Sicily is located in the southern most area of Italy. Sicily is known for its volcano called Etna. Mount Etna is the tallest, active volcano in Europe. According to my driver, the volcano spits out ash and rocks at least once a year. The sky appears clear at the beginning of each day, then as the day continues some smoke comes out. Volcanoes, such as this one and Mount Vesuvius, interest me with their history. I got to get closer to Mount Etna, and wish I had more time while in Naples and Sorrento to also see Mount Vesuvius. I automatically have the movie called Pompeii come to mind when I think of these volcanoes in Italy.
There is more and more vegetation as you get closer to the volcano. The soil from volcanoes are rich in minerals. Wine vineyards grown in volcanic soil do very well. You do not have to wait for years to pass in order to drink good wine here.
I visited a bee farm and bought honey to take home with me. The worker bees were harmless when I was shown that they do not even attack while putting a hand by their beehive.
On another day, I got to visit Alcantara Gorge. The rock formations here are incredible. The water is 9-10 degrees Celsius. Your body literally becomes numb and the cold disappears. Luckily, it was a very hot day.
I went to Isola Bella beach on my last full day in Sicily. It means pretty island in Italian. The water is crystal clear. It is a very pebbly and rocky place like most beaches in Italy. I never actually went to a sand beach during my visit to Italy.
My favorite part about Sicily had to be visiting their active volcano, Mount Etna!