Visit Mount Etna: What to Know Before You Go About Mount Etna Mount Etna Mount 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 Etna Mt. 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 Catania The 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 Catania 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 Mount Etna organized excursions from Taormina 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 The recommended clothing to visit the Etna The 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 BESTSELLER Etna Jeep Tour 4.9 /5 (130) BESTSELLER Duration: 5/8 hours 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. From € 59 BESTSELLER Etna Cable car Tour 4.8 /5 (25) BESTSELLER Duration: 8 hours 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. From € 135 BESTSELLER Etna Summit Trekking 4.9 /5 (14) Duration: 8 hours The aim of our excursion will be the summit crater on the top of Etna, in Sicily. The beauty of this spectacular painting, created by the forces of nature, takes the hikers breath away. From € 160 BESTSELLER Etna 4x4 & Wine Tour 5 /5 (6) BESTSELLER Duration: 8 hours Adventure and amusement on a Jeep Tour to Mount Etna combined with a wine tasting. With our well-equipped all-terrain vehicles, we’ll go up Mount Etna, partially off-road, over cold lava streams. From € 118 PICKUP PORT Etna Shore Excursion for cruise ship passengers 4.9 /5 (130) BESTSELLER Duration: 5 hours 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 From € 68 WOW Visit Mount Etna in eruption 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 BESTSELLER 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 ON REQUEST Sightseeing and day-trips Sicily Our 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. TeamBuilding Incentive & Team Building in Sicily Your incentives need to leave an impression with your employees and customers. The quality of the experiences is crucial. GO-ETNA offers adventurous outdoor events and teambuilding in Sicily with a perfect organisation. VISIT TAORMINA Etna and Taormina Tour Duration: 9 hours Daily Tours to volcano Etna. We will pick you up at your accommodation with our off-road vehicles (among others the popular Land Rover 110) and head in direction Mount Etna. In the afternoon we will head to Taormina. From € 115 Etna Excursions from cruise ship in Messina Duration: 6/7 hours We recommend our shore excursion to guests, who arrive by cruise line ship in Messina. From € 105 SHORE VISIT Taormina free visit 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 OVER THE TOP Etna Helicopter Tour 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. From € 1250 FAQ: Most popular Mount Etna FAQ’s What clothes will we need? Suggested clothing and shoes for Etna Excursions How do I get from Palermo to Catania to attend an Etna tour? Mount Etna private tours What happens, if the trip has to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions? Where can we meet, if I arrive with my own car?