Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily, is Europe’s tallest active volcano. Not only that, it’s one of the world’s most active volcanoes and, as of 2013, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a small wonder, then, that this mountain has shaped much of Sicily’s past and continues to impact life on the island today.

The volcano sits near the eastern coast of Sicily, not far from the major port city of Catania. Eruptions from Mount Etna have been responsible for serious damage to cities and towns lying close to it, including one in 1669 that destroyed the villages that had been built on the mountainside. People continue to inhabit the mountain, however, partly because the rich volcanic soil makes an excellent base for crops. You’ll find not only fruits and vegetables growing on and around Mount Etna, but also grapes - there are many wines that owe their prominence to the volcano.

Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that no matter when you visit it’s possible you could witness an eruption. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night with brilliant orange lava spitting into the dark night sky. You can hike on Mount Etna, but it’s not advisable to do this without a local guide who knows the area well.

Day trips to Mount Etna are easy from nearby cities like Catania, Taormina and Messina. You can either opt for a tour on foot or take a shorter trip via 4-wheel-drive truck. You can also catch a local bus that runs once daily from Catania and Nicolosi up to the Rifugio Sapienza, which is the starting point for many hikes and treks. Keep in mind that even during the summer months, the upper elevations of Mount Etna can be quite cold and you’ll want to bring adequate gear.

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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 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 $37.90

5-Day Eastern Sicily Tour from Taormina to Palermo: Mt Etna, Syracuse and Agrigento

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Starting in Taormina and ending in Palermo, this 5-day tour shows you the best of eastern Sicily. Immerse yourself in Sicilian history, culture and food as you ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights

From USD $661.64

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 28 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 $48.73

Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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 $95.29

Mt Etna Off-Road Quad Bike

Quad Bike tours on Mount Etna and Alcantara Valley. Enjoy an amazing trip at the feet of Etna volcano. You can drive the quad alone or share it with a ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.46

Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion

Mount Etna is the most high active volcano in Europe for at least 2700 years and is also the most studied since the Greek period. A day on Mount Etna is not to ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.87

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 $43.31

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