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“Visiting Mt. Etna, Catania, Sicily”
Review of Monte Etna

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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 October 23, 2013

Very worthwhile, especially the ride up to the volcano. Note to visitors would be to take a jacket as it is extremely windy up there. We were able to walk up to the edge of the crater, and we could also see there were chair lifts for winter skiing. I understand it is snow covered for seven months out of the year.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Man has conquered most of the world's terrain but not the volcano. I have visited several, but none like this. To walk on rock that emerged from the ground in April 2013 is unlike any other experience. The mountain is huge, the scale of eruption is immense and the risks are tangible. It is an inhospitable place and maybe we should have walked up but we wanted time and energy to savour the enormity of it all. 57.5 euros for the cable car, 4x4 ride to the summit, and a 45 min guided tour of the 2001/2 craters- well worth it if you budget allows. If you go to Sicily don't miss the visit to Etna. You don't need to be athletic, just normal fitness levels and some warm clothing. It really is awesome!

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We booked through EtnaExeprience.com and had Alessandro as our guide - he was fabulous and the meal included in the €59 was excellent!

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

This has GOT to be a "must do" in Sicily for anyone fit enough to try it. From Linguaglossa, follow the signs to "Etna Nord" or "Piana Provenzana". This takes you to a ski station on the north face at about 2200m of altitude in the middle of a very impressive lava field which wiped out the former ski station (at the same spot) in 2002. Moonscape of burned out trees still standing and lava all around. The ski station has been somewhat rebuilt. You can walk around the station and get an impressive view of Etna from here. Some hikes leave from this place and will take you up a twisting ATV roadway towards the summit, but the hike would be several hours on foot.

A trailer on the site sells tickets to "Cratere Centrale" for 67euros each. Warning - they don't warn you, but this is a pretty strenuous hike in relatively low oxygen. You absolutely should be dressed properly - sturdy shoes, a warm sweater or jacket at least. It will be windy and hovering just above zero C in summer. You will be driven up twisty switchbacks in an ATV bus (I don't know what else to call it). Don't watch the movie "Wages of Fear" before taking this trip! The bus holds about 25 people including an alpine guide. It inches upwards on barely graded tracks through lava and ash fields with precipitous drops on one side, the other or sometimes both. After about 45 minutes, you arrive "near" the top. You then have another 45 minutes of climbing up a steady but not unduly steep path to the crest of the central crater. From here, the summit is only another 50 meters of altitude (you are at 3200m). You are virtually at the top of Etna. You will spend about 30 minutes trekking along the lip of the central crater before making your way back down to the bus (the descent, needless to say, is easy!). Total time about 2.5 hours from the base and worth every penny.

The view from the top will take your breath away (if you have any left!). The Aeolian Islands are visible in the distance and all of Sicily seems to stretch out before you. The trek along the top of the crater will take you past steaming fumeroles. Here and there deposits of sulphur, magnesium and other minerals create bright, multi-hued rocks. And of course lava, lava, lava. Words won't do it justice. The sun was very bright at the top when we went although it was an overcast day down below. The result was that we saw seas of clouds below us with the occasional breaks showing the land below. The view will of course be weather dependent, although I think the height (more than 10,000 feet for the non-metric) puts one above the cloud cover most of the time. I uploaded a couple of pix.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We drove through Linguaglossa to Piana provenzana. There was no official tourist office, but lots of providers and a person collecting 3 euros for parking. It was stunning. We walked around, took a ski lift up part way for 14 euros each and got off and took in the views. We also took a donkey ride with Salvo that was grat

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