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Mount Etna
Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is among Europe’s tallest (and the world’s most active) volcanoes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the volcano has shaped Sicilian history and continues to impact life on the island today. Visitors can explore the mountain’s smoldering volcanic craters and lava fields.

The Basics
You can hike, ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with full- and half-day tours from the nearby cities of Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Funivia dell’Etna runs a cable car from the Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there, you can join a guided hike of the volcanic area known as the Valle del Bove, or a less strenuous 4x4 jeep ride. Combine a visit to Mount Etna with a stop at the nearby Alcantara Gorge, carved out by an ancient lava flow. Mount Etna sunset tours are especially spectacular, and wine enthusiasts can choose a tour that combines a visit to Mount Etna with wine tastings at some of the wineries located along the slopes.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you’re exploring Mount Etna on foot, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.
  • You’ll want to capture the breathtaking sunset views; don’t forget your camera.
  • For kids, a visit to the volcano can be a welcome break from sightseeing, so consider a family-friendly hike or fun 4x4 tour.
  • The cable car is accessible to wheelchair users, as is one mountain trail. 
  • There is only one public bus daily from Catania to Mount Etna, so it’s best to visit on a private tour that includes transportation to the mountain.

How to Get There
The closest major city to Mount Etna is Catania, and buses run daily to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point for many hikes and jeep tours. Otherwise, take the Catania-Messina highway and exit at Gravina di Catania to visit the south side of Etna, or at Giarre to visit the north-east side.

When to Get There
Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that there’s always the possibility of witnessing one. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night, when brilliant orange lava spits into the dark night sky.Sunset is also a beautiful time to visit. 

Wine and Food at Mount Etna
Despite the fact that eruptions have been responsible for serious damage to the cities and towns near Etna for millennia, people still continue to inhabit the mountain. The rich volcanic soil is particularly fertile for raising fruit, vegetables, and vineyards—many prestigious wines come from these mountain slopes, and it’s easy to sample these labels by joining a tour that includes wine tastings.
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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. Alternatively, upgrade your ticket for a trip up to the upper craters and a guided walking tour through the volcanic craters. Soak up scenic views from the UNESCO-listed spot before concluding with transportation back to Taormina.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half-day Mount Etna, Silvestri Craters, and Cassone Lava Cave Buggy Tour

Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano, but you don’t have to hike the mighty peak to admire the dramatic scenery. Zip around the rugged foothills on a 4-hour buddy tour, venture off-road in an old lava rock quarry, and hop off to explore the Cassone lava cave and the Silvestri Craters.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch

Scale the slopes of Italy’s famously active Mt Etna on this full-day 4x4 tour from Taormina. Travel up rugged mountain tracks in an off-road vehicle and trek by foot to a stellar lookout point with views of lava flow basins and cave tubes created by the 2002 eruption. After descending from the volcano, head to a local place for a typical Sicilian lunch of cheeses, cured meats, pasta and dessert served with wine.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

Wondering what to do while your boat is docked in Messina? Why not head out on a day-long shore excursion to see what Taormina has to offer? And while you’re at it, see Mt Etna, too. Relax as a private driver chauffeurs you along the scenic Sicily coastline, and take some free time to explore the area around Mt Etna — the island’s famously fiery volcano. Later, savor an alfresco lunch in Taormina and see Palazzo Corvaja among other local sights.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Mount Etna Sunset Walking Tour

Explore the unique landscape of an enormous volcano at with this 6-hour small-group sunset walking tour of Mt Etna from Taormina. Hike through the forest to see extinct craters and other evidence of past eruptions. Visit one of the most dramatic of the mountain's lava caves. Enjoy a light meal with wine made on Mt Etna and watch the sun go down.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Taormina Shore Excursion: Taormina and Mt Etna Day Trip

Discover the treasures of the Sicilian coast when your cruise ship docks in Taormina. A driver will pick you up in a private vehicle and whisk you away on a full-day shore excursion to see both Taormina and the legendary Mt Etna—a fiery volcano that is nearly always active. You'll visit the volcano's lunar-like Crateri Silvestri before making your way to Taormina. This picturesque resort town is known for its ancient Greek theater and exquisite Palazzo Corvaja, a medieval palace built in a range of architectural styles. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina

Access parts of the Etna and Alcantara Gorges that traditional tours can't reach on this off-road tour via 4WD vehicle. Departing from Taormina, you'll see the otherworldly landscapes around the volcano, including the caves and lava flows and a stop at Mount Fontana. Stop at a local country restaurant to refresh yourself with a traditional Italian lunch, including wine, before returning to Taormina.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Shore Excursion from Catania (Sicily) to Etna Volcano and Wine Tasting

Discover Sicily’s Mount Etna on this full-day private shore excursion from Catania. Take a drive through the scenic Sicilian countryside to reach the active volcano. Pass through small mountain towns and stop at the Etna Winery Gambino to sample some of the delicious wine grown in this region. Visit the Silvestri craters at 2,000 meters as well as the newest lava flows and craters before heading back to your ship.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Hidden Treasures And Flavors Of A Sicilian Village

Shun the beaten path and discover the Sicily time forgot as you explore a mountainside village in a small group with translator/guide. Meet artisans, spinners, and weavers; learn how milk becomes cheese; taste some of Sicily’s most delicious dairy products and local wine along with food that’s travelled precisely zero food miles. Your journey starts and ends at Palermo Centrale station: tickets are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Rifugio Sapienza; ride the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. Then, cool off with a swim on Isola Bella island, before spending the afternoon enjoying Taormina’s medieval churches, ancient Greek theater and lively shopping district.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina

Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, but you don’t have to climb the mighty peak to experience the natural wonder. On this full-day tour from Taormina, hike through the ancient woodlands and lava caves of Mt Etna; indulge in a Sicilian-style lunch and wine tasting; and explore the Alcantara Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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20-Minute Mt Etna Private Helicopter Flight from Castiglione di Sicilia

The mighty peak of Mt Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano and the most spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain are from the air. Soar overhead on a private 20-minute helicopter flight from Castiglione di Sicilia, and gaze down over the stunning landscapes of Mt Etna, the ancient amphitheater of Taormina, and the Valle del Bove crater.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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Mt Etna Off-Road Quad Bike

Enjoy the thrill of the great outdoors with a quad bike tour on Mt Etna or in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. Soak in the views of the enormous volcano as you ride around its base. Steer the quad bike yourself or ride along with a passenger.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

See southern Italy in style with this eye-pleasing trip around Mount Etna via a vintage mid-20th-century train on the Circumetnea Railway. The train journey includes visits to the canyons of Alcantara Gorges (admission at own expense), an amazing natural setting made up of black lava rock walls up to 160 feet (50 meters). And then explore the base of Mount Etna, Sicily's legendary volcano that is 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) tall. Optional upgrade to ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the upper craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions. From November 1 to March 31, this tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Etna Excursion from Catania

Explore Mount Etna, the world's most active stratovolcano, on this small-group hiking tour from Catania. Travel in a 4x4 vehicle to reach a departure point for a moderate hike through Mount Etna's moon-like landscape in the Valley del Bove depression, including a lava tube exploration and views over the Ionian Sea. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour

Trek around Mount Etna on this 6-hour tour with a small group and an expert trekking guide. Set off from Taormina to spend the day learning about the volcano's history, exploring craters and lava caves. Stop at a local chalet for an included snack and wine. Hotel pickup and drop-off can be arranged on request.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Etna Morning Trip

Located on the island of Sicily, Mt Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe. Explore its different aspects on this active tour from Catania that includes hiking up the volcano along a trail to the inner crater. See lava flows, learn about the geological history of the volcano, admire panoramic views and hike into a lava cave.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

Spend an unforgettable day exploring Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, on this day trip from Palermo. See the looming mountain up close and learn about its unique landscapes, studied since the Greek period.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Tour: Mt Etna and Taormina from Catania

The Sicilian driving style is not for the faint-hearted—so do your nerves a favor with a private driver/guide. See lava flows and craters, and visit Mount Etna itself, before enjoying a scenic drive to Taormina, Sicily’s most elegant resort town, with its stylish Greco-Roman theater. Please note: all entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Unknown Sicily - Day Trip from Taormina

Explore the Sicilian countryside on this day trip from Messina or Taormina. Led by a local guide, travel through the small towns dotting the Peloritani Mountains, stopping at the medieval village of Montalbano Elicona and the Argimusco nature park to examine prehistoric stones. See how Ricotta cheese is made with a visit to a local dairy farm and enjoy views of the Aeolian Islands and Mt Etna from a scenic lookout. Your trip will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit

See the serene beauty of Taormina in a whole new way with a night walking tour. Learn about the culture and archaeology of this historic beach town in eastern Sicily from your guide as you explore the Greek Theatre, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja, Jewish Quarter, and an ancient Roman theater. Take in the views of Taormina at night from a walk along Corso Umberto, seeing the Old Town lit up next to the Mediterranean.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travellers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges — home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

Experience the volcanic majesty of Mount Etna at sunset on an enchanting evening tour from Taormina. With an expert guide, explore the volcano on a walking tour and then gaze at panoramic vistas from a height of approximately 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level. Delight in the fiery orange glow of the setting sun before heading to a traditional restaurant at the foot of the volcano. Pleasure your palate with local Italian specialties (own expense) and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Taormina.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

Experience a different side of Sicily on a full-day tour to Mt Etna, the largest live volcano in Europe. Your guide shares informative commentary about the history, geology and wildlife of Mt Etna as you take nature walks, tour a cave created by lava flows and see old volcanic craters. Select from hiking or cable car options to customize your visit, then end the day with a wine tasting with five wine samples accompanied by a platter of delicious local foods. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Catania.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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