3 Days immersed in the lush nature that only an area aware to its riches can offer, courses between spring waters, mammoth and secular trees, basalt Gorge of extraordinary beauty.
Day 1: Departure for Nature Reserve of Fiumefreddo. The Fiumefreddo is a river with two branches and a short extension. Its waters have low temperature even in summer (12-13 ° C) since spring water coming from aquifers of the eastern Etneo and going into natural basins called "quadare" in Sicilian dialect. Around the sources and along the river a superabundant vegetation develops, including water ones, which is an element of high value. Examples are the ranunculus brush , whose presence in Sicily is registered only here and in the course of the Alcantara river, and the papyrus that grows on the edges of quadare. In the area there is also a grove of American walnut.
Day 2: Departure to the Bosco dello Scacchiere. In the foothills band Etnea extended once large wooded area called with the name of the place where they were sitting. The Aci one occupied an area of about 20-30 km up to the Ionian east coast of Acireale. Of the original forest of Aci today remain small isolated island, the biggest of which is the Bosco dello Scacchiere, nearby Pisano, a hamlet of Zafferana Etnea. Lunch on your own. Departure for the visit of the so called Chestnut of the Hundred Horses . A majestic 28 mt. height tree, its reputation was spread by foreigns travelers during the XVIII century, and is linked to a legend. It is said that the Queen Giovanna D'Aragona took refuge under it, with the following 100 riders during a temporle. The best season to admire it is during the late spring when it is covered by the fragrant blossom called Zagara. A few hundred meters there is another secular tree, called Castagno della Nave, with a circumference of 25 meters and a height of 15 meters.
Day 3: Visit of Alcantara Gorges. The Alcantara, sliding between the numerous lava flows, have given rise to real basalt works, with varied forms. The meeting between water and rock create fascinating play of light and colors. Moreover, a dense network of trails within the "Geological and Botanical Park", will let you to discover places of special beauty and charm.