Enjoy a day around Ciclopi Islands: an archipelago all to be discovered.
The only real island in the Ciclopi is called Lachea. An arc is formed around it by three Faraglioni (rock stacks) and various rocks, which almost touch the coast. Lachea is an almost elliptical shape, and is 250 metres long and 150 metres wide; the maximum height is 35 metres, while the surface area is one and a half hectares. In the northern area, a little after Punta Cornera, there is a gap which seems to divide it in two. The two summital parts present a bizarre whitish colouring, which stand out against the usual black of rocks of volcanic origin. The "mystery" is soon explained: these are marls, i.e. clays transformed and hardened thousands of years ago by contact with magmatic rocks that were forming below them. There are three Faraglioni and they are to the south of Lachea, lying in an arc going towards the terra firma. The Faraglione Grande, known as Santa Maria, reaches a maximum height of 40 metres and is the only one that has undergone human action: a flight of steps in masonry leads up to a flat area in which, as a sign of devotion which is usual in maritime villages, there is a statue of the Virgin. On the other two, Faraglione di Mezzo and Faraglione degli Uccelli, there are no marls; they are only inhabited by birds. U Zu Ianu di Fora, and U Zu Iano di Terra, nicknames given by fishermen to the two smaller rocks next to the Faraglioni, complete the picture.
The main background of our itinerary is Acitrezza, a bright maritime village coming after Acicastello. The social and cultural texture of this area, which the visitor immediately perceives, is deeply filled with a remote historical and even mythological memory. The remotest past is still very much alive and present in the roots of the population, who are proud of having given hospitality to gods and demigods, mythical heroes and comely nymphs, sung by the greatest poets of the classical age. The mythological references begin with the place names, and follow the excursionist throughout the visit. The very names Acitrezza and Acicastello, like those of neighbouring Aci San Filippo, Aci Sant'Antonio, Aci Bonaccorsi, Acicatena and Acireale, all refer to the now vanished river Aci, whose story is reflected in the mythological one of the adolescent shepherd Acis. The tormented love of Acis, the son of Faunus, for the beautiful nymph Galatea, who was sung by great writers of ancient Greece and Rome like Callimachus, Hermesianactes, Theocritus, Virgil and Ovid.
Wind: 11.27 km/h
- From Porto dell'Etna (Riposto) at 10.00 a.m.
- At Porto dell'Etna (Riposto) at 6.00 p.m.
- Services included:
- Crew, Fuel, Open bar (soft drinks)
- On request:
- Lunch on board, pick-up from the hotel
- Stazzo - Santa Tecla - Timpa Reserve - Capo Mulini - Ciclopi Islands - Aci Castello