The wood for excellence and Stonehenge Sicilian
the forest par excellence, a monument of nature
Place between the end of the Peloritans and the beginning of Nebrodi, the Malabotta Wood is one of the last 'natural' survive forests in Sicily. It has, in fact, old oak trees, botanical relics of great value and a representative fauna forest habitat.
Has an area of 32.21 square kilometers and is located midway between the towns of Montalbano Elicona, Roccella Valdemone, Malvern, Francavilla di Sicilia, Tripura and Moio Alcantara.
The units range from 650-700 meters of the southern boundary of the reserve, up to the height of 1341 meters above sea level Monte Croce Mancina.
The 25.7.1997 was established RNO "Malabotta Wood" and was entrusted to manage the Company State Forests of the Sicilian Region.
08:30 - Meeting at the reception of Agriturismo Valle dell'Etna
09:00 - Malabotta Wood, Monte Croce Mancina, Rocca voturi and Patriarchs of the Wood
13:30 - Return to the Farm
13:30 - Lunch at the restaurant of the Agriturismo Valle dell'Etna
Characteristics of the itinerary in the Woods Malabotta
Length: about 10 km
Time: about 5 hours
The Argimusco and its megaliths, the Sicilian Stonehenge
West over Montalbano, along the road connecting the village to Randazzo, at the junction just before entering the woods, you will find the impressive rock formations dell'Argimusco plateau which rises to a height of more than a thousand meters.
On this vast plateau rise huge boulders (megaliths) limestone that wind and rain have eroded, molding them into strange shapes disturbing. Most likely it is natural formations but their form has ignited the imagination of local people.
Visible from a long distance, the Argimusco created in many the idea that in the past has been a sacred place, where you ate ancient rites and thanksgiving that evoke rites and mysteries lost in the mists of time.
09:30 - Meeting at the reception of Agriturismo Valle dell'Etna
10:30 - Argimusco and its megaliths
13:00 - Return to the Farm and lunch at the restaurant of the Agriturismo Valle dell'Etna
Characteristics of the itinerary in the Woods Malabotta - Argimusco
Length: about 3 km
Time: about 3 hours
Clothing for the average mountain for the season: hiking boots or tennis shoes with a firm sole, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, raincoats.