• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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 Taormina 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 delve deep into the Alcantara Gorges — home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.


  • 9-hour tour of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges from Taormina
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza
  • Explore lava caves and hiking routes in the Parco dell’Etna with a guide
  • Sample locally made honey, olive oil, and wine in Zafferana Etnea
  • Discover ancient lava formations and clear pools in the Alcantara Gorges
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your Taormina hotel

What You Can Expect

Begin your 9-hour tour with a pickup at your hotel, the port, the bus station, or the train station in Taormina. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza — a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at vantage points along the way, and listen as your guide sheds light on the Silvestri Craters and the region’s past volcanic eruptions.

From the Rifugio Sapienza enjoy an optional trek (payable locally at own expense) into the Parco dell’Etna to an altitude of 6,561 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. From here, continue onward via cable car and off-road vehicle (payable locally at own expense) to the Torre del Filosofo at 9,514 feet (2,900 meters). Marvel at sweeping views over the craters and ancient lava flows of Mt. Etna, then return to Rifugio Sapienza by minibus and cable car.

Next, strap on your helmet and explore a lava cave in the Parco dell’Etna with your guide. Along the way, admire ancient rock formations in the molten landscape and gain insight into the Parco dell’Etna’s complex geology.

Sample honey, olive oil, wine, and other traditional Italian products at an organic farm in Zafferana Etnea. Then, continue on to the Alcantara Gorges — home to a series of pools and bays hidden among high cliffs.

Follow your guide along the winding trails and admire the ruins of Francavilla Castle. As you explore, discover rich lava formations eroded over millions of years by the gorges’ running waters.

When your time in the Alcantara Gorges comes to an end, return to your starting point in Taormina to conclude your tour.

Customer Reviews

Linda Klára D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was nice. I liked the places we went. The only problem was the weather and so we could not go up to Etna higher point.

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