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The Sciambro torrent is one of the few water flows you can find on Etna above 1000 meters of altitude. It is locally called "40 hours", to point out the short life it has just after the rainy days. It is possible to find water there most commonly in winter and sometimes in spring. It seems that the 2002 eruption changed the ground conditions, decreasing the amount of water flowing into the torrent during periods of melting snow. It is best to go to visit the torrent after a rainy day. You can find it from Zafferana Etnea, going toward Milo. Follow the signs to the Citelli refuge, but at the last fork you have to take the right turn, in Piano Provenzana direction. After 2 km, you will see the indication to the torrent Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: indication to the torrent. It flows right under the road Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: right under the road. We found it dried-up, so the picture showing the water flow has been provided to us by Francesco, one of our readers. Once there, you can reach one of the two panoramic sites indicated on the road signs. We went to the one called "Secondo Monte". It's a short walk, which just after a few turns Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: after a few turns leads you to the front of a stairway Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: a stairway. From the top you will see:

 

  • Mount Frumento delle Concazze Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: Mount frumento delle concazze
  • 2002 lava flow with the "stone forest" Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: 2002 lava flow with the stone forest
  • the Ionian sea Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: the Ionian sea
  • The lava flow inside the wood Sciambro stream, on mount Etna: The lava flow inside the wood.
Probably, the torrent itself does not merit a visit, but if you are going for one of the many paths starting in the surroundings, such as "Monti Sartorius", "Grotta di Serracozzo", "Monte Frumento", you could decide to look for it, or at the very least go for the beautiful panorama as shown in the picture

 



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