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Mt Etna.

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Mt Etna.

Can you tell us what time the 4wd buses start running to the craters from the funivia, is it right that the funivia starts at 0900.

Here & There
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1. Re: Mt Etna.

Schedules are posted on the funivia website….

funiviaetna.com/versione_inglese/orari.html

Vagabonda

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2. Re: Mt Etna.

btw if you want to rent a 4wd tour, call Nicolosi tourism office and they can get you a private ride to the top.

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3. Re: Mt Etna.

Many companies offer 4X4 tours at Etna Sud and Etna Nord.

Etna Tourism is excellent....

http://www.etnatourism.it/

http://www.tripadvisor.it/members/EtnaTourism

Many companies offer 4X4 tours at Etna Sud and Etna Nord - Sicily Off-Road, Acqua Terra....

http://www.sicilyoffroad.com/

http://www.acquaterra.it/

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4. Re: Mt Etna.

Vagabonda,

What are your local sources reporting on current conditions at the top of Mt. Etna as far as snow and effect of recent eruptions? Can you confirm funivia is open, Jeeps are running to Philosopher's Tower, and whether hiking above Philosopher's Tower is being permitted?

I have emailed some of the guide services you have recommended but have not received a reply.

Grazie.

Edited: 1:11 am, March 15, 2012
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5. Re: Mt Etna.

Hi Vagabonda

Is it possible to visit Mt Etna without a guide - what is the furthest we can get to? I will have my 10 year old with me so the walk cannot be too strenuous.

Is it a must to go early morning (we are arriving late in Catania the night before).

Also what is the best winery for lunch near Etna?

Many thanks!

ATA

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6. Re: Mt Etna.

Last time we were in Sicily we went to a great winery near Mt Edna called Murgo. We arrived unexpected and they treated us like family. I am hoping to return end of May for the same experience. The wine, cheese, sausage, and olives were awesome. We purchased quite a bit to take back to Florida.

Teresa

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7. Re: Mt Etna.

Welcome to Sicily Walodnoc!

The recent eruptions have not interfered with services, and the funivia is running. There’s still a lot of snow, but you can walk to 2500m.

Vagabonda

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8. Re: Mt Etna.

Welcome to Sicily ATA186338!

It’s not obligatory to have a guide for the funivia, but it is obligatory to have a guide for the jeep.

There’s currently a lot of snow on Etna, but you can walk to 2500m - It is strenuous....

tripadvisor.com/…38967183

Mornings are usually optimal, because clouds arrive later in the day and obstruct views.

TANBOD’s suggestion for the Murgo winery is an excellent recommendation.

http://www.murgo.it/ENG/SERVIZI.html

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9. Re: Mt Etna.

Hello Vagabonda and the rest of the gang,

Do we have to make a reservation (once we have taken the 8:15 bus to Sapienza) if, upon leaving the cable car, we want to take a Jeep (with guide)

to go towards the Etna summit, somewhere around the begining of may.

Le Survenant.

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10. Re: Mt Etna.

Welcome to Sicily LeSurvenant!

Yes, contact the guides in advance.

Società Cooperativa Gruppo Guide Alpine Etna Sud

alfponte@tin.it

http://www.etnaguide.com/

Best wishes!

Vagabonda