The Ascent of Etna
June 12, 2013
With Douglas Kenning, Ph.D.

Etna is one of the world’s most storied mountains and mythic places. It is also Europe’s most active volcano and Sicily’s beloved grandfather. This day trip will offer to those who arrive early a chance to experience this legendary site. We begin from Catania by ascending two-thirds of the south slopes of Etna to the Rifugio Sapienza area, listening to tales of the birth of the mountain said to begin with Gaia and include Uranus, Kronos, Zeus, and a cast of other divinities. We then take a cable-car up another 4000 feet to observe the smoking vents in the company of an alpine guide. Afterwards, we descend the eastern slopes of Etna to enjoy a small boutique winery with lunch al fresco and views over the Mediterranean.

Cost in a basic Ortigia hotel: $470 per person in double accommodations; $600 in single accommodations

Cost in an upgraded Ortigia hotel: $500 per person in double accommodations; $625 in single accommodations

Includes guided tour of Mt. Etna, all entrance fees, one night’s accommodation in Catania on the 11th and one in Ortigia on the 12th of June, all meals beginning with dinner on the 11th through breakfast on the 13th, and air-conditioned coach transport to Mt. Etna and into Ortigia on the 12th

Please Note: All Etna activities are physically easy, for anyone with a normal ability to walk on a loose gravelly surface and climb a few flights of stairs. Sturdy shoes, however, are an absolute must.