- After leaving Stromboli on the first
ferry this morning, the goal was to make it up to the summit
of Mount Etna, back on the island of Sicily. Well it didn't turn
out quite as planned. The weather was horrible, with lots of
rain at the lower elevations and plenty of snow higher up the
mountain. Our little rental car with summer tires just was not
up to the task of getting us up to where the gondola would've
take us up the volcano. It started to become excruciatingly clear
that this vehicle was not only incapable of making it up the
mountainside but getting back down was going to be risky as well.
After a lot of slipping and sliding, we made it back down below
the snow line and we've retreated to the town of Nicolosi for
the night. Not much was lost though, the visibility would've
been terrible at the summit, plus Etna is not currently erupting.