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  • Address: Sicily, Italy, Italy
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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Small Group Tour: Etna wine and Alcantara from Taormina, Taormina, null
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Small Group Tour: Etna wine and Alcantara from Taormina

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During the friendly and engaging full day excursions on Mount Etna you will be led to the discovery of all colours and fascinating histories of our volcano. ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.26
Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch in a Local Farmhouse, Taormina, Full-day Tours
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Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch in a Local Farmhouse

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A lovely day for an Etna 4x4 Jeep tour starting from Taormina area to spend along off-road drive on the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest European active ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.68
Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina, Taormina, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

See a different side of Sicily with this tour of Mt. Etna with departure from Taormina. This is an excursion to old craters and lava flow caves, perfect for ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.42
Small-Group Mount Etna Sunset Walking Tour, Taormina, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Mount Etna Sunset Walking Tour

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Walk through the woods and extinct craters around Mt. Etna on this 6-hour sunset walking tour from Taormina. Learn about the fascinating and spectacular ...  Read more

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

From USD $73.67
Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina, Taormina, Walking Tours
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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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 $34.67
Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania, Catania, Day Trips
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

This full-day tour goes from Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and characteristic town of Taormina in the afternoon. In the first ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.34
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride, Taormina, Full-day Tours
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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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 $48.75
Mt Etna Off-Road Quad Bike, Taormina, Day Trips
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Mt Etna Off-Road Quad Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Ride through volcanic landscapes on a quad bike tour, departing from Gole dell'Alcantara. Choose between a 2.5-hour quad tour, which takes you into the ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.51
Private Tour: Mt Etna and Taormina from Catania, Catania, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Private Tour: Mt Etna and Taormina from Catania

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the most active one in Europe. It has been erupting for several million years. Mt Etna is one ...  Read more

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

From USD $455.04
Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina, Taormina, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 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 at approximately 9,843 feet ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.92

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