Holidays to Italy are always very interesting, especial italian island Sicily. Here we can see famous mount Etna volcano which is still active. It lies on east side of the island about 20 km from Taormina town. Coast near Taormina is a great starting point for exploring two attractions of Sicily: mt Etna Volacno and Alcantara Gorge.
A trip from Taormina to Alcantara GorgeMount Etna can be seen also from the Greek Amphitheater in Taormina. Sicily has no major rivers, only some small rivers, for example rivers Alcantara and Simeto are very interesting, they can be found on the Ionian side of Sicily. Alcantara river is especialy interesting because of gorge with vertical basalt cliffs uncommonly forms and samples.
In the past one of the small craters named Mogo had the eruption. The erosion of the river transformed it in a canyon when magma cooled down and formed into a prism balastic high walls. The river offers tourists many beautiful sights like water falls, vertical basalt cliffs of whimsical forms and numerous shallows.
For a lots of tourists mt. Etna, Taormina and Alcantara Gorge are the most interesting sights and attractions on the island of Sicily. Alcantara Gorge is over 50 m deep and its canyon is filled with lava. The river offers tourists many beautiful sights like water falls, vertical basalt cliffs of whimsical forms and numerous shallows. Over 50 meters above on the narrow tongue of water can be seen the stone cliffs, which forms hexagonal and pentagonal prisms.
Tourist can hike through gorge, this a great opportunity to admire overall view on the initial part of the gorge. There are specially areas provided for free-camping. The water in Alcantara river becomes lower during the period from May till September. This is the perfect time for batheing in the river, and many tourists use this cool water and enjoy batheing in its pure stream. Even in summer months the water is very cold and fresh. For those who wanted walk through some parts of the gorge, they can hire waders.
Trip to Alcantara Gorge
The Gole dell'Alcantara - Alcantara gorge is not only gorge it is beautiful natural landscape and attraction for many visitors. Around 2400 BC this natural monument of balast rock was created by the eruption of the volcano Monte Moio. The entire valley of the Alcantara river was flowed by lava, right to the place where the first colony in Sicily was founded by Greeks.
Our first destination was the »Gole di Alcantara. Following the main road inland (185) from Taromina-Giardini Naxos we reached after 13 kilometresto Alcantara complex. We parked our cars and entered to see the strange rock formations and the river. We took a simple 20 minute long trip tour. To see interesting rock formations tourists must try several sets of stairs to get down to the riverbed. This entrance could be also seen for free, just by using different paths. Near the roadside we saw a stand, which was acutally the tourist information office for this area. Here we supplied us with more informations about the villages surrounding Mount Etna and many other brochures, the service here was very good.