Sicilian Sights - Mt. Etna Volcano and Messina

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    The Italian Island of Sicily

    View of Mt. Etna and the Island of Sicily from the Strait of Messina
    ••• View of Mt. Etna and the Island of Sicily from the Strait of Messina View of Mt. Etna and the Island of Sicily from the Strait of Messina. Sicily and Mt. Etna Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Mediterranean Cruises Often Port in Messina for Shore Excursion to Mt. Etna

    Cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean often stopover in Messina, Sicily in order for passengers to visit the Mt. Etna volcano or the charming Sicilian village of Taormina. The drive from Messina to Mt. Etna is about an hour, and the bus drives along the coast, passing by many lemon trees, before starting the long, winding climb to the visitors' center on Mt. Etna.

    Mt. Etna is high enough to have skiing in the winter, and the lava flows and volcanic sites are quite interesting. The visitors' center also has a hotel, a couple of restaurants, and a few souvenir shops.

    In addition to visiting Mt. Etna, many cruise ship passengers manage to fit in time for one of Messina's famous canolis, which are excellent.

    Sicily Travel Essentials from About Guide to Travel in Italy

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    Messina, Italy on the Island of Sicily

    Messina, Italy on the Island of Sicily
    ••• Messina, Italy on the Island of Sicily. Sicily and Mt. Etna Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Messina, Italy

    Messina, Italy
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    Messina, Sicily

    Messina, Sicily
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    Messina, Italy

    Messina, Italy
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    Harbor in Messina, Italy on the Island of Sicily

    Harbor in Messina, Italy on the Island of Sicily
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    Harbor at Messina, Italy

    Harbor at Messina, Italy
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    Highway Along the Strait of Messina

    Highway Along the Strait of Messina
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    Mt. Etna on the Island of Sicily

    Mt. Etna on the Island of Sicily
    ••• Mt. Etna on the Island of Sicily. Sicily and Mt. Etna Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Mt. Etna towers over the island of Sicily and can be easily seen from cruise ships sailing through the Strait of Messina separating Sicily from Italy.

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    Snow on Mt. Etna in May

    Snow on Mt. Etna in May
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    Hiking the Lava Fields on Mt. Etna in Sicily

    Hiking the Lava Fields on Mt. Etna in Sicily
    ••• Hiking the Lava Fields on Mt. Etna in Sicily. Mt. Etna Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lava Fields on Mt. Etna on the Island of Sicily

    Lava Fields on Mt. Etna on the Island of Sicily
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    Mt. Etna Souvenir Shop

    Mt. Etna Souvenir Shop
    ••• Mt. Etna Souvenir Shop. Mt. Etna Volcano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Souvenir seekers need not worry--there are plenty of places to buy volcano souvenirs on Mt. Etna.

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    Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow

    Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow
    ••• Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow. Mt. Etna Volcano Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mt. Etna Volcano - Ski Lift and Snowy Mountaintop

    Mt. Etna Volcano - Ski Lift and Snowy Mountaintop
    ••• Mt. Etna Volcano - Ski Lift and Snowy Mountaintop. Mt. Etna Volcano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    We were surprised to see the snow on Mt. Etna when we visited in mid-May. The volcano is also popular for skiing in the winter, and you can see the ski lifts.

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    Mt. Etna Volcano Ash Cone

    Mt. Etna Volcano Ash Cone
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    Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow Stops at Restaurant

    Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow Stops at Restaurant
    ••• Italian Volcano on the Island of Sicily Off the Coast of Italy Mt. Etna Volcano Lava Flow Stops at Restaurant. Mt. Etna Volcano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Mt. Etna continues to be an active volcano, and this lava flow mysteriously stopped before covering this restaurant/bar on Mt. Etna.

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    Mt. Etna Volcano on the Island of Sicily

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    Mt. Etna Volcanic Crater on the Island of Sicily off the Coast of Italy

    Mt. Etna Volcanic Crater on the Island of Sicily off the Coast of Italy
    ••• Mt. Etna Volcanic Crater on the Island of Sicily off the Coast of Italy. Mt. Etna Volcano Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Many visitors to Mt. Etna spend their time hiking on the ash cones and volcanic lava fields.