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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)
Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

Sicily, Italy

The Basics

You can hike, ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with full- and half-day tours from the nearby cities of Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Funivia dell’Etna runs a cable car from the Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there, you can join a guided hike of the volcanic area known as the Valle del Bove, or a less strenuous 4x4 jeep ride. Combine a visit to Mount Etna with a stop at the nearby Alcantara Gorge, carved out by an ancient lava flow. Mount Etna sunset tours are especially spectacular, and wine enthusiasts can choose a tour that combines a visit to Mount Etna with wine tastings at some of the wineries located along the slopes.

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Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania
Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania
$106.64 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Two great sites
Mt Etna and Taormina are well worth visiting. Tour was well organized well paced to keep things interesting.
Michael_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Sicily

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Lovely trip but a little twist
Richard, Aug 2021
Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina
It was a very nice trip and I loved it there. But there is one thing, the description says you go up to 3300 meters. But on the tour they told up they didn't go further then 2750 meter. Cause of safety reasons, still a really nice trip but I advise you change it in your description of the trip.
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Great trip with smaller hiccups
Alex, Jul 2021
Etna Excursion from Catania
+ Very nice and exciting trip with beautiful sight. + guides were fantastic + final run down Mt Etna was incredible - Hygiene concept was not really safe in COVID-19 times (lent shoes with pre worn socks) - air condition was on and off Overall would recommend it.
star-5
Best tour ever!
Bernard_h, Oct 2021
Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina
Our guide Eizo was amazing. Very interesting, knowledgeable and warm. One of the best tours we have experienced. Would recommend him and your tour to all of our friends.
star-5
The guide was very...
Maija_S, Oct 2021
Etna Morning Trip
The guide was very professional and also nice and funny person. Etna is so beautiful place to visit. Highly recommend.
star-5
A worthwhile trip to make!
Aswila_S, Oct 2021
Etna at sunset - Jeep tour
We had the best guide ever! Sebastian. One could see he loved his job and his enthusiasm made the trip even more special. Fantastic views, walks in the cave, explanation of the formation of the volcano and surroundings.
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Fun day out
Elisabeth_E, Oct 2021
Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Private or Small Group)
Great tour - went to one winery which had generous pours and delicious antipasti, then went to another restaurant for lunch (3 courses with wine). Had a great group of 8ppl including us and Carlos was pleasant and informative. Would recommend!
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Very beautiful day on the Etna
Tanja_v, Sep 2021
Etna Grantour - Jeep & trekking
Sebastián was a very kind and relax guide that could tell us a lot about the Etna and the nature. We would recommend it
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Beautiful Day on Etna
jeffery_m, Sep 2021
Excursion to the top of Mount Etna - Only Guide Service for experienced hikers
"Skiing down the lava ash and the explanations by the guide (Domenico). Exploring the "forno" created by a past eruption
star-5
Incredible great tour
Daniela_und_Kerstin, Sep 2021
Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania
We had the best guide we could imagine. We really enjoyed the time with Enzo. He explained very well and is a good storyteller of the history of sicilia. He was very attentive, flexible and humorous. Everything in a good balance. The tour was interesting and varied. Well organized. The guide was also punctual and picked us up from the hotel. Our expectations were completely exceeded.
star-5
Very good adventures tour
Daniela_und_Kerstin, Sep 2021
Full day tour of Etna and Alcantara
Our guide Denise was very friendly, informativ with a good sencense of humor. She was patient, very attentive. We enjoyed every moment of the tour. We can really recommend it. It is worth the money. Comfortable car with enough space.
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Fabulour tour!
Anne_D, Sep 2021
Etna jeep tour
This tour was a real treat. The weather was perfect and the scenery was spectacular. In addition to being on Etna, the ride up was beautiful seeing the different neighborhoods and learning of the ash piles all around, the years it has erupted in the past and the number of eruptions this year alone. The guide, Sebastiano, was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it.
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Best part of our visit to Sicily
Stephanie_o, Sep 2021
Etna Countryside Food and Wine Lovers Tour (Private or Small Group)
Antonio was an excellent guide. His love of Sicilian wine, food and culture was evident in the memorable day he provided. We enjoyed meeting another couple from a world away making this a beautiful experience all around.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you’re exploring Mount Etna on foot, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.

  • You’ll want to capture the breathtaking sunset views; don’t forget your camera.

  • For kids, a visit to the volcano can be a welcome break from sightseeing, so consider a family-friendly hike or fun 4x4 tour.

  • The cable car is accessible to wheelchair users, as is one mountain trail.

  • There is only one public bus daily from Catania to Mount Etna, so it’s best to visit on a private tour that includes transportation to the mountain.

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How to Get There

The closest major city to Mount Etna is Catania, and buses run daily to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point for many hikes and jeep tours. Otherwise, take the Catania-Messina highway and exit at Gravina di Catania to visit the south side of Etna, or at Giarre to visit the north-east side.

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Trip ideas

Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna

Best Ways to Experience Mt. Etna


When to Get There

Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that there’s always the possibility of witnessing one. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night, when brilliant orange lava spits into the dark night sky.Sunset is also a beautiful time to visit.

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Wine and Food at Mount Etna

Despite the fact that eruptions have been responsible for serious damage to the cities and towns near Etna for millennia, people still continue to inhabit the mountain. The rich volcanic soil is particularly fertile for raising fruit, vegetables, and vineyards—many prestigious wines come from these mountain slopes, and it’s easy to sample these labels by joining a tour that includes wine tastings.

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