Mt Etna and Taormina

Climbing any mount is not my type of fun, a bit of climbing is ok, so we took the bike to 1900 metre,  then a cable car to 2400, and we walk to 2900. Mt Etna is about  3250m and you are not allow to walk to the top anymore unless you are a bit crazy, and you can be sure it is plenty of them around here. The last eruption of ashes was only last year in December. It cover the snow and because apparently ashes are a good insulator the snow is still there underneath. In one of the photo a person is clearing the snow so it can melt. If it is not done it can be very dangerous ,if the snow melt under the ashes, it would make it to collapsed and when a poor bugger from Australia walk on the path he may get wet…On the way back we stopped at Taormina a hilltop town. Trails are leading from that town to the summit of Mt Etna. The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman Theatre still used today.

Mt Etna from our camping ground

Mt Etna from our camping ground

Mount Etna
Time to take the bike and have a look

Time to take the bike and have a look

beautifull road to go to the top

beautifull road to go to the top

plenty of lava here

plenty of lava here

It is a long way down

It is a long way down

now it is time to climb

now it is time to climb, No bikes allowed. Suzanne can’t wait…

look at her she want some more

look at her she want some more

I'm stuffed

I’m stuffed

The man is clearing the ash for the snow to melt

The man is clearing the ash for the snow to melt

Taormina from a distance The road to go there was very scary..

Taormina from a distance The road to go there was very scary..

Greek amphitheatre

Greek amphitheatre

Busy streets of Taormina

Busy streets of Taormina

another plazza

another plazza

View from the top

Close up view from the top. The water is pretty clear

not a bad view

not a bad view for eating an ice-cream. To be so close from the water and still so high is amazing.

 

Isola Bella Bay

Isola Bella Bay

not a bad camping spot, illegal but good. When in Italy do like the Italians..

Next day we find a good camping spot, illegal but good. When in Italy do like the Italians..

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3 Responses to Mt Etna and Taormina

  1. Pat Goms says:

    You know you are killing with what you are doing. I am so jealous. I only wish I could afford to do what you are doing.
    Enjoy. Thanks for the pics.

    Pat

  2. Michel et Mireille CATALON says:

    Les photos sont magnifiques et nous avons grand plaisir de vous suivre ainsi au cours de votre périple italien. Il a l’air de faire très beau. Ce ne serait pas étonnant que dans les prochains jours vous arriviez à vous baigner ! A bientôt et bises à vous deux. Mireille et Michel

  3. Sandra says:

    I’m with Pat Gom; you’re killing everyone with your amazing pictures and funny stories. What will I do at breakfast when you finish traveling? I’ll just read the news about Australian politics, I guess. OMG!

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