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Introduction

Mt Etna, Sicily

Mt Etna, Sicily

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Mount Etna is the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, and also one of the most active in the world. It is situated on the eastern part of the island of Sicily, near the city of Catania. The mountain is almost always in a state of eruption the last couple of years.

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Getting There

By Car

The best way to get onto the mountain is from the south, via a road that leads up to the mountain. At an altitude of 1,900 metres, there is a parking lot. There used to be a cable car going up the mountain, but this was destroyed and hasn't yet been rebuilt. From the parking lot most trails lead to the Valley of Oxes (Valle del Bove). The first of the four active craters is not that far away.

By Car

There are buses going up the mountain until the parking lot, and there are a couple of tour agencies in Toarmina offering tours to the mountain.

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Sleep

For places to sleep, you can best check the list of accommodations in Catania.

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