North of Etna is a regional park that follows the 50 kilometer water course of the Alcantara River. A unique and geologically interesting zone, the river cuts through low rocks and deeper gorges, creating a beautiful fluviale landscape.

There are park offices in both Francavilla di Sicilia and Castiglione di Sicilia, with trails along the river, which eventually empties into the sea south of Taormina. Along the way it cuts through ancient clay deposits, modeled into sculptural forms, magma flows, and basalt canyons created from lava.

There are cascades, plants and animals in the park, and refreshing walks along the cool river, with a dip in one of the natural pools, is certainly refreshing in the hot summer months!

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