Mountains in Sicily

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  • Camper59312025221
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    We stayed in Nicolosi to be able to drive to Refugio Sapienza (1700m) easily. Only 18 kms away. The road is quite wide, no major hairpins. We are with a motorcycle. Easy ride up. When we arrived at the parking, there was someone on the parking lot who made us pay 5 euros for the day to park the motorcycle. We decided not to take the cable car as the cost is $50 euros per person. We climbed up from behind the cable car to the arrival of the cable car at approximately 2500 metres. It's quite a steep hike. It took us 1hour and 15 minutes, but we are in pretty good shape. Most people would take 1h30min minimum. We took a break at the coffee shop, then continued hiking up to 3000 metres. It's easier than the first part but longer (another hour and a half). There was quite a lot of wind after 2500 meters. Absolutely worth the walk up to 3000 meters (beautifuly scenery and craters to see) and you can do this on your own, without a guide as we did. After 3000 meters. a guide is necessary as you start being in the lava fields with fumes and treacherous paths. You would need good hiking shoes after 3000 meters as well. We walked with running shoes up to 3000 meters, but hiking shoes would have been better (for us, it's a space issue in the motorcycle). Just bring lots of water as it gets very dusty when windy and it's still a challenging hike where you would need to keep hydrated, especially if it gets warm. Yesterday, the temperature at the parking lot, despite the wind was around 28 degrees. Check weather forecast. In the end, the day costed us 5 euros cash. If you are in good shape, schedule extra time to hike up like we did to 3000 meters, save money and enjoy the special feeling of walking in a volcanic area. Some people we met did the same thing as we did with cable car and guide to the 3000 meter mark (did not walk up to the crater) and paid 91 euros per person for half a day. Alternatively, just take the cable car and then hike up to 3000 meters. We just find that 50 euros is extremely expensive for this cable car, but it's a matter of having time and being fit. Beautiful and challenging day overall that left us happy and tired !
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • Credoc
    Budapest, Hungary144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entrance fee is 5 Euro (2024), cash preferred.
    If you just climb to the top and return, it can be done in about an hour. However, it well worth to explore the mountain, and spend there 2-3 hours, relaxing and admiring the views. Bring snacks and most importantly WATER with you.
    Written May 14, 2024
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  • Clive S
    142 contributions
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    caught the bus up to the top for wonderful views and a very nice cooling breeze - a change form the oppressive city heat. nice place to sit down for a while and relax. Shame its not looked after a bit better, so much litter, and a lovely statue of santa rosalia sprayed with graffiti - so sad. hard to find any reliable info on the bus, but caught the 812 bus from just off Piazza Don Luigi Sturzo. Info states that they go every 1hr 15mins, but in reality seem to be every 15mins, passed 2 on the way up and saw three leave during our 1 hour visit. 15min stroll back down the road gets you to the church of S. Rosalia and a couple of nice cafes and a few tat stalls. All things considered, a very nice morning out.
    Written September 14, 2023
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  • belladaz
    Milan, Italy18 contributions
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    This is the best location where to enjoy a beautiful 360 degrees panorama of the whole island. It can be easily reached by asphalted road or alternative walking paths.
    It is usually quite and really deserves a visit if you are in Pantelleria.
    Written August 27, 2016
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  • Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
    Caltanissetta, Italy2,982 contributions
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    The enchanting view from Monte Cammarata. You could see the towns of San Giovanni Gemini and Cammarata. We are in the Agrigento area.
    Written May 16, 2020
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  • NanKargahi
    Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
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    Wonderful hike with amazing views of water on both sides. Strongly recommend hiking up for the sunset. Take a headlamp for the walk back down
    Written October 23, 2020
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,000 contributions
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    These seven marvelous craters have been named after Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen (1809-1876), German geologist and physicist, graduated in Gottingen, having among his masters such personalities as Carl Friedrich Gauss, arranged in a "buttonhole", that is, along a more or less straight line, as a consequence of an eruption which lasted for the whole of the first half of 1865; they today can be visited with a pleasant and all in all easy walk.
    There doesn't appear a particular reason to name this one rather than other Etna volcanic phenomena after Sartorius: he was not on the spot at the eruption time.
    In fact, by this time he had already made the vast majority of his observations on the Italian volcano, after long stays made in the fourth and fifth decade of the nineteenth century, and rather devoted himself to the study of Icelandic volcanism, carrying out only brief control visits on Etna.
    Rather, the attribution of "Sartorius" name to the craters is overall a consequence of the recognition of the inestimable merits of the German geologist in the study of the volcano; study which produce the two powerful volumes of "Der Aetna" (published posthumously, in 1880) and the "Atlas des Aetnas" (1843).
    The excursion to the craters, as mentioned, is relatively easy, and probably represents the easiest way to get acquainted with the morphology of Etna volcanic phenomena, without climbing to great heights.
    We have only covered a small part of the possible routes in this area, limiting ourselves to climbing the first crater we encounter (after 15 minutes of walking) coming from the paved road to Rifugio Citelli.
    Even with this minimal program, there are many appreciable and evocative phenomena: the birch formations you cross to reach the base of the cone, unique on Etna and in all of southern Europe: the "pillows" of "spino santo" (holy thorn; Astracantha sicula [Biv.] Greuter), endemic plant of Etna, which here is presented in its best form; the contrast between the mineral nature of the emissions, still featuring to large sterile surfaces, and the shrubs and trees that anyhow go to conquer the slopes.
    In conclusion, this is a route that we highly recommend.
    Written September 4, 2021
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  • ajea
    Chester, UK65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbed with my 11 yr old who is a good walker. Bus from San Marina inexplicably stops in Malfa but it’s about 40 mins total. Ascent is straightforward. There is a gradual Land Rover track with the loops cut across by well maintained steeper tracks with steps. The first refuge is clean and has a water pump. Going is straightforward to the summit if you have decent trainers it took us 1hr 40
    On descent you cannot follow the ridge direct the s marina path tracks parallel on the S side just below the ridge. You can cut out the loops on worn paths. The Serro Capo refuge is also solid but no water here. The path down from Serro Capo is always distinct so no route finding problems. It is in need of some maintenance and a bit slippy in places. There are great views down to S marina it’s vertiginous but not exposed. Total walking time 3hr 40 including lunch. Recommend Pocket earth app for map, although we had signal all the time
    Written October 24, 2018
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  • oleandro411
    Province of Messina, Italy158 contributions
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    Rocca Salvatesta is a fantastic experience, enjoyable to watch from several points of view because of her sevaral shapes and her calcareus structure, it offers a complete hike with many things to discover around her like mediterranean vegetation, forests, rocks, megaliths, tholos, caves, precipices and spectacular views with a great 360° panorama on her top with Etna, Peloritani mountains, Fiumare, Aeloians islands Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas etc. Many paths brings at the feet of the big pyramid of rock, but if you want enjoy her at he best it is advisable go up en early morning from the town of Fondachelli Fantina to enjoy the sunrise over montagna di Vernà and go down to down to Novara di Sicilia to enjoy the sunset on the sea and Aeolians Island in the afternoon.
    Written July 31, 2017
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  • efekete2018
    Dunakeszi, Hungary49 contributions
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    Beautiful place to visit for a walk. Nice colours, lovely road and view. Nice drive from Erice castle to the way to Monte Cofano.
    Written October 3, 2019
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  • martinsnos
    Bristol, UK491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last time I visited the path up had been neglected and was overgrown so it is best to wear long trousers to save your lower legs.
    Amazing views from the top and the interesting caves where people used to live.
    Hidden cracks and big drops - caution required.
    Written February 14, 2016
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland28,622 contributions
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    Leaving the pier and the settlement of Filicudi Porto I was soon on a very beautiful path in the middle of a rich vegetation. There were also great views over the sea towards other Aeolian islands and back towards the port and the peninsula of Capo Graziano with its bronze age site.

    My goal was the abandoned settlement of Zucco Grande at an altitude of 236m asl. Most houses were in ruin, but some had been restored - as it said on a sign - also with financial support by the European community. Nobody was prsent though, when I arrived around lunchtime. The walk up here was not demanding, no steep parts, and it took me about 1 1/2 hours to get here in a very leisurely way, studying plants and taking pictures.

    For once I didn't have a map of the island, since unlike other places the only café-bar at the port didn't sell the good trekking maps, that exist of each Aeolian island (in Lipari's bookshops they had only the one's of the more visited islands, thus not of Filicudi and Alicudi). But seeing a good path going out of Zucco Grande in the opposite direction I decided to follow it until it were time to return to the port for the aliscafo back to Lipari.

    The path soon not only went north, but also up. Still follwing it I finally ended up at the island's peak, the Monte Fossa delle Felci (774m asl), thus with the same name as the highest peak of Salina (and of all the Aeolian islands). This was a much harder part than going from the pier to Zucco Grande and even worse was the direct descent to Filicudi Porto, where I sometimes had to use my hands, when going over rocks. All in all I spent over six hours hiking and I had been alone during the whole time. But it was one of my best experiences on the Aeolian Islands.
    Written June 10, 2019
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  • AMaria2602
    Helsinki, Finland28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s about 1,5 hours up and the same down (depending on which path you choose). The views are spectacular, but the path is quite rocky and steep, so wear good shoes and remember to take enough water with you!
    Written October 19, 2019
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