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Discovering the Wonderful Alcantara Gorges in Sicily


Today, we want to take you to discover a unique and spectacular place: the Alcantara Gorges in Sicily. The Alcantara Gorges are one of the most evocative places in eastern Sicily. Located between the municipalities of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra, these gorges were formed by the lava flows of Etna that, during the eruptions, created a canyon about 25 meters deep. But it's not just their geological origin that makes the Alcantara Gorges such a special place: the Alcantara river that flows inside them, with its crystal-clear and fresh waters, creates a suggestive and unique atmosphere.

Visiting the Alcantara Gorges is an exciting experience: you can walk the trails that run along the canyon and admire the spectacular basalt walls, or venture into the river's waters and follow the current's course. The beauty of this place has been recognized internationally, and the Alcantara Gorges have become a very popular tourist destination. Despite this, their beauty and majesty remain intact. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Alcantara Gorges during your next visit to Sicily. Let yourself be fascinated by the beauty of this unique place and enjoy an unforgettable experience!

Of course, visiting the Alcantara Gorges cannot be separated from discovering the tastes and flavors of local Sicilian cuisine. We recommend trying the famous arancini, the typical Sicilian street food, to be enjoyed hot and crispy. Also, don't miss the opportunity to taste the pistachio of Bronte, a Sicilian product of excellence and among the most precious in the world, in different variations, from ice cream to pesto. Finally, for an even more authentic experience, look for local trattorias and osterias where you can savor traditional dishes such as pasta alla norma, caponata, swordfish alla ghiotta, or Sicilian cassata. Bon appétit!

How to Get There:

The Alcantara Gorges are accessible by car, bus, or organized tours. If you're driving, you can follow the signs from Taormina or other nearby cities to the Alcantara Gorges. Parking facilities are available near the entrance.

Public transportation options may include local buses that run to the area from major cities like Catania or Taormina. Organized tours are also available from various tour operators, offering guided visits to the Gorges.


Entrance to the Alcantara Gorges may require a ticket, with prices varying depending on the season and the type of access you desire (e.g., general admission, guided tours, etc.). As of my knowledge cut-off date in September 2021, general admission might be in the range of €8-€12, but it's advisable to check the official website or local tourist information for the most up-to-date pricing.

Additional costs may include transportation (fuel, bus tickets, or tour packages), parking fees, and any optional activities or amenities within the Gorges, such as equipment rental for water activities.

Combining the natural beauty of the Gorges with the rich culinary traditions of Sicily, a visit to the Alcantara Gorges offers a multifaceted experience that caters to nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and food lovers alike. Make sure to plan ahead to make the most of your visit!

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