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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  • We were in Sicily on a self drive tour, but we bought the online guided tour 6 h trip to mount Etna. We were able to visit the cave, as well as a small hike, including lava on the slopes of Mount Etna. Really good English spoken with a nice guide had studied volcanic science and knew how to tell my experience e.g., the lava flows. A positive surprise, that gave a realistic experience of the wonders of the world. The tour desk was once again one of the most gorgeous jewel of life in a lovely pearl stringing!
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  • If you are in Sicily, don't miss out visiting this amazing place! It is truly wonderful to explore the power of nature while walking around an active volcano! The whole place has a special atmosphere ...  more »
  • Arrived around 9:30 end October and there is already a large queue that we took away. The Fund after 1/2 hour of leadership, we discover that it was for parking... The individual asked us for how long, we took for the day to be quiet. To stop wee, a small new queue, you must pay in advance. We would expect that this is clean, the Toilets are right on the edge of the sustainable. The objective of the day that's all the same to the craters of Etna! Well equipped, well conditioned we have the end 600 to 700 meters of uneven to walk according to the card by our hotel, we take a new queue that will allow us to ride in a gondola, then take a 4 x 4 and a accompagrement Guide to finish. After 3/4 of an hour in the queue and the most complete option € 192 for 3, we believe we have the total and the angels. 1st ascent by cable made car, 4 x 4 ahead where rather style trucks buses off-road. They take us to a higher level and after 10-15 minutes everyone must go down. We normally have a step with the guide charged €9 / person. It however to be sought and if you find it, it makes you a ride to a small crater below, and it's over... The Summit of Etna and its craters that are still more than 1000 meters of altitude where we are, it's not for us, and it is forbidden to keep rising alone on foot and without guide... A very big disappointment invades mingled with a sense of well being ripped off! It must be a mistake, ask at the checkout. Only problem, is that all balance and everyone sends you stroll. There is no relationship or any commercial sense. Similarly in the queues, you're headed as of cattle that would go to the slaughterhouse. For the total ascent, we learn that he had to go through a private guide. We leave finally paid our parking for the day, around 16:00 after a short tour through a few small shops... Conclusions Yes for Etna which is an impressive wonder of nature and not to shabby and deplorable business! So prepare well upstream your adventure
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  • Beautiful location a must visit. Make sure you dress up very well is it will be freezing cold and take extra set of cloths with you or for the kids as if you end up playing in the snow your cloths will get wet. The view from top are amazing. Worth the visit for sure we will go again.
  • The most beautifull view and experience. I hiked 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.
  • Such a nice drive to the top and the view is incredible. You can plan a hiking trip to the summit, cable car rides, or just relax and have a beverage at one of the restaurants. Of course there are also places for excursions and to purchase souvenirs. A must see when visiting Catania.
  • this mountain is very beautiful and fascinating. very interesting to visit, especially the nature lovers. for those of you who want to visit this place prepare everything that is in need. for those of you who want to camp at night, prepare warm clothes, because the weather here is very cold. especially at night. also armed with candles or lighting lamps, such as cas lamps. prepare also sufficient food supplies. because here there is no food.
  • If you do have a rental car, go by your own. It is very easy to get there. And you don’t need a huge group around. Type Rifugio Sapienza into the gps and drive there. It is the station where the lift goes up to 2500 m. Buy the tickets at the station at 1900 m for the lift and the jeeps. It is 64€ each ticket but you get up to 2900 m very easy! There you can go around the craters. Unfortunately the weather was really bad. Rain and hail made us to go back after a short walk. Be prepared for it and take long clothes and a good jacket with you. It can be very rough within minutes ! But It was a real adventure and we can recommend this tour ! And at the moment NO lava! So don’t be disappointed !
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