The Sartorius Mounts are ancient craters that originated during the 1865 lava flow. They owe their name to Sartorius Von Waltershausen, one of the first scientists who tried to catalogue Etna’s eruptions.
The starting point of the path is a few hundreds of metres from the Citelli Refuge. If you leave from Catania, you have to go past Zafferana Etnea, Milo and Fornazzo. Just before the end of Fornazzo, on the left you find a sign for Citelli Refuge. You keep on following the Refuge direction for a few kilometres, until you see .
If you go past the bar you’ll find yourself inside a birch wood. This is an endemic species of Etna, and you can only find it in this area of the vulcano. In the distance you can see , main target of our excursion.
, you take the climb on the right that takes you straight to the craters. The path is clearly signed with and goes up the crater. Along the way you’ll notice that . , the view that opens on the valley is simply breath-taking! , while up the valley you can see . The ground is often , because of the iron inclusions inside the lava rocks.
(we keep on following the varnish signs) and we reach , dedicated to the observation of the lava flow. and we enter , also indicated by the of the old path.
In this part and we are fascinated by these plants that only exist in this area of the world. After , dedicated to the different life forms that gradually attack the volcanic rocks, . If you go to the left, you go back to the beginning of the path, going past , and .
If you decide to turn right at the sheep-pen, you can lengthen your walk for a few kilometres, going towards BARACCA MOUNT. We went there and we weren’t disappointed by what we saw. We go towards Baracca Mount. We go through , that gives space to a pine wood. We encounter a ! It was so big that we couldn’t take a single picture of it, we had to take two pictures and then join them!
We see . A few pines still show . Our walk continues among , and before we encounter an . We walk through it for a few metres, . Now we just have to follow this path until we cross the main path. We go on the left so that we can go back to the starting point.