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LAVA GROTTOS OF SIMETOTHE CALANNA ROCKTO ETNA FEET ,  BRONTE'S FORESTS"U PAGGHIARU",  THE SCIARA,  THE ETNA

Itinerary to Etna feet

As Giuseppe Cimbali wrote, only at Bronte Etna "shows itself in all the agreement, in all the purity, in all the harmony of his perfect and solemn lines".

The Bronte's territory which stands in the Park Of Etna (about 10.000 hectares) is rich of natura­listic wonders  that the following route shall try to show to you. There is a mixed way to do it, in part driving and in part on foot.

For the part falling down inside the parks, it is advisable to contact a guide; if required, it is possible to get in touch with the C.A.I.  (Club Alpino Italiano) of Bronte.

Driving on the road that takes to the SS Christ quarter  it is possible to enjoy, after few kilometers, the sight of  Etna and a true immense plain of lava.

At the end of the asphalted road, before leaving the characteristic road paved with lava squared slabs, park the car and go on foot.

Going up the road, inside a wide area of the lava of 1651-53, are found the "lave cordate" (lava ropes)  remarkably rich in the variety of patterns.

Further on, in the vicinity of the "Dagala Inchiusa" is possible to see the emerging of sedimentary rocks, among the most ancient of the "basement of Etna".

You can continue to drive along the characteristic road paved with roughly squared slabs made of lava stone as far as the "Piano dei Grilli" ( crickets' flat); the road is obstructed at this point by the gate of the Foresters.

Having parked the car, it is possible now to continue on foot (or on a bicycle). After crossing the gate, a nature path starts inside the zone "A" of the Etna park.


Along the way  you come across:

Monte Ruvolo "Piano delle Ginestre" (Brooms' plain): singular plain, at 1200 meters of height, called so as impressive brooms plants spread nearly everywhere on the volcano up to the maximum  height of 1900 meters, they occupy a wide area of the plain; in the zone you'll find also forest eco-systems of particular value with kinds very rare or completely nonexistent in the remaining part of this territory.

"Monte Ruvolo" (Ruvolo mountain): (1.410 meters), it is a little cone with two tops with mixed vegetation especialaly Brooms and big Oak trees.
To North of the small cone, near the "Mandre vecchie" (old mandras)  is visible a little wooded area, singular biological presence  between the lava of 1607.

"Monte Arso" (Burned mountain): it is a cone, at 1515 meters of  height, shaped as a horse shoe, considered of historical epoch, with presence of biological emergencies.

"Monte Nunziata" (Nunziata mountain), to a  height of about 1800 meters, where in the vicinity there is the Grotto of Nunziata Mountain .

"Monte De Fiore" (De Fiore mountain): it is a volcanic cone , at 1731 meters of  height, formed  in 1974 during an eruptive activity which gave origin to a singular  "gashed  dome".
Near the cone, between the lava of 1974, wooded eco-systems were formed with mixed varieties of  Pine,  Poplar and others.

"Grotta Della Neve" (Grotto of the snow), at about 1160 meters, close to  "Piano dei Grilli" (Crickets' Flat).

In the zone can be observed some fauna species of value:
the Kestrel, the Porcupine, the Hoopoe,  the Partridge, the hares and the foxes.
Mappa dei luoghi visitati - 94,4 KbIn the area included between " Monte Revolt", "Monte Leper" and "Monte de Fiore" lives the Royal Eagle re-introduced in the territory by the Park authority some years back. It is the ornithological presence more spectacular and significant  under the ecological aspect.
It nests, unique case in the south of Italy, on Larch Pine.

Lava cordata
Lava cordata
Lava cordata
Piano dei Grilli
Etna, Piano dei Grilli Grotta della Neve Lava fra Monte Arso e Monte Lepre Pista altomontana Monte Nunziata


Translated by Sam Di Bella

 

        

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