The volcanoes have always scared, amazed and released people’s imagination.
There are many anecdotes, stories and legends about these fascinating and threatening works of the earth: starting from Empedocles, who rushed into the crater of Etna to discover the secrets of its eruptive activity, to Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths , who ended up being dragged into it by his skittish horse.
The tremors of earthquakes, the smoke, the ashes, the fire, and the molten rock represent the tormented soul of a land rich in memories and intense smells. Let’s listen to the song of a thousand cicadas, while watching a land made fertile by a lava soil: figs, citrus, capers, brooms, rosemary…
Mount Etna, ‘a Muntagna or Mungibeddu, is one of the biggest active volcanoes in the world. We can climb to the top, through fascinating itineraries and paths, that from the wonderful sea of Taormina, go uphill through lunar landscapes, till we find rarefied air and even snow.
Not too far, another great spectacle of nature: the Alcantara Gorges. The canyon of the gorges, between lava stone walls as high as 50 meters, offers us the spectacle of the basalts, among small lakes and waterfalls of pure water.
Stromboli and Vulcano, intstead, are the active fire giants of an archipelago that’s completely vulcanic: the Aeolian Islands, true obsidian and pumice jewels.Witnesses, myths and ancient history speak about the ancient Hiera, that later became Vulcano, once the forge of Hephaestus, god of fire and a peerless blacksmith.
The climbing to the crater, the beauty of the caves and of the coastline, between the sulfuric gases emitted by the earth, and the warm relaxing bath are just some of the experiences to live.
Stromboli or Iddu (He) is an ancient, alluring, mysterious and isolated land: it is a round island with black sand, reeds and brooms.
The strongest emotion is passing nearby by boat, at night, when its eruptions and scarlet lava make the night sky glow red, defying the stars.
The heroes of Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne were created here; in addition, in Stromboli, Roberto Rossellini realized a masterpiece of neo-realism, Stromboli – Land of God, with the unforgettable Ingrid Bergman.
The Aeolian Islands show their volcanic heritage not only in these two islands but everywhere, as in the collapsed caldera of Pollara, in Salina. Here we will take a bath into a prehistoric submerged crater whose remains – molded by fire, wind and sea – are still visible, and admiring one of the spectacular sunset in the world.