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Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara) Tours

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Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)
Following the path of an ancient Mt. Etna lava flow, Sicily’s Alcantara River carved intricate ravines and underground passages through the volcanic rock. The resulting Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara) are part of the Alcantara River Park, popular with travelers drawn to the beautiful rock formations and the refreshing river water, especially in summer.

The Basics
A visit to the Alcantara Gorges can include a simple walk through the park, or a more challenging hike down into the canyons—including some more than 200 feet (61 meters) deep—for river trekking. By far the simplest way to manage the logistics of getting to and from the Alcantara Gorges from the Sicilian cities of Taormina, Messina, and Catania is to join a small-group tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, round-trip transportation to the Alcantara River Park, and an expert guide. Many full-day tours of Mt. Etna and Alcantara also offer wine tastings at the nearby vineyards, hikes up to the active volcano crater, and a ride on the historic Circumetnea Railway.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring sturdy footwear, a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water, especially if you plan to hike down into the gorges.
  • The Alcantara River Park entrance fee is not included in many group tours.
  • Because of the rough terrain, hiking the gorges is not recommended for young children or those who are not in good physical condition.
  • Along the top of the ravines, there are easy trails, suitable for all ages and physical conditions, that take you through the park’s botanical gardens and past a number of scenic viewpoints.

How to Get There
The main entrance to the Alcantara River Park is about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Taormina. You can reach it easily by car, tour bus, or public bus.

When to Get There
The park is lovely to visit year-round due to Sicily’s mild climate, though is most pleasant in summer’s cooler early morning or late afternoon hours. The park can be very crowded in August, when Italians traditionally go on summer vacation, so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time if you want to appreciate the park in relative peace and quiet.

Alcantara River Park Facilities
The Alcantara River Park entrance fee gives you access to two swimming pools, a 3D film presentation explaining the evolution of the canyon, a botanical museum, a restaurant, and an elevator down into the canyon. 
Address: Alcantra, Sicily, Italy
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travelers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Taormina includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and delve deep into the Alcantara Gorges—home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
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  • 9 hours
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Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina

Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina

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Access parts of the Etna and Alcantara Gorges that traditional tours can't reach on this off-road tour via 4WD vehicle. Departing from Taormina, you'll see the otherworldly landscapes around the volcano, including the caves and lava flows and a stop at Mount Fontana. Stop at a local country restaurant to refresh yourself with a traditional Italian lunch, including wine, before returning to Taormina.
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  • 7 hours
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Taormina, between seas, milkers and cielu

Taormina, between seas, milkers and cielu

Naturalistic, artistic and gastronomic experience in the international city of tourism Taormina and in the famous and fascinating Alcantara Gorges. A visit to the Alcantara gorges, in the beauty of nature and its gorges. Climb among the rocks and cool off in the cold waters that flow towards the sea or simply choose one of the quieter paths to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape in a soft way. After the naturalistic tour, continue the day by letting yourself be guided among the beauties and the streets of Taormina, a landscape located on a hill 206 m above sea level, suspended between rocks and sea.
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  • 8 hours
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Alcantara in MTB from Taormina

Alcantara in MTB from Taormina

The tour will start from Calatabiano, during the ride it will be possible to admire the ruins of the Francavilla Castle. The route develops mainly in the plain, immersed in the cultivation of citrus fruits and fruits typical of the Alcantara valley.
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  • 3 hours
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$130.49
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Etna Summit Area (2900 mt) Lunch and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina

Etna Summit Area (2900 mt) Lunch and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina

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This entire day tour will allow you to get to the base of the summit craters of the Etna: thanks to the ascent by cableway and off-road vehicles you will arrive at 2900 meters of altitude, where you will have a unique walk around the base of the active summit craters, accompanied by our naturalistic expert and a volcanological guide. Afterward, you will explore the incredible volcanic underground by visiting one of the striking volcanic cave of the Etna, and then, after a lunch based on local typical products, you will visit the amusing Alcantara Gorges.
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  • 10 hours
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