The town above was the real resort area and we got there by catching a bus that took a very narrow and scary road to the top of the mountain. This was all such an adventure. I spent the whole day up there shopping, eating gelato, and drinking cappuccino....what a life. The shops were wonderful and flowers everywhere.
We went to almost the top (you had to take a ski lift and then climb on foot to get to the very top) winding back and forth on a landscape that looked like the moon. I think the volcano erupts from different craters because we were able to walk in smaller craters that were covered in hard black lava. I explored a little bit but it was cold and the air was thin. I decided to go to the cafe and have a cappuccino and catch my breath.
We also went to a small village that claimed the village and church were spared by a statue of the Madonna. We could see where the lava flow stopped just short of the statue....amazing. (also bought some wonderful honey there)
Sometimes, I can't believe how lucky I've been seeing such wonderful places but we are not done yet....one more instalment to go.