Your Own Pet Crater

THE ETNA WINE SCHOOL

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 12.18.08from “Unprotected Females In Sicily, Calabria, And On The Top Of Mount Etna” By Helen Lowe

I found the following note in a memoir I stumbled upon while doing research for my book about the wines and wineries of Mount Etna.

The memoir, “Unprotected Females In Sicily, Calabria, And On The Top Of Mount Etna” was written by Helen Lowe and published by Routledge, in London, in 1859. The memoir is a personal account of an adventurous vacation in southern Italy and Sicily.

On walking atop Monterosso (one of Etna’s ferrous southeast craters), Lowe writes … “The higher of two craters thrown up the last time Catania was destroyed … [Monterosso is] a brilliant red, save where the vines clothe the steep sides. Arrived at the top, on looking down the concave crater, beautiful trees are seen to grow from whence the consuming fire once issued. Looking…

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