Mount Etna Rifugio Sapienza profile

Mount Etna Rifugio Sapienza profile

Mount Etna Rifugio Sapienza profile. There are almost no buildings along the way. The higher you climb the smaller the vegetation, both because the lava flows look more recent and also because the wind gets up to strip away anything trying to exist. If you can pick your day then a still, clear day is perfect but not easy as Sicily can be a windy place. All the time the road is regular, the gradient can change in places, 7% here, 8% there but the changes are obvious rather than abrupt, this is a long climb where you sit back and winch your way up with few gear changes. There are some steeper moments but they’re brief. The Rifugio Sapienza is a bit of a disappointment, it’s your “summit” for the ride but in reality the road just levels out and looks like a giant car park and souvenir superstore. It’s a small ski resort looking exposed without snow with large car park and ski lifts dangling redundantly in the wind. You’re at 1900 m above sea level and the peak of Etna stands at 3350 m meaning it’s about the same vertical gain as you’ve done from Nicolosi to get to the very top if you fancied walking, going on a mountain bike or taking the cable car but the best thing is the view below. Text source: INRNG

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