Sicily is the largest Italian island that boasts six “UNESCO World Heritage” sites and preserves cultural and natural treasures of inestimable beauty.
It is the home to ancient villages such as Catania, Cefalù, Milazzo and Erice, where noble buildings wedged between narrow alleys suddenly leave room for breathtaking views; you can go up Etna, a dormant volcano whose lunar terrain and continuous puffs is a constant source of fascination; take a walk between the sea and the mountains at Capo Milazzo, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea together with its suggestive lighthouse; meet the salt pans of Mothia, an enchanted and evocative place like few others with the unforgettable expanse of salt dotted with windmills; disembark on the island of Vulcano, black as the land from which it originates; let the perfection of the temple of Segesta leave you speechless; fell protected by the towers that guard the Scopello tuna trap and its beautiful bay.
We land in Catania and we are immediately at the foot of Etna.
And it is precisely there that we go as soon as we arrive, on the highest active volcano of the Eurasian plate, heading for Rifugio Sapienza.
From its height of 1920m we climb the steep side on foot; the soil here is soft and lunar, impregnated by the sulfur that comes out of the fumaroles and it is precisely the “breath of the giant” that makes everything so surreal.
Castello di Milazzo
Milazzo (Messina) is a city located between two gulfs, that of Milazzo to the east and that of Patti to the west.
It rises at the beginning of the peninsula of Capo Milazzo which marks the closure of the first gulf overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It’s time to get going again.
As night falls we arrive on the island of Vulcano.
Vulcano part of the Aeolian archipelago.
Its activity continues to feed phenomena such as thermal springs, mud and fumaroles.
First the two black sand beaches and the inevitable lighthouse.
Then, volcanic boulders and the black and sandy bottom.
The crater in Vulcano
We arrive at the Great Crater of Vulcano from which it is possible to admire the entire archipelago in a single glance.
A fiery sunset gives way to the night, at times veiled by the smoke of the volcano.
Then the darkness.
Vulcano natural park
We move to Cefalù, an old town part of the Madonie Park.
The town is dominated by the fortress of Cefalù, which, together
with the Duomo,a World Heritage Site, characterizes its profile and
makes the view typical and very recognisable.
Discovering Segesta, an archaeological park protected by the
Doric Great Temple built on the top of a hill in a magical setting.
In the afternoon we reach the ancient Scopello tonnara (trap) and
its beautiful bay protected by two medieval towers and masterfully
hidden by the faraglioni (cliffs).
Here we are reminded of the ancient fishing methods and are
captured by the evocative atmosphere, full of history and beauty.
Erice awaits us coloured by classic majolica, with its narrow streets
and little squares lined with churches and noble palaces.
Last day, last stage.
Today we go to the Saline di Mozia along the famous salt road.
A long series of windmills leads us to the Stagnone nature reserve;
a journey through bodies of water, mountains of salt and thin strips