Vulcan Rules


When visiting Sicily, make sure you bring a wind-breaker–and really, I mean a wind-breaker (For non-native English speakers, this is a jacket that prevents wind from cutting right through your bones!)! Because on the rim of this crater on Mount Etna, the winds will knock you over. But how thrilling to feel nature’s power! Here on this rim, I learned first hand why in Roman mythology, Vulcan is not only the god of fire, but also the god of winds.

Our local guides will be leading us on Mount Etna on Day 8 of Experience Sicily’s September Enchanting Sicily tour. We’re starting to fill up this small-group tour! Contact me for more details or visit for all of the details.

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  1. I love this photo because it looks so thrilling to be walking up the mountain. Since you mentioned Vulcan, this always comes to mind – there is a huge Vulcan statue (in bronze or some kind of metal) with the torch that’s lit at night on a high hill overlooking the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Who knew, right? My grandparents lived near Birmingham and I had cousins who lived in Birmingham and we would go there frequently. I always asked to go see Vulcan (heck, we didn’t have any hills in Florida!) and I thought he was cool. They would change the color of the light if there had been a traffic death. I don’t think it’s so active or well-kept now, but Vulcan still rules! <3

    1. Wow, in Alabama? I wonder how that came about? Nevertheless, it’s a great image–protecting the city from the top of the hill!

      1. I wonder that as well! Who knew there were enough Italians (or maybe classics professors) to imagine Vulcan protecting the city.

  2. Brian Walsh says:

    Yes, a windbreaker, and a prayer to not be blown off the ridge! But worth the views!

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