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Mt Etna at 2,500 Meters Elevation

Here I am in Virginia getting ready for a very important family event and  writing about my recent experience on Mt. Etna, in Sicily.  On March 3, 2017, I drove up Mt. Etna, Etna Sud, driving the twenty kilometers on SP 92 that lead from the town of Nicolosi to Rifugio Sapienza. Rifugio Sapienza lies at approximately 2,000 meters elevation, to the left of the Funivia dell’Etna, Etna cable car entrance. I took the Funivia dell’Etna, the Cable Car, as seen in the photo below in the building marked EXCURSIONS, which took me up to 2,500 meters elevation.  Due to an injury, I was not able to ski, so for the first time ever I visited this altitude as an observer.  At the 2,500 meter point, there are vehicles of the Funivia dell’Etna that take people up to 2,700 meters elevation to a location called Il Belvedere. For several reasons, I chose to stay at 2,500 meter elevation enjoying the view, soaking up the sun and taking pictures.

 

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Up at that elevation, one can enjoy the view of the many dormant craters which have formed over time and enjoy a view of the coastline, the Ionian Sea. Following are some videos and photos I took that day.

Heading up to 2,500 meter elevation in the Funivia dell’Etna.

 

Funivia dell’Etna arrival point at 2,500 meters. The terrace from which I took the picture below  usually has chairs for people to enjoy sunbathing and take in the views, but that day there were none!!!

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View from 2,500 meters of  Etna smoking

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Video taken at 2,500 meters

 

Riding the Funivia dell’Etna back down

My trip up Mt Etna was just thirteen days ago.  This morning, while checking the headlines online of the Sicilian newspaper, La Sicilia, I read of something that happened this morning right in that area.  Right at the Belvedere spot, approximately 2,700 meters altitude, a group of visitors that had gone  to that point with the vehicle of the Funivia dell’Etna departing from the cable arrival point in which I took the above photos, had a huge surprise.  Due to the recent snowfall covering the mountain and the incandescent lava of a new eruption which just started this week, a “phreatic explosion” took place.  I learned by the article that such an explosion is caused by the incandescent lava coming into contact with the snow covering the area. It was described as an almost “instantaneous evaporation of the water with a consequent explosion of vapor, water, ash and rocks.”  Of the people being hit by this morning’s phreatic explosion seven ended up in the hospital. What a freaky experience!

On the evening of March 3, 2017, the day I have described in this post, I joined some friends for a night time hike up Mt. Etna to try and see the explosive eruption that had been taking place that week.  I will write about that experience in my next post.

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Covered Mount Etna

This winter, 2016-2017, Mt. Etna has been covered in snow.  Following a few pictures I have taken this February.

Etna seen from the airplane

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Southern slopes of Mt. Etna

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Etna seen from Taormina

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Finally, my friend Maria has shared the following picture of Mt. Etna taken on January 1st, 2017.  On that day, Mt. Etna had three fumaroles!etna-tre-fumarole

 

SICILIAN ROOTS – An Interactive Book

 

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In this post, I would like to introduce my ibook on Sicily, Sicilian Roots, which has just been published on iTunes.

For a sample of the book or to download the book go to the following link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sicilian-roots/id1197057540?ls=1&mt=11

BEST,

Rosanna

 

Snow on a Sicilian Beach

The New Year has begun with lots of snow falling in Sicily.

The towns at high elevations, as on Mt. Etna, have been covered in snow!

One scene not commonly seen in Sicily is snow on the beaches.  Below is a picture taken today by a friend at the beach in front of her home.  This is the beach in Roccalumera, on the Eastern Coast, not far from Taormina.

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GOOD BYE 2016!!!

FOUR AND ONE HALF YEARS AGO, I STARTED TRAVELING THROUGH SICILY AND WRITING THIS BLOG.  WITH OVER 175 POSTS AND HAVING BEEN READ IN OVER 145 COUNTRIES, I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY LOVE FOR SICILY WITH SO MANY.

IN JUST OVER TWO HOURS, SICILIANS WILL RING IN 2017.

I WANT TO WISH ALL MY READERS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS AND READERS WHO JUST STUMBLE UPON MY BLOG, THE MOST WONDERFUL 2017!!!

FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW IMAGES PORTRAYING SOME OF MY 2016 SICILIAN MOMENTS.

 

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ROSANNA

 

Nature Survives Asphalt

 

 

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A Summer Stroll in Pozzallo

The very first time I visited Pozzallo was in Spring; at that time, I wrote a post entitled Pozzallo – Seeking the Sea but Finding Sicilian Literature, on April 10, 2012.

Over the years, I have returned to Pozzallo several times.  I have enjoyed its many beaches  and just taking in the atmosphere of the town.  I usually stop before heading west to the towns on the Southern Coast.  While in Pozzallo, besides enjoying its golden sandy beaches, it’s just been a pleasure to just take a stroll through town.  When visiting Pozzallo on Tuesdays I’ve been able to stop at the Farmers’ Market held on that day.  For anyone interested on heading to Malta from this part of Sicily, at the Pozzallo harbor one can catch a ferry and reach Malta in ninety minutes.

 

Torre Cabrera originally built to protect the town from pirates stands at a strategic corner overlooking the sea

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One side street leading to the sea

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The public gardens

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Quaint alleys

 

 

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Golden sand beach close to Torre Cabrera

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Peaceful beaches

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