Time  2 hours 58 minutes

Coordinates 821

Uploaded October 12, 2009

Recorded September 2009

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near Bronte, Sicilia (Italia)

This hike is described in more detail as walk 21 in the Dutch book "Deltas wandelgids. Sicilie en de Liparische Eilanden" (it might deviate somewhat from the description). It is a 12 km walk through an area with old lava flows and vulcanic cones, as well as forests. Casa Zampini is a modern refuge. The pagghiarus are old refuges traditionally used by foresters (see photos).
You arrive to the start by car via the lava road from Bronte (see photo).
Refuge

Casa Zampini

Refuge used by mountaineering club.
Summit

Monte Minardo

Vulcanic cone.
Summit

Monte Ruvolo

Vulcanic cone.
Refuge

Pagghiaru 1

Old refuge used by foresters.
Refuge

Pagghiaru 2

Old refuge used by foresters.

15 comments

  • eolon Jan 16, 2014

    bei posti e ottimi funghi https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920#wp-569925/photo-253636

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Jan 16, 2014

    Grazie per le vostre risposte https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920#wp-569925/photo-253636

  • Photo of Joe Balestreri

    Joe Balestreri Mar 18, 2017

    Those are native cyclamen. I found them near Monte Ruvolo in 2010 and all over Sicily. If you can see this foto, they grow even on lava in the shade.

    https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/17038799_1235480509902212_6601378523453021354_o.jpg?oh=f6c8f6b6deb2b318e5c47128e3379067&oe=592941F4 https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920#wp-569924/photo-160341

  • Photo of Joe Balestreri

    Joe Balestreri Mar 18, 2017

    Wonderful! https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-wandelen/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920/photo-160332

  • Photo of Joe Balestreri

    Joe Balestreri Mar 18, 2017

    I loved this place! The dry oak woodlands remind me of where I live in northern California. It's easy hiking and if I got confused I knew I could always climb up on the lava above the trees and find Mt. Etna to get my directions. But I wasn't expecting heavy fog and so near sunset on an October afternoon I was lost. On that mid October afternoon there was no one else there. I was lucky to find the Corpo Forrestal. 3 guys picking mushrooms (instead of posting trail signs lioke they we supposed to be doing) : ) They took me back to my car just as it got dark.

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Mar 19, 2017

    Thanks for clearing that up! https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920#wp-569924/photo-160341

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Mar 19, 2017

    Joe, thanks for your comments!

  • Photo of Joe Balestreri

    Joe Balestreri Mar 19, 2017

    Alstublieft!

  • Photo of Joe Balestreri

    Joe Balestreri Mar 19, 2017

    It is Cyclamen hederifolium ( Ivy leaf cyclamen in English)
    http://www.cyclamen.org/plants/species/cyclamen-hederifolium/ https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/12-km-hike-on-the-1763-lava-fields-569920#wp-569924/photo-160341

  • Photo of Shaun Melvin

    Shaun Melvin Mar 26, 2017

    Would this be a nice walk in late September? Maybes setting off at around 11am

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Mar 26, 2017

    Shaun, I actually did this walk in late September (September 30, 2009, starting around 10am), and it was great!

  • Photo of Orangutanga

    Orangutanga Jan 1, 2018

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Changing sceneries, easy to walk but everything but boring!
    Looking forward to walk it again.

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Jan 1, 2018

    Orangutanga, thanks for your review! Glad you liked it.

  • Photo of Bjfields

    Bjfields Jul 25, 2019

    Great way to see lava fields and Etna. Section through the woods a great relief on a hot day- but rather tedious if not!

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Aug 4, 2019

    Thanks for your review and comments Bjfields! Section through woods could be interesting for some also at cooler weather, with the mushrooms and the forests plants, if you are interested... (probably more in spring and autumn)

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