Etna volcano, between rituals and myths

Etna volcano, between rituals and myths

The religious syncretism between the veneration of pagan divinities with the religious cult of today. Etna volcano for villagers is almost "venerated" as a Mother Goddes, the black mother for the colour and the red mother for its fire, its lava flows and eruptions. Mother-Goddes that all seeing and all knowing. Symbols, esotericism, mysteries and many curiosities to discover with us

7 days/ 6 nights

DAY 1 • Welcome to Sicily
Arrival at Catania Airport and transfer to Acitrezza (CT) by own means (possibility of transfer, by booking a private taxi). Welcome Meeting with Travel Designer Tours representative, hotel accommodation with dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 • Walking tour to Acitrezza & Acicastello. Cooking and Tarantella labs in Ragalna.
After breakfast, meeting with the tour guide on a half-day walking tour to discover Acitrezza and Acicastello. Packed lunch provided by the hotel and departure for Ragalna the "Etna Terrace" and the highest village among the Etna villages (located at an altitude of 900 mt. a.s.l), famous for its DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In an old private crusher and millstone, immediately after the welcome tasting, the local housewives will reveal the secrets of an exclusive culinary recipe! You will learn the first steps of the Sicilian Tarantella, and after the convivial dinner, you perform to the rhythm of tambourines. You will be the active protagonists of a unique and unrepeatable experience! Accommodation in B&B in Ragalna and overnight stay.
DAY 3 • Ragalna - Trekking up Etna volcano south side.
After breakfast, departure for the meeting with the private volcanological guide on Etna, the most active volcano in Europe and a UNESCO site (2013). You will walk through the most recent lava fields and you will be immersed in an almost lunar landscape, above the clouds and who knows, with some puffs of ... "Idda, a 'Muntagna", yes, because for the Sicilian people, Etna is female, understood as Mother Earth. Return to the B&B and departure for the dinner at a typical restaurant. Overnight stay.
DAY 4 • Ragalna - Walking tour to Belpasso-Mompilieri-Nicolosi.
After breakfast in the B&B, departure for Belpasso, an etnean village symbol of the phoenix with the motto "Melior de Cinere Surgo", which contains the pride of the inhabitants who, tirelessly, continue to rebuild their identity, on the ashes of the famous eruption of 1669 and of the earthquake of the Val di Noto of 1693. You will admire some of the 100 sculptures in lava stone. Mompilieri, an important place of worship where some artistic remains of A. Gagini, a Sicilian sculptor of the 16th century, were found. Free lunch in Nicolosi "La Porta dell’Etna", that's means the Door of Etna, intended as the main entrance. After lunch, the visit continues to discover the rituals and the traditions linked to ex-votos. Return to the B&B in Ragalna and dinner in a typical restaurant.
DAY 5 • Ragalna - Misterbianco - Zafferana etnea
After breakfast in the B&B, check out and departure for the ancient town of Misterbianco, you will admire the ruins of an ancient church from the 1300s (today it can be visited thanks to numerous excavations and restorations). Tour duration with museum guide 2h max. From Misterbianco, we move to Zafferana Etnea with check in at the hotel. Lunch and free afternoon. Lunch suggestion: menu with "Siciliana", that's a sort of stuffed and fried calzone. Return to the hotel with dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 • Zafferana etnea - Trekking up Etna volcano north side - Zafferana etnea
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the meeting with a private volcanological guide on ETNA, the most active volcano in Europe and a UNESCO site (since 2013). This time you will hike the north side of Etna (from the altitude of 1800 to 2500 mt. a.s.l), a very different landscape than the south side composed by an “embalmed” birch trees, that you across along the lava stones desert. The route is entirely on foot. Return to the hotel with dinner and overnight.
Day 7 - Last morning - Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to each other. We hope you had one of the best times of your life and you desire to visit the rest of Sicily with us. You will go back by your own means to Catania airport. Thanks for choosing us!

Starting to €1.499*p.p

*Price is per person (min. 6 pax) and it can vary according to the season, the number of people and personal needs.
Recommended equipment: Trekking clothing, backpack, boots, poles, waterproof jacket.
Period: all year round with the exception of some winter periods with the possible presence of snow or ice on Etna and where the ascent to the highest points of the volcano will be replaced with other nature trails.

What is included?

✔ Meeting with one of our operators for introduction to the tour and delivery of material.
✔ Availability 24/24 h by one of our local operators.
✔ 1 overnight stay in Acitrezza in half board with dinner, beverages excluded (1st night).
✔ 3 overnights stay in Ragalna in B&B (2nd, 3rd, 4th night)
✔ 2 overnights stay in Zafferana etnea in half board with dinner, beverages excluded (5th, 6th night)
✔ Private transfer in minivan 7 seats included driver.
✔ Tour leader.
✔ Tourist guide where's required ✔ Vulcanological guide (3rd,6th day).
✔ Packed lunches (2nd, 3rd, 6th day).
✔ 1 Experiential cooking and Tarantella labs, included convivial dinner.

What is NOT included?

✗ Extras and services not mentioned under “included”.
✗ Hotel incidentals (room service, laundry service, extra).
✗ Cancellation insurance.
✗ EXTRA insurance in case of COVID-19.
✗ entrances to parks, museums and churches.
✗ car rental, transfers from / to Catania airport.
✗ tourist tax, personal expenses, tips, extras.
✗ Beverages in half board treatment with dinner (1st, 5th and 6th night).
✗ Round trip cable car + Jeep one way per person (3rd day).
✗ Wellness or SPA at the hotel Zafferana etnea (optional and by reservation) the 6th day.
Keep note: this tour package is a semi-tailored one, fully customizable according to your travel wishes.
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