Itinerary to Etna feet
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
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
(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
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
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
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.
the way you come across: