"Alba from the Argimusco Plateau" is a beautiful 2-day mini tour close to the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. We will take you to the discovery of the medieval village of Montalbano Elicona dell'Altopiano, the wonderful naturalistic site of the Argimusco Plateau at 1,200 meters above sea level in the middle lands between the Peloritani and Nebrodi mountains and in the magical Malabotta Forest in the Orientata Reserve of the same name. We avail ourselves of the collaboration of the astrophysicist Andrea Orlando, President of Sicilian Archaeoastronomy, of the Photographer and nature guide Emilio Messina and of the environmental guide and publicist Francesca Bisbano.
Montalbano Elicona - Argimusco Plateau - Oriented Reserve of the Malabotta Wood
1st day Saturday 18th September 2021
From 2:00 pm arrival by own means at the hotel
3:30 pm meeting of the participants in Montalbano Elicona at the war memorial in Piazza Municipio, meeting with our staff and departure for the visit of this beautiful medieval village elected the most beautiful village in Italy in 2015. Our guide, expert in history of the places, will lead us to the castle through the narrow streets of the historic center characterized by the typical stone houses, telling us about the events that have characterized this small town since ancient times on Mount Albano, and the reasons that pushed Frederick III of Aragon , king of Sicily, to choose it as a summer residence. We will certainly be fascinated by the court stories and the history of our friend and alchemist Arnaldo di Villanova whose tombstone we will see. We will be able to witness the splendid sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea from a panoramic terrace. Return to the hotel by own means, dinner and overnight stay.
2nd day Sunday 19 September 2021
4:45 am, meeting in the hotel lobby and departure by own means to the Argimusco Plateau where our guides will be waiting for us, Andrea Orlando astrophysicist and President of the IAS (Institute of Sicilian Archaeoastronomy) and Emilio Messina (photographer and AIGAE guide).
Here we will begin the walk in a dirt path that will be illuminated initially by our torches and gradually by the glow of the sun that begins to rise.
We will reach a particular point where we will be stationed to observe the rising of our star which we will slowly see appear to the east near Rocca Salvatesta, one of the highest points of the Peloritani mountains. It will be an exciting moment in which we will see the succession of a kaleidoscope of colors that from the sky to the earth will alternate from orange to yellow, from blue to light blue, from pink to white, magically illuminating the beautiful Rocche dell'Argimusco in a particular context. giving a unique and unforgettable emotion.
When the sun is high enough we will begin our visit of the plateau and our guides will take turns in the description that will go from archeo-astronomy to the history and beauty of the landscape. This will be followed by a tasty breakfast full of local specialties accompanied by a pleasant and hot coffee, all with a view of Mount Etna!
Around 9 am we will resume our cars to move to the north entrance of the oriented reserve of the Bosco di Malabotta, about 2.5 km away, where we will park to start a pleasant walk of about 3 km until we reach Pizzo Volturi where we will admire the circle of Patriarchi, that is the grouping of centuries-old oaks arranged in a circular area whose bizarre shapes modeled by time fascinate visitors. Along the way, our guide will introduce us to the many varieties of flora that we will encounter.
We will go back until we reach an equipped area where our staff will be waiting for us and will invite us to have lunch tasting the typical local products, from salami to provola, from bread to olives, all accompanied by a good wine.
In the afternoon we will leave the woods to return to the starting point.
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N.B .: possibility to integrate the mini tour with a stay in the villages, the Aeolian islands, etc.
SICILY - ITALY