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Travel Guide: Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy #travel

Mount Etna

Sicily, Italy

Mount Etna is an iconic site encompassing 19,237 uninhabited hectares on the highest part of Mount Etna, on the eastern coast of Sicily. Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. The eruptive history of the volcano can be traced back 500,000 years and at least 2,700 years of this activity has been documented. The almost continuous eruptive activity of Mount Etna continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other Earth science disciplines. The volcano also supports important terrestrial ecosystems including endemic flora and fauna and its activity makes it a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes. The diverse and accessible range of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows and the Valle de Bove depression have made the site a prime destination for research and education.

Map of Mount Etna

More info about Sicily

Coronavirus in Sicily

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Sicily

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Italy. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Italy.

Money in Sicily

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.18 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Italy is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.75 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Sicily

Language(s): Italian

Food & Drinks in Sicily

4 National dishes: Pasta, Polenta, Pizza & Risotto.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Sicily is 18.

Religion in Sicily

Italy is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 72% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are approximately 90% Roman Catholic (about one-third regularly attend services); mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Sicily

Age of Consent: 14 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Italy.

Italy scores a 3/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Sicily

Timezone: UTC+01:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F / L

Weather: Currently light rain, with a temperature between 23.3 and 26.1°C (74 and 79°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 16.75 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Italy.

Fly to Sicily, Italy

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