Sicily Sights

Mt. Etna

  • Parco del Etna Map It
  • Volcano
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/03/2016

Fodor's Review

Plato sailed in just to catch a glimpse in 387 BC; in the 9th century AD the oldest gelato of all was shaved off its snowy slopes; and in the 21st century the volcano still claims annual headlines. Etna has erupted a dozen times in the past 30 or so years, most spectacularly in 1971, 1983, 2001, 2002, and 2005. There were also a pair of medium-size eruptions in 2008, one in 2009, and fairly constant eruptive activity during the summer of 2011, winter of 2013, and summer of 2014. Travel in the proximity of the crater depends on Mt. Etna's temperament, but you can walk up and down the enormous lava dunes and wander over its moonlike surface of dead craters. The rings of vegetation change markedly as you rise, with vineyards and pine trees gradually giving way to growths of broom and lichen.

Sight Information

Address:

Parco del Etna, , Italy

Map It

Published 05/03/2016

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Sicily

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

No Thanks