Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Vulcanelli di Macalube, Aragona

Today we're going on a journey.

See that low, white hill in the distance?
That's our destination.

We drive closer, park the car, and walk along a path until we reach a sign announcing our arrival. You are now entering the Macalube Nature Reserve of Aragona.

Watch your step! 
The ground is caked with clay. In some areas it is dry and hard, forming intricate patterns. 
Aren't they beautiful?

The muddy clay is wetter over here. It accumulates into little pools and slow moving streams.
These are the vulcanelli, the 'mini-volcanoes' we have come to see. 
They are all over this unusual landscape.

This one really looks like a volcano, but its crater lies inactive.

Or does it?
Yes, there it is! A bubble, formed by natural gases rising to the surface. 
It is definitely active, you just have to be still, listen and observe, to experience the subtle movements of the slow but constant gurgling happening all around you.

There are even mini eruptions. 

And minor accidents!


  1. Thank you so much for these wonderful photos!!! I only found out about the Maccalube a few months ago and I am desperate to go there. Absolutely loved these photos and I love your blog.
    Would you be interested in doing a guest post on my blog? Ideally sharing some of your gorgeous photos? You could just recycle one of your old posts if you don't have much time.
    Please contact me if you're interested!

    1. Thanks for leaving such a lovely message! So great to find your blog too. Would love to do a guest post. I'll contact you over on your blog. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Karen, ah how I wish I had known about this when we were in Sicily a few years back. We spent two weeks in Sicily going from Palermo to San Vito Lo Capo to Agrigento (so close to Aragona), Piazza Armerina, Taormina and Cefalu. Well, more reasons to visit Sicily again soon!

  3. Whee! Add me to the list of Sicilian residents who'd never heard of this place until now. I love it when I find new places to visit - thanks for writing about it. Gorgeous photos, too. :)

  4. That mud is fantastic for your skin. Tarte uses Amazonian Clay and it is so beneficial to skin. Hey, Just an idea.


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