Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mojo Alcantara

When passing through Mojo Alcantara the other day, we ran into a man collecting his cauliflower. The simple pleasures in life, freshly cut produce. We brought home a few and enjoyed a hearty bowl of cavolfiore simplice.

This area is known for their Peaches... From the distance, the fields of red tips go on forever.

The volcano of Mojo is the most eccentric one and most northern one of the temporary coinages of Etna. The volcano is 703 meters high above sea level and its diameter to the base is about 700 meters.

Common conviction, also supported from news recorded in ancient scientific texts, is that this vulcano errupted perhaps one thousand years before the birth of Christ. The tongue of lava, long about thirty kilometers, arrived to the sea near Taormina forming the peninsula of Capo Schisò on which, in the Vlll century B.C., the colony led by Teocle formed the small town of Naxos, the first Greek Colony in Sicily. The eruption of the vulcano of Mojo also would have produced the characteristic Gole dell'Alcantara, between Motta Camastra and Castiglione of Sicily. There, the water of the river succeeded, in the course of the millennia, excavating the hard lava rocks, forming a canyon and an unique landscape with its wild beauty.


Bob and Rosemary said...

We simply MUST return to Siciy! To see the volcano like that must be such a thrill. What gorgeous photos!

Chef Chuck said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful land! I have been there and can now sense the area once again!
Thank You

Jill said...

You both must come back soon!!