Scalata al Cratere

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Scalata al Cratere
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bartos tom
Düsseldorf, Germany4 contributions
Currently Closed
Sep 2021 • Family
The track to the crater is currently closed - better come here once it is reopened. The gas is very dangerous and can cause serious health issues or even death. There is no option to rent oxygen-masks either.
Written 20 October 2021
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Chudomoe
Lausanne, Switzerland9 contributions
Easy walk up and down, great scenery
Sep 2020
Easy walk up, even accessible for non sportive people. But requires a good balance for the walk down, and good shoes. Great for nice pictures and nice open landscape. A must do!
Written 14 September 2020
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D.Zoltán
4 contributions
Good trip, must-see attraction.
Aug 2020 • Couples
Must-see attraction. Bring enough water (1.5l per person, min.), some kind of hat and don't go up there in a flip-flop, please. In August, with that heavy sun and heat, I don't say it is an easy trip.
Written 3 August 2020
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Marie V
Copenhagen, Denmark100 contributions
Child-friendly volcano experiance
Oct 2019 • Family
The volcano is easily accessible all to the top. Therefore, it is an excellent place to give smaller children, a view of a genuine volcano. You don't have to wear trekking boots if you have good trainers or trail running shoes.
Written 23 October 2019
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland20,812 contributions
a very popular crater hike
May 2019
Whoever comes to the island of Vulcano will try to climb up to the 'Gran Cratere' at about 400m asl. Still quite an effort, but nothing in comparison to the 'Scalata' on Stromboli. This tour is very popular,.so expect crowds. Once on top most people though go left to the fumaroles, while to the right one can go the highest spot of the crater rim, circling the whole crater and at the end still go past the fumaroles.

What one is not supposed to do is to go down to the bottom of the crater, about 80m below the rim. Although one can see people in sandals, hiking boots are still recommended. At the start there is a shop, which rents out hiking boots and walking sticks. While on the crater there is no food or water available, so it is best to take some along.
Written 17 October 2019
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juliatk168
Bromley, UK170 contributions
Brilliant climb, amazing views
Oct 2019
The climb to the viewing platform is relatively easy, the walk around the crater is harder especially on a very windy day but well worth it. This part of the climb requires appropriate footwear in particular and a head for heights
Written 9 October 2019
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JKD
Scotts Valley CA481 contributions
three/four trails to the top ...
Sep 2019
if you can't pick a cool, cloudy day for climbing, well, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat (well, actually you should bring all three anyways !)

The way is well marked from the center of town. A short distance from town, by early September, there was a stand for renting hiking boots and walking sticks (I assume it is there all summer). Definitely recommend closed toe shoes - hiking boots not mandatory (I used running shoes), but dress sandals and flip flops, even sports sandals would not be comfortable due to loose rock (we saw all three on several different people!)

Some parts are more strenuous than others, maybe 25 degrees, but mostly of it is like walking up low rising stairs all the way to the top. The trail is fairly wide in most places (allowing two way traffic). There were a few narrow / steep passes of just a few meters. For reasonably managed acrophobia, there was not a feeling of rolling down the crater or crater-side.

After the last major switchback to your left, continue climbing and there will be a wide flat spot. There appears to be three to four different trails at that point. The first two on the left are not obvious there (they are clearly visible when higher up). They look to lead below the crater rim where there is currently a lot of sulfur venting. They are also fairly flat, but pretty steep if you want to continue to the top.

There are two more visible trails up - the one on the left leads to the platform at the lowest point on the crater. From there, the hike to the highest point entailed hiking through fuming sulfur and then over a dozen switchbacks. I think the first two trails also meet up either at the sulfur vents or just above it.

The one furthest to the right goes up to a higher point on the crater rim, not as close as the one just described. However, the advantage appears that the hike to the very top, although longer, is not as steep.

We did not attempt to go to the very top, so cannot describe the condition of the trail.

We saw people walking through the sulfur - not sure that is a good idea .... we walked up to the edge to take photos of the crystals and didn't feel any effects. Only when we turned away did we begin to cough.

It is an interesting geological formation and pretty cool to see the sulfur vents while at the rim platform. The hike took us around 45 minutes to that platform (we are used to walking every day, but not up hills or volcanoes!). Pls note that the way down is faster (it took us 30 minutes), but be careful of loose rock; as well, descent at that grade is hard on the knees and hips. Hiking poles are probably not a bad idea if you need a little assistance..

Nice hike and glad we did it ! Nice views of the other islands.
Written 13 September 2019
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coh8
Glasgow, UK864 contributions
great short climb with panoramic views
Sep 2019
Climbed twice in 3 days this week First was with partner and 3.5YO son in carrier. Second was alone and took in the entire top rim. On both occasions, panoramic views across all 7 islands and the mainland.

One note of caution - footfall appears to have increased sharply following abolition of the old 3 euro entry charge. Many sections of the path now appear dangerous and eroded, and may require some upgrade or repair to remain passable. Take care and wear sensible shoes - water and sunscreen also essential given exposure and heat. Great juice bar at the bottom too.
Written 12 September 2019
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Israel14,443 contributions
Not that easy if you're not fit
Sep 2019 • Friends
After reading all the reviews saying the climb is doable, I must warn that it is indeed doable but only If you have a minimum level of fitness.
Some parts of the climbing are steep and might be difficult for the untrained persons.

Besides we had the bad luck to have rain at the very top so going down was slippery, adding some serious risk especially and again on the parts which were steep while climbing.

The reward is priceless!

Not only the crater and sulfur smoke which are unique but of course the breathtaking view on the islands all around.

So yes and definitely, a MUST do but careful if the weather is bad and take your time while climbing.
Written 3 September 2019
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MiriamMartinik
Bratislava, Slovakia539 contributions
Magic , the best view
Aug 2019 • Family
You must walk up there takes up to 1 hour but it's worth it , the view what you get it's unreal , magic , you must see this place , glad that in Europe are places like this
Written 24 August 2019
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