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- The volcano can be seen from Via Etna in Catania. On a clear day the view is quite memorable. Etna can be seen from many vanatge points outside the city as well.Written 19 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A very rewarding panoramic view from high above the town. It’s quite a hike on uneven and slippery surfaces. Take water and allow 2hrs minimum to visit.
Buying tickets is expensive and inefficient and the only thing you’ll find up there in the way of services are waste bins.Written 4 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Our morning trip up this peak overlooking the city was a delight. First, we caught a bus from the centre of the city all the way up the winding road (magnificent views) to Santa Rosalia's shrine.
After spending some time at the shrine we decided to walk back down instead of taking the bus and we took the path rather than the road which follows a slightly different routes. The final bit with lots of switchbacks is particularly dramatic, but the whole thing is amazing.Written 2 September 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Wonderful hike with amazing views of water on both sides. Strongly recommend hiking up for the sunset. Take a headlamp for the walk back downWritten 23 October 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Climbed with my 11 yr old who is a good walker. Bus from San Marina inexplicably stops in Malfa but it’s about 40 mins total. Ascent is straightforward. There is a gradual Land Rover track with the loops cut across by well maintained steeper tracks with steps. The first refuge is clean and has a water pump. Going is straightforward to the summit if you have decent trainers it took us 1hr 40
On descent you cannot follow the ridge direct the s marina path tracks parallel on the S side just below the ridge. You can cut out the loops on worn paths. The Serro Capo refuge is also solid but no water here. The path down from Serro Capo is always distinct so no route finding problems. It is in need of some maintenance and a bit slippy in places. There are great views down to S marina it’s vertiginous but not exposed. Total walking time 3hr 40 including lunch. Recommend Pocket earth app for map, although we had signal all the timeWritten 24 October 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is the best location where to enjoy a beautiful 360 degrees panorama of the whole island. It can be easily reached by asphalted road or alternative walking paths.
It is usually quite and really deserves a visit if you are in Pantelleria.Written 27 August 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful place to visit for a walk. Nice colours, lovely road and view. Nice drive from Erice castle to the way to Monte Cofano.Written 3 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Rocca Salvatesta is a fantastic experience, enjoyable to watch from several points of view because of her sevaral shapes and her calcareus structure, it offers a complete hike with many things to discover around her like mediterranean vegetation, forests, rocks, megaliths, tholos, caves, precipices and spectacular views with a great 360° panorama on her top with Etna, Peloritani mountains, Fiumare, Aeloians islands Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas etc. Many paths brings at the feet of the big pyramid of rock, but if you want enjoy her at he best it is advisable go up en early morning from the town of Fondachelli Fantina to enjoy the sunrise over montagna di Vernà and go down to down to Novara di Sicilia to enjoy the sunset on the sea and Aeolians Island in the afternoon.Written 31 July 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- These seven marvelous craters have been named after Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen (1809-1876), German geologist and physicist, graduated in Gottingen, having among his masters such personalities as Carl Friedrich Gauss, arranged in a "buttonhole", that is, along a more or less straight line, as a consequence of an eruption which lasted for the whole of the first half of 1865; they today can be visited with a pleasant and all in all easy walk.
There doesn't appear a particular reason to name this one rather than other Etna volcanic phenomena after Sartorius: he was not on the spot at the eruption time.
In fact, by this time he had already made the vast majority of his observations on the Italian volcano, after long stays made in the fourth and fifth decade of the nineteenth century, and rather devoted himself to the study of Icelandic volcanism, carrying out only brief control visits on Etna.
Rather, the attribution of "Sartorius" name to the craters is overall a consequence of the recognition of the inestimable merits of the German geologist in the study of the volcano; study which produce the two powerful volumes of "Der Aetna" (published posthumously, in 1880) and the "Atlas des Aetnas" (1843).
The excursion to the craters, as mentioned, is relatively easy, and probably represents the easiest way to get acquainted with the morphology of Etna volcanic phenomena, without climbing to great heights.
We have only covered a small part of the possible routes in this area, limiting ourselves to climbing the first crater we encounter (after 15 minutes of walking) coming from the paved road to Rifugio Citelli.
Even with this minimal program, there are many appreciable and evocative phenomena: the birch formations you cross to reach the base of the cone, unique on Etna and in all of southern Europe: the "pillows" of "spino santo" (holy thorn; Astracantha sicula [Biv.] Greuter), endemic plant of Etna, which here is presented in its best form; the contrast between the mineral nature of the emissions, still featuring to large sterile surfaces, and the shrubs and trees that anyhow go to conquer the slopes.
In conclusion, this is a route that we highly recommend.Written 4 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Leaving the pier and the settlement of Filicudi Porto I was soon on a very beautiful path in the middle of a rich vegetation. There were also great views over the sea towards other Aeolian islands and back towards the port and the peninsula of Capo Graziano with its bronze age site.
My goal was the abandoned settlement of Zucco Grande at an altitude of 236m asl. Most houses were in ruin, but some had been restored - as it said on a sign - also with financial support by the European community. Nobody was prsent though, when I arrived around lunchtime. The walk up here was not demanding, no steep parts, and it took me about 1 1/2 hours to get here in a very leisurely way, studying plants and taking pictures.
For once I didn't have a map of the island, since unlike other places the only café-bar at the port didn't sell the good trekking maps, that exist of each Aeolian island (in Lipari's bookshops they had only the one's of the more visited islands, thus not of Filicudi and Alicudi). But seeing a good path going out of Zucco Grande in the opposite direction I decided to follow it until it were time to return to the port for the aliscafo back to Lipari.
The path soon not only went north, but also up. Still follwing it I finally ended up at the island's peak, the Monte Fossa delle Felci (774m asl), thus with the same name as the highest peak of Salina (and of all the Aeolian islands). This was a much harder part than going from the pier to Zucco Grande and even worse was the direct descent to Filicudi Porto, where I sometimes had to use my hands, when going over rocks. All in all I spent over six hours hiking and I had been alone during the whole time. But it was one of my best experiences on the Aeolian Islands.Written 10 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Last time I visited the path up had been neglected and was overgrown so it is best to wear long trousers to save your lower legs.
Amazing views from the top and the interesting caves where people used to live.
Hidden cracks and big drops - caution required.Written 14 February 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The spectacular Madonia regional park is probably Sicily's least-visited beauty spot and one that deserves to be far better known by all naturalists, hikers, mountain-bikers and lovers of the great outdoors. Within its 400 square kilometres, it has everything nature-lovers want -- high peaks and plateaux, lush, green woodland, rich flora and fauna, exquisite views... and hundreds of kilometres of virtually deserted walking trails, ranging from the gentle to the challenging. Its natural glories include 73 species of orchid, fallow deer, eagles, pine-martens and a rich selection of butterflies, bees and other insects.Written 1 April 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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