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

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 tallest active volcano, and views from it over Parco dell Etna (the national park) are breathtaking. Explore the foothills around the base station on a 3-hour independent hike, or upgrade to include transport to Mount Etna’s summit and a walking tour of the craters at the top.


  • 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!

Start your day trip by boarding your air-conditioned coach in central Taormina, and then relax on the 1-hour journey inland to Mount Etna, the island’s brooding – and spectacular – nemesis. Set in the middle of a national park, Europe’s highest active volcano dominates the Sicilian landscape around it.

Hop out of your coach at the base station Rifugio Sapienza, and then enjoy roughly three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna. The area is covered with hiking trails that zigzag in all directions, and your host will happily point you in the right direction for the Monti Silvestri Craters – two small, yet impressive, craters near the base station.

If you want lunch before or after your hike, visit Rifugio Sapienza’s restaurant. Food and drinks are at your own expense, but the restaurant offers a good selection of hot and cold snacks.

Eager to visit Mount Etna’s summit? Upgrade to skip the three hours of independent time and head straight up to the top with your alpine guide, instead. Ride by cable car to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters), and then travel the remaining distance by 4x4 jeep, stopping at a dizzying 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Follow your alpine guide carefully around the craters at Mount Etna’s summit, peering into hornitos (small openings that release lava), and learning about volcanic activity in Sicily. At the end of your walk, return to the base station via jeep and cable car to meet the rest of your group.

Then, return to Taormina in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015


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.


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.

Sven V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Good guide, well organised. Convenient pick up at Taormina bus terminal. Amazing views, well worth the money

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