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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) Tours

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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)
Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) is among Europe’s tallest (and the world’s most active) volcanoes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the volcano has shaped Sicilian history and continues to impact life on the island today. Visitors can explore the mountain’s smoldering volcanic craters and lava fields.

The Basics
You can hike, ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with full- and half-day tours from the nearby cities of Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Funivia dell’Etna runs a cable car from the Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there, you can join a guided hike of the volcanic area known as the Valle del Bove, or a less strenuous 4x4 jeep ride. Combine a visit to Mount Etna with a stop at the nearby Alcantara Gorge, carved out by an ancient lava flow. Mount Etna sunset tours are especially spectacular, and wine enthusiasts can choose a tour that combines a visit to Mount Etna with wine tastings at some of the wineries located along the slopes.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you’re exploring Mount Etna on foot, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.
  • You’ll want to capture the breathtaking sunset views; don’t forget your camera.
  • For kids, a visit to the volcano can be a welcome break from sightseeing, so consider a family-friendly hike or fun 4x4 tour.
  • The cable car is accessible to wheelchair users, as is one mountain trail. 
  • There is only one public bus daily from Catania to Mount Etna, so it’s best to visit on a private tour that includes transportation to the mountain.

How to Get There
The closest major city to Mount Etna is Catania, and buses run daily to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point for many hikes and jeep tours. Otherwise, take the Catania-Messina highway and exit at Gravina di Catania to visit the south side of Etna, or at Giarre to visit the north-east side.

When to Get There
Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that there’s always the possibility of witnessing one. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night, when brilliant orange lava spits into the dark night sky.Sunset is also a beautiful time to visit. 

Wine and Food at Mount Etna
Despite the fact that eruptions have been responsible for serious damage to the cities and towns near Etna for millennia, people still continue to inhabit the mountain. The rich volcanic soil is particularly fertile for raising fruit, vegetables, and vineyards—many prestigious wines come from these mountain slopes, and it’s easy to sample these labels by joining a tour that includes wine tastings.
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Etna Excursions from Catania

Etna Excursions from Catania

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Explore Mount Etna, the world's most active stratovolcano, on this small-group hiking tour from Catania. Travel in a 4x4 vehicle or minivan to reach a departure point for a moderate hike through Mount Etna's moon-like landscape in the Valley del Bove depression, including a lava tube exploration, and the Silvestri craters. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$72.70
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Rifugio Sapienza; ride the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. Then, cool off with a swim on Isola Bella island, before spending the afternoon enjoying Taormina’s medieval churches, ancient Greek theater, and lively shopping district.
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  • 9 hours
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$107.84
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Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza

Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza

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Most Mt. Etna excursions stop at the Silvestri Craters on the lava-covered slopes, but with this exclusive tour you can reach the top of Europe’s highest active volcano with a volcanologist guide. Take a cable car and off-road vehicle to Torre del Filosofo and then continue on foot about a mile (2 kilometers) to the summit craters. Learn about the volcano’s history from your guide and enjoy sweeping views over the coastline.
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  • 5 hours
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$156.31
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Etna Morning Trip

Etna Morning Trip

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Located on the island of Sicily, Mt Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe. Explore its different aspects on this active tour from Catania that includes hiking up the volcano along a trail to the inner crater. See lava flows, learn about the geological history of the volcano, admire panoramic views and hike into a lava cave.
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  • 6 hours
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$54.53
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Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike

Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike

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Enjoy the thrill of the great outdoors with a quad bike tour on Mt Etna or in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. Soak in the views of the enormous volcano as you ride around its base. Steer the quad bike yourself or ride along with a passenger.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$122.82
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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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 some time to spend 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.
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  • 8 hours
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$42.41
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania

Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania

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Enjoy a physical perspective of Sicily on a tour to Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Do a little trekking, check out an old crater and lava flow caves, and admire gorgeous views of the mountain and surrounding landscape at sunset. Plus, stop by a farm to taste local products like honey and wine. Hotel pickup in Catania is included.
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  • 6 hours
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$66.65
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Etna jeep tour

Etna jeep tour

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The Etna Tour excursion involves traveling on jeep routes to let you know and appreciate places of particular natural value within the Etna Park reserve up to an altitude of about 2000 meters. The itineraries are in fact formulated, thanks to the experience of our staff, to live an interesting and at the same time enjoyable experience. Starting from the lava flows that have threatened entire villages, we will visit the extinct craters and the belvedere of the majestic Caldera del Valle del Bove . We will also let you experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave (lava tube) equipped with a helmet and speleologist lights, to understand the phenomena connected to the lava flow. Our naturalistic guides will enrich your excursion by illustrating, with a simple and clear language for everyone, the innumerable natural and volcanic aspects of Europe's largest volcano, named UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.88
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Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina

Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina

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Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, but you don’t have to climb the mighty peak to experience the natural wonder. On this full-day tour from Taormina, hike through the ancient woodlands and lava caves of Mt Etna; indulge in a Sicilian-style lunch and wine tasting; and explore the Alcantara Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.48
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Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Small Group & Licensed Guide)

Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Small Group & Licensed Guide)

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Indulge your love of food and wine on this all-day tour of the Etna countryside. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region’s history and culture from a local guide as you cruise through scenic Sicilian villages. Stop at a family-run winery, a picturesque farmhouse with delicious food, and a pastry bar. Enjoy wine tastings and samples of local cheeses, salumi, and pastas included in the tour price.
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  • 6 hours
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$144.20
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Half-Day Small-Group Etna Tour

Half-Day Small-Group Etna Tour

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Trek past volcanic craters, ancient lava flows that give the volcano a lunar landscape. Visit a volcanic cave, a local company and having a free tasting of delicious honey, oil, and wine is a great Etna Experience with me. I do my tours with all my passion and my experience is flexible, can be tailored to suit your needs, including the extras but I need to plan it. Write me in advance.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

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Experience a different side of Sicily on a full-day tour to Mt. Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Your guide shares informative commentary about the history, geology, and wildlife of Mt. Etna as you take nature walks, tour a cave created by lava flows, and see old volcanic craters. Select from hiking or cable car options to customize your visit, then end the day with a wine tasting accompanied by a platter of delicious local foods. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Catania.
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  • 7 hours
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Etna Tour to the Summit Craters (3,000 mt)

Etna Tour to the Summit Craters (3,000 mt)

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The experience allows you to reach an altitude of 3000m and to admire the summit craters up close. You will reach Torre del filosofo with the cable car and off-road vehicles and then walk along the edge of one of the great craters of the 2002 eruption. Possibility to organize further Guided trekking tour up to 3300m, with the help of a volcanological guide. Contact us for booking info and prices.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.70
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Mount Etna Half day Jeep 4x4 Tour from Catania or Taormina

Mount Etna Half day Jeep 4x4 Tour from Catania or Taormina

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Mt. Etna is the most striking sight in eastern Sicily, but visiting Europe’s largest active volcano on your own is challenging. With this tour, leave puzzling out the logistics to the experts and explore the volcanic peak via off-road vehicle. Cross lava fields and old-growth forests, stop to take in the views, and learn about the history of the volcano and its native flora and fauna from your guide.
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  • 5 hours
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Etna Excursion 2000 Morning Jeep Tour. Experience an adventure!

Etna Excursion 2000 Morning Jeep Tour. Experience an adventure!

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The Etna 2000 Morning jeep tour is designed to give everyone the chance to discover the most important places of Etna and to have a complete picture of its history, evolution and activity. We will begin the excursion from the lava flows that in past centuries destroyed the Etna villages and we will arrive at about 2000m above sea level at the ski and tourist resort of Mount Etna. Along the way, equipped with helmets and torches, we will visit a wonderful volcanic cave (lava tube), the famous Valle del Bove from a lookout and always accompanied by our passionate guides we will make a pleasant trek around the side craters, like the Silvestri Craters . In fact, there are over 300 extinct lateral craters on Mount Etna. The excursion is carried out on board our 4X4 jeeps with which we reach the various points of interest and throughout the journey our guides will provide you with all the information on Etna and in the end you will love it as we do
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  • 4 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

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Wondering what to do while your boat is docked in Messina? Why not head out on a day-long shore excursion to see what Taormina has to offer? And while you’re at it, see Mt Etna, too. Relax as a private driver chauffeurs you along the scenic Sicily coastline, and take some free time to explore the area around Mt Etna — the island’s famously fiery volcano. Later, savor an alfresco lunch in Taormina and see Palazzo Corvaja among other local sights.
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  • 9 hours
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$363.52
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Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

Sunset Mount Etna Tour from Taormina

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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.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$115.11
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Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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Spend a day discovering Europe’s highest active volcano and lava caves on this Mt. Etna tour. As you travel from Taormina or Giardini Naxos, learn all about the infamous Sicilian volcano from a guide. Then, leave the vehicle to trek along the trails of Parco dell’Etna, and visit an intriguing lava cave back at ground level. On your return to Catania, you have time for one last stop at an organic farm where samples of wine and honey await.
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  • 6 hours
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Etna Morning Jeep Tour

Etna Morning Jeep Tour

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The excursion will start discovering old basalt lava flows, volcanic caves, secular woods and it will continue with the tastes and smell of Sicily. The lunar landscape of “Bove Valley” and the black ash’s desert will make your excursion a gorgeous day. Finally a tasting of honey, wines and typical Sicilian product
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  • 6 hours
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Half-day Mount Etna, Silvestri Craters, and Cassone Lava Cave Buggy Tour

Half-day Mount Etna, Silvestri Craters, and Cassone Lava Cave Buggy Tour

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Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano, but you don’t have to hike the mighty peak to admire the dramatic scenery. Zip around the rugged foothills on a 4-hour buddy tour, venture off-road in an old lava rock quarry, and hop off to explore the Cassone lava cave and the Silvestri Craters.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$190.85
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Etna at sunset - Jeep tour

Etna at sunset - Jeep tour

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A fascinating tour to visit Etna at an unusual time to admire the sunset from 2000 meters of altitude
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  • 5 hours
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$96.94
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travelers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges—home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
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  • 9 hours
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$106.63
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Etna Trekking

Etna Trekking

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The ETNA TREKKING excursion involves the traverse of trekking trails within the Etna Park. The difficulties vary from medium difficulty routes suitable for people in good health for the half-day excursion (Morning trekking) to challenging itineraries for the full day solution (full day trekking), dedicated to lovers of pure trekking and so be prepared to face several hours of walking. Our guides will accompany you to discover the less touristy places, to discover the most fascinating glimpses of the volcano. UNESCO heritage since 2013 for its important geological phenomena. Etna however is not only lava and eruptions. Nature on Europe's largest active volcano has created real wonders. These facets can be fully captured only by walking, slowly, in contact with nature. Choose whether to do a half-trek (suitable for everyone in good health) or full day (for sportsmen)
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.82
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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

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Spend an unforgettable day exploring Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, on this day trip from Palermo. See the looming mountain up close and learn about its unique landscapes, studied since the Greek period.
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  • 12 hours
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