With the full and half day tours from the cities of Catania, Taormina or Messina you will explore Mount Etna. With the cable car “Funivia” from Rifugio Sapienza you will reach about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there you will have two options, the first is, to join a guided hike in the volcanic area, known as the Valle del Bove and the second is a less strenuous tour with a 4×4 jeep ride. Also the Alcantara Gorge which is carved out by an ancient lava flow, is possible to visit. For wine lovers, the best choice is the combination of a Mount Etna 4×4 Jeep Tour and a wine tasting at some of the local wineries at the fertile slopes. The Etna sunset tours are spectacular for those who love extraordinary experiences.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Indispensable are appropriate shoes, a cap, sunscreen and enough water if you want to explore Mount Etna by foot.
- Please don’t forget your camera, if you want to capture breathtaking sunset views
- A special variety for kids is, to visit a volcano instead just to do the typical sightseeing – choose a family-friendly 4×4 jeep tour.
- Due to the fact, that there is just on daily public bus from Catania to Mount Etna, the best solution is to book a tour with an including transfer to the mountain.
How to go to Mount Etna?
Catania is the biggest and closest city to Mount Etna and there are daily buses to the Rifugio Sapienza. This area is the starting point of many hikes and jeep tours. Another option is, to take the Catania-Messina highway and use the exit at “Gravina di Catania” to visit the south of Mount Etna or the exit at Giarre to reach the north-east side of the volcano.
When to visit Mount Etna?
Mount Etna is an active volcano with regular eruptions. The possibility of experiencing an eruption is high. The eruptions on the summit of the mountain, especially at night, when the glowing lava spits into the dark, is stunning.
Wine and Food at Mount Etna
The eruptions of Mount Etna damaged the city and the towns near the volcano in the past, but still, the people continue to inhabit the mountain. The slopes are fertile because of the rich volcanic soil and it is perfect for the cultivation of fruit, vegetables and vineyards. By joining a tour that includes wine tasting, you will have the possibility to enjoy many of the prestigious wines from the Etna.
Mount Etna Tours from Taormina
Daily Etna Tours to the highest volcano in Europe. We will pick you up at your accommodation in Taormina with our off-road vehicles.
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Mount Etna Tours from Catania
Daily Etna Tours to the highest volcano in Europe. We will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania with our off-road vehicles.
Available Tours from Catania