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Mt Etna

You can't think of Sicily without including Mt Etna. This giant active volcano is dominating the landscape of the island. With an altitude of 3326m it's the highest mountain of Italy south of the alps. The volcano is very active and eruptions occur frequently from the summit craters or from the old craters on the flanks.

The volcano is part of the national park 'Parco dell'Etna'. A beautiful area with the typical black sand and moonscape deserts.

The most populair and accessible site is the southern slope. At Rifugio Sapienza you can take a cable car that brings you closer to the top (or you can hike the whole traject). The cable car is quite expensive (30 euros for an adult), but it is spectacular, it's not a waste of money. When it's stormy the cable car is closed and minibusses do the route up (and down).

At Rifugio Sapienza you can also watch a 7D movie, one of the saddest tourist traps that crossed our paths so far. 7 euros for a movie of 5 minutes, without any educational value. 

There are four craters at the top, but we haven't seen any of them, the weather was horrible. But good news: at the upper cable-car station you can rent a warm jacket!

The whole area is very touristy, so you will not get hungry at any point of your trip: bars and restaurants also when you don't expect!

But even totally covered in clouds this place is spectacular! 

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