The island of Vulcano, situated off the north coast of Sicily, has an active crater which you can hike up to. It is possible to circumvent the crater on a narrow rim, walking through the smoke and the fumes at times, but you have to watch every step to avoid stepping into one of the hot crevices or to slip and slide down into the center of the crater.
None of this kept this courageous teenager from circumventing the volcano on a bicycle.
(Photo by Günter Moser. – Hier geht es zur deutschen Fassung.)
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Amazing shot! The bravery of youth is something special, isn’t it!?
And what was equally amazing is that he was there with his parents and siblings. They had all left their bicycles at the bottom of the volcano, but this boy was the only one riding all the way up and then riding down again. His parents (a French couple, it seemed) were very cool about him doing these stunts.