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.
Mount Etna sunset tour from Taormina led by a local guide
Enjoy an evening walk around Mount Etna
Stand on Mount Etna and watch the sun go down
Learn about famous volcanic eruptions in Sicily and see solidified lava rivers
Visit a restaurant in the foothill of Mount Etna for dinner (own expense)
Greet your courteous host at a central Taormina location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Admire breathtaking scenery as you begin to ascend the sloping side of the mighty volcano, listening to fascinating facts from your guide as you travel. On arrival at an altitude of 5,906 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level, clamber into a powerful 4x4 jeep to continue your journey to Mount Etna’s upper craters. Disembark at the volcano’s higher peaks and delve into the fascinating history of the volcano as you behold petrified rivers of lava. Capture photographs of dramatic craters and hear exhilarating tales of past eruptions while watching the sun’s majestic descent. Absorb vistas of the Sicilian hills bathed in fiery orange light and then return to your jeep for the short journey to a restaurant at the foot of Mount Etna. Pleasure your palate with meals from a traditional Sicilian menu (own expense) while chatting with your fellow explorers. Sated, return to the coach and relax during the journey back to Taormina, where the tour concludes.
Amazing tour and hike of Mt. Etna..This was a surreal experience that cannot be missed when visiting Sicily. Be prepared for a vastly cooler/cold temperature at the top of the volcano, hats, coats, sneakers or hiking boots recommended. It is so worth the effort to see and experience the volcano and it's wonder. The dinner at the end was also fabulous and delicious.
This was a great experience as being on the top of a volcano especially so late in the pitch black can be somewhat, let us say, stimulating, for some a bit risky, for others, fear and so it is a bit adventurous. we were able to get some sunset shots, walk around and learn some things and if you go to my Blog you can see pictures of Mt Etna and other areas of Sicily by looking at the labels to the far right and then opening up those views. it was one of the highlights of my entire trip. I asked around and found that a sunset tour is best on the southern side which is what I selected. It is expensive but if you can, do it.
This is aonce in a lifetime experience and the viewswere spectacular. Special thanks to SAT mgt who approved our group to go just short of theminimum amount of folks needed. The bus to Etna was comfortable and Elizabeth was informative. Once at the half way point, we switched into an offroad vehicle like a humvee with nice seats. Antonio, the Alpine guide was great and also informative. On the way back down we stopped at the restaurant where the food was on ove the better meals believe it or not we had. Bring warm clothes. We took Hat gloves scarves and winter jackets. Temp before sundoen was around 35ish degrees F. When the sun went downit dropped 10 degrees really quickly.
Dontgo to Sicily without this excursion. Its a bucket list event
The trip up Etna was amazing. An unforgettable experience to see the sunset from an active volcano. The restaurant at the end looked a bit like a tourist trap, but the food was actually great and we liked the house red so much that we bought a bottle.
A top tip - it was absolutely freezing up there. The wind really picked up. You can rent a jacket for 3EUR, which is worth doing. Also bring a wooly hat and gloves if you have some in Sicily. Oh and don't wear shorts like me.
Wasn't sure at first if this tour was going to own up to others' reviews because the bus ride getting to Mt. Etna was long and packed. However, once we arrived at the bottom of the hill and climbed into our jeeps, each step forward was more than worth it. The views were beyond amazing and we were lucky enough to have snow when we reached the top which made the whole experience surreal. Make sure you wear closed comfortable shoes because you will walk for a while and it was icy because of the snow. Also bring a very warm jacket not sweater - it does get that cold at the top. I also recommend eating at the main restaurant at the bottom of the volcano. You will have about an hour which is more that enough time. It looks like a tourist spot but it was one of the best authentic meals we had in Sicily - try the mixed grilled meats and the veal spidini with pistachio - delicious
This is a must when visiting Sicily. An experience of a life time and a check off on my bucket list. The tour was very comfortable. Guide that met us on the top was very knowledgeable and full of info. We were able to feel the lava rocks that was still hot from the last eruption. Smell of sulfur was still in the air. It felt amazing and nervous at the same time being so high up on an active volcano. WOW
Well worth a trip - the views were incredible. If you are expecting to have a few romantic photos up there, think again! It is really windy and grit is blown in your face constantly so sunglasses were essential. Make sure you take warm clothes too - don't be fooled by the temperature before you go....it is freezing up there, even in the height of summer! This said, we had a fabulous trip and would actually book to go again.
Of course there are no guarantees of seeing the sunset, and you can't tell from Taormina what the conditions are on top of the mountain. BUT whether or not you see the sun, you will visit an ethereal place unlike any other. Highly recommend it.
This trip is a highlight of any visit to Taormina. We went to the top and while it was nice sunny on the way up it clouded over at the top and were unable to actually see the sun set. The trip down over the lava fields in the dark and fog was exhilarating. The subsequent dinner was very good.