First blogged October 6, 2012
Not far from the resort town of Taormina and the slopes of Mount Etna is a stunning gorge formed by the hundreds of lava flows with which Etna has gifted the surrounding areas. The walls of the gorge reminded me of my mother’s pottery studio – the pile of discarded clay that was thrown on piece by piece until she had created a multi-layered ceramic checkerboard. These towering walls, amazingly, were home to small cacti growing between the cracks.
The gorge, or gole in Italian, has 4 hiking trails. Nick and I took the shortest one, about 1.5 km. It was a roasting hot day, when we were there – 38 degrees Celcius. As we walked along the pathways, I found myself grateful for the shade along the path and also for the occasional ‘mister’ that sprayed cool water over us. The path took us to lovely viewpoints that gave us glimpses of the river below
After a nice lunch, we took the elevator down to the river beach. (Yes, an elevator!). The edge of the river was filled with people – elderly nonnas with their toddler grandchildren in tow, young German women sunbathing topless, middle-aged British men in baggy shorts, Italian men strutting in speedos with gold chains tangled in their chest hair, and shapely young Italian women with perfect make-up and perfect hair wearing brightly coloured bikinis.
Comments on original blog:
WOW, Diane! What an amazing place! So glad to learn about it. Thank you!!
Sounds like a great place Diane! You guys are made of stronger stuff than I am…a hike like that in 38 degree weather?! Congratulations on that, lol! Looks beautiful though, and you guys look so relaxed and happy. Hope things are going good for you!