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MOUNT ETNA, THE GIANT VOLCANO AND THE BEAUTIFUL TAORMINA

Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina

 

Discover Mount Etna, Sicily, the cone shaped giant active volcano and the beautiful Taormina overlooking the Ionian Sea

Itinerary: Volcano Mount Etna, Taormina, Rifugio Sapienza, Sicily
Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina
On this tour you will be able to visit the charming town of Taormina, (pic n°1) a famous summer resort and the volcano Mount Etna. (pic n°2)

Let's star visiting Taormina first, this elegant town and summer resort which is a well-known luxury tourist destination in Sicily. It is located in a position of astonishing beauty on the slope of a mountain overlooking the Ionian sea and Mount Etna. Its crystal-clear sea waters (pic middle), its stunning views and landscapes, its mild climate, its white sandy beaches and the kindness of its inhabitants make Taormina a small paradise.

The town is also an important archaeological site, we can mention here the famous ancient Greek Theater from the Hellenistic era. It is also an important cultural location, here is held "The Taormina International Film Festival", one of the most important Italian international events.
Even in the past, many famous celebrities like Goethe, Maupassant, Czar Nicholas II, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Gabriele D'Annunzio were hosted in Taormina.

Beyond visiting the Greek-Roman Theater and enjoying the stunning views over the sea and over Mount Etna, we suggest strolling along its romantic alleys and also, going down to the beautiful beach for a swim. Finally, do not miss a stop in one of the elegant restaurants in Taormina and taste the excellent cuisine!
Read more here: Taormina, the Sicily's terrace overlooking Mount Etna

Now you can head to Mount Etna. As you will see, reaching the top of Volcano Etna is not as much complicated as to reach the top of a mountain in the Alps. However, you will need to hire a guide and wear appropriate outfits. Once arrived at the top of Volcano Etna, you will enjoy an indescribable and absolutely stunning panoramic view! It is also possible to have a look inside the crater and watch what a real, active volcano looks like.
Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina - Pic 7
So, take the highway in the direction of Catania through the village of Giardini di Naxos, a smart, well-known sea resort. When reached Catania turn towards the town of Belpasso and then to Nicolosi, from here get the direction towards 'Rifugio Sapienza' (Sapienza hut).

"Rifugio Sapienza" (Sapienza hut) is the highest place, (it is 1.910 meters a.s.l.) you can reach by your own car on the slopes of Mount Etna. Here, there is a cableway (pic n°4) that takes you to the altitude of about 2500 meters. (otherwise, there are some 4wd you can take). When you will get up, there will be some special cars waiting for you and will take you to an upper level. The latest part, about 350 vertical meters, is to be done on foot. (pic n°5)

About volcano Mount Etna: with its 3.350 meters of height, it is the highest and the most dangerous European volcano, as its highly disruptive eruptions (pic n°6) have demonstrated that during the centuries. Mount Etna looks like a giant, white-caped cone that overlooks the Ionian sea. It is over 40 km wide on a surface of 1265 km2 and with a perimeter of about 135 km.

The land of the slopes of Volcano Etna is very fertile and the whole area is intensively cultivated. Vineyards, orange groves, orchards, and olive trees are part of the landscape. Wine, pistachios, and honey are among the best-known products of the area. The wines from Etna have a good reputation, because of their flavors that are unique owing to the volcanic nature of the land where the grapes are grown.

Panoramic and scenic views during the whole tour!

Some pictures about the "Mount Etna and Taormina Tour":

Mount Etna from the Greek Theater in Taormina (pic n°1); Mount Etna (pic n°2); Craters (pic n°3); Cableway (pic n°4); Hiking the craters (pic n°5); Eruption (pic n°6); Beautiful beach in Taormina (pic middle)

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Tour in Italy: Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina - Pic 4
Tour in Italy: Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina - Pic 5
Tour in Italy: Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina - Pic 6
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Tour: Mount Etna, the giant volcano and the beautiful Taormina

Category: Country sightseeing tour

Location: Mountainside

Region: Sicily , Italy

Area: Taormina & Etna

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