Simeto Lava Gorge Natural Reserve
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On the border between Centuripe and Adrano, along the Simeto river (the largest Sicilian river), extends a protected area of about 291 hectares, which includes the territories of Bronte and Randazzo. In this area the Simeto has dug deep canyons in the volcanic rock, not only marking the border between the provinces of Catania and Messina, but also between two different geological worlds. On one hand are the Nebrodi and their sediments (Messina); on the other are Etna and its lava stone (Catania).
This panoramically impressive wild environment, houses a very specialized vegetative community that is able to survive floods, the heat of summer, goat bites and the winter frost; giving asylum to a specialized component of rare fauna. Among the lava lurks oleander, able to exploit the slightest opportunity to take root, while in the surrounding area, citrus groves have given way to nature, there are white and yellow daffodils blooming, rushes, nettle meadows, poppy, tansy, ferla and borage.
The sun warms the grass snake, the green lizard and the wagleriana lizard, while in the water you can hear the dull thuds of diving frogs, painted frogs and toads.
The area is the perfect place for canyoning. In fact, here and in neighboring deep Bolo gorge, those who are more daring can go inside caves, between the fast moving water, to admire the pseudo polygonal lavas in all their beauty with prisms crossing in a graphic effect of black on black color that reaches its climax on sunny warm spring day the days. Spring in fact, is the best time to walk the trails of the Simeto Lava Gorges, both for the amount of water in the river and for the wonderful smells coming from the rich vegetation.

 

For information and guided tours contact:
Legambiente Erei Via Ragusa, 2 – Enna
Phone: 0935 504841
cea_a@hotmail.com

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! On the border between Centuripe and Adrano, along the Simeto river (the largest Sicilian river), extends a protected area of about 291 hectares, which includes the territories of Bronte and Randazzo. In this area the Simeto has dug deep canyons in the volcanic rock, not only marking the border between the provinces of Catania and Messina, but also between two different geological worlds. On one hand are the Nebrodi and their sediments (Messina); on the other are Etna and its lava stone (Catania). This panoramically impressive wild environment, houses a very specialized vegetative community that is able to survive floods, the heat of summer, goat bites and the winter frost; giving asylum to a specialized component of rare fauna. Among the lava lurks oleander, able to exploit the slightest opportunity to take root, while in the surrounding area, citrus groves have given way to nature, there are white and yellow daffodils blooming, rushes, nettle meadows, poppy, tansy, ferla and borage. The sun warms the grass snake, the green lizard and the wagleriana lizard, while in the water you can hear the dull thuds of diving frogs, painted frogs and toads. The area is the perfect place for canyoning. In fact, here and in neighboring deep Bolo gorge, those who are more daring can go inside caves, between the fast moving water, to admire the pseudo polygonal lavas in all their beauty with prisms crossing in a graphic effect of black on black color that reaches its climax on sunny warm spring day the days. Spring in fact, is the best time to walk the trails of the Simeto Lava Gorges, both for the amount of water in the river and for the wonderful smells coming from the rich vegetation.   For information and guided tours contact: Legambiente Erei Via Ragusa, 2 – Enna Phone: 0935 504841 cea_a@hotmail.com  

 

 


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