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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
Definitely a bucket list experience. The guides were great and very informative! The sunset amazing.
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.
Fantastic, absolutely worth paying for, keep in mind it will get very cold at the top.
It rained almost to the top of Etna and we were really not expecting to see the sunset and then all at once it cleared and the view was stupendous
Very well organised tour. Amazing sunset and it was very exciting to visit the top of an active volcano.
Only thing of improvement would be that the alpine guide could have spoken a bit more loud and made sure he caught people's attention as many missed out on the great stories he had to tell.
John V United Kingdom
A fantastic tour - beautiful scenery, Etna sunset was magical. Well managed with a stop off on the way back for the best pasta we had in Sicily.
Very impressed with tour and guides!! Best night- Mt Etna had erupted few days before so wasnt sure what would happen but so special as we there- she erupted and put on an amaxing display!!! spectacular sight !!
Very good tour and I recommend this one as opposed to the one that just takes you to the foothills. Knowledgeable and friendly host. We were fortunate enough to see some Stombolian explosions and the lava flow from near the top of Etna. The sunset was also spectacular. The meal on the way back was ok but not a great deal of choice.
One thing to note is that you will need a thick sweater and possibly jacket at the top of Etna. We made the mistake of ignoring the warnings as we had climbed Vesuvius last summer and thought the temperature would be similar. We were very wrong as it was freezing! We ended up having to rent jackets at 4 euros each. As extreme as it may sound it would be wise to pack a scarf, hat and gloves. Our fingers were so cold we could barely hold the camera. My 16 year old son packed a scarf and we all poked fun at him before we left but needless to say he had the last laugh. This trip is well worth the money - just go prepared.
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.
Beautiful experience! But luckily for us it wasn't raining, I can imagine that that can make it not so beautiful.
The experience was fantastic! Our guide through the local tour company as not good at all. His command of English was weak and his knowledge of the area poorly executed. The excursion once we left him on Mt Etna was amazing. The guides who drove the land rovers were fantastic. Also the other tour groups guides were with them to add more information as well but we were left to fend for ourselves. I would definitely suggest this tour just make sue the operator is NOT THAT ONE.
This was a great tour. Unfortunately for us the weather didn't co-operate and therefore there was not sunset at the top. The guide was excellent and the driver who took us to the top was really good. It got extremely dark at the top but he was confident with his driving and we all felt extremely safe. Walking around the top of the craters was a little scarey as it was quite windy and very loose ash underfoot but we all returned safe and sound. It is quite an experience and one I can recommend to anyone interested in the tour.
Awesome afternoon and evening. Was amazing to go 2800 ft up the volcano and see the many craters, beautiful landscapes and wildlife. The sunset was incredible and one of those experiences you will remember for a lifetime.
I would advise you wear very sensible shoes (trainers or hiking boots) as you will be walking over the volcano and mountain and can be very unstable coming down! Also wrap up warm as although it was 30 degrees at the foothills, up 2800ft is very windy and wind chill probably brought temp down to 10 degrees.
The restaurant at the end of the tour was a charming mountain lodge with delicious (but small) a la carte menu with a choice of three starters and three mains. Service very good seeing as they were serving 40 guests all at the same time.
Only constructive feedback would be that our guide could have been a little more informative to the group when taking us up the Volcano (by foot and jeep). He was very friendly but would have been great to hear more facts and information about Mount Etna.
The sunset trip is definitely a must do.
An interesting drive up but too much waiting to load up the jeeps. Not a lot of information from the guide. We did not see the sunset as it was foggy.
The sunset was beautiful and worth seeing. My only criticism is that you should be prepared for the climb and the cold. If you are older the climb may be a little rough as well as the drive back down. The guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating and helped me back to the off road bus when I found it difficult walking.
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