For mountain lovers, a destination particularly of interest to geologists and vulcanologists.
Best time to visit: all-year-round.
What to do: skiing, long walks along the footpaths, admiring the wonderful landscape.
What to eat: Wild mushrooms and grilled meat, local red wine and the famous “fuoco dell’Etna” a liquor that will set you alight!
Distance from the city: an hour by car.
On the eastern side of the island, where the Ionic Sea sweeps from the lava rocks of Sicily to the sea surrounding Greece, the imposing profile of Etna emerges. In order to protect the local fauna and wildlife, The Etna wildlife reserve was created. Etna is the active mountain of the Mediterranean. Its extraordinary variety of landscapes and views, combines black lava falls, thousands of years old, the multiple colours of its forests and the bright blue sea below. With its 40km in diameter and 3346m in height, Etna is the biggest active volcano in Europe. Its history began over 570,000 years ago.
Throughout its history poets and philosophers have witnessed and narrated ancient eruptions to which myths and legends are linked. In recent times, thanks to travellers, artists and scientists, we have the testimony of over 200 eruptions.
Currently Enta has 4 open craters. Still today it presents persistent activity with the emission of vapours, stones, ash and sand.
Starting point is fixed at 1923m. With the cable www.funiviaetna.com cable car in a few minutes a height of 2500 can be reached, or alternatively by Jeep.
From there, the central and South-East craters can be reached. There in front is an incomparable panorama, suspended above the sea, with ancient and more recent lava falls characteristic of Etna’s landscape.
Here qualified guides are available to take tourists near to the mouths of the craters.
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