Volcanic craters and San Marco Agriturismo
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We get back in the jeep and travel to Monti Sartoius, which we enter at 1660 meters above sea level. The area is exceptional from a geological and botanical point of view. The area is filled with volcanic bombs, some of them large, that are balls of lava shot from Etna like a cannon. Also there are unique craters to this area called “Buttoniera” because the five are aligned go from smallest to largest leading away from the center.
The view from here was a bit mystical. The smaller to midsize volcanic craters in black, the brown of the majestic mountains in the distance, the green of the forest of evergreens, and the white clouds hanging low.
The clouds did lift a bit while we were out but, upon climbing the highest of the “bottons” we experienced a change in weather, it was now misting rain with the view of a storm-a coming! Looking back in the distance there was such an odd sight.
We made our way back to the car. It had been almost an hour and a half and we were all hungry. We took off down the hill on a road that had just been paved 1 ½ years ago. The lava here was still warm. It’s currently at 16 degrees celcius.
We drive for a bit descending and twisting and turning. Then we turn off the main road onto a road that would be much at home in rural
We pull up at the San Marco agritturismo and have before us a field of wine making grapes, still on the vine. It was amazing, the rich black soil, the green leaves, and the purple of the grapes.
Now for lunch, everything we would be eating was from the land, from this farm. We had bruschetta, provolone, and dense corn herb bread. Then we were served homemade pasta with fresh tomato sauce and many spices and herbs.
During lunch as everyone was discovering a bit about each other. I told what my life is like now and two of the ladies, Rosa and Marielyn asked for my email for photo exchange. I told them of my travbuddy site and they wanted to keep up with my journeys.
We posed for a group picture and then said our thanks to the gentleman who had fed us very well.
Driving away from the agriturismo and down the tiny road again, we passed a terraced hillside and a small stone house at the top of it. Paolo told us that this was a typical Sicilian house from this region.