Explore Europe’s largest active volcano this day trip to Mt Etna from Taormina. Relax with transportation to the base station of Rifugio Sapienza and then take off through the foothills for three hours of hiking at your leisure. Upgrade your ticket for a trip up to the summit and guided walking tour through the volcanic craters. Soak up scenic views from the UNESCO-listed spot before concluding with transportation back to Taormina.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Mount Etna from Taormina
  • Travel to Etna’s base station at Rifugio Sapienza
  • Enjoy three hours at leisure to trek around the foothills of Mount Etna
  • See the famous Monti Silvestri Craters near Rifugio Sapienza
  • Upgrade to visit Mount Etna’s summit with a guide and walk around bubbling craters

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Admire sweeping Sicilian views from Europe’s most active volcano; it’s an experience you’ll never forget! As you walk, look out for loose bits of black magma stone that you can take home as a free souvenir of your trip.

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What You Can Expect

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Hike around the foothills of Mount Etna and see its impressive craters!

Hop aboard your coach in central Taormina and travel one hour inland to Mount Etna. Set in the middle of a national park, the notoriously active volcano dominates the surrounding landscape.

Step out at Rifugio Sapienza, the volcano’s base station. Your host will point you in the direction of the impressive Monti Silvestri Craters before you take off exploring the foothills at your own speed. Discover the myriad hiking trails along the way and soak up incredible views from all over the national park. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Rifugio Sapienza’s restaurant (own expense), located conveniently nearby.

Alternatively, upgrade your experience with a guided trip to the volcano’s summit. Travel up by cable car and then by jeep to the crater zones at roughly 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). Led by licensed guides from the Italian Alpine Club, admire the summit’s craters and take in panoramic views from the top.

Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Taormina.

Customer Reviews

Lesleyanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is an incredible tour! I met the bus at the Recanati bus station no problem and it was only an hour to the 2000m station where there are a number of shops and restaurants. People who don't upgrade stay here were they can walk to two dead craters. However, the price of the upgrade is worth every red cent. We took a cable car and then a 4x4 minibus to the 3000m level and got a guided walk around one of the four active craters at the summit. The highest and largest crater is off limits and given the amount of smoke pouring out of it, a visit there would be out of the question. On the walking tour, the guide dug down a foot and offered us a chance touch the bottom if we wanted. It was almost too hot to touch! That crater had erupted in 2002. When we were done with the walk, we could choose when we took a bus and cable car down. Once I got down, I even had time to visit one of the dead craters at the 2000m level. In total, we had 3 hours on the mountain and I never felt rushed. Please note that one cannot walk from the 2000 to the 3000m level in that time frame as one couple on our bus wanted to do. Hats off to our guide Lisabeth for a great day.

Elizabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great

Linda USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was one of the highlights of my 22 day trip to Rome, southern Italy, and Sicily. Stopped to take photos and taste honey on the way to Mount Etna. I would definitely recommend to go to the near summit of Mount Etna and not to spend your three hours solely on the lower level. We had enough time to go on a cable car, then on a jeep, and take a 40 minute tour with a guide around the craters, return to the lower level and walk around the shops and Silvestra Crater. There are restaurants to get a sandwich. I would not recommend buying lava jewelry at Mount Etna. You can get it so much cheaper in Taormina.

Cheryl E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. Tour guide was helpful, funny and entertaining.

Lorie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Mount Etna is a must see if you are in Sicily. Breathtaking views. Fantastic experience. Worth every penny to take the cable car and jeep to the top.

Jillm.smith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Comfortable double decker coach. Excellent guide. Well worth the cable car and bus to the top. We had a fairly clear day so views were great. Quite cold, you need a warm coat but can hire jackets. Would recommend this tour

Shirley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip to mount etna enjoyed cable car ride and minibus to near the top. We didn't go all the way up as very steep climb at the end however lots of people did. Spectacular views and time to have something to eat and drink in various cafes or restaurants before the drive home. Would highly recommend.

Patrick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Incredible experience. Anyone with a breathing problem might experience a problem with the altitude, high winds and cold while walking around the craters.

Ketevan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very well organised tour. Exceptional experience. Do not miss it!

Velyan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good trip with a good guide.

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