Flight 13) Naples – Palermo

After taking off from Naples airport I was soon climbing high to match the 4202 ft Mount Vesuvius volcano best known for its massive eruption in 79AD and destroying Pompeii. As I flew over, I wondered how mighty the eruption must have been to throw up such a large amount of rock and ash to cover multiple cities almost instantly. There are molds taken from the ash which clearly show people as they hide and died. Scary stuff.

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Mount Vesuvius

Using my IPhone and its maps I tracked my route south east along the length of Italy counting the cities and rivers below. Reaching Scalea I could see across to the opposite shore of Italy. I hadn’t been aware that Italy got that narrow in parts.

Continuing my flight to the “toes” of Italy I was interested in the many islands which dotted the ocean ahead of me. I knew that I would be flying over these islands on my next flight so went to explore some more of Sicily instead. Whilst crossing the short stretch of water between Italy and Sicily I noticed another huge mountain rising above the horizon much further to the south. The weather was still as good as it had been so I took a rather lengthy detour to take a look. I climbed in my small Beech Baron to match the 3329 ft summit of this mountain before seeing on the map that it was actually Mount Etna. Once again I learnt some more geography. This flight has been rather volcanic.

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Mount Etna

ITN news on Mount Etna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrVthtLdfxM

I ended my flight by landing at Punta Raisi airport on the north coast of Sicily just west of Palermo. The runway nestled into a small corner of land made for a cosy stopping point after the strong side winds coming in from the sea making the landing rather tricky.

Landing at Punta Raisi Airport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdVNvqd5Ovg

Palermo. City of contrasts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=outF3RJuJS0

Sicily HD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGg5V4Zk4fg

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