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Volcanoes of Italy - the Grand Tour

- 15-days study & walking tour from Vesuvius to Etna -

Curious to know what our previous participants thought of this tour? Below we list just some of the many positive feedbacks we received over the past years!

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful 2 weeks in Italy!" (Ali & Gabriela about the the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2017)

Hi Tom,

I believe I speak for all of us when I say: Thank you so much for such a wonderful 2 weeks in Italy! It was an unforgettable experience, and it was so great to make new friends as well! We will definitely book another trip with you again, hopefully sometime next year.

It was great meeting you all and we hope to see you again in the future! If any of you plan to visit New York sometime, please reach out to us, we'd love to show you around.

Florian, thank you so much for making our time in Naples so enjoyable. Please let me know when you find out what the white lines mean.

Regards,

Ali & Gabriela
(from New York, USA, about the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2017)

"I have always been fascinated by volcanoes." (Robert B. about the the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2016)

"Ms. Passariello:
I read your excellent article in today's Wall Street Journal this morning.
Last October, my wife Jenean and I did a grand tour of all of Italy's volcanoes through a group called Volcano-Adventures (www.volcanodiscovery.com). We began our two-week trip in Naples at Mt. Vesuvius, followed it up with Campi Flegrei, took a ferry to Stromboli, sailed to the other Aeolean Islands, and ended up at Mt. Etna. Our trip was guided by a volcanologist who explained all the natural phenomena to us. In between, we were treated to excellent restaurants and wine tastings. We also stayed in excellent hotels.

We spent several days in Stromboli. Our hotel was the Villaggio Stromboli, where we were able to look out over the water to Strombolicchio. Midway up the volcano is a restaurant called Osservatorio, where the only lighting is provided by candles, and each eruption of a lava fountain is punctuated by oohs and aahs from the customers just like during Fourth of July fireworks. From that point, my wife ascended the rest of the mountain to the summit crater. I walked back down to the hotel because my knees can no longer handle steep climbs and descents. She spent several hours at the top of the volcano and got some great pictures and videos of the eruptions. Jenean arrived back at the hotel several hours later, and she said that her leg muscles felt like jello.

We also spent some time at the islands of Lipari and Vulcano. Our small boat took us through places in the Tyrrhenian Sea that was bubbling with volcanic gases. The water was like seltzer, but the bubbles smelled like sulfur. The island of Vulcano is very active, with steam vents and mud baths everywhere. Lipari was enjoyable also. It goes without saying that all these places had excellent food. The Aeolian Islands are unknown to most American tourists, and we didn't see very many.

We have many pictures and videos from our trip. We would be happy to share them with you. Stromboli is but one of many volcanoes in Italy. It is relatively easy to hike to the crater of Vesuvius. Even I was able to do it. Of more significance is the city of Pozzouli, which sits atop Campi Flegrei (a.k.a Phlegraean Fields), a supervolcano above which live about two million people. Mt. Etna is the grand finale. In addition to the activity of the volcano itself, the surrounding area is filled with the marks and effects that the volcano has left upon it. You can truly appreciate the massive power of Mother Nature.

This was a bucket-list vacation for me. I have always been fascinated by volcanoes. ...
Keep up the good work." (Robert B., California, about the Grand Tour to Italy's volcanoes in Oct 2016)

Hi Emanuela,

... it was such an exciting experience for us...
for me the best mountain-experience I have ever had!

Best regards
Jutta

Beautiful memories

Inside of a lava channel
Inside of a lava channel
Antonio explaining the interior of an effusive vent
Antonio explaining the interior of an effusive vent

Emmanuella,
thanks again for giving us so many beautiful memories, Antonio was great and we had such a good time with you both.

Guillaume.
(Etna Summit Tour)

Wonderful Etna tour

Walking on a lava channel
Walking on a lava channel
Hiking along the rim of Bocca Nuova crater
Hiking along the rim of Bocca Nuova crater

Hi Emanuela

Once again a big thank you to you and Rosario for the wonderful Etna tour. My son and I we really enjoyed it. It was impressive to see the volcano and we learned a lot - for sure an experience we will not forget.

best regards
Ralf Schäfer
(Etna Summit Tour)

Looking down into Etna's Bocca Nuova Crater
Looking down into Etna's Bocca Nuova Crater
Just a few meters and we are on top
Just a few meters and we are on top

Hallo Emanuela,
thank you for preparing und providing the photos. When we are looking at the photos we remember the great experience on the Etna.
Thank you for organizing this event for us.
...
Regards from Hamburg
Roland
(Etna Summit Tour)

Unforgettable experience

On the rim of Bocca Nuova Crater
On the rim of Bocca Nuova Crater
Hand in hand walking down Etna's Summit Craters.
Hand in hand walking down Etna's Summit Craters.
Walking on a lava channel from the Etna flank eruption 2002-2003
Walking on a lava channel from the Etna flank eruption 2002-2003

Dear Emanuela,

thank you very much for the amazing pictures, you could catch great moments of the tour. We would like to thank you and Rosario for the whole tour, it was an unforgettable experience.

Best regards,

Andras

(Etna Summit Tour)

Souvenir Photo on the rim of Bocca Nuova Crater
Souvenir Photo on the rim of Bocca Nuova Crater
The rim of Voragine Craer
The rim of Voragine Craer
Rosario and  Emanuela during a short break on summit (photo: Tersina Shieh)
Rosario and Emanuela during a short break on summit (photo: Tersina Shieh)

Dear Emanuela

Many thanks for the photos. They are great.
...
We really enjoy the hike with you and Rosario. Please say thank you to him again.

Regards
Tersina
(Etna Summit Tour)

We will never forget it!

On the rim of the North-East Crater
On the rim of the North-East Crater
standing embraced and looking down onto the North East Crater
standing embraced and looking down onto the North East Crater
Walking back after an extraordinary experience
Walking back after an extraordinary experience

Hello Emanuela;
I would like to thank you very much for one of the best experiences we have had. The excursion was incredible, we will never forget it. Please thank Rosario on our beharf.
We will highly recomend this tour to our relatives and friends and maybe, why not, come back our selves again to repete the experience!
We are looking foward to seeing the fotos you took, thank you once again for that as well.
...
Best regards

Victoria
(Etna Summit Tour)

Walking down the summit craters
Walking down the summit craters
Souvenir photo on the rim of Voragine Crater
Souvenir photo on the rim of Voragine Crater

Ciao Emanuela,
grazie per le bellissime foto.
...
Anche per noi è stato un grande piacere per fare questo cammino con voi.
Il giorno dopo abbiamo incontrato un'altra coppia al nostro hotel
che ci ha detto che volevano sul Etna.
Li abbiamo informati della nostra escursione con voi,
e detto loro che dovrebbero darci il benvenuto.
....

Cordiali saluti

Peter
(Etna Traverse Tour)

One of the most memorable experiences

Group on 26 October 2014
Group on 26 October 2014

Hi Emanuela and thank you again for your and Rosario's expert guiding on Sunday. I found it one of the most memorable experiences in Sicily, even if my companions struggled. ....
warm regards Monica Pfeffer (Etna Summit Craters Tour)

...Fondest memories...

"Yes,yes, Tom! Please, emails! Don't disappear on us! Congratulations and good luck in new venture. You can't miss. You're the best... And funny too. May this be wonderful New Year for you and yours and Volcano Adventures.
Fondest memories... Many hugs to you,

Sandie N."
(Sandra from Washington about a tour to Etna and Stromboli)

"This trip was the most awesome thing we've ever done!" (Stromboli to Etna)

"Hi Tom!
We hope you got back ok. How was that trip up on the last day? Any good views? I was just dying to stay one more day and go back up the mountain again, but it would have been too hard to change the planes at the last minute. We were watching the mountain while waiting for the bus and actually saw a couple of big red explosions. Mount Etna is in today's news here - they are showing videos of it erupting again! We're so lucky to have seen it!

Just wanted to say thank you again for everything - that we are so happy to have met you. This trip was the most awesome thing we've ever done! Saw things that only a relatively few people have ever been able to see, and we'll always remember it (and you, and Bea and Reto).

We'll, have to unpack now and get back to the old routine again. Talk to you soon,

Love,
Carolynn and Ronnie
...
Hi Tom,
Thanks again! Certainly you can use the comments however you like. I've been telling everyone here about the trip - still can't stop talking about it, LOL!
Carol"
(Carol & Ronnie, Massachusetts, about the Stromboli to Etna tour)

I want to thank you for another superb trip (Volcanoes of Italy tour)

"Hello Tom: I think I am finally over jet lag after the 30 hours total travel from Rome to Australia. I want to thank you for another superb trip. I've done Vanuatu, Java and now Italy with you and your people in only 14 months (!).
All of the trips have been different and all excellent. They have certainly enabled me to get closer to active volcanoes and their scale, which is exactly what I wanted to do after a lifetime looking mostly at mineral deposits in eroded dead volcanoes. I fell in love with the Mediterranean islands - and, yes, Santorini is definitely on the list!
Best wishes
Dick" (Richard H., Australia, about the Volcanoes of Italy tour)

Stromboli to Etna trip (May 2013)

Tom on Stromboli
Tom on Stromboli

"Hi Tom,
Many thanks again for a very memorable trip that has whetted our appetite. Here's your picture on Stromboli. Apologies that it took me so long to get around to sending it.
Best wishes,
Robert and Aneta."
(from the Netherlands, Stromboli to Etna trip in May 2013)

"I believe we will be talking about it for the next few years..."

At the Valle del Bove
At the Valle del Bove

"Hi Tom
...
Once again, we really appreciated with your arrangement and guidance. It was the most enjoyable and the highlight of our trip.
It had also opened our eyes to see how wonderful and powerful our planet is.
We still have been talking about it. I believe we will be talking about it for the next few years. I don't think it will be a forgettable experience in my life. Poor me, it will be very hard to find another experience as good as this again. Unless your will take us to somewhere else on earth.
...
We would also thank for your organisation with Rosario to be our volcano guide. He was amazing. Hope we can visit him once again in the future.
...
Thank you very much. Please keep in touch and take care.
Cheers
Tony / Moon / Joan / Eva"
(Tony S. from Hong Kong, about the Etna Volcano Special tour)

A great TRIP to Etna with Rosario

"... btw we had A great TRIP to Etna with Rosario, so much so it has really inspired my son to do Geology in Imperial College in London this September.
...
Cheers, Michelle" (Private Tours on Etna)

"We had a wonderful time..." - travel article in Rock&Gem magazine Jan 2012

Read what it is like to travel with us - "A Grand Tour of Italy's Hot Spots" (Rock&Gem magazine, Jan 2012 issue)
Read what it is like to travel with us - "A Grand Tour of Italy's Hot Spots" (Rock&Gem magazine, Jan 2012 issue)

If you like to read what a tour with us is like, have a look: Craig and Heather, a couple from Colorado, who took part in the Volcanoes of Italy tour last April, published a detailed report in the Rock & Gem magazine (Jan 2012 issue).
You can read more on their website and download the article as pdf from there.

"Thanks so much for your assistance with arranging last week's trek"

"Thanks so much for your assistance with arranging last week's trek, Tom. Matt and I had a brilliant time!
Camille" (Camille & Matt from Australia about the Excursion to Stromboli)

"this is just magic" (Nicolas from France about his Stromboli tour)

Strong eruption from the NE crater
Strong eruption from the NE crater
Nicolas (44), Julia (7) and Yvan (9)
Nicolas (44), Julia (7) and Yvan (9)

"Dear Tom,
...
I take advantage of this mail to state once again that this Stromboli discovery was great. You are used to but for newcomers, this is just magic.
Best regards - Nicolas
...
I saw that you have some customers testemony on your website: you may add this one if you want (and photo)
I wrote it in english (more international..)
---
"Thanks to VOLCANO DISCOVERY : we had a great Stromboli discovery, with my young kids.
Stromboli is just magic, erupting lava every 15 minutes or so, breaking the black night sky with fire: just great.
Going up with young kids is ok but needs some mental preparation and a good siesta before as the coming back is late night.
Last Congratulations to VOLCANO DISCOVERY: professional organisation and great spirit from managers that love volcanos and are not in just to tap money from tourists.
Best to all
Nicolas (44), Julia (7) and Yvan (9) - written 2 august 2011" (Nicolas, France, Stromboli tour)

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