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"Catania sits in the shadow of the 11,000ft-high Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano. Its frequent eruptions are accompanied by large lava flow, but the lava comes out at a snail’s pace, so don’t panic. The Bureau hooked me up with Etna Finder ( I felt quite the VIP when it turned out that they had organised a trip solely for me. My guide, Paolo, picked me up from the hotel and off we sped in his Land Rover. It’s a 40km trip north to the mountain, and when you arrive at its base you appreciate its magnitude – it’s nine times the size of Doha. Paolo and I spent the day driving and walking up, down and around this natural wonder. You need boots for this one. Paolo’s knowledge of Etna was exhaustive, and he was also extremely funny. We stopped at a restaurant half-way up Etna where a superb, rustic, two-course lunch was the perfect way to refuel before continuing our exploration. As you may imagine, the views from Etna are stunning and this is an absolute must-see. The seven-hour excursion costs QR400 per person and includes lunch. Well worth it".

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Written by: Date: 05/01/2017