28/08/2017

Lunar Landscapes | Mount Etna

Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
When in Sicily there is really no excuse not to experience another thing on my bucket list... Especially when every day I could see Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, in all its beauty from my bedroom's private terrace. Villa Le Terrazze Charming Rooms in Taormina knew exactly how to persuade me to wake up early in the morning, jump into the car, and drive around an hour and a half to Etna. Let's explore Mount Etna!   
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
Car park was busy but surprisingly we did not spend ages in the queues. 

Before we knew we jumped into a cable car, which I was not the biggest fan of, as you can see after a quick look at my face. Pretending to be brave and not minding being in a shaky box regardless of how many meters above the ground I was - believe me I did mind. 
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
We did not visit Etna as part of a private tour so to go even higher to the crater we paid for a bus transfer and a guide. 

When you get to the top, if you discover your clothing/shoes are unsuitable for the weather you can rent them out. I would definitely say that sandals or high heels are not the best choice to go for conquering Etna. If your trip is going to be as short as ours, trainers or Converse should be sufficient enough, however to be on the safe side I would recommend more stable hiking boots to protect your ankles. 
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
Etna is one of the most active volcanos in Europe with the most frequent eruptions. I was lucky and got to see it for myself on the way up. The last major irruption happened in 1992.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
I think some of the private tours offer a trekking experience, but due to our tiny luggage neither of us had appropriate shoes. This was an excellent excuse to be driven to the top. 
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
The walk to the crater after our guide from the Visitor Centre was quick. The wind however took me by surprise. 

The views were stunning but I must admit that I would like to have a little bit more time on the top to appreciate them. It was very rushed, including the quick stops for extra information from the guide. The information itself was very limited and cut short. Either he had a bad day and did not want to share his knowledge and passion for Etna with us, or the timescale given for each trip up and down is too short. At this moment in time calling it a guided tour for me is a slight exaggeration. If you do a quick google you will probably learn more about the fascinating history of Etna, which I recommend. 
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
 Although the tour was unimpressive the views were stunning.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
Etna's volcanic soil is a deep orange going into brick red which creates a stunning contrast to the blue sky, magnificent scenery. I would really love to return with a private tour company for a more in depth experience. The sunset or sunrise there must be unforgettable! Just imagine seeing Mount Etna from the helicopter.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
Where there is honey there is a big chance I am going to be too. On our way back we stopped in the Visitor Centre to taste a variety of Sicilian Honeys...
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
...And my new favourite pistachio spread. I cannot believe that such a pistachio lover as myself never knew about the pistachio spread. So many morning beagles that were not used to their full mouthwatering potential on my plate! Sicily, my beauty, I should have visited you sooner.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
After leaving the Visitor Centre there is a few more opportunities to taste and buy a variety of things starting from honey, pistachio spread, liqueurs, and typical souvenirs. I would suggest to wait for a purchase as prices are higher at the centre, and products can be found elsewhere throughout Sicily.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
The way back was not adventurous till we were stuck in a small traffic jam due to...
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
...crossing goats. Easily the cutest traffic wardens I have had a chance to meet.
Mount Etna Visit Sicily Travel Guide by UK Travel Blogger Iga Berry
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  1. I love the volcanic soil, I've never been up a volcanic mountain before and it looks so different!
    I also never knew about pistachio spread but now I know about it, I want to try it!
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    1. I really liked my first spoon of pistachio spread but the second one without a bake roll was too much. It has really strong pistachio taste (I know shocking considering the name ;) ). I am sure you will have a chance to visit Etna one day! It is really interesting from the geological point of view. Love, Iga x

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  2. It seems like you had so much fun. It must have been amazing to see Etna from that close. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. It was fantastic! Although our guide was not best I recommend going anyways and experiencing Mount Etna. The views are stunning. I want to return during winter time to compare it.

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    1. Thank you Christy! I cannot wait to see all of the photos you will take in Thailand! Bringing all sweet memories back :) x

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