People often ask us what are the main attractions or the 5 best things to do in Sicily and near the top of the list is Mount Etna, just behind visiting the town of Taormina, my husband’s home town and world famous tourist destination.
Reasons why you should see Etna:
There are many Roman and Greek myths about the volcano but the one I like the most is about the Greek Goddess, Persephone, daughter of Zeus. Legend says Persephone liked to pick the beautiful flowers on slopes of the Mount Etna and dance with the Nymphs on the plains of Enna (nearby town). Hades was in love with Persephone and abducted her, as Greek Gods do, and took her to the Underworld by opening a portal to the Underworld being the crater of Etna. You can see the natural posies of the flowers Persephone loved all over the mountain, so easy to imagine the legend is true, especially if you have a mind like mine that loves myths, legends and a little King Arthur or Lord of the Rings!
The Eolian Island of Stromboli also has a active volcano and you can bathe in the sulphuric waters on the nearby island of Vulcano!
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