Visit Mount Etna: What to Know Before You GoAbout Mount EtnaMount EtnaMount Etna has become an almost obligatory tourist stop among the various historical and cultural attractions in Sicily. The mountain offers many different possibilities as there are numerous agencies that offer activities on the volcano: from tour operators with their all-inclusive packages to local agencies where you can book on time. It is also possible to visit Mount Etna independently, but the advantages of a guided excursion are very numerous.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.When is the best time to visit Mount EtnaMt. Etna can be visited and hiked year-round. For the hike, definitely March to September. The best months to visit Mount Etna with pleasant temperatures and without the extreme July/August tourist crowds are: May and late September – October.How to get to Mount Etna from Catania Bus to Mount Etna from CataniaThe bus to Etna from Catania leaves at 08.15am (Please Check the times, they may vary). There are a couple of bus stations in Catania, located within a block of each other and the train station. For the Mount Etna bus, you want the lot nearest the train station just beyond the city transport bus stands. This houses AST buses. The bus go up above Catania, stopping halfway at Nicolosi. You’ll arrive at Etna’s Refugio Sapienza, at a height of 2000m above sea level, at around 10.15am. The bus back is at 4.30pm – don’t miss it! You’ll arrive back in Catania at 6pm.Mount Etna organized excursions from CataniaAvailable Tours from CataniaMount Etna Half day Tour from CataniaMount Etna Full day Tour from CataniaMount Etna Emotion Tour from CataniaMount Etna Trekking Tour from CataniaMount Etna Wine Tasting Tour from CataniaMount Etna 4×4 Tour from Catania PortMount Etna and Taormina Tour from CataniaMount Etna organized excursions from TaorminaAvailable Tours from TaorminaMount Etna Half day Tour from TaorminaMount Etna Full day Tour from TaorminaMount Etna Emotion Tour from TaorminaMount Etna Trekking Tour from TaorminaMount Etna Wine Tasting Tour from TaorminaThe recommended clothing to visit the EtnaThe recommended clothing to visit the Etna varies according to the season. In the winter months, from December to March, heavy clothing is recommended, with jackets, gloves, hats and scarves. During the summer or spring season you can opt for comfortable sportswear, trousers and knitwear. Better always bring a jacket and sneakers.Etna has an average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, while in January and winter months temperatures can drop below freezing.Mount Etna Excursions Mount Etna Jeep Tour 4.9 /5 (261) BESTSELLER Duration: 5/8 hours Discover Europe’s largest volcano with our Etna Jeep Tour. During the off-road part with the Jeep as well as during the easy hike, you will explore old and new lava flows and craters, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Every day, even in winter From € 59 Etna Emotion 3000 Tour 4.9 /5 (64) BESTSELLER Duration: 8 hours Experience an impressive ride with the cable car tour on Mount Etna with your English-speaking guide. Once arrived at the summit area, you will explore the craters and admire the beautiful view. Thereafter you will visit the lava cave and you will enjoy a Sicilian lunch. From € 140 Etna Summit Trekking 4.9 /5 (31) BESTSELLER Duration: 8 hours Trek to the top of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe with an experienced guide and admire the beauty of Mount Etna and the surroundings from the highest point possible. From € 160 Mount Etna Wine Tour 5 /5 (7) BESTSELLER Duration: 8 hours Adventure and culinary delight with the Mount Etna Wine Tour. After exploring the Etna off-road and on foot you will visit a wine cellar “Cantina” on the slopes of Mount Etna and taste some delicious Etna DOC wines From € 118 Etna Shore Excursion for cruise ship passengers 4.9 /5 (261) BESTSELLER Duration: 5 hours Discover Europe’s highest volcano during a shore excursion with our Mount Etna Jeep Tour from port Catania. You will visit old and new lava flows, an impressive volcanic landscape during the off-road part with the jeep as well as during an easy hike – always accompanied by an English-speaking guide. From € 68 Visit Mount Etna in eruption Duration: 5/8 hours The Etna is an active volcano and this means that eruptions can occur at all times. Should you be lucky and be in Sicily at that particular time, we recommend our nighttime excursion, to admire the explosions and fresh lava streams from nearby. From € 68 Mount Etna Helicopter Tour 5 /5 (4) Duration: 1/2 hours Helicopter Etna Tour: If you think you have seen all of Mount Etna, you haven’t seen anything until you have seen the view from the sky. After exploring the side slopes of Mount Etna you will see the heart of the volcano – the smoky main crater on the top with the black and yellow landscape and the grey ash clouds. From € 1190 Catania Street Food Tour 5 /5 (7) BESTSELLER Duration: 2.5 hours With the Catania Street Food tour, you will have the best combination of culinary delight and sightseeing. After the stops at the main spots in Catania, like the Piazza Duomo with its famous elephants-fountain and the Via Etnea, you will visit the word-renowned fish market with its Mediterranean atmosphere. From € 49 Excursion to Syracuse, Noto and Vendicari 5 /5 (2) Duration: 9 hours 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. From € 85 Sightseeing and day-trips SicilyOur daily trips to the most popular destinations in Sicily offer you the possibility get to know the island’s wonders. Contact us to book your favourite tours with us. Incentives & Team Building in SicilyYour incentives need to leave an impression with your employees and customers. The quality of the experiences is crucial. GO-ETNA offers adventurous outdoor events, teambuilding and incentives in Sicily with a perfect organisation. Etna and Taormina Tour Duration: 9 hours With the Etna & Taormina Tour you will explore the most active volcano in Europe, off-road in a jeep as well as during your hike close to the old lava fields with your English-speaking guide. You will spend the afternoon in the enchanting Sicilian city of Taormina. From € 115 Etna Excursions from cruise ship in Messina Duration: 6/7 hours Discover Europe’s highest volcano during a shore excursion with our Mount Etna Jeep Tour from the port of Messina. You will visit old and new lava flows, an impressive volcanic landscape during the off-road part with the jeep as well as during an easy hike – always accompanied by an English-speaking guide. From € 105 Visit Taormina from Cruise Ship Messina Duration: 5 hours We will pick you up at the arrival of your ship and drive you back to the port of Messina in time From € 50 Catania Airport TransfersGo-Etna knows that travelling can be stressful and tiring. Our mission: to make sure that your journey to and from the airport will be comfortable and safe. Our transfer service from the airport Vincenzo Bellini – Fontanarossa (CTA) in Catania connects ports, railway stations, hotels and private residences in Sicily. From € 32 FAQ: Most popular Mount Etna FAQ’sWhat clothes will we need? Suggested clothing and shoes for Etna ExcursionsHow do I get from Palermo to Catania to attend an Etna tour?Mount Etna private toursWhere can we meet, if I arrive with my own car?What happens, if the trip has to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions?