near Rifugio Sapienza: Souvenir Shops
Quite a few cafes and restaurants and souvenir shops and the Rifugio Sapienza hotel selling food.
At the top of the cable car there is a cafe and souvenir shop.
Next to the car park there is a whole bank of shops selling post cards and gifts.
A lot of the trinkets are made from lava.
I cannot speak up for any as we enjoy to visit the towns lower down the mountain as this is a bit too geared towards the tourist.
We have been here when the coach park is full and the car parks are full too.
There are other parking areas and picnic areas off on the other little roads if you have a car.
What to buy: There is usually a big van selling honey from the region but it is pricier than buying it in one of the towns on the way up or down eg, Zafferana Etnea, Nicolosi, Linguaglossa.
What to pay: look in a few shops to compare the prices if you intend to buy.
Truck Stand: Citrus Scented Honey
This is an easy place to buy the world's most unusual flavored honey. It tastes just like the honey served for breakfast at our hotel nearby.They say it is shipped world-wide. It comes in orange and lemon (also lime?).The jars are of varying sizes for an easy bring-home.There are several venues around the parking lot.This was easier than going into shops in Zefferana Etnea and eliminated a parking challenge. The Southern slopes of Etna provide a climate and soil that is superb for citrus growing. The greatest taste experience hereabouts is fresh squeezed orange juice from "blood"(red-fleshed) oranges.It is deep red and a perfect blend of sweet and tart!!Our hotel served ad lib amounts at breakfast. DO NOT forget to pick up a piece of lava to take home!
What to buy: The honey as described above was the only item.
What to pay: The price here was the same as elsewhere (if you can find it). Take home a 6-pack.
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