It is the highest peak of the Iblean mountains, reaching to 986 meters above sea level. The name is derived from the Latin, Laurus ‘laurel’, because in the the past there were many of this tree type.
Particularly fascinating in this area, are villages threaded through this green heart (Buccheri, Buscemi, Ferla), that themselves are worthy of a visit, just for their Sicilian ambiance.
From Mount Lauro begins a series of rivers (Anapo and Irminio above all) that over the course of centuries has carved the surrounding mountains, creating the so-called “canyons”: spectacular archeological and naturalistic canyons (Pantalica, Cavagrande del Cassibile …)
Almost at the top, a few kilometers from Buccheri, is the forest of S. Maria, a beautiful pine forest with a picnic area inside, complete with fountains, seats, tables and a lava stone barbecue.
From the pine forest you can take a path up the hill that leads to the summit of Mount Lauro, an ancient extinct underwater volcano, that emerged about 5-6 million years ago.
The panorama that can be seen from Mount Lauro is truly breathtaking and often the eye is drawn to the charming Iblean highlands, green, green like only nature could create.