Mount Etna, Catania

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Europe's tallest active volcano, Mount Etna is a World Heritage site surrounded by a sprawling national park. The volcano is in an almost constant state of activity. It produces fertile volcanic soils that support the vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad surrounding plain. The national park encircling the volcano encompasses nearly 590 sq km (193 sq mi) and includes more than 20 towns. The park features snowy mountaintops, dense woods, and vast deserts of black lava. Due to the volcano's frequent and often dangerous activity, which is monitored by at least 100 seismic stations, this area is occasionally off-limits to tourists. Be sure to check for any current advisories before you make the trip. Arrange your visit to Mount Etna and discover more family-friendly attractions in Catania using our Catania trip builder site .
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  • Interesting tours on Etna with Etnatribe and the Guide Enzo tweezer, personable and knowledgeable. It starts from Catania to reach rifugio Sapienza at about 2000 meters, a tour around the Silvestri craters, now defunct. Lunch break and you are returned to the Valley stopping to visit the interesting Cave of lava, then stop over in Hong Kong with the taste of delicious local products (oil, honey, wine ...) In short a tour not to be missed if you are in the area.
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  • We recommend the use of technical equipment, the slope of Linguaglossa is worth a visit, beautiful surroundings you will find many taverns with local products
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  • The charm of the volcanoes is indisputable ... ETNA has one detail ... Stately and imposing, inspires a true fear; Although the lava emerges from the other side of town in a deserted Valley is always fascinating to witness the creation of a new vent. A place not to be missed for those arriving in Sicily. .
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  • The most beautifull view and experience. I hired to the top. It might be quite cold and challenging. The view and the fresh Mountain air and walking on an vulcano is quite the experience. Best experience for me when travelling Sicily. If you go I recommend also visiting the city Bronte. Its a pistachio oriented Village which is also great to visit.
  • Whether you are in Sicily or planing to visit it, this year or next year, summer or winter, please include Mount Etna in your itinerary! Explore the dramatic landscape of this volcano and it's neighboring town of Taormina and set on the stunning coastline of Sicily! You don't need to book any tour guide trip! With just a car and little road planning (google maps) you can do this by yourself enjoying your time and no rushing. On the Mount you can go up by cable car which take you through the most steep part or you can walk up by yourself (depending on how fit your feel). Cable car coast €30 per person for about 10-15min and ones your are up you can decide if you want to take a huge (personal opinion) jeep/bus (another €30)to the top or just walk up. My advice is if you are physically capable of walking by yourself just do it! You don't need to be extremely fit or training for 6 months before going there. Is not easy for everyone but slowly walking up is what you need and the view is amazing, the landscape give your the feeling like you are on different planet and there's nothing like it!!!
  • Truly incredible experience. Hard to describe how dramatic the volcano, the landscape, the view is. Must see.
  • Fantastic day tour, the low clouds spoiled the day. Great local food and gifts on sale.
  • If you are in Northern Sicily, visiting the Etna volcano is a great one-day trip experience. You can trek, you can take a tour with a jeep, you can just drive up and look around. If you plan on trekking, always use a local guide !

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