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Via Etnea, Catania, Sicily Italy
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Etna Morning Trip
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Etna Morning Trip

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Mt. Etna can get quite warm during the summer months, so beat the heat on this morning hiking tour of Europe’s tallest active volcano. Follow a guide to visit old craters, spot lava flows, and explore a lava cave by headlamp. This trip is perfect for hikers of all abilities, and allows you to see Mt. Etna from many different angles. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience.
$54.28 per adult
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 12
Navan, Ireland2,576 contributions724 helpful votes
This street was created with an eruption. The nicest buildings in Catania are located along Via Etnea. Also, plenty of shops and places to eat.
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Date of experience: October 2020
DinglishGirl wrote a review Sep 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom9 contributions7 helpful votes
We enjoyed looking around the many shops on offer down Via Etnea. The street also has plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars too.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Vadim wrote a review Mar 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,560 contributions2,029 helpful votes
The name of the main street of Catania is very different from other cities in Italy, where it is usually Corso Vittorio Emanuele or via Garibaldi. However, with all due respect to Garibaldi, Etna was more important to Catania. It was both a nurse (the volcanic soil is the most fertile) and a killer, as in 1693, when a volcanic eruption led to the death of 2/3 of the inhabitants of Catania. Paradoxically, it was this eruption that gave rise to via Etnea. Medieval cities with their chaotic buildings didn`t know such wide streets like this street. Either the local Baron Osman, or Mussolini, or an earthquake could demolish private homes and pave wide avenues. The idea to build wide perpendicular streets belongs to the Duke of Camastra, who was sent on a mission to reconstruct Catania destroyed by an earthquake on January 11, 1693. Along the main street leading to the terrible Etna, 7 churches and palaces of the city's nobles were built. The procession honoring the patron Saint of Catania, St. Agatha, starts from the Church of Sant'agata al Borgo, and ends in the Cathedral of Her name. Many of the buildings here were designed by the chief architect of Catania Vaccarini. Vaccarini owns the authorship of the facade of the Cathedral. Moving further North, we come to The University square. Vaccarini designed here the Palace of San Giuliano and the courtyard of the University opposite. There are interesting sculptural groups on the square. The first group is about the Pia brothers who escaped during the eruption of Etna. They successfully overtook the lava, but their parents started to fall behind. They put them on their shoulders. The lava began to catch up with them, but did not engulf them, but split into two arms and rounded them, paying tribute to their loyalty. Another column is dedicated to the legend of the paladin Uzet, who defeated the Saracen giant Ursini, after whom the castle of Catania is named. The third pillar is dedicated to the legendary fisherman Colapse. The Emperor Frederick tested the Sicilian ichthyander's ability to find treasures under water. During the third test Colapse saw that Sicily stands on three pillars, one of which is quite worn out. He stood up like an Atlantean instead of a pillar. The fourth column is dedicated to a girl named Gammazita, who saved her honor in a confrontation with a French soldier by throwing herself into a well. moving further to Etna on the left side you will see an unusual Basilica della Collegata with a concave Baroque facade. The 3-kilometer via Etnea ended earlier at Piazza Stesicoro. The city gate of Catania was located here. A monument to the local composer Bellini adorns the square. The entrance to Villa Bellini is located further along the road. Moving further towards Etna, you will see the Botanical garden and the Church of Sant'Agata al Borgo, where the procession dedicated to Saint Agatha begins. This is a local via Dolorosa only dedicated not to Christ, but to Agatha. Along the way, the procession will visit the Church of Sant'agata la Vetere where St. Agata tied a shoelace on the way to prison, the Church of Sant'Agata al Carcere, where Agata was imprisoned and the Church of Sant'Agata alla Fornace, where according to legend the Saint was tortured with hot coals. However, this path does not follow via Etnea. The way along via Etnea is a visit to many (about 100) restaurants, cafes and bars. However I was under the impression that the locals prefer the restaurants around the castle of the Ursini.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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elia452 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sofia, Bulgaria39 contributions13 helpful votes
It is a street with lots of shops for clothes, several restaurants and coffee bars. At one end of the street is mountain Etna, at the other end is the fish market and the port. Strangely, I didn't see supermarkets anywhere during my walks..
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Caltanissetta, Italy2,693 contributions27,447 helpful votes
Beautiful Catania, the second bigger city of the Sicily island, there are a lot of attractions, via Etnea is the main street.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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