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Best Ways to Experience Mount Etna

By Viator, October 2013

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Sicily’s Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano, which may make it sound like you want to stay as far away from it as possible. On the contrary, most of its activity is such that hikers regularly climb up to the crater - and you can, too. Of course, there are other ways to experience Mount Etna if you’d prefer to keep your distance.

For a start, you can check out the view of Mount Etna from nearby Taormina. The historic center of Taormina is on a hillside, and you can hike up a little higher on that hill to get a commanding view over the beach, the sea, and toward the famous volcano. If that tempts you to get closer, you have a few options.

You can stay at the lower elevations with a train trip around the base of Mount Etna on the Circumetnea Railway. This historic train winds through the foothills of the volcano, so you can see what Etna has done to the landscape. You can take side-trips into the beautiful Alcantara Gorges and other volcanic canyons in the area and hike at your own pace around the lower elevations of the mountain.

The more adventurous among you will no doubt enjoy an opportunity to hike up to the summit of Mount Etna to see the infamous crater. This is a particularly memorable way to see Mount Etna up close and personal, but it’s definitely something you want to do with a guide - temperature changes from the base to the summit of the mountain can be dramatic, and it’s also important to be with someone who knows what to do in case of volcanic activity.

Make your Mount Etna visit more romantic with a sunset summit. Take a tour of the volcano just before sunset, and then watch the sun go down from the summit of the mountain. It’s an unforgettable way to visit Mount Etna.

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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

Leave Taormina and ride around Mount Etna by 1950s-era train on the Circumetnea Railway! This exciting day trip also includes trips to the rock pools and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.14

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Visit Sicily’s famously fiery volcano, the magnificent Mount Etna, on a day trip from Taormina. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Etna is Europe’s ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.11

Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

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Watch the sun set from the summit of Mount Etna on an evening tour from Taormina! After exploring the area around the fiery volcano’s peak at 9,843 feet (3,000 ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.07

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

While you’re in port in Messina, take a full-day private shore excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Take in scenic views as your private driver takes you along ...  Read more

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.31

Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

Combine free time in the foothills of Mount Etna with a visit to Alcantara Gorges and the medieval town of Randazzo! After leaving Taormina, explore the rock ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.12

Taormina Shore Excursion: Taormina and Mt Etna Day Trip

While you’re in port in Taormina, your private driver will chauffeur you along the fabulous Sicilian coast to discover Taormina and Mt Etna. On this full-day ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.31

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