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The guide met me right on time at the Catania airport and did a fantastic job telling me--and the six other tour participants--about Catania, Etna, and Taormina. She was fighting a cold and sore throat, but still powered through the day and was friendly and informative. If the weather is reasonably clear, definitely pay the extra money to take the ski lift and off-road bus transport to the 3000-meter mark on Etna. The views were amazing--both down onto the surrounding plains and into the side craters left from previous eruptions. The ground was still steaming in a few places along the walking path! Grazie mille, Sonia!!
good value for money
definitely worth a visit
Fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable about the area. Full day of adventure. Highly recommended
Starting on a nice sunny morning, our guide Floriana Enta Tribe collected us on time, with a smile and warm welcome.
We collected 5 other clients before exiting Catania city. Due to morning traffic this took c50 minutes and was the only frustrating aspect of the trip.
We approached Etna from the south and once we passed the village of Nicolosi into Etna National Park the landscape change was dramatic.
We stopped a number of times en route to Rifugio Sapienza c 2000m, where Floriana spoke about various aspects of the mountain eruption history, lava flow, rock formation, flora of the area etc.
On arriving at the Rifugio we had to decide take the walking tour around one of the dormant Silvestri craters eruption of 1893 or proceed higher taking the cable car, and 4x4 to the next Mountain station at c2500m. Going higher was not in our tour price.
The weather had closed in, mist and some drizzle. Dramatic changes in weather on Etna is the norm! All our group opted for the Silvestri tour / hike with guide Floriana. Despite the poor visability, this was a very interesting hike. We missed seeing the summit or Catania city, but the mist in a way added to the dramatic landscape. Floriana enhanced the experience with information and discussion.
The hike took c70 minutes, included short climbs and difficult underfoot conditions at times. Even at this height, a shower proof jacket, long trousers and hiking shoe/runners are advisable.
Next was a stop to go into an old 'Lava Tube'. This involved putting on head gear and progressing c200 meters into the tube. Not something all enjoyed but a highlight for me.
We then stopped in Zafferana Etnea village to sample olive oil and honey from a local producer. Purchase optional!
We had a 2 hour stay in Taormina, time to see the main attractions, have a coffee.
On the trip Floriana was very good at pointing out at pointing out and discussing aspects of local history and culture, in addition to Etna specific info. Highly Recommended.
Fabulous tour despite poor weather when arrving at Etna. Taormina was worth the trip alone for the beautiful scenery and chance to explore this charming little town.
This was really a great trip and I highly recommend it! Giuseppe is VERY knowledgable of the area and so kind and patient with everyone. He really taught us a lot about Mt. Etna and had such great recommendations. This was one of the best tours I've taken! Do it!
My adult son and I enjoyed the tour very much. Guiseppe was a nice, friendly guide, a small group of 8 was perfect, good to have mountain, village, tasting in one tour. Going to top of Mt. Etna was 63 extra, but when you are there you don't want to stay in the middle station in the clouds but go all the way up.
The tour of Mt Aetna was wonderful especially with the cave tour. Also enjoyed Taomina. Must say the best part was our guide Julia. She had an amazing knowledge of geology and the history of Mt Aetna in particular. Also informative about the rest of the tour. Very enjoyable
Trip to Etna was exciting and the tour of Taormina was a wonderful way to esnd the day.
It was so lovely tour with the very kind and excellent guide!
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