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CATANIA, ITALY

Exploring Mt. Etna


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This picture is for you, Soren Joel! We arrived in the port of Catania on another foggy morning.

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Deciding on the perfect strawberry

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Mt. Etna is the highest and largest active volcano in Europe at almost 11,000 feet above sea level.

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Our guide said that the one good thing to come from Sicily’s past occupation by the Ottomans was that they learned how to terrace farm.

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Catania was wiped out in a lava flow in 1669. The latest flows were in 1983 and 2001.

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We hiked into the Silvestri Crater (from the 1983 eruption) at 6200 feet.

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Traveling back down Mt. Etna our tour stopped at a charming hotel for refreshments. Why do they always feed us ?!

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We had a chance to walk around the city of Catania, the economic city of Sicily’s richest area. See the curved balconies? We were told they were designed to accommodate a lady’s hoop skirt as she was serenaded by an admirer.

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If he was successful, they could be married here!

Posted by Swenigale 09:29

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