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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) Tours

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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)
Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mt. Etna (Monte 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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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Half-Day Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour

Indulge your love of food and wine on this all-day tour of the Etna countryside. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region’s history and culture from a local guide as you cruise through scenic Sicilian villages. Stop at a family-run winery, a picturesque farmhouse with delicious food, and a pastry bar. Enjoy wine tastings and samples of local cheeses, salumi, and pastas included in the tour price.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Etna at sunset - Jeep tour

A fascinating tour to visit Etna at an unusual time to admire the sunset from 2000 meters of altitude
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Etna jeep tour

The Etna Tour excursion involves traveling on jeep routes to let you know and appreciate places of particular natural value within the Etna Park reserve up to an altitude of about 2000 meters. The itineraries are in fact formulated, thanks to the experience of our staff, to live an interesting and at the same time enjoyable experience. Starting from the lava flows that have threatened entire villages, we will visit the extinct craters and the belvedere of the majestic Caldera del Valle del Bove . We will also let you experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave (lava tube) equipped with a helmet and speleologist lights, to understand the phenomena connected to the lava flow. Our naturalistic guides will enrich your excursion by illustrating, with a simple and clear language for everyone, the innumerable natural and volcanic aspects of Europe's largest volcano, named UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
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  • 5 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Etna tour in 4x4 from Taormina

During this naturalistic tour, we will go up the Etna Volcano from sea level to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2000 meters, aboard our comfortable 4x4 vehicles, going from paved roads to short off-road routes, visiting first places not beaten by the classic tourist itineraries of mass and discover unique panoramas enriched by the stories of the guide, ending with a light trekking immersed in an almost lunar landscape.On the Etna Volcano, Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will visit in stages:- an ancient lava flow- the Etna forest- the Valle del Bove- a lava cave- the extinct craters at an altitude of 2000/2200 metersOPTIONAL the ascent to a height of 3000 meters is the cost of the cable car ticket and NOT INCLUDED vehicles.
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Half-day Tours

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.
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Day Trips

Etna Morning Jeep Tour

The excursion will start discovering old basalt lava flows, volcanic caves, secular woods and it will continue with the tastes and smell of Sicily. The lunar landscape of “Bove Valley” and the black ash’s desert will make your excursion a gorgeous day. Finally a tasting of honey, wines and typical Sicilian product will anticipate the drop off at your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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Etna Excursion 2000 Morning Jeep Tour. Experience an adventure!

The Etna 2000 Morning jeep tour is designed to give everyone the chance to discover the most important places of Etna and to have a complete picture of its history, evolution and activity. We will begin the excursion from the lava flows that in past centuries destroyed the Etna villages and we will arrive at about 2000m above sea level at the ski and tourist resort of Mount Etna. Along the way, equipped with helmets and torches, we will visit a wonderful volcanic cave (lava tube), the famous Valle del Bove from a lookout and always accompanied by our passionate guides we will make a pleasant trek around the side craters, like the Silvestri Craters . In fact, there are over 300 extinct lateral craters on Mount Etna. The excursion is carried out on board our 4X4 jeeps with which we reach the various points of interest and throughout the journey our guides will provide you with all the information on Etna and in the end you will love it as we do
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  • 4 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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.
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  • 8 hours
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Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

After pick up from your hotel, you will head for Zafferana Etnea, a little town important for its honey production, where you will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine, oil etc.Panoramic tour of the enchanting Valle del Bove. Helmet and torch to visit a picturesque lava cave. Arrived at 2000 meters above sea level, we will start the walk through ancient and recent craters, surrounded by a unique landscape. The route will conclude with the fascinating sunset on Mount Etna.
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Full-day Tours

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.
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trips

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ETNA EXCURSION CENTRAL CRATER (3.345 m s.l.m.)

The excursion to the central crater (3.345 m of altitude), takes place mainly on the south side of the volcano and will allow you to visit, in a unique and incomparable scenario, the active craters of Etna, therefore defined as the highest active volcano in Europe!
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Excursion to the top of Mount Etna 3300 meters

Discover the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with a licensed Volcanological Guide. This place, rich in charm, put together the man's curiosity and the mysterious face of the volcano.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Etna Summit Craters 3300mt

· Meeting point Rifugio Sapienza on Etna South· The ascent is by cable car and jeep up to 2900 mt (Torre del Filosofo)· From Torre del Filosofo will start the ascent by walk to reach summit craters (3300 mt) where you can observe some depression areas then downhill througt big sandy channeles. Trekking last about 2/ 3 hours · Along the way you will visit cinder cones of 2002· Then visit of the large horseshoe-shaped caldera Valle del Bove (Valley of the Ox)· Return by cable car (2550 m) up to Rifugio SapienzaPlease note:Due to volcano activity from South-East New Crater of Etna, the maximum altitude reached 2750 / 2900 metres, according to the indications of the competent authorities (INGV, Civil Protection Italy, Prefecture of Catania).Warning:Excursion aimed at expert hikers, accustomed to several hours of walking on sandy, rough terrain, sometimes irregular and steep stretches.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Taormina & Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

Discover the ancient and natural wonders surrounding Taormina on a private sightseeing tour. Forget the stress of navigating Italian roads on your own and relax in end-to-end private transportation from your hotel. Begin with a leisurely guided tour along the streets of Taormina, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. After a picturesque drive past the Straits of Messina and Ionian Sea, explore Mount Etna.
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  • 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

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Easy Etna Nord Trekking

The visit to the last big lateral eruption of Mount Etna. Really amazing landscape and extraordinary panorama.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Etna Trekking

The ETNA TREKKING excursion involves the traverse of trekking trails within the Etna Park. The difficulties vary from medium difficulty routes suitable for people in good health for the half-day excursion (Morning trekking) to challenging itineraries for the full day solution (full day trekking), dedicated to lovers of pure trekking and so be prepared to face several hours of walking. Our guides will accompany you to discover the less touristy places, to discover the most fascinating glimpses of the volcano. UNESCO heritage since 2013 for its important geological phenomena. Etna however is not only lava and eruptions. Nature on Europe's largest active volcano has created real wonders. These facets can be fully captured only by walking, slowly, in contact with nature. Choose whether to do a half-trek (suitable for everyone in good health) or full day (for sportsmen)
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Etna Excursion from Catania Terminal Cruise - TUI -HOLLAND AMERICA -All Cruises

ETNA EXCURSION 4 HOURS TOUR FROM CATANIA TERMINAL CRUISE Our cars are all brand new driven by drivers with great experience, our guests during the etna excursion will be offered a free tasting of typical etna products, honey and liqueurs.Le nostre auto sono tutte nuovissime guidate da autisti con grande esperienza ,ai nostri ospiti durante l escursione sull'etna sarà offerta gratuitamente una degustazione dei prodotti tipici dell etna , miele e liquori .私たちの車はすべて素晴らしい経験を持つドライバーによって運転される真新しいです、エトナ遠足の間に私たちのゲストは典型的なエトナ製品、蜂蜜とリキュールの無料試飲を提供されます。Все наши автомобили - совершенно новые, за рулем которых водители с большим опытом работы. Во время экскурсии в Этну нашим гостям будет предложена бесплатная дегустация типичных продуктов Этны, меда и ликеров.我们的汽车都是由具有丰富经验的司机驾驶的全新车型,我们的客人在etna游览期间将免费品尝典型的etna产品,蜂蜜和利口酒。
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Etna Sunset Tour 3.000 from Taormina (Dinner included)

The majestic peak of Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and the natural wonder is even more enchanting at sunset. On this 8-hour tour, leave Taormina in the afternoon, ride the Mt Etna cable car, then continue by Jeep to the summit in time to watch the spectacular sunset over the Sicilian countryside.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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ETNA - Sunset at high altitude

Wonderful excursion that offers the possibility to discover the southern slope of Etna in the best moment, the end of the day.From an altitude of 2500 meters (upper terminal of the Etna cableway) we will have the opportunity to learn about the 2001 eruption and then look out over the Valle del Bove, the immense depression that marks the east flank of the volcano. We will then climb up to the famous Torre del Filosofo, and even higher waiting for thesunset at about 3000 meters of altitude, on the summit of the majestic Craters of 2002/2003. The long return on foot will take place on characteristic volcanic sand, accompanied by starlight.It does not include:Cost of the cable car, one-way ride, € 24.00 per person.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Etna Helicopter Tour from Taormina

Soar above the sputtering crater of Europe’s largest active volcano on a private 20-minute helicopter tour of Mt Etna. Get an unforgettable aerial perspective of Sicily’s famous natural attraction, including ancient lava fields and evidence from the recent 2002 eruption. It’s the best way to admire the volcano’s majesty, as well as the dramatic coastline of Taormina and the surrounding landscape of vineyards and citrus groves.
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  • 20 minutes
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Adrenaline & Extreme

Day-Tour of Caving on Mount Etna from Catania

Get to know Mt Etna’s geological features and natural beauty on this caving day tour from Catania. You’ll start underground to see a lava flow cave, home to stalactites, lava shelves and other fascinating physical features. Then continue up the active volcano—the tallest in Europe—to admire its diverse terrain, from lush vegetation to desert valleys. Hike along a mountain path, and admire a view of the Valle del Bove.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Etna excursions

Trek past volcanic craters, ancient lava flows that give the volcano a lunar landscape. Visit a volcanic cave, a local sicilian farm and having a free tasting of delicious honey, oil, and wine is a great Etna Experience with me.I do my tours with all my passion and my experience is flexible, can be tailored to suit your needs, including the extras but I need to plan it. Write me in advance.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Etna, level strong with lunch in the cellar

Discover the beauty of the highest volcano in Europe, climb up to 2000 meters, walk on the rocks of the volcano, climb to the top through its paths and stop to admire the unique view overlooking the sea and to taste typical Sicilian products to enjoy yourself at 360 degrees Sicily among landscapes, history and tradition. A day to spend with other travelers or friends. Paths, roads, paths await you in a quiet and special atmosphere thanks to the guidance of the partners of vitulia experience, local people, entrepreneurs who will make you fall in love with our beloved Sicily. The day, after admiring these beauties that nature offers us, continues going to visit either a Etna winery or a typical Sicilian farm. Both solutions are accompanied by a tasting of typical local products.over 2000 m extra price of € 70.00 for cable car fare.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-day Tours

Half-day Mount Etna Trek and Lava Cave Visit from Catania

Mount Etna is Italy’s largest and most active volcano, and the most adventurous way to explore is on a trekking tour. On this half-day hike from Catania, peek inside a lava cave, explore the dramatic craters of the Valle del Bove, and enjoy spectacular views of the volcanic landscapes.
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  • 5 hours
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