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  • Address: Alcantra, Sicily, Italy

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Alcantara Gorges

A volcano can create some pretty interesting terrain, and Sicily’s Mt. Etna is no exception. Some of the geographic impacts of Mt. Etna aren’t even visible above ground, as is the case with some of the Alcantra Gorges.

The Alcantra River runs from Mt. Nebrodi, roughly 32 miles inland from Taormina, and feeds into the Ionian Sea near Giardini-Naxos. Because the river runs through and around volcanic rock, it has carved some intricate paths along the way. Most of them are open and visible, while others snake underground.

The Alcantra Gorges - or “Gole dell’Alcantra” in Italian - are part of the Alcantra River Park. The deepest ravine is more than 200 feet down, most of which is above the river’s water level. The river is a popular tourist retreat, partly since the water is cool year-round and can provide a welcome respite from Sicily’s hot summer temperatures. You can also hike along and down into the canyons - “river trekking” is a popular activity here.

A visit to the Alcantra Gorges can be a good day trip from Taormina if you have your own rental car or you’ve got a private guide who is serving as your escort. The main entrance to the Alcantra River Park is about 12.5 miles from Taormina by car (a roughly 25 minute drive).

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Small Group Tour: Etna wine and Alcantara from Taormina, Taormina, null
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Small Group Tour: Etna wine and Alcantara from Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

During the friendly and engaging full day excursions on Mount Etna you will be led to the discovery of all colours and fascinating histories of our volcano. ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.38
Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina, Messina, Full-day Tours
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Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina

Join this tour to see the Alcantara Gorge which boasts a very special heritage.

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.51
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride, Taormina, Half-day Tours
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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Leave Taormina and ride around Mount Etna by 1950s-era train on the Circumetnea Railway! This exciting day trip also includes trips to the rock pools and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.83
Private Day Tour to Gole Alcantara with Food and Wine Tasting in Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour to Gole Alcantara with Food and Wine Tasting in Giardini Naxos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Live this amazing adventure visiting the main national park of Sicily Gole Alcantara, followed by walking tour in famous resort Giardini Naxos and food & ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.66
Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina, Catania, Full-day Tours
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

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This full-day tour allows you to go from a morning visit to Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and surprising valley of Alcantara ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.49

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