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

Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)

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4,706 Reviews
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
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Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania
$107.39 per adult
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Beautiful views
Very unique and pleasant experience, friendly guide. Beautiful views from mount Etna and Taormina. Thank you!
Iosif_I, 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.
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Expedition with training
Tommy_M, Sep 2021
Etna Excursion from Catania
This was a great experience for me even though i was exhausted getting back at the hotel. I was with a great group and Ernesto was a very laidback guy. I only wish it was a little better communcation ahead of the tour, what to expect, the equitment, the lunch, but it all turned good and we reached 2400 m . I can recommend it, but be prepared for some training here - and downhill was the hardest, but good feeling when back at the car. Thanks, Tommy
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Really nice experience!
Thomas, Sep 2021
Half-Day Small-Group Etna Tour
Saro is a very cool guy with a great sense of humour and with lot of knowledge and love for Etna. Totally recommended.
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Etna at sunset
Stefany_E, Sep 2021
Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina
Great trip up Etna during sunset. It was well organised and our tour guide Simone was very knowledgeable
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Amazing tour to Etna
Hussam_D, Sep 2021
Etna Sunset Jeep Tour
It’s really amazing place, a piece of art , naturally beautiful, the sunset was awesome we love it , and hopefully we can back soon . The guide he is nice and friendly .
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Very good experience
Yulia_D, Sep 2021
Etna Morning Trip
The trip was very interesting with different experiences (the tunnel and the walk)+ the explanations. The guide was passionate about the subject and told a lot of stories about local life
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Fabulous trip!
AlexSicily, Sep 2021
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Taormina
Such a great tour!! Enzo picked us up at the hotel and we explored Mount Etna including him giving us a tour and time for us to explore on our own. Then he took us to a great honey and wine place for some tasting before going to alcantara gorge. Overall highly recommend this tour! He was so knowledgeable and great with English (and also spoke German to other tour members ) and made it a super great day.
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Eatna jeep excursion was 100% satisfied
Jolanta_T, Sep 2021
Etna at sunset - Jeep tour
Really good and 100% professional guide 👍😊 And marvelous experience . Beautiful views …………………..😄👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
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WONDERFUL
hugginstijuana, Sep 2021
Etna 2000m & Taormina
Wonderful tour with tour guide Fabrizio who was our guide. He was very knowledgeable and has a passion for his roots. He made our day perfect.
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Etna tour with Andrea in French
Alice_N, Aug 2021
Mt. Etna nature and flavors half day Tour from Catania
Our Etna tour with Andrea of Etna Tribes was perfect. For us he explained everything in French. We spend a every nice time!
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Mount etna
Barbara_M, Aug 2021
Mount Etna and Taormina day tour
Excellent tour and tour guide. Alessio was an amazing tour guide. He had so much history of the area and we learned so much from him. He also took time to get to know his customers and was so helpful with all our questions. He knew the best places to eat, explore, photo stops for the best view and was outstanding!! We highly recommend this mount Etna event with him as the guide. We have been on many tours around the world and this was the best!! 5 +++++stars!!

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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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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