Horseback riding tour from Etna Park to Nebrodi Park crossing the Alcantara Valley between lava flows, medieval villages and enchanted woods.
- Horse Ride
- Etna Volcano
- Castiglione di Sicilia
- Goerges of Alcantara
- Refuges and Cellars
Meals as descripted
- Identity card or passport
- Requirements required by the Italian State for anti covid prevention 19
- Be an experienced knight
- Have no walking problems
- Comfortable non-slip shoesh
- windproof jacket
Day 1 – Catania / Linguaglossa
Arrival at the airport in Catania Fontanarossa, collection of the rental car (bank credit card in the driver’s name required) and departure for Etna Nord. Arrival at the hotel in Linguaglossa in the afternoon, check in and accommodation in the reserved rooms. Free time at your disposal, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 – Linguaglossa / Etna Nord
Breakfast at the hotel, and departure by rented car for the Ranch which is surrounded by a lush chestnut grove. Meeting with our guide Sabrina and informative briefing. We mount a horse to start our tour that through the anthropological path of the herds first, and a short stretch in the town of Linguaglossa, we head towards Valle Galfina – Dragoon chest passing through the magnificent vineyards of the Gambino company. From here we will enjoy a wonderful view of Linguaglossa, Taormina, Castelmola and Calabria. We continue to take the path that will take us inside the Etna Park at an altitude of 1,250 meters. Stop for tasting lunch in the cellar and continuation to the Sartorius Mountains. The crossings on horseback take place between forests of beech, pine, larch, birch and lava stone. From the Sartorius mountains, once our visit has been made, we will descend to reach the Ragabo pine forest from where we will begin to descend along medium-easy dirt paths. We will see old millstones and we will be able to visit a lava cave where shepherds sheltered their flocks on summer nights until a few decades ago. In the evening, return to the ranch, transfer to the hotel with your own car, arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Linguaglossa and surroundings
Breakfast at the hotel and relaxing morning in the Resort SPA to regenerate ourselves. Free excursion to the town of Linguaglossa where it will be possible to go in search of butchers where it is possible to watch the preparation of “sausage al ceppo”, a typical mix of meat of thigh cuts, pancetta, bacon, lard and capocollo which are shredded in tiny pieces with the “partituri” (a local knife) on a large oak trunk, kneaded by hand and seasoned with salt, black pepper and wild fennel seeds from Etna. Once blended, the dough is stuffed into the natural casing and tied with string, forming sausage strings about two meters long that many butchers hang for about 20-25 days to be eaten raw. It will be possible to taste this typical Linguaglossa dish roasted on the grill at one of the local restaurants. Free afternoon. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 4 – Etna Nord / Castiglione di Sicilia
Breakfast at the hotel and departure by car to the Ranch where we will find our guide and our horses ready for another wonderful day to discover one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Castiglione di Sicilia. Through an old path between 7 galleries we will reach the ancient tower of San Vincenzo commonly called “U Cannizzu” adjacent to the Church where we will stop the horses to continue on foot to visit the Lavatoi of Santa Caterina until we reach the Castle of Lauria through the neighborhood Jewish. We go down from the village to reach our horses where we can have our packed lunch with typical local products. We get back in the saddle to reach the nearby Byzantine Cuba before resuming the way back to the ranch. In the evening, return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Linguaglossa / Alcantara Valley
Breakfast at the hotel and departure by car to the Ranch where we meet the guide. Mounted on horseback, we set off for the descent into the Alcantara Valley. Through the San Filippo path, along the panoramic paths, we will descend to Gaggi and then to Mitogio for a short stop before visiting the Alcantara Gorges. Free time and lunch in the farmhouse where we will taste traditional dishes expertly cooked by expert hands. In the afternoon we begin the return to the ranch where we will greet the guide and our four-legged friends who led us to the discovery of this territory with extraordinary morphological, historical and landscape characteristics shaped by the force of nature that manifests itself here with its 4 elements: air , water, earth and fire.
Day 6 – Linguaglossa - Catania airport
Breakfast at the hotel and release of the reserved rooms.Departure for Catania Fontanarossa Airport and return of the rented car.End of services.