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Excursion to the Gole dell'Alcanta and the Etna volcano

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He Etna is omnipresent in all the orography of the east of Sicily. In fact, many of the buildings built in Catania have used volcanic stone from the various eruptions of the volcano. It is currently active and just a few weeks before and after our visit it erupted.

For that day we planned an afternoon excursion to get to know the area, so as there was no plan for the morning, we got up late and ended up, at the suggestion of the owner of the B&B, driving to the Gole dell'Alcantara.

In one of the numerous eruptions of the Etna volcano, a lava stream ran through one of the river's rapids and when it came into contact with the cold water, it solidified and created very curious basaltic forms. In summer you can walk the river on foot, paying extra, which has to be very beautiful, but being spring it was not allowed because the river carried a lot of water. So we walked a path that follows the stream a little from the top of the throat. In the end, the experience was a bit ful, because, although the landscape is beautiful, the 8 euros that the ticket was worth seemed too much for what had to be done there.

At noon we entered a typical Sicilian food restaurant that had been recommended to us. It seemed expensive, and when the owner told us that the Chef He had been a disciple of Ferrán Adrià, we began to tremble. As it turned out, the owner was in love with Barcelona and had been there countless times. We agreed that it would bring us some antipasto and two pasta dishes of your choice and the truth is that we ate very well and the price in the end was nothing exaggerated.

At half past three he came to look for us B&B Andrea our guide on the excursion we had hired to learn more about the Etna volcano. We shared the trip with three Cypriot girls who assured us that there was nothing to see in their country and that we better not go.

At first, there was no volcano, just a bay. Hundreds of thousands of years later, a crack opened at the bottom of the bay and lava began to emerge, which solidified layer upon layer, until it formed an island in the bay. Thousands of years later, this volcanic island called Kalanna stopped spitting fire and then two successive craters were created, the trifoietto one (clover) and the trifoietto two. Then there was an implosion and the Bove Valley (ox) that can still be seen today. Subsequently, successive layers of sculpted lava spitted on Mount Etna joined the island to the mainland and made the bay disappear.

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