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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)
Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

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3,907 Reviews
Sicily, Italy

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.

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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

Traveler Favorite

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania
$108.12 per adult
Unforgettable!
Angelo was the perfect tour guide/driver for us! Knowledgeable, funny, friendly. Visited Mt. Etna the morning after a minor eruption…too ‘cool’!
Daniel_H, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Sicily

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Excellent
Grant_C, Jul 2021
Etna, Summit Craters
The guides were great. We had 3 and they could all speak a few languages so everyone knew what was going on. The morning started with a few mini eruptions and it looked like we were not going to be able to go as fog drifted in as well. Low and behold the eruptions stopped and the fog cleared for us to get up and see a live lava flow! What an experience and the guides were great navigating paths as the ash from earlier eruptions had covered all the existing trails.
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Good Etna Excursion
Jessica_G, Jul 2021
Etna Morning Trip
Nice history and information about the volcano. We saw several viewpoints and entered a lava tube. We did some tracking, but not so much as to get tired.
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breathtaking ecperience
Inge_B, Jul 2021
Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina
Our busguide was a humoristic man wil told ..in all languages..a lott about the island. The trip with the bus , 4 Wheel drive bus and cable was also a part of the ecperience . The landscape and the vieuw above are stunning. I would like to had more time above. We could not go up to the top because of the activity but we knew this . But it was a beautifill and wel organised day
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Very good tour with Ernesto
Line_H, Jul 2021
Etna Excursions from Catania
Very good tour, but know that you and your clothes will get quite dirty due to the ashes, so dress accordingly
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Thanks for the trip of Etna
Hao, Jul 2021
Private Etna Tour by 4x4 from Taormina
The guide is very professional and taking care of the guests. The trip is also well organized. Thanks for the trip.
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Andrea is super!
Eleni_C, Jun 2021
Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania
Andrea was the best guide ever. Talkative, spoke both English and French very well, professional, fun, accommodating. We would certainly recommend the tour but in particular the tour with Andrea!
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A new adventure
Klaas_H, Jun 2021
Etna tour at sunset
The energy of the tour was amazing and a real addition to the experience. The tour itself was something I have never experienced either and I am really glad I treated myself to this adventure!
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Aetna Hike will blow you away!
ceo, Jun 2021
Etna’s Summit Craters:Guided tour+Cable car+jeep(one way) for experienced hikers
Phenomenal guides!! Great job, informative and professional staff. Well organized and great communication!
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Really pretty and fun
Yasmiena_e, Jun 2021
Etna Sunset Jeep Tour
Drove up to 2000 heights and got to see the vulcano erupt. Tour guides were very nice and would 10/10 recommend!!
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Nice tour
Boots_T, Jun 2021
Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania
The tour was nice. Our guide Andrea was knowledgeable and animated. Going up to the old craters was lovely.
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Friendly and flexible
Nick_V, Jun 2021
Etna 2000 m
Flexible pickup schedule, our guide Fabricio was very knowledgeable of Etna and was friendly. The tasting at the farm shop was great, we left with three bottles of olive oil. Etna itself is incredible, we did not get to ride the gondola but I imagine that is an amazing experience as well
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A must to do
Lo_B, Jun 2021
Etna Morning Trip
Simon super friendly and passionate. On time, everything ok and well organized, a must to do if you are staying in Catane. Pick up location very close to our hotel.

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.

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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.

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Trip ideas

Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna

Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna


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.

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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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