biggest lateral Etna craters. It is at 2150m and it originated around 3500 years ago. In contrast to what we were able to notice up until now, this eruptive cone material colour is quite reddish, due to the oxidation process of the iron contained in the lava. From this view point, we can comprehensively admire all of Sartorius craters on its typical “button line” layout. We can enjoy the landscape, the eye overlooks a big part of the North Eastern slope to the sea and, farther, you can even see Calabria. We get close to the Sartorius group and follow on its path until we come across the Etna’s birches woods (an endemic specie typical of this area) and the 1928 lava flow, before going back to the Citelli Refuge. We are probably tired yet satisfied of having admired breathtaking landscapes and some of the most beautiful geological formations of Etna. See you on the next adventure!

Monte Frumento delle Concazze
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