Recent Searches
Clear
Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)
Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)

Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)

via Nazionale, Ss 185, Alcantra, Sicily

The Basics

A visit to the Alcantara Gorges can include a simple walk through the park, or a more challenging hike down into the canyons—including some more than 200 feet (61 meters) deep—for river trekking. By far the simplest way to manage the logistics of getting to and from the Alcantara Gorges from the Sicilian cities of Taormina, Messina, and Catania is to join a small-group tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, round-trip transportation to the Alcantara River Park, and an expert guide. Many full-day tours of Mt. Etna and Alcantara also offer wine tastings at the nearby vineyards, hikes up to the active volcano crater, and a ride on the historic Circumetnea Railway.

Show all
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
$59.04 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing trip
Franco was an excellent guide. Very informative & made sure everyone who paid for extras was taken care of. Loved the train ride, the cable car/Jeep and guide at the top of the volcano. He was also excellent.
thielteacher, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

star-5
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.
star-5
Nice experience
Ritianne_M, Aug 2021
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Catania
The tour guide was helpful and also explained very good, I really enjoyed this tour thumbs up for the great experience.
star-4
Family trip to Etna
Road226462, Nov 2019
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
We travelled late Oct on this trip and it was a great family day out. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is the train on the CircumEtnea part of trip was much new than expected and we were looking forward to the older train as per pics on Viator website. Guide & driver were great.
star-5
Amazing tour
N9487APpeterm, Jun 2019
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Went on this tour with high expectations and after a slow start it really delivered. A long day out but the trip up Mt Etna on the cable car and 4x4 with a guide at the crater truly is bucket list material. Being on an active volcano in Sicily is something you will never forget and so this is the one tour you must do (and is actually great value also) Great tour and the whole family thought the same (not always easy!)
star-5
MT Etna Jeep tour
Maria C, Oct 2018
Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina
Eddie was a great guide, informative and accommodating. We had a cloudy day on Mount Etna but was really amazing trip and we really enjoyed the off road experience.
star-5
Probably could have done with longer...
anthony b, Aug 2017
Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina
Probably could have done with longer in Randazzo but we saw the sunday market. Etna was really good and the food in the refuge restaurant was fabulous and really cheap. Alcantra Gorges was unbelievable and breathtaking and is well worth a full day visit. Great trip all round.
star-5
We loved this tour. Our guide...
Wendy P, Sep 2017
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Catania
We loved this tour. Our guide Giulia was fantastic! If you book this tour we hope you get her as your guide. She was very knowledgeable about volcanos and the surrounding area. She was also very pleasant and fun.
star-5
Up close and personal with an active...
Linda Q, Jul 2017
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Up close and personal with an active volcano. Mt Etna was spewing some smoke when we got to the top. Truly an amazing sight to see. The tour guides were knowledgeable. The bus was air conditioned, absolutely necessary in July. The vintage train was not.
star-5
I did this trip on my own as my...
Rosemary H, Oct 2017
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
I did this trip on my own as my friend wasn't well . This was no problem at all - a fantastic trip really well organised . The views from mount Etna were amazing every aspect of this trip was really well organised . I'm glad I chose to do the extra trip up the cable car and in the jeeps around the cratorsv . The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful . A very early start but a wonderful day .
star-5
Awesome
guligos, Jun 2019
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Catania
Our experience with this guided tour was amazing! We were part of group of 6 people together with guide Danilo. We got picked up at our hotel in Catania first, drove to one of caves, then to Etna with enough time to reach 2900 meters mark, enjoyed local delicacies and then had a nice chill at Alcantara valley. All of that throughout the day was accompanied by great stories about Sicily, Catania, Etna and surrounding towns. It was great value for the price we paid, because in exchange we got day full of new impressions and unbelievable natural sightseeings. Also chance to spend a day with knowledgeable local person can’t be appreciated enough, because you get lot of information and hints about Catania. Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed this tour and highly advise it to everyone wishing to hike Etna and explore surrounding areas.
star-4
We loved this experience but the bus...
Jacquie M, Nov 2017
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
We loved this experience but the bus ride was just too long for my husband and I to sit through. We did venture up to the summit of Mount Edna and we're prepared that the temperature would drop at the top so we dressed warm. Unfortunately we were very surprised by the strong gusts of wind...I could not catch my breath at all so we had to turn around and head back down.
star-5
Great trip, informative...
Gail_P, Oct 2017
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Great trip, informative, professional guide. We also signed up for the upper ascent, and the alpine guide was superb.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring sturdy footwear, a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water, especially if you plan to hike down into the gorges.

  • The Alcantara River Park entrance fee is not included in many group tours.

  • Because of the rough terrain, hiking the gorges is not recommended for young children or those who are not in good physical condition.

  • Along the top of the ravines, there are easy trails, suitable for all ages and physical conditions, that take you through the park’s botanical gardens and past a number of scenic viewpoints.

Show all

How to Get There

The main entrance to the Alcantara River Park is about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Taormina. You can reach it easily by car, tour bus, or public bus.

Show all


When to Get There

The park is lovely to visit year-round due to Sicily’s mild climate, though is most pleasant in summer’s cooler early morning or late afternoon hours. The park can be very crowded in August, when Italians traditionally go on summer vacation, so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time if you want to appreciate the park in relative peace and quiet.

Show all

Alcantara River Park Facilities

The Alcantara River Park entrance fee gives you access to two swimming pools, a 3D film presentation explaining the evolution of the canyon, a botanical museum, a restaurant, and an elevator down into the canyon.

Show all