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Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna

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Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna

193 Reviews
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Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza
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Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza

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Most Mt. Etna excursions stop at the Silvestri Craters on the lava-covered slopes, but with this exclusive tour you can reach the top of Europe’s highest active volcano with a volcanologist guide. Take a cable car and off-road vehicle to Torre del Filosofo and then continue on foot about a mile (2 kilometers) to the summit craters. Learn about the volcano’s history from your guide and enjoy sweeping views over the coastline.
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Laura Vardy wrote a review Nov 2019
Grand Falls Windsor, Canada747 contributions143 helpful votes
Visited here during a tour from the Messina cruise port with Discover Messina Siciliy. The drive was over an hour long but it was worth it to see this unique and scenic landscape! Driving up the volcano was interesting; we even saw smoke coming from the volcano! The craters of Silvestri are two inactive craters formed as a result of the Mount Etna eruption of 1892. They are about 1900 meters above sea level, but you could reach a higher elevation if you want. We were satisfied to spend an hour or so here walking around the craters. The climb was not difficult and this site is suitable for all ages. There is also a restaurant and store that sells souvenirs near by. We were told it would be very cold on the volcano but I was comfortable in my Capri pants and t-shirt in October month.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Larry G wrote a review Nov 2019
Des Plaines, Illinois256 contributions187 helpful votes
Our tour included a bus ride up to view the Mount Etna area. The road was full of curves and turns, glad my motion sickness did not kick in. The landscape is volcanic rock, a little vegetation now and then. Viewed an abandoned residence that had been run over by a lava flow. Our bus left us off near the upper and lower Silvestri crater. If you feel ambitious climb the upper Silvestri trail for a great view of the area. The lower crater trail also provides nice views. Restrooms are nearby. There are a lot of tours for Mount Etna, so read what they cover and where they take you. Be careful, It's easy to slip and fall so wear hiking shoes, bring suntan lotion and water. If the honey truck is there, try some of the samples. The small jars of honey (various flavors) for sale make great gifts for those at home.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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kangelini wrote a review Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China1,427 contributions397 helpful votes
We drove up here after lunch at Gambino Winery. Was a nice walk and great views of Etna. We underestimated how cold it gets up here, make sure you bring your warm clothes!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Stan S wrote a review Oct 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri162 contributions62 helpful votes
First of all its a cool thing to do if your in Sicily I would recommend it. Now the practical stuff. Its a drive to get up to the "staging area" and if your renting a car, lots of switch backs and loops so its not for the faint hearted. Once at the staging area, you have a choice, you can cable car up half way, then transfer to a big old 4 wheel drive bus, then walk the rest of the way (we did this) or you can get a guide and walk the entire way ( would NOT recommend this unless you have experience hiking at altitude) or you can cable car help way and then hike. Keep in minds its colder at the top, can be windy and the air in thin. Still when the weather is clear its impressive. Yes there are overpriced tourist shops and the places to eat are not great but you're not going there for that stuff and you're naive if you think you will not find that kind of stuff in that kind of tourist local. Just to be clear, you can not just hike up there on your own, even if you hike, you'll need a guide. My advice lastly, wear layers, resasondy good walking for hiking shoes are also a plus.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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steve z wrote a review Sep 2019
Nashville, Tennessee887 contributions229 helpful votes
A major bathroom stop for all buses visiting Mt. Etna .Overpriced food and drinks since they are one of the few provides.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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