Exploring Mt. Etna
04/15/2010 - 04/15/2010
This picture is for you, Soren Joel! We arrived in the port of Catania on another foggy morning.
Deciding on the perfect strawberry
Mt. Etna is the highest and largest active volcano in Europe at almost 11,000 feet above sea level.
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.
Catania was wiped out in a lava flow in 1669. The latest flows were in 1983 and 2001.
We hiked into the Silvestri Crater (from the 1983 eruption) at 6200 feet.
Traveling back down Mt. Etna our tour stopped at a charming hotel for refreshments. Why do they always feed us ?!
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.
If he was successful, they could be married here!