• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Day trip to Mount Etna from Taormina
  • Travel to Etna’s base station at Rifugio Sapienza
  • Enjoy three hours at leisure to trek around the foothills of Mount Etna
  • See the famous Monti Silvestri Craters near Rifugio Sapienza
  • Optional upgrade to visit Mount Etna up to 3000 meters height with an Alpine guide

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What You Can Expect

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Hike around the foothills of Mount Etna and see its impressive craters!

Hop aboard your coach in central Taormina and travel one hour inland to Mount Etna. Set in the middle of a national park, the notoriously active volcano dominates the surrounding landscape.

Step out at Rifugio Sapienza, the volcano’s base station. Your host will point you in the direction of the impressive Monti Silvestri Craters before you take off exploring the foothills at your own speed. Discover the myriad hiking trails along the way and soak up incredible views from all over the national park. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Rifugio Sapienza’s restaurant (own expense), located conveniently nearby.

Alternatively, upgrade your experience with a guided trip to the volcano’s upper crater. Travel up by cable car and then by jeep to the crater zones at roughly 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). Led by licensed guides from the Italian Alpine Club, admire the craters and take in panoramic views.

Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Taormina.

Customer Reviews

Chrissy N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AMAZING guides were fantastic walked on warm larvae from recent eruption. Views were incredible had so much freedom to do what you wanted. Will always remember this trip
We went up the cable cars in further up via buses, but walking up was available to those fitter than us

Daniel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A great adventure for the whole family. We had a lot of fun visiting Mount Etna, hiking around and taking in the spectacular views. Unique, interesting place, even when it is not skiing season.

Allan Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The trek around the upper volcano area was truly stunning and much better than we expected, a delight for seasoned travellers. Our alpine guide for the trek was unobtrusive, informative, relaxed and added to our experience.

manisha g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jacqueline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour. Don't normally take organised tours on holiday, but this seemed a good way to manage a trip to Etna without own car. Very well organised with the opportunity to spend some time on your own. Excellent guide provided just the right amount of information. Would recommend taking the full tour including cable car and jeep ride. Make sure you take a warm jacket.

Mary N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Oh my gosh! What an adventure. We really enjoyed our Mount Etna trip. It was a pity the cable car wasn't operating on the day of our visit due to winds, but we enjoyed so much nevertheless. The views from the mountain, the excitement of walking through the black ash/rock. When we reached 9,000 feet, it was so windy and cold and we couldn't see too far in front of us, however we had an excellent quide whose information on the volcano was brilliant. Felt so refreshed and energised after our day. Marco, our guide throughout was a mine of information and Enzo, our driver, was very experienced and a very safe driver.

Ian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Amazing views. Remember to cover up it was very windy when we went.

Mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Loved this trip. Pleased that we opted to go to the highest level. I think we would have been disappointed if we'd stopped at the base level and certainly glad that we did the last stretch by cable car and jeep and didn't opt to walk up. Both the guide on the coach and the Etna tour guide were knowledgeable and friendly and the trip moved at a brisk pace returning us to Taormina in time for a swim. Walking round the craters is quite demanding for 60 somethings but well worth the effort.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

An amazing experience. Tour guide was not very good would like to have been told some more information. He was not very informative of were to go and when to be back.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Well worth doing but be warned that no matter what the weather appears to be, always take warm clothing.

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