Catania, Scenic Mt Edna - UNESCO Heritage
Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments | UNESCO | Wine
Mount Etna, a very active volcano, is the largest in Europe at 10,723 feet and has erupted 130 times. Of great interest is the variety of landscapes and vegetation that can be found on the volcano’s slopes. Your 75-minute drive to Mount Etna is along a coastal highway and through a fertile paradise of green vineyards and golden citrus groves, passing through villages such as Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea. The scenery becomes more forbidding as you approach the Sapienza Refuge. You will see the city of Catania, overwhelmed by an eruption 300 years ago, and walk around Crateri Silvestri inspecting the lava flow from the eruption of 1983. These small craters are set amid bare fields of grey lava that stretch for miles. You will have free time and a refreshment of cannoli tasting and almands wine before driving back to the pier.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Due to the high altitude, bring a light jacket or sweater.