3. Mount Etna – Catania, Italy
If you’ve climbed a mountain too many, make way for the highest and most active volcano in all of Europe – Mount Etna. What’s cool about this spectacular volcano is that you can hike to active craters in the summit areas, and sit on the craters!
There are plenty of walking trails up in Etna Park, with paths lined with centuries-old lava flows and colourful flora and fauna.
Getting there: The entire trek can take you from 1 to 8 hours, depending on how far up you want to venture. The most common way to begin the hike up Mount Etna is by taking public transport from Refugio Sapienza. The bus will bring you up to the base point where you can find an array of hikes with varying difficulties that go up to 1,370m high.
Insider tip: As Mount Etna sits at a high altitude, it can remain snowy even during Summer. Make sure you bring extra layers of clothing as the temperature dips as you scale further up. The terrain may also be pretty uneven, so proper hiking shoes are a must to last you through spongy lava pebbles or thick snow.