7. Mount Etna, Italy
Not your traditional setting as you will have the (let’s say) pleasure of riding on volcanic ash. Etna is one of the biggest volcanoes in Europe and is located in Sicily, Italy. Naturally, your trip can be in vain if Etna erupts, which it does quite often recently. However, nothing will be lost if you can just have some pasta and cannoli in Catania. Not your traditional setting as you will have the (let’s say) pleasure of riding on volcanic ash. That’s where your journey will start if the volcano is quiet. You will go along a long asphalt road that will take you up the lava-covered mountain. A stunning view will accompany you along the way. During this part of the ascent, you will have to share the road, which is not a problem at all since all the drivers are friendly and understanding of the hard challenge you’ve taken upon. Right before you reach the lift, you will leave the road and start climbing a mountain path covered in volcanic ash. Needless to say, your typical slick tyres won’t do the trick here, and you will need at least gravel ones.
You will follow this path to the highest point where people are allowed without a guide at 2,950 m. Be sure to make this trip during the late summer months or early autumn since, otherwise, chances are you will have to prepare for snow as well. Well, it’s better to ride on […]