Have you ever imagined yourself exploring one of the world’s largest and most active volcanoes? Mount Etna is one of Italy’s highest peaks, south of the Alps and is an excellent addition to your Italy trip itinerary. With so much to see and do here, it is sure to please everyone, especially those looking to add some adventure to their trip.
Records of this volcano can be seen dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks. Its name is derived from a Greek word, which means “I burn” and stories of this mountain can be found in ancient Greek mythology. According to this lore, there was a deadly monster by the name of Typhon that had been trapped under the volcano. He had been placed there by Zeus himself, the God of all Gods, and showed his rage by spewing fire and lava out of the top of the mountain.
While sightings of Typhon or Zeus may be rare, there are still many things to see and do on a visit to Mount Etna. Known for its rich soil and abundance of agriculture, this area is famous for its fresh cuisine and local wines. Wine tours are a popular tourist attraction and fine dining can be found along the lower regions of the mountain slope.
Hiking tours are also popular for those seeking a more daring experience. Expert tour guides, who are well versed in the science of volcanoes, lead groups on hiking expeditions up the mountainside. As you reach the summit of this volcano, the landscape begins to look barren and foreign, much like that of an alien planet. Your guides will explain to you all about the workings of the volcano and provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will not easily forget.
Or for even more adventure, why not explore the caves of Mount Etna Volcano? With full caving equipment provided, you could rappel down inside this volcano and explore its geographical wonders such as lava flows and lava shelfs and amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
If hiking and exploring caves aren’t of interest to you, there are many other ways to explore the lava fields of the volcano. Dune buggy tours are a fun and exciting way to view all of the sites that Mount Etna has to offer. Zipping around in these little vehicles will show you all of the best that the summit has to offer and provide great views from the peak, all without having to exert yourself. Tours are also offered by jeep and private all-terrain vehicles.
Or perhaps travelling by air is more your style? Why not take in all of the breathtaking views of this volcano and the surrounding landscape from your comfortable seat inside a helicopter? These tours are an excellent way to view all of Mount Etna’s beauty and most only take approximately a half-hour, making them the perfect option for tourists who are tight for time.
With so much to see and do, a visit to Mount Etna Italy is sure to make your trip a memorable one. Afterall, how many people can say they have toured an active volcano, and made it home to tell about it!