Parco dell'Etna Travel Guide

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Parco dell'Etna Things to Do

  • Monteserra Butterfly House / Casa Delle...

    A tropical greenhouse housing a fascinating selection of beautiful butterflies. There is a new dome where research is carried out and a section devoted to the conservation of the butterflies found on the slopes of Mount Etna volcano.The Butterfly House is on a slope of Mount Etna situated on a large site with broom bushes and trees local to the...

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  • Mount Etna Vineyards

    Website with excellent information about Siciian wine and olive oil :http://www.vitevino.it/Website for The Sicilian Wine Trail / La Strada del Vino dell'Etna :http://www.stradadelvinodelletna.it/enWebsite for the Etna grape varieties :http://www.etnadoc.com/index.php?fl=2&op=mcs&id_cont=140&eng=Vitigni&idm=178&moi=178These are wine estates with...

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  • Visit Etnaland Acqua/Theme/Prehistoric...

    Etnaland Acquapark open from 1.7.2014 - 8.9.2014 see webpage:http://www.etnaland.eu/en/PD/8/Info-and-prices.html#apkEtnaland Themepark open from see webpage: http://www.etnaland.eu/en/PD/8/Info-and-prices.html#tpkI have no photos as I have not visited but have driven past and seen how busy it gets and heard from people how much it is enjoyed by...

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  • Walk up to Crateri Silvestri

    A short walk up and around the craters made during the large eruption of 2001. The views can be spectacular on a clear day.As the ground can be cindery and powdery due to the lava 'stones' and ash and the weather is likely to be just about any type, it is best to be prepared. Come with laced walking boots or shoes to help prevent damaged ankles due...

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  • Flora and Fauna

    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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  • Jeep Trip after the Cable Car?

    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...

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  • Cable Car to the Next Level?

    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...

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  • Rifugio Sapienza - Etna Sud

    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...

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  • Walks on Mount Etna

    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)

    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...

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  • Ascent of Mt. Etna (Pt2)

    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...

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  • The present day tourist ascent of Mt....

    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...

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Parco dell'Etna Hotels

  • Hotel Corsaro

    Hopefully, I will complete my review in a couple of days. I was intending to stay there tomorrow...

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  • Rifugio Sapienza

    I have not stayed at this hotel but would not hesitate to do so It's position is next to the funivia...

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Parco dell'Etna Transportation

  • Parking at Piano Sapienza, Etna Sud

    Lots of parking, some free and some with a parking fee, close to Rifugio Sapienza.The parking is near to the souvenir shops and the vans selling Etna products like honey.The Silvestri Crateri walk is at this level and at the other side of the road is the walk at the site of the 2002 eruption.Good footwear to protect toes from the lava, and eye...

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  • Ferrovia Circumetnea

    This privately owned, single carriage, narrow gauge railway runs approx 110 kilometres almost around the flanks of Mount Etna from Catania Borgo stazione to Riposto from Monday to Saturday (no Sunday service). The whole one way trip takes around three hours. It is possible to travel to one of the towns and have a snack or lunch and then return the...

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  • Bus to Rifugio Sapienza, Etna Sud

    Catania to Etna Sud - Rifugio Sapienza AST - see website for timetable and fare - Catania to Etna Journey time is two hoursOnce a day all year round and twice daily in the summer months (extra summer service in previous years)Leaves Catania 08:15 Leaves Etna 16:30

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Parco dell'Etna Shopping

  • Souvenir Shops

    Quite a few cafes and restaurants and souvenir shops and the Rifugio Sapienza hotel sell food and drinks. 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 gift souvenirs. A lot of the trinkets / souvenirs are made from lava and many are made from coral.I cannot...

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  • 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...

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Parco dell'Etna Local Customs

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    Keep your eye on the online webcams

    by rosata Updated Jun 15, 2015

    The vulcanologists of Mount Etna who are based in Catania, monitor the activity of the volcano. Presently, seven webcams can be checked online. This may aid your decision of whether or not to make a trip, take a trek, make a car journey, take the bus or stay well away!

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Parco dell'Etna Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware The Erupting Volcano!

    Mount Etna erupted again 26 October 2013, causing the airport and airspace to be closed for a time. The following link is the up to date information. Many webcams and photographs are available on the internet :http://www.ct.ingv.it/en/webcam-etna-en.htmlMount Etna volcano has been erupting frequently in 2013 and still continues. No towns have been...

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  • Restrictions for Walking Access on Mount...

    I have just seen yet again on the Sicilian TV news that Mount Etna has been erupting from the new SE crater and it reminded me of the walking restrictions implemented last year. If you plan to walk/hike on the volcano do read whatever current information you can find and heed the documents below...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Parco dell'Etna Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Botanical Gardens

    Yes, there is a Botanical Garden named the 'Nuova Gussonea' created by the Forestry Commission and the University of Catania on the southern slope of Mount Etna at 1700 - 1750 metres above sea level. The significant plants of the area are grown to gain insight into the ecosystem of the volcano.It is in Zone B of the Parco Dell'Etna.It was closed on...

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  • Monte Zoccolaro & Valle del Bove

    Descending the mountain from Rifugio Sapienza on the SP92 in the direction of Zafferana Etnea turn left at a junction marked Monte Pomiciaro. Last time we were there (September 2012) the road sign stated the road was closed but we went anyway and it was asphalted and fine to drive on. There is a parking area at the end of the road (see my photo of...

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Parco dell'Etna Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycle the Mount Etna Cycle Race...

    This year's date for the cycling event on the highest active volcano in Europe is Sunday, 27th September 2015.This event is popular for competitors from all over Europe, bikes carried on the plane.It is very well organised and recommended by all bike enthusiasts who are up for a challenge.Registration is required by the end of June.The event is...

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  • Run the Mount Etna Marathon!

    The date for this year's running marathon 31st October 2015.This is an old poster from when I was at the Parco dell'Etna office in 2012.If anybody would like me to find information about it, please PM me.

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