Around half an hour after take-off from Malta on the way to Heathrow - and at 30,000 feet, we went past the Italian Island of Sicily with a clear view of the iconic Mt.Etna - she sits there fuming volcanic ash. The ash is heavier than air so there is usually no problem flying above, and so that is some sort of good news for air travellers in case she does wake up.
No doubt that she's a killer though (in 1987 two tourists were killed by an explosive eruption which came out of nowhere)- which means that she is likely to wake up when you least expect her to (I would never venture there...and those of you who seek to explore 'nature' around Mt. Etna...I wouldn't if I were you!).
On a slightly good note, Sicily is highly popular with tourists (the Chinese love it there, and May or June are the best months to go in!) who cannot resist it's charming 'out of this world' food; and proud Italians will always be the first ones to tell you that it's big (relatively big, yes) and the perfect destination for a road trip. If you decide to pick just one place, like Palermo, then all the better!
So, go on...book a week or two in Syracuse. there's something magical about going somewhere like Sicily.
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