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Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

1. Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Enjoy a cable car before walking across Europe's highest active volcano. Take in the breathtaking scenery in the company of your expert guide. After a briefing with your guide, ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Then, start your 2-hour trek to 3000 meters and take breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery and views. Walk through the lunar landscape of the lava fields as you traverse the nature trails of the highest active volcano in Europe. Take in the panoramic views, then trek back down to the upper cable car station. Return to the meeting point by cable car and get your last views of the brooding mountain. 

Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

2. Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

First stop will be Zafferana Etnea, where the guide will help you discover the beauty of the town, passing through areas lapped by different lava fronts. Zafferana is considered the honey capital of Sicily. Enjoy the opportunity to taste honey and other typical products, including extra virgin olive oil with a tasting tour to appreciate their qualities. Next, you will move on to an Etna winery where you will meet an expert sommelier who will introduce you to some local wines. Learn the story behind the production of each bottle, from pruning to harvesting. Finally, led by the sommelier, you will have the opportunity to taste six different wines, not only from Mount Etna. At lunchtime, you will then visit the second winery, where you will enjoy a full lunch with antipasto, primo, and secondo, expertly paired with 3 Etna Doc wines (one white and two reds). After lunch you will visit the vineyards. Expert oenologists and/or sommeliers will take you behind the scenes of Etna's wine world, before returning to Catania in the early evening.

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

3. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

4. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

Learn to cook like a Sicilian with a local chef in a typical historic villa in the city center of Catania. Get hands-on help preparing your own mouth-watering lunch or dinner. Meet your host who also an art expert who will tell you curious stories about the history of Catania and the beautiful places you can visit in Sicily. Enter the home of your cook and teacher and learn traditional Sicilian recipes. Roll up your sleeves and learn how to use fresh ingredients and local productions from the island. Prepare a typical 3-course meal (starter, main course and dessert), homemade pasta, and a typical Sicilian dessert, Biancomangiare (pudding). Sit down to your meal paired with wine and water in a relaxed setting with your host.

Catania, Taormina, Messina: 3 Etna Wineries Tour & Tasting

5. Catania, Taormina, Messina: 3 Etna Wineries Tour & Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car or minivan through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations.  The first venue will be a family-run winery, world-famous for its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region.  You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread.  After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

Mount Etna: Winery Tour and Tasting

6. Mount Etna: Winery Tour and Tasting

Enjoy a toast with the winery staff on your arrival and try some exquisite white wine right at the start. Follow the sommelier 11 meters underground as they guide you through a tour of the winery. Discover how to perfectly match wine with food. Learn about the history of the winery and about wine production techniques. Pamper your taste buds at the end of your tour with a tasting of four or seven glasses of wine. Pair your wine with a light lunch consisting of cheese, some marinated foods, black Nebrodi pork, and a ricotta cannolo as a dessert.

Catania: Guided Tour of Etna with Farm Visit & Food Tasting

7. Catania: Guided Tour of Etna with Farm Visit & Food Tasting

Come with us to discover the highest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna! You will visit ancient craters, ending this experience with a tasting of typical products of the place, at an organic farm. After meeting with the guide, you will climb up to the Rifugio Sapienza, allowing yourself short stops from time to time, so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the Etnean landscape.  You will know the history of the volcano and its territory, thanks to our guide who will tell you about the ancient and recent lava flows that have involved the slopes of Etna and the Crateri Silvestri.   Once you reach Rifugio Sapienza, at an altitude of 1920 meters, you will continue on a hiking trail, together with our guide, where you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of a beautiful landscape.   Back to Rifugio Sapienza, with helmet and flashlight, you will continue with the observation of a cave of lava flow: a unique and distinctive conformation of volcanoes, and then conclude with a visit to an organic farm, where you can taste honeys, wines, oils and other local products.

Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

8. Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

Enjoy a wine tasting experience like no other, 900 meters above sea level at Etna Nord. To begin, try an exquisite glass of white wine offered by the welcoming staff. Next, follow the sommelier for a tour through the winery, which extends over 25 hectares of land. Then go 11 meters below ground to see where the wine is stored. On the tour, learn the secrets for a perfect food-wine matching, the history of the winery, and general wine production techniques. At the end of the tour, enjoy tasting four different glasses of locally wine, alongside a small cheese platter.

Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

9. Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

Discover a living volcano on this guided tour to Mt. Etna. Enjoy a high-altitude lunch, stroll around a lunar-like landscape, and learn about Mt. Etna's fascinating history. After meeting your guide in the heart of Catania, embark on a guided tour to Mount Etna. As you drive, learn about the volcano's biology, geology, and volcanology. After climbing the mountain in your van, take the opportunity to walk on scenic paths away from tourist areas around the rims of several dormant craters. Admire the fantastic Valle del Bove and explore a beautiful lava flow cave carrying a torch. Stop to eat a delicious lunch at 2000 m above sea level. Enjoy typical local products, fantastic wines, liqueurs, local honey, and much as you discover the flavors of the volcano region.

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

10. From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sicily, climb into an off-road 4x4 vehicle and head in the direction of Mount Etna. Make a stop to take an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and visit the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander amongst old and new lava flows and walk on extinct craters. Visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights to see where ice was produced centuries ago. The guide will show you a great variety of flora and fauna: plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests, learn about the vegetation and wildlife of Mount Etna. Make the last stop at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which was destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. Enjoy typical Sicilian food at a chalet including appetizers, a main course of pasta, dessert, water, bread, wine, and coffee. Then, visit the famous Alcantara Gorges, which were formed millions of years ago on the north side of the volcano. Between the cold lava flows runs a small mountain river. Here you can walk barefoot in the crystal clear ice cold water of the canyon or (during summer) have a refreshing swim. On the way to the canyon, pass by the idyllic Sicilian mountain village of Castiglione di Sicilia. Admire views of Motta Camastra in the distance which is situated on a slope. At the end of the tour get driven back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Catania

This was the best decision we made while visiting the Catania area. Maurizio was such a wonderful, sweet and knowledgeable guide - we could not recommend him more! On the way to Mt Etna we stopped in Maurizio’s town where he generously gifted us delicious pastries/desserts as a gift as we were on our honeymoon. We went to Patria, Tornatore and Gambino wineries. We received a tour of the cellar at Patria and enjoyed the stunning views. Tornatore was a quicker stop but very cute and fun! Gambino was a much busier winery with amazing wines and views! We were given local meats, cheeses, olives, bread, etc at each place. We loved this experience and highly recommend!

everything started on time, our guide was helpful and informative. the only thing is at no stage (in the trip info, confirmation, or Whatsapp communication) were we notified that the cost for the cable car can go from EUR 30 to EUR 45 if the weather conditions were good. We didn't have an issue with that but just the info would be nice to be included :)

We were the only two people on our tour. Our guide knew a lot about Catania and Etna and shared a lot of information about the area. He was friendly and knowledgeable. The wineries were excellent choices and the experience was superior. We had a wonderful time.

I booked this visit for my family, who were visiting the area for Christmas. They were blown away by all that they learned and had an extremely memorable time learning from Angela, and tasting the delicious wines. Thank you for creating such a special place!

Our guide was Lucca. He was very knowledgeable and kind to all the hikers. We had our two boys with us and they had a blast.