Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hike up to the Gran Cratere on the Island of Vulcano

Left: Route from Vulcano port to Gran Cratere. Right: View from Gran Cratere looking north with Lipari and Stromboli in view.
Route from Vulcano port to Gran Cratere.View from Gran Cratere looking north with Lipari and Stromboli in view.

Hike Notes

Length: 7.5 km (4.7 miles)
Duration: ~ 2.5 hours
Elevation: max 386 m (1,270 feet)
Location: Italy, Region of Sicilia, Province of Messina, Vulcano

Overview

The hike up to the Gran Cratere of Vulcano doesn’t require a guide like Stromboli or Etna, just a little stamina. We were staying in Lipari and took a boat over to Vulcano for this hike. We started late morning and finished around 1:45 pm, perhaps not the wisest time to be hiking. The 7.5 km distance is from where we were dropped off in Porto di Ponente to the Gran Catere and then back down to our lunch spot at Ristorante La Forgia (or da Maurizio) - a very nice restaurant.

The hike is easy and rewards with sweeping views, especially those north toward Lipari, which seems almost connected to Vulcano. We stayed on the crater rim and didn’t venture down into the center, though we saw several people who did. The center of the crater is decorated with words written by lining up rocks.

The Gran Cratere of Vulcano was the first one of three volcanoes we would visit; Stromboli and Etna would be in the coming days.

Left: The path up to Gran Cratere. Center: Sign showing distance to the cratere - al cratere. Right: A squash-like plant along the path.
The path up to Gran Cratere. Sign showing distance to the cratere - al cratereA squash-like plant along the path

Views of the Gran Cratere of Vulcano. In top right photo, people can be seen at the bottom of th crater.
View of the Gran Cratere of Vulcano.View of the Gran Cratere of Vulcano. People can be seen at the bottom of th crater.
Views of the Gran Cratere of VulcanoViews of the Gran Cratere of Vulcano

Left: View north from the Gran Crater with Salina, Lipari, and Stromboli visible. Right: At the bottom of the Gran Cratere, starting the hike up.
View north from the Gran Crater with Salina, Lipari, and Stromboli visible.At the bottom of the Gran Cratere, starting the hike up.

Views from the Gran Cratere of Vulcano. Left: From the cratere rim. Right: From the start of the path up.
Views from the rim of the Gran Cratere of Vulcano.View north, from the start of the path up.

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