Sicily and its surrounding islands are home to many active and dormant volcanoes, the most active is of course the infamous Mount Etna which dominates the east coast. Mount Etna’s formation is associated with the subduction of the African plate under the Eurasion plate and a journey up it’s summit will allow students to learn more about this complex strato volcano, its eruption history and associated landforms. Mount Etna has exerted not only a strong influence on the landscape but also on the people living near it, which offers great opportunities for case studies on managing natural hazards.
With its rich fertile soil, beautiful sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate, the islands main industries are agriculture and tourism, which also offers great human geography case study options. If you are looking for some exciting geography mixed with a Mediterranean climate then Sicily is the place for your group.
On arrival transfer to your hotel in Taormina, depending on flight times you may have some free time to explore the local area.
In the morning visit Mount Etna for an expedition led by a specialist guide, who will discuss the volcanic processes and landforms of this famous Stratovolcano. In the afternoon, visit Alcantara River Park, home to the Alcantara gorges, which formed from eroded volcanic basalt columns.
Today you will take the Hydrofoil over to Vulcano Island, which gave the Volcano its name. Home to hot springs, fumaroles,
yellow sulphur rocks and black sands, it is an ideal destination to explore volcanic processes and landforms. There will be free time to visit the hot springs and mud baths before departure.
Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the town of
Zafferana Etnea, which offer a great case study for management of volcanic hazards.
EXTRA DAYS: You can add on extra days to the itinerary to visit more of what Sicily has to offer.
This is a suggested itinerary only and we are happy to work with you to develop a suitable packages for your group.