Castello di Nelson Tour

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The excursion is aimed at medium level bikers, the road is totally paved and can be done with any bike.
Starting from the hotel Villa Neri, a splendid structure nestled between vineyards and lava stone, we head towards Linguaglossa.

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The excursion is aimed at medium level bikers, the road is totally paved and can be done with any bike.

Starting from the hotel Villa Neri, a splendid structure nestled between vineyards and lava stone, we head towards Linguaglossa.

The municipality is located on the north-east side of Etna and is part of the Etna Park and its territory extends to the top of the volcano, also including the vast Ragabo pine forest. The inhabited center is located at 550 meters above sea level along the state road 120. From the center the road “Mareneve” branches off leading to the Ragabo pine forest and towards the ski resorts in Piano Provenzana at 1800 meters. above sea level. The Circumetnea railway also passes through Linguaglossa. Passing the suggestive village also famous for the famous “sausages cut on the stock” we head towards Randazzo. After a few kilometers uphill we turn right and take the high mountain road, here we can see walnut and mimosa trees in the period of July. After a few kilometers in exciting ups and downs and with breathtaking views we arrive at the crossroads of Randazzo. Taking it we go down and enter the famous Etna village at about 765 meters. above sea level, Randazzo stands on the last lava edge of a prehistoric flow, eroded by the waters of the Alcantara that flows at its feet. It is an important strategic node in fact in the last world war it was the seat of the German military command in 1943.The city was then bombed hard by the Anglo-Americans and above all the air raids continued to torment it after the abundance of the German military for incorrect information suspecting that there were huge German troops in Randazzo.

We leave the village and continue towards Maniace, after a few kilometers we arrive at the little-known but truly fascinating Nelson Castle. The building located on the border between the municipalities of Bronte and Maniace. It was founded by Queen Margherita of Navarre in the 22nd century and will later be donated together with the fiefdom in 1799 by Ferdinand of Bourbon to the English admiral Horatio Nelson as a reward for the intervention of the English navy during the Neapolitan Revolution. Today the complex has been museumized.

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