Barbara & Heather - Italy 2018 travel blog

Mt Etna from our room

Old craters

Silvestri Crater

Silvestri Crater

Silvestri Crater

Heather at bottom of crater

Shop up against lava flow

Taormina

Taormina

Greek Theatre, Taormina


Thursday 10th May: On top of Mt Etna. Once again Flavia had us up very early for the drive up Etna as far as 2000m. Along the way she explained the history of the volcano and pointed out the various lava flows. We arrived at the Silvestri Craters which formed with the eruptions of 2001. It was an eerie and awe-inspiring experience to walk around and down into these craters and to see how close the flows came to buildings there. It was cold and bleak on the mountain adding to the atmosphere and Flavia’s early start was brilliant as not only tourists but clouds came in as we were leaving.

From Mount Etna we drove to the town of Taormina perched high on the side of a mountain. The bus could not reach it and we were driven up by shuttle buses. This town was full of tourists and we were given free time for lunch. We walked through the length of the town till the crowds became a little thinner and found a quietish restaurant where we had a very enjoyable meal and made the acquaintance of a lovely Irish lady.

A guided waling tour completed the day taken by Diana who was one of the funniest guides ever. The main attraction she had to show us was the Greek Theatre, one of the largest in Sicily, carved out of the side of the mountain. Behind the stage was a clear view of Mt Etna so audiences were entertained not only by actors on stage but also by the antics of the volcano.

Six of the eight Australians crowded onto our balcony for a pre-dinner drink in front of Etna as we had all bought wine at the winery the day before. Then we all adjourned to the same restaurant for another enjoyable meal.



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