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Mount Etna

Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 79 Attractions in Catania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Volcanos
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Group tours/bus tour
Traveler Description: Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano of Europe and the 2° most active volcano of the World. It's located in the east side of Sicily in the... more »
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Weilerbach, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

When visiting Sicily, you absolutely must go up Mt Etna,,, for bragging rights if nothing else. You can drive a little more than half way up on the south side, to the ski lifts (yes, people really do ski on Etna during the winter). Lots of little kiosks and tourist shops, a few places to eat. At least one honey... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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11 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is a really interesting trip to see a volcano that is active and various sections of it that have recently opened up producing flows of lava. Beware however, that it can be very cold and you need to go there equipped with a number of layers of clothes, ideally a windbreaker and also closed shoes. On a clear day... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had a guide through our hotelier. He was great as he had grown up near Mt. Etna and he had both knowledge and respect for the mountain. There had been recent activity but not the day we went. The next day it was smoking and we took more pictures. We learned so much from our guide about the aftermath... More

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Toronto, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We spent a month in Italy and Mount Etna was one of my 2 favourites sites. It had been active until 2 weeks prior so some areas were still hot. It was amazingly beautiful. We took the tram up half way and a bus to the top which included a tour guide. One can also walk all or top or... More

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Nykoebing, Denmark
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We booked our Etna tour through our Hotel in Giardini Naxos and were picked up close by. The organiser was SAT, Sicilian Airbus Travel Group.To begin with we payed 35 Euro p.p. which includes taking us to the 2000 meter altitude. You can either stay here and walk around some old sidecraters, or pay an extra 55 Euro to go... More

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sliema malta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

mt.etna is the only live volcano in europe,one of the craters is sylvester and very nice good restuarants.nice panorama.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Etna's brooding presence over Sicily will draw you in and is definitely a must see, but know before you go - it will cost you. We took an Interbus tour from Giardini Naxos (€35 each) for a return coach journey, also visiting Alcantara Gorge, and a guide who's English only made sense about 50% of the time. It was only... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Obviously - to visit the highest active volcano in Europe is something most travelers in Sicily will choose to do. Just don't expect to see lava, smoke, etc. Mt. Etna is also (obviously) a very touristy place with all that entails. The drive there is very scenic but the views from the mountain can be either great or disappointing -... More

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London, England
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Dont bother, really dont. I've been on 5 minute cable car rides all over Europe - usually they cost 6-8 euros return. This one is a 30 Euro mugging for secondhand pods with windows so scratched and graffiti covered that you can barely see out of them. It then barely takes you two thirds of the way up and dumps... More

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Rochdale
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9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was a cloudy day when we went to Etna but that did not spoil it for us at all. To drive up through the clouds into lovely sunshine was lovely. The cable car was great fun. And as for the walk up to the top.... It's tough going, you do need to dress for walking (plus it is cold... More

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