The Olympian and Solitary Volcano
Etna – the highest volcano in Europe, nearly 11000 feet high and one of the most famous in the world. It caused wonder and curiosity among the many 18th-century, northern-European visitors to the island. It frequently spews fiery-red lava into the older flows that enrich the black, fertile soil around Catania. Mount Etna has always been experienced by Sicilians as a challenge against the forces of nature.
An active volcano for millions of years, Etna has marked the landscape with its lava flows, at times disastrous for the surrounding nature and for its inhabitants
The Sicilians call the massif that rises above them by a familiar term “A Muntagna”. Etna has also been dealing out benefits to the lands which lies at its feet. At every eruption the volcano deposits enormous quantities of minerals which make the orchards luxuriant and fruitful, as well as the vineyards and the vast woodland areas.
If someone had to spend just one day in Sicily and asked “What ought I to see?” The answer without hesitation is “Taormina”. The view is among the loveliest of Italy. The panorama is dominated by the Volcano Etna, often topped with snow and always smoking. The vegetation is lush with sub-tropical plants, the climate is delightful.
Starting from Catania. The day starts with the volcano mount ETNA. In the morning we’ll drive up the volcano till 6500 feet. Where the eruption from 2001 left its mark at the Rifugio Sapienza. On the way admire the landscape and the vineyards growing in the shadow of Mount Etna inside the DOC wine production area. Enjoy a walk at the nearby Silvestri Craters or simply soak up the atmosphere of the volcano. Possibility to stop en route at a local WINERY (optional) for a wine tasting. Continue to TAORMINA, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. Together we’ll visit this lovely town. Including the Greek Theatre which has inspired generations of travelers and artists.
- Private Guided Walking Tour in Taormina.
- English speaking Guide Driver.
- Private transportation according to itinerary.
- Parking/Highway fees.
- Pick up/ Drop off at the hotel.
- Admission fees
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