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We leave by cableway from Rifugio Sapienza. It could be possible to rise by walk, but the section from here to Montagnola could show us just volcanic ash, so we decide to bypass the first section using the cableway: one way ticket to the Montagnola, ask for a return ticket if you don't think confident on the steep final descent; one way ticket is approximately 24 euros, 30 euros return trip.
stays on our left.and go right, on the off-road track towards , a crater of the 2001 eruption. Before we reach the mount, we turn right, so that the mount
There is a, some gas is still coming out of it (10 years later!); we also look at the on the ash. There are some volcanic bombs, under those stones we find a lot of .
We are going toward the, from here is possible to look at , entirely covered by cold magma.
We go back in order to quickly browse on, just a quick walk . From here is possible to look at the , a huge depression that becomes a small lake during snow melting season. We also go inside the crater, there are some hot and gas emissions.
We descend from Mount Escriva, aiming the Central Craters,or cutting somewhere the corners. It's August, the are many off-road vehicles on the track but we feel comfortable (no risk due to the traffic or the dust). It takes 2 hours and half (from the cableway landing point) to reach the area: just 6 km walking, 500 meters difference in height. We can't go further, mount Etna is not sleeping.
Here you can walk on the 2002 craters (similar to Mount Escrivà) or you can try to go further toward the central craters, according to security conditions. We just have some rest before the descending path. We walk close to 2002 craters,. We meet the close to mount Escrivà, crossing it to , so that we can get the .
Here starts a really steep, potentially dangerous but also extremely funny. It's a huge , you'll sink softly in the ash (it will reach you knees!), it seems to float on it. We suggest you to wear trousers in order to cover your shoes and avoid them to be filled by the ash.
Don't be to enthusiastic during the descent! You must pay attention at, you don't have to go straight on but you must cross the rocks you can see on the left, so that you can toward the .
From now on is really easy, you'll pass next toand then you'll get the area.