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Crossing of the Sartorius

The Sartorius Craters “bottoniera”: the wonderful path that from 1660m
brings us into a Betula Aetnensis woods, right along the outline
of the 7 craters, nestled on what one and half century ago was a huge magma field.
Then, between lava blocks and slabs, it brings us back to the magic birches woods.

Meeting Rifugio Citelli 50€ 35€ p.p.
Children under 12 pay € 5 less! Children under 3 years free!

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We start our path at 1660 m, on the Etna Park’s Nature Trail. We enter a particular forest, made of a unique birch species, that is, the Betula Aetnensis. Following the last glaciation, it managed to adapt and survive only here on our volcano.

Ready, steady, go!

Once we reach the 1865 lava flow that surrounds the Sartorius craters, we go along it until we reach the crater which originated on the highest part of the canyon, the closest to Frumento delle Concazze Mountain. We start climbing up to its edge, point from which we can observe the unique geological formation: apart from the excellent linearity of the “buttons line” craters’ position, what amazes us more is the proximity of the seven craters that allows us to see all of them from the very same viewpoint. We continue by walking on the outline of each crater, discovering them one by one. We will be able, hence, to notice all of their differences and similarities.

Climbing the seven craters

We walk back down from the craters to cross what, about 150 years ago, was a huge incandescent magma field. We adventure in a series of continuous ups and downs crossing, among blocks and slabs originated during the lava cooling, until we reach birches woods once again, and where once more we can admire the way nature is able to adapt itself to different circumstances in order to survive: latitude, exposure and volcanic soil are here actually very unique conditions.

Descent and birch forest
  • Starting time

    9 a.m.

  • Meeting point

    Citelli Refuge

  • Finishing time

    About 12 a.m.

  • Included services

    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.
    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.

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