A Fiat Panda 4x4... up Mount Etna
An epic TG mag adventure from the past 20 years: we drive the Panda up an erupting volcano...
Posted: 15 Oct 2013
Above the forest, gently catching its own kind of fire as autumn marches its colours through the trees, old lava becomes more obvious. Spiky and yellow-green, it makes the landscape look austere and alien. And unexpectedly beautiful. Colonised by lichen, this is the old stuff, persuaded down to the sea by channels carved out of the side of the hill by humans desperate to divert molten lava away from villages.
Nature's indifferent rampage nurtured into the soothing arms of the sea. Again, I'm impressed by the little Panda. It feels grown-up and capable, and, after pottering for a while, we finally arrive at the base of Etna feeling a little more robust about our chances, eventually pulling up at the place where the cable car starts and most civilian traffic stops. Today, though, we have The Permissions, and the barriers rise for us.