A photo of Mount Etna captured from Taormina at dusk. This was taken when I visited in April 2015. Since Tuesday, the volcano has been erupting with lava flow from the southeast crater.
The area around the crater of Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, sports a black lava surface. So, when it snows like it did last week, as shown here, the contrast between the white powder and the hardened, black lava is stunning.
This week we’ve traversed Sicily, and we’ll do it again tomorrow! These last few days, we’ve gone from beautiful rock stacks at Lo Scopello to today’s below-freezing winds and falling snow at the top of the volcano Etna! At one point on the trek, the wind was so strong, I thought I was going to…
Have you ever thought of skiing on a volcano? Well, in Sicily you can. Mount Etna boasts two ski resorts: Nicolosi and Piano Provenzana. The best skiing is from December to February–so don’t delay, the season is almost over! (Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
Volcanic crater, Mount Etna. (Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
This bottle of wine is significant for a few reasons. First, the outstanding portrait on the label is important to discuss. It is of an unknown man, believed to be a wealthy merchant from Lipari Island, one of the Eolian Islands. It was painted by renowned Sicilian artist Antonello da Messina (1430-1479) in the mid…
The crater of Vulcano Island’s (Aeolian Islands) volcano, with Salina Island in the distance.
Stromboli Island’s volcano from Panarea (Aeolian Islands).
On Vulcano Island, one of the Eolian Islands off the northeast coast of Sicily, Rocco is ready to serve you.