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Etna is the largest active volcano of Europe. It is the landmark of the island and to climb the volcano is surely one of the highlights of a journey to Sicily. According to Greek myths the God Hephaistos had its blacksmith on the Etna.

How do I get to Etna?

It is possible to drive around Etna by car. The roads are well developed and this way you can also visit some towns along the roads. Some small craters, like the Crateri Silvestri, can be reached easily by car. To do this you can drive from the town Nicolosi in northern direction to the Refugio Sapienza, there you find the craters.

An alternative to the car is a little railway named Circumetna. So you can get an impression of the volcano in a comfortable way. Starting point is the station of Giarre/Riposto. You are passing the cities Linguaglossa, Randazzo, Bronte, and Paterno, the last stop is Catania.

The way to the top

Starting point for the ascent to the top is the Refugio Sapienza, (to reach the Refugio Sapienza from Catania you can take the Strada Etnea passing Nicolosi). A cabin railway leads to the station La Montagnola on 2500 meters height, from there you go on with jeeps, which bring you close to the crater. Who decides to do this, should some warm clothes, because it gets cold and windy up there.

Parco del Etna

An approx. 60,000 hectar large area around the Etna belongs to “Naturale del Etna”, a nature reserve, which offers various possibilities for trekking.

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