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    Jeep Trip after the Cable Car?

    by rosata Updated Jan 8, 2013

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    When you pay for the cable car there is the option to add on the jeep trip. If you pay for this too when you reach the top of the cable car you wait for the next jeep to fill up and the driver is then your guide. He gives information about the volcano and takes the passengers for a guided walk when they reach the jeep stop. When I went up not everyone wanted to go any further so they stayed at the jeep. It is quite strenuous being so high up and at the cable car station it states that anyone with a heart condition or various other illnesses cannot make the trip. Relatively fit and able older people can feel strained.

    It is exhilarating to be up there on the lunar landscape with volcanic ash covered packed snow with fissures smoking away.

    Our guide was a local man from Nicolosi with fascinating stories to tell and his English was not bad either.

    If you choose not to take the jeep trip it is possible to go up in the cable car or walk to that level. After that you can walk the jeep 'track'. If you see my last photo taken on our way down in the jeep you can see people walking up. I was told that when the jeep comes past at some speed especially going upwards that the ash cloud created is not a very nice experience to be near.

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    Cable Car to the Next Level?

    by rosata Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    You book and pay at the Funivia dell'Etna office and catch the next cable car. At the same time decide before you set off if you would like to pay for the jeep to take you further up after the cable car.

    There is a sign that people with heart conditions cannot travel.

    The first time we went up to the level of Rifugio Sapienza we were a bit lightheaded and it is only 1900 metres above sea level. We had been living at sea level for some months and the sudden height gain took a bit of getting used to.

    Now we stop at Nicolosi and sample a bar for coffee and have a walk round to get used to being a bit higher than the sea. We usually collect a picnic ready for our walking adventure of the day.

    The cable car is optional. It is possible and plenty of people walk up instead or walk up the craters on the parking level.

    Wear sturdy footwear and wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun and windblown ash and carry a scarf to wrap around your mouth and ears just in case. How many layers you need to keep you warm will be up to you, always carry an extra one.

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    Rifugio Sapienza - Etna Sud

    by rosata Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    Rifugio Sapienza at about 1900 metres above sea level is the highest driveable level on Mount Etna.

    Here there is parking, a hotel, the cable car to take you higher, the jeep trip to take you higher still, cafes, souvenir shops.

    I have been here numerous times and each time the temperature has been 10 C degrees less than the plain of Catania except the one time when we were fully surrounded by cloud then it was ? degrees less again.

    You can walk on the roads and on the volcanic ash from here.

    Wear sturdy footwear and wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun and windblown ash and carry a scarf to wrap around your mouth and ears just in case. How many layers you need to keep you warm will be up to you, always carry an extra one.

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    Walks on Mount Etna

    by rosata Updated Dec 23, 2012

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    There is a website given below with a list of 11 marked walks (sentieri in Italian) on Mount Etna.

    I will post more information as I walk them, so far so good.

    As with any of the walks it is a good idea to have a walking pole or two and don't forget the binoculars.

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    The top of the Tour (Pt3)

    by hquittner Written Mar 14, 2005

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    Tired sightseers(including cameraman)

    Off the bus the only places you can go are up or down. The terrain is unvarying but there are vistas.This is 2900m so do not run! (The buses go no further up).The time allotted allows for a climb to the nearby ridge(up;recommended for the able), or to the Torre del Filosofo(down, but you still must come back up--not recommended). As you stand there a group of trekkers may limp by (going up-up). The bus awaits when you fatigue.

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    Ascent of Mt. Etna (Pt2)

    by hquittner Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Nearby fumarole and upper viewpoint

    Your bus lets you out at a level area with a slight decline. The path is over cool or slightly warm dry lava and ascends at less than 8 degrees for some 500 ft where you can look into the Valle del Bove and acroos the expanse. We did not go up but my son and his wife did,while we sat on a lava mass and looked at a fumarole.The desolate landscape,vistas,smoke and mists were experience enough. I did not see a glow at any time, but there was smoke coming from the cone. The buses take you back to the starting point.

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    The present day tourist ascent of Mt. Etna (Pt.1)

    by hquittner Updated Mar 13, 2005

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    Top of the Road

    Presently there are only 2(?) ways to ascend Mt. Etna. One is to be lodged at the hostel at Refugio Sapienza(el. 1900m)and be young, strong in good climbing condition, properly informed and dressed;get up early (it is a 4+ hr trek). The details on how you do this I do not know or care. I do not know their website or if they have one.There are better volcanos to look into (eg Hawaii). All volcanos are exciting,even when not erupting, but the sheer mass of Etna requires travelling around the area to appreciate rather than climb. We used the second way. Near the Refugio is a building where you buy tickets for a 4-wheel drive "bus"which takes you up over the old lava fields to the level of the Torre del Filosofo(2900m)

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    Flora and Fauna

    by rosata Updated Oct 7, 2013

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    It is wonderful to see plants and trees and wildlife high on the lava slopes of Mount Etna.

    There they all are sprouting through the lava, amazing to see.

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