THE BLACK MAGIC OF ETNA, SICILY’S “BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN”

Mount Etna, Sicilian is stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, in the Metropolitan City of Catania. Mount Etna is recorded world’s largest and longest active shield volcano in Europe consisting of large number of fluid lava flow, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It is the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area with a basal circumference of 140 km.

Mount Etna is the highest and most active volcanoes in the world with a height of 3330 meters. United Nations has designated it as decade volcano because of its recent activity and population around it. Etna is a black mountain that’s why it is called BLACK MAGIC OF ETNA. Mount Etna in Sicily erupted as one of the global travel destinations in 2013 when UNESCO referred it as a World Heritage Site. Since then, Mount Etna has attracted hordes of tourists every year with the charm of beatific scenery and the mysterious landscape filled with oozing lava, volcanic rocks and black sand.

Not only is Mount Etna known for its importance as a natural attraction and travel but also for its cultural and scientific significance. You might not find any beaches around to relax in or some historical architecture to marvel but still this will draw you with the sheer grandeur of the volcanic ‘rivers’ of solidified lava and its skiing fun .

Travelers can trek, walk, travel around ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with day trips offered from nearby cities such as Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Etna runs a cable car from Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). The best way to explore is to go with a local guide on a 3.5-hour round-trip hike, who has the in depth knowledge about the destination very well.And also you will be provided with a full-day jeep rides which allow to travel different places and to catch sunrise and sunset.

The best way to travel to Mount Etna is through the bus route. You can travel to Rifugio Sapienza by boarding a bus from the bus stop at Catania. Just make sure that you reach at the Catania bus stop at 4:30 pm sharp for if you miss it, finding an alternate transportation facility which would take you down would be really hard. You will have more than enough time to trek up the mountain and soak in all the beauty of the scenery with some old fashioned touristy wandering. You can also check out the agencies in Taormina which offer organized travel around the mountain.

Shelia