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Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna

Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna

Mighty Mt. Etna, towering over the cities of Messina and Catania on Sicily’s east coast, is Europe’s highest active volcano and one of Italy’s most photographed natural wonders. Whether you want to get your adrenaline pumping or simply marvel at the views, here’s how to best explore Mt. Etna.

  • Watch the spectacular sunset over the craters and lava caves of Mt. Etna (Mount Etna) on an evening tour.

  • Soar overhead on a helicopter tour and enjoy unbeatable aerial views of Mt. Etna, the hilltop town of Taormina, and the Sicilian vineyards.

  • Sample delicious Italian cuisine and Sicilian wines with an expert-led wine tasting in the Etna wine region.

  • Ride the cable car to Torre del Filosofo and admire views over the Silvestri Craters and the Mt. Etna lava flows.

  • Venture off-road with a local tour guide on a thrilling full- or half-day Mt. Etna Jeep tour or quad-bike excursion.

  • Combine a full-day tour of Mt. Etna with nearby sights such as Randazzo, the Alcantara Gorges, or Rifugio Sapienza.

  • Take a ride on the Circumetnea Railway and journey through picturesque vineyards and olive groves in the foothills of Mt. Etna.

  • Learn more about Mt. Etna’s volcanic activity on a guided short hike or long trek through the magnificent Valle del Bove crater. 

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Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania

Mt. Etna and Taormina village 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. After exploring the lava cave, have a delicious tasting of the local products such as honey, oil and wine. On the way to Taormina, you will stop and see the beautiful "Isola Bella” from above. Then spend the afternoon enjoying your free time in Taormina, among medieval churches, ancient Greek theater, and lively shopping district.
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  • 9 hours
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$103.40
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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
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$112.59
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Etna Excursion from Catania

Etna Excursion 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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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina

Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina

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Trek around Mount Etna on this tour with a small group and an expert trekking guide. Set off from Taormina to spend the day learning about the volcano's history, exploring craters and lava caves. Stop at a local chalet for an included snack and wine. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off can be arranged on request.
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  • 6 hours
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$78.13
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Mt Etna and Wine tasting tour from Catania

Mt Etna and Wine tasting 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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Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch

Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch

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Scale the slopes of Italy’s famously active Mt Etna on this full-day 4x4 tour from Taormina. Travel up rugged mountain tracks in an off-road vehicle and trek by foot to a stellar lookout point with views of lava flow basins and cave tubes created by the 2002 eruption. After descending from the volcano, head to a local place for a typical Sicilian lunch of cheeses, cured meats, pasta and dessert served with wine.
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  • 8 hours
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Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

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Experience the peaks and valleys of Sicily in one day trip from Taormina, exploring both the foothills of Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorges along with the Medieval town of Randazzo! Visit the volcanic canyons of the picturesque Alcantara Gorges followed by a stop in Randazzo to see the Basilica of Santa Maria. Hike into the foothills of Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, or upgrade for a chance to go up to the volcano's upper areas for a walking tour of the craters.
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  • 8 hours
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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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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 ancient 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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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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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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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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See southern Italy in style with this eye-pleasing trip around Mount Etna via a vintage mid-20th-century train on the Circumetnea Railway. The train journey includes visits to the canyons of Alcantara Gorges (admission at own expense), an amazing natural setting made up of black lava rock walls up to 160 feet (50 meters). And then explore the base of Mount Etna, Sicily's legendary volcano that is 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) tall. Optional upgrade to ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the upper craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions.  From November 1 to March 31, this tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade.
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  • 10 hours
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Mt Etna Wineries Tour from Taormina

Mt Etna Wineries Tour from Taormina

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Discover the unique wines of Sicily’s Mt Etna DOC with a full-day tasting tour led by a sommelier guide. Visit three wineries on the slopes of the active volcano, where you can admire terraced vineyards and learn about historic and modern production methods. Use your taste buds to truly appreciate Etna’s distinctive terroir with samples of several varietals at each stop, and cap off the day with a gourmet lunch in the garden of a family-run estate.
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  • 7 hours
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$545.74
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Taormina and Etna Jeep Tour

Taormina and Etna Jeep Tour

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Discover the surroundings of Mount Etna in Sicily on a day trip. Take a Jeep through the Bove Valley and see small villages built on top of the lava from the 1689 eruption, a lava cave, the Sartorius craters, Castiglione di Sicilia, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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$109.15
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Mount Etna Tour at Sunset - Small Groups from Taormina

Mount Etna Tour at Sunset - Small Groups from Taormina

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Explore the unique landscape of an enormous volcano at with this 6-hour small-group sunset walking tour of Mt Etna from Taormina. Hike through the forest to see extinct craters and other evidence of past eruptions. Visit one of the most dramatic of the mountain's lava caves. Enjoy a light meal with wine made on Mt Etna and watch the sun go down.
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  • 6 hours
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