Cratere Vulcano
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D.Zoltán
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Must-see attraction. Bring enough water (1.5l per person, min.), some kind of hat and don't go up there in a flip-flop, please. In August, with that heavy sun and heat, I don't say it is an easy trip.
Written August 3, 2020
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Anna Intelehator
Kyiv, Ukraine88 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
CLIMBING the Vulcano is enjoyable. The view is breathtaking. Another plus, it’s not the most difficult of hikes (I was six months pregnant at the time and did it effortlessly).

BUT There are three things you should know before deciding to stay on Vulcano. (I couldn't find a place to write about the whole island, so here we go).

MOSQUITOS! This is the problem of the whole island. Do take some mosquito repellent, because hordes of these animals are everywhere! You won’t be able to sleep unless there is that Raid or whatever stuck into the socket. We visited in October, btw! If you want to eat outside your room, on the verandah, you need to be protected!

THE SMELL. As you disembark at the port and follow the main road, be ready for the strong smell of sulfur coming from the mud baths. Also, on the beach nearby, there are some hot springs coming from the sea bed and the smell is the same. Sometimes we could feel the smell in our hotel, which was 10 minutes from the coast.

FERRY SERVICES. As our experience has shown, it’s probably better not to book accommodation in advance on the island, or, at least book it with the understanding that if some force majeure happens, they will not charge you, as the ferry services are not reliable. We ended up missing our first (out of three) booked night on the island as the ferries were cancelled from both Messina and Milazzo on the day of our travel. So, we paid for the night at the hotel in Milazzo and for the same night in a hotel in Vulcano, since they refused to compensate it in any way. They said the ferry service was cancelled from 4 pm onwards because of “bad weather”, but I thought, honestly, it’s just because it was Sunday. Generally try not to plan any trips at the weekend in Sicily.
Written October 16, 2015
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Jimmy K
London, United Kingdom10 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
It is tempting to go up early afternoon as many of the few shops and restaurants are closed and there is little to do in the small town.. Try to avoid this as the first part of the ascent is on the baking, black, volcanic sandy shale and there are lots of other people on the track. I discovered this particularly after descending late afternoon it was deserted and much cooler.
Written November 7, 2016
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Sander
Roermond, The Netherlands13 contributions
Oct 2022
The trail to the crater is closed as of oct 2021 due to dangerous fumes coming from the volcano. Signs forbidding entering the trail are posted at the acces gate.The fine is 500 euro for ignoring the signs and entering the trail to the volcano, carabinieri/police actively checking this. We got the fine and warned other tourists. So don't take the risk.

The trail itself is not maintained.
Written October 30, 2022
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GlobetrotterNL83
Greater London, UK933 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Such a disappointment having taken the boat to Volcan to climb the volcano, to get to the start of the trail and find it's closed. This seemed a surprise to quite a few tourists. Wonder if it'll ever be deemed safe enough to reopen.
Written April 11, 2022
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virginia046
London, UK22 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
I am not young or fit but took it easy and went early in the morning. This is a must see if in the area. There is a 10 minute walk from the boat, follow signs - plenty of bars and shops to have a cold drink before you start the climb. Walking boots are essential. So is suncream - no shade from sun. The climb takes one hour to get to the crater, another hour if you walk round the crater (I chose not to but presume it may be worth doing) and then an hour to come down again. This is absolutely worth doing. To look right into such a large active crater is mind blowing. Sulphur smell is bearable. Free of charge and I liked the signs that began 800 metre and counted down. The climb is less distance than it looks so trust the signs rather than looking up thinking you will never get there. Please do this, it is extremely special.
Written June 2, 2014
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greggg
Quebec City, Canada136 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
Climbing this volcano is not too difficult. The view up there is fantastic on a clear day. You can even see the Stromboli. But beware of the fumes. They are very strong and here's my warning: when you'll go back to your hotel, that smell will stay on your body even after a shower, and worse, when you'll wash your clothes, the smell will transfer in your cotton clothes, even those you were not wearing during the climb.
Written November 7, 2012
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MarkL857
Island of Malta, Malta324 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We decided to walk up to the crater on a semi-cloudy morning. The ascent took about 45 minutes and takes you the edge of the crater mouth. Walking to the summit and around the edge takes another 30 minutes but is highly recommended. The views from the top are breath taking, encapsulating a complete panorama of the crater and Lipari and Salina behind. You need to be relatively fit to climb to the very top which is why many people just stop when they reach the crater edge, which also provides incredible views both inside and around.
This was one of the most interesting things I've done in a while and i would highly recommend the effort.
Written October 8, 2017
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Diana V
Maasmechelen, Belgium41 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
it was a 10min walk from the harbour to the start of the climb. It is very doable for all ages, young and old. it took us 50min to reach the lowest part of the top of the crater where you can whitness a gorgeous crater and beautiful views of the surroundings. It took us another 30min to walk to the highest part of the crater. Just breathtaking! It is advisable to wear good shoes, like walking shoes or running shoes. Also they will be covered in dust after this hike.
Written October 18, 2016
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Eran G
107 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
If you are coming to Vulcano, there is no way you are not climbing the Scalata al Cratere!!! Although you need to climb 300 meters in about 1 km walk, the views from this volcano mountain are awesome!!! Not just views, you walk on a very hot sulfur place, which is an unusual experience. To start climbing the mountain, you just need to take the left road and walk from the ferry terminal to SP178 road. Walk throw the restaurants, gelatos and 500 meters from there you see the sign to climb the mountain. You can't miss it. Finally - No meter what don't miss this place.
Written April 23, 2016
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