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This was a great experience as being on the top of a volcano especially so late in the pitch black can be somewhat, let us say, stimulating, for some a bit risky, for others, fear and so it is a bit adventurous. we were able to get some sunset shots, walk around and learn some things and if you go to my Blog you can see pictures of Mt Etna and other areas of Sicily by looking at the labels to the far right and then opening up those views. it was one of the highlights of my entire trip. I asked around and found that a sunset tour is best on the southern side which is what I selected. It is expensive but if you can, do it.
This is aonce in a lifetime experience and the viewswere spectacular. Special thanks to SAT mgt who approved our group to go just short of theminimum amount of folks needed. The bus to Etna was comfortable and Elizabeth was informative. Once at the half way point, we switched into an offroad vehicle like a humvee with nice seats. Antonio, the Alpine guide was great and also informative. On the way back down we stopped at the restaurant where the food was on ove the better meals believe it or not we had. Bring warm clothes. We took Hat gloves scarves and winter jackets. Temp before sundoen was around 35ish degrees F. When the sun went downit dropped 10 degrees really quickly.
Dontgo to Sicily without this excursion. Its a bucket list event
The trip up Etna was amazing. An unforgettable experience to see the sunset from an active volcano. The restaurant at the end looked a bit like a tourist trap, but the food was actually great and we liked the house red so much that we bought a bottle.
A top tip - it was absolutely freezing up there. The wind really picked up. You can rent a jacket for 3EUR, which is worth doing. Also bring a wooly hat and gloves if you have some in Sicily. Oh and don't wear shorts like me.
Wasn't sure at first if this tour was going to own up to others' reviews because the bus ride getting to Mt. Etna was long and packed. However, once we arrived at the bottom of the hill and climbed into our jeeps, each step forward was more than worth it. The views were beyond amazing and we were lucky enough to have snow when we reached the top which made the whole experience surreal. Make sure you wear closed comfortable shoes because you will walk for a while and it was icy because of the snow. Also bring a very warm jacket not sweater - it does get that cold at the top. I also recommend eating at the main restaurant at the bottom of the volcano. You will have about an hour which is more that enough time. It looks like a tourist spot but it was one of the best authentic meals we had in Sicily - try the mixed grilled meats and the veal spidini with pistachio - delicious
This is a must when visiting Sicily. An experience of a life time and a check off on my bucket list. The tour was very comfortable. Guide that met us on the top was very knowledgeable and full of info. We were able to feel the lava rocks that was still hot from the last eruption. Smell of sulfur was still in the air. It felt amazing and nervous at the same time being so high up on an active volcano. WOW
Definitely a bucket list experience. The guides were great and very informative! The sunset amazing.
Of course there are no guarantees of seeing the sunset, and you can't tell from Taormina what the conditions are on top of the mountain. BUT whether or not you see the sun, you will visit an ethereal place unlike any other. Highly recommend it.
This trip is a highlight of any visit to Taormina. We went to the top and while it was nice sunny on the way up it clouded over at the top and were unable to actually see the sun set. The trip down over the lava fields in the dark and fog was exhilarating. The subsequent dinner was very good.
Excellent experience , well worth going to the top !
It was a great experience!
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