Best Ways to Experience Mount Etna

By Viator, July 2015

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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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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

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 $95.08

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

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 $37.35

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

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 $50.94

Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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 $45.28

Mt Etna, Wine Tasting and Village Tour from Taormina

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tour from Taormina or Messina province to taste regional Sicilian wine and appreciate the gorgeous scenery around Mt Etna. First, ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.88

Etna and Taormina Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a memorable view of Taormina and Mount Etna as you fly above the volcano’s active craters and Taormina’s famous ancient Greek theater.

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $1,584.73

Etna Helicopter Tour from Taormina

Enjoy a fantastic view of Mount Etna flying over the volcano’s active craters. This helicopter tour passes over the biggest active volcano of Europe. Don't ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $1,301.74

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