Tailor-made Trips to Sicily
Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and has a precious geographical diversity. Its coastline and unspoilt sea-beds combined with fertile volcanic slopes, make it an ideal location for a geography field trip. Be sure to visit Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and enjoy breath-taking views of the volcanic landscape from its summit. Learn how the population cope with this constant shadow which both threatens and sustains the farming community. Fishing and tourism play a large part on the island and provide ample case studies for human geographers. With a fantastic climate and Italian hospitality your field trip is guaranteed to be both enjoyable and educational.
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Reasons to Visit
Noted for its rich history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its 2,700 year existence.
Founded in 733BC, and became one of the first Greek colonies on the island.
Can be found in the south west of Sicily. It is a medieval town which is home to ruined Greek temples that stand, or partially stand, against a backdrop of the sea.
Since the eighteenth century, Catania has been the second most important city of Sicily, supplanting Messina in that respect. Subjected to Etna's fickle temperament, Catania has been damaged by lava flows and earthquakes on several occasions. A particularly destructive volcanic eruption in 1669 was followed by a serious earthquake in 1693.
Full day excursion to Etna
Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano and uniquely formed on a boundary between the European and African continental plates. This excursion allows students an amazing viewpoint of the volcanic landscape from the summit of the still active volcano.
Made of rough white stone, this 12th century Norman Castle dominates the Village and the valley below. Pass through the one impregnable wall, walk among ramparts, and visit the Sala di Congiura (Hall of Conspiracy) where in 1160 the barons plo?ed to overthrow King William I.
Situated to the south-west of Taormina is the Alcantara Gorge. This natural monument of basalt rock was created by the eruption of a volcano that once stood between Mount Etna and the Peloritani Mountains, and is an absolute must for geography students. The black lava walls of the Alcantara Gorge stretch 50m high, amidst an unspoiled parkland landscape of flora and fauna.
Lipari is the largest island in the Aeolian archipelago known as a volcanic arc and although still active, has not erupted for 1400 years. It is known for its remarkable scenery combining green vegetation, white pumice stone and the black and red of the volcanoes.
Alcamo was founded in 828 by the Muslim commander al‐Kamuk (after whom it is named). Alcamo contains two important sites. The Castle of the Counts of Modica and Alcamo Cathedral, which has important works of art.
Ortigia Island and Archaeological Park
The park contains some of the most extraordinary monuments that classical antiquity has left us and, given their degree of interest and importance, has few equals elsewhere in Italy.
Agrigento can be found on the south west of Sicily. It is a medieval town which is home to ruined Greek temples that stand, or partially stand, against a backdrop of the sea. Top sites include the Abbazia di Santo Spirito (abbey), the Temple of Herakles, the Greek roads, gates and walls and the Roman Quarter.
Taormina is on the east of Sicily and has welcomed visitors for centuries. The town, with breathtaking views, has a number of features to abstract groups. Features include the Greek Theatre, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Giardino Pubblico and the medieval clock tower. Taormina is on north east of Sicily.
Vulcano is located north-east of Sicily and south of the Island of Lipari.The island of Vulcano is made up of three volcanic units: Vulcanello (123 metres) in the north, coming from an eruption during II century B.C., it is linked with the island by a strip of land made up of lava flows. In the middle, you can find the Gran Crater or Vulcanic Cone (385 metres) which is stll active; in the south there is the Mount Aria (499 metres), inactive, it is the top summit of the island. Vulcano is a very interesting island due to its volcanic and post-volcanic phenomena. Its plateau, the widest of the Aeolian Islands, is surrounded by hills, falling towards the sea. Vulcanello is made up of three lined-up craters in direction North-East/South-West. Vulcanello is constantly monitored by the Institute of Volcanology of the University of Catania. The islands of Vulcano counts around 450 inhabitants who are involved in tourism and viticulture.
Aci Castello is a city in the province of Catania. The city developed around the castle, which was built in 1076 by the Normans. In 1169, Aci Castello started to grow after an eruption of Mount Etna made the towns around it uninhabitable.
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