Rides and Walks
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Added on Friday 24th February 2017 14:48:42
The last time we came along this stretch of coast on the 17th December, the weather was atrocious with rain and strong winds, Today the temperature is 18°C with a hazy blue sky. We set off along the coast passing Taormina, heading South towards Catania. After we had driven through Pailo we turned inland at Trepunti, heading for the hills and our ultimate goal of Mount Etna, which was visible from the coast. Magnificently topped with snow and her smoking vents.
As we turned inland, we started to climb from sea level twisting our way up the mountain with Etna visible at every turn. We finally crossed the snow line passing through the rock strewn lava flows and finally reached Mount Etna's Southern slope ski lifts and gift filled, tat shops, which stand at .
With the hope that we would go there again over the next few days, we avoided the cable car to the secondary craters and instead walked onto the sledging slopes for the photographs of us standing in the snow. We then returned to the car to take the scenic route back to the campsite.
As we wound our way down the mountain by a different road, we stopped to take one final look at Etna from a lay-bye as we stood there there was an almighty boom with accompanying puff of smoke which issued from Etna's summit. Feeling honoured to have heard her shout, we then set off back to the campsite. "Where on earth is the satnav taking us?" It turned out that it was taking us home, what I hadn't done was change where home was, so we were heading back to the north coast and Camping Rais Gerbi! I quickly remedied this error and then, ignoring the satnav, we drove across country finding narrow winding roads and spectacular views.
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