In the previous post I promised to make two posts from our fourth day in Sicily since one of the elements on this day just simply deserved that. And really, we hadn’t been on top of a volcano before, especially on top of a volcano that is very active and drives the locals crazy every so often.
Etna is the largest volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the entire world. It’s 10,922 feet high and covers a staggering 460 square miles. Compared with other Italian volcanoes, Etna is two and a half times higher than their second highest volcano.
And when Corleone was a highlight of this trip I very much anticipated, then climbing on the ash hills of Etna and touching pieces of lava was certainly the most unexpected one. And the more exciting, therefore.
You can drive up to 4,200 feet on bendy and almost empty mountain roads. Enormous ash and lava fields surround you the entire way.
I brought back a piece of lava and it’s now on my bookshelf, next to the piece of the Berlin wall.
The most expensive cableway in the world (€27.50) takes you from 4,200 feet to 5,500. You can then take a bus that takes you to 6,400, but that costs €24.50 extra.
At 5,500 feet. The white substance on the ground is snow. Air temperature about +8°C (+46°F).
A piece of lava that small weighs about 20 pounds. In the background, in the upper right corner of the photo you can see something that looks like smoke. That is smoke that is coming from one of the craters.
For some reason, ladybirds liked to sunbathe on lava.
This white substance is, in fact, a cloud. Yes, at 5,500 feet we were above the clouds. I’ve been higher than 7,000 feet before, but haven’t seen anything like that elsewhere than an airplane.
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