Ascent of the Gran Cratere
The ascent of the Gran Cratere is the best and most exciting excursion to do on Vulcano. This is not a difficult activity, as it is more like a walk among the broom and molten rocks of the volcano’s slopes. Feel the mountain’s breath as you ascend: it’s the fumarole that generate the thick fog of steam and gas emanating from the mouth of the crater. Here, the soil takes on a yellow and ochre color and you can look down at the funnel-shaped crater.
With the help of the guides, tourists can walk around the rim of the crater and across the Piano delle Fumarole, wearing masks and handkerchiefs to limit the intense smell of sulphur. Spectacular scales of alum, sulphur, and melted metals are scattered around the top of the crater, reaching temperatures of up to 400°C. The view from this spot is incomparable: the archipelago in the palm of one’s hand with the farthest islands looking as if they floated above the water.