Mount Etna Tours, informations and tickets
Informations about Mount Etna
Mount Etna is on of the highest volcano in Europe and on of the most active in the world. The volcano shaped the Sicilian history and landscape and still affects the island today. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013 and the smoking volcano craters and the old and new lava flows are always an impressive experience for visitors.
Located near the east coast of the island of Sicily, Mount Etna (named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013) is 3,329 meters tall with a base circumference of about 150 kilometers.
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.
Available Tours from Taormina
- Mount Etna Half day Tour from Taormina
- Mount Etna Full day Tour from Taormina
- Mount Etna Emotion Tour from Taormina
- Mount Etna Trekking Tour from Taormina
- Mount Etna Wine Tasting Tour from Taormina
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
- Mount Etna Half day Tour from Catania
- Mount Etna Full day Tour from Catania
- Mount Etna Emotion Tour from Catania
- Mount Etna Trekking Tour from Catania
- Mount Etna Wine Tasting Tour from Catania
- Mount Etna 4×4 Tour from Catania Port
- Mount Etna and Taormina Tour from Catania
Etna Jeep Tour
We do daily Mount Etna Tours up the Volcano, partially on off-road tracks, through lava flows, the admiring spectacular landscapes, visiting some of the most beautiful sites on Etna and crossing the land with our off-road vehicles.
Etna Cable car Tour
Visiting the hot smoking craters, which were born after the 2002-2003 eruption. Back at Rifugio Sapienza, you’ll have a traditional Sicilian lunch. Afterwards the tour ends with an exploration of a real lava cave equipped with helmets and torches.
Etna Shore Excursion for cruise ship passengers
For guests, who arrive at the port of Catania by cruise ship, we recommend to take our Etna half-day shore excursion. Don’t miss this opportunity and make the most of your stay in Sicily visiting the spectacular scenery of an active volcano. Also available from Messina
Excursion to Syracuse, Noto and Vendicari
Enjoy the visit of Syracuse, Noto and the nature reserve of Vendicari accompanied by one of our English-speaking drivers. Syracuse, one of the most popular and important cities of the ancient history and Noto, one of the late baroque towns of the Val di Noto.
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