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Review of Monte Etna

Monte Etna
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Ranked #1 of 167 things to do in Catania
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sicily's greatest natural attraction is also its highest mountain: Mount Etna, at 10,990 feet, is the most active volcano in Europe and the oldest recorded active volcano in the world.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

You can't miss it! The whole trip was amazing with the unforgettable views to cap it all! On the way you will visit a local spot with alcohol, honey or pesto: and everywhere you may taste a bit (or more!). Delicious! When you get to 2000 metres, you'll find nice shops, bars and restaurants. Then you may either pay a lot (over 50 euros!) to be driven by jeep to the central crater, or stroll around to other ones for free - they say it doesn't make a lot of difference. Be sure to put on good comfy shoes (no flip-flops! trekking sandals if you really want) as you'll be walking on the volcanic 'sand', whatever you call it, which is slippery and dusty.

Thank christiano_10
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

After reading the many Trip Advisor reviews and not having a whole day to dedicate, we decided to visit as far as we could drive. The roads are excellent (we ascended from the south and exited to the east). Many other reviewers have said that the roads are winding - and they are - but after 2 weeks in Sicily, we found them to the best winding roads we had driven on. At the carpark, you are at 6500 feet and we were not prepared for how chilly it would be there on a very hot July day. Take your sweaters and long pants even if you don't plant to climb to the top - even in the height of summer. We could walk up the 2001 crater and the Silvestri crater and had great views. Silvestri is a gentler walk and where all the tour groups were gathered. The 2001 crater was steeper and almost deserted and was stunning (but harder to navigate for anyone with mobility issues).

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We took the funivia and the modified busses pretty far up the volcano. The guide was excellent and made it very interesting and informative. Wear shoes with some tread even for this easy excursion as the ashes can slip under your feet.

Thank HappyInItaly
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

It's a nice long winding drive to the car park and well worth it. But to get near the volcano summit becomes expensive with the cable car and then a bus.

Thank whospiltmypint
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We were on holiday in Sicily and thought that it was an unmissable opportunity to visit a live volcano. The trip up by bus took about two hours but the landscape at the top was worth it. The craters are stupendous and the hills of black lava are like nothing I have seen anywhere else. It looked like an alien planet or possibly Mordor. The tour guide Alfredo was loquacious in two languages and the food in the restaurants at 2000m was pretty good. We only went that high but it is possible to take a cable car and jeep to near the summit for an extra 50 Euros per person. As a family of four that wasn't worth it for us and you can probably see everything you want (craters, lava etc) at 2000m anyway.

Thank Anisur R
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