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Mount Etna is only the highest volcano in Europe, looming over the Italian island of Sicily. Here are some other things you can do while you're in the region to boost your visit!

Hike

More advanced hikers can get to the top in about about five hours. From there you'll be able to see Sicily's beautiful geographical formations, such as the Alcantara Gorges.

Silvestri Craters

A long way down from Etna's summit, this is an easy visit for those who may feel they're not up to the task of going right up to the top. There are tours going by bus.

Wine Tasting

Sicily is renowned for its wonderful vineyards and wine production - so what could be better than sampling some local libations as you wind down after your trip up Mount Etna?

Palermo

Get a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Palermo and explore the biggest city in Sicily. Admire villas and gardens, Zisa Castle and the cathedral.

Mount Etna: Our Tips

What should I wear?

Decent hiking boots are a requirement, as well as comfortable clothes that won't get too stuffy in warm weather. You may also want to bring a scarf or similar to breathe through, as sulfuric fumes intensify as you reach the top. Sunscreen is a must, too.

When should I go?

For the hike, definitely March to September - in the winter there's sometimes snow, and it turns into a ski paradise! Get there in the morning so that you reach the top at midday for the sunniest view - it's worth the early start.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    10:00 - 23:00. Closed on Sundays.
  • What is the price?
    Free to look at from the outside. Prices vary based on what you'd like to do.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    From Catania, take the AST bus. From the A18, go to Rifugio Sapienza. From Taormina, take the SAT shuttle.
  • Additional tips
    ** Check weather conditions in advance. Webcams to the summit, available at some locations, can rule out a trip. | Dress appropriately for the weather and make sure you have comfortable shoes!*

What People Are Saying About Mount Etna

Really nice day / Nice Informative Guide

Carmelo is a very passionate nature guide who is very knowledgeable about the Mt. Etna environs and its history. We learned a lot and had an enjoyable day - thanks for the bonus Almond Granita too!

Mount Etna Volcano Private Trekking Tour Reviewed by Robert, 11/19/2016

The landscape of Etna and the streets of Taormina are a must see.

The tour was delicious and our guide, excellent: friendly and very helpful. In order to better enjoy the Isola Bella bath and Taormina, maybe it'd have been better to depart earlier. 100% recommended.

Great value, very informative and knowledgeable. Franco is great fun !

We were picked up at 8.30am from hotel and headed straight to Etna. Good stops along the way to look at effects of previous eruptions. Choice at 2,000 ft to go up cable car or trek around craters. We chose to remain at 2,000 feet and Franco guided us round which was great. Next trip to a cave and a tasting experience of local products. Try the Etna Fire Liquor!!! In the afternoon we spend two hours in Taomina, an amazing little picturesque town. Great tour. Thanks so much

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour Reviewed by Corinne, 10/25/2016

Amazing experience, adequately guided and explained

The experience is excellent but it requires going up to the highest point in 4X4 vans and a good deal of walking. The alpine guide explained things adequately. Times were kept. The service area (lowest point) was OK as to food and personal attention. The views are amazing and so different from the usual that it is worthwhile going up.

Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour Reviewed by Osvaldo, 10/24/2016

A terrific education on the science of volcanos and an excellent lunch

Our tour group of 8 people (2 from each of France and Switzerland and a couple from Bucks County, PA) was very fortunate to have a tour guide, Salvatore, who was also a geologist. Salvatore taught us about the science of volcanos and the fascinating history of Mt. Etna, including its eruptions, the most recent in May 2016. We walked on some of the lower (inactive) craters of Mt Etna and went into a lava cave. We also saw some of the devastation of the most recent (2002) significant eruption of Mt Etna. While we spent only a relatively short time at the Alcantara Gorges, it was enough time to see and learn about this geological phenomenon. The Sicilian lunch, 3 courses, was quite good, as was the wine that accompanied the meal. While the wines were advertised as part of a wine tasting, your could really drink as much as you wished. The best part of the tour was really our guide, Salvatore. He was very personable and had a great sense of humor, and patiently answered all our questions

Sicily: Mt. Etna and Wine Tour of the Alcantara Reviewed by James, 10/20/2016

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