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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Admire sweeping Sicilian views from Europe’s most active volcano; it’s an experience you’ll never forget! As you walk, look out for loose bits of black magma stone that you can take home as a free souvenir of your trip.

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brilliant trip. Took the coach to the base of Etna. The cable car takes you up so far and then you catch a jeep up to the summit. When you get off the cable car you are asked if you want to hire a coat - I would highly recommend this as it's really cold thousands of feet up Etna! We just had shorts and tops on - not ideal! Once at the top you meet up with your guide and they take you round various craters - absolutely fantastic - would love to do it again.

Maria Catena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

FANTASTIC!!!!!! It was great and I highly recommend doing it all-the full day one!!!
Mt Etna was beautiful and our local tour guide was great. We drove up to the top and even took the cable car!
We had a day to see Mt Etna and this was a great way! It was well organised and I recommend it to everyone!
Worth doing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well worth every A true experience and a thrill of a lifetime.

Shane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Although the weather conditions on Mt Etna obscured any good views of the mountain, this trip was worth it. Taking the cable car and 4-wheel drive bus to the 3000 metre mark was also worth the extra cost. The landscape was amazing - like the surface of the moon or of Mars.

Vladimir K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was beautiful experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well worth going up to craters. Again guides gave lots of useful information.

Edina D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everything was perfectly organized, we were picked up at our apartment in Taormina-Mazzaro, thanks to the flexibility of the local organizer. The trip was convenient, comfortable with air-cindioned bus, our guide was well-prepared and fluent both in English and German. The view from Etna is unforgettable - highly fecommended to everyone!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the trip! It was a great adventure with none of the stress.Wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking and take water. Also check the weather, there was still snow on top and very windy when we went.

Jos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was great! Organisation was ok.

Julia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour. Very informative. Not to be missed

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