Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro#7 in Best Things To Do in Sicily
The Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro is the island's first natural preserve, complete with more than 650 species of plants, as well as animals that range from eagles to weasels. Hiking is the main activity, but you can also climb down to the "blue-green" waters of some "beautiful beach," according to one TripAdvisor user.
Another TripAdvisor user who calls this reserve "spectacular & beautiful" offers future travelers some advice: "I would suggest that for walking, the terrain is quite challenging unless you are a serious hiker/walker. … We did not see any [facilities] within the park whatsoever (toilets or places to buy or drink water) so this could have been a major problem."
You should wear a sturdy pair of comfortable shoes, bring with you adequate water and food, and also bring some sunscreen since the hiking paths are not heavily shaded. Adult tickets to the reserve cost €3 EUR (or a little more than $4 USD). For more information, visit the website.
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#1 Mount Etna
This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD. Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.
One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.
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