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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.

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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
$51.91 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.
Lawrence_T, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

star-5
Wonderful day at Etna/Alcantara
MariaFernanda_I, Aug 2022
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Taormina
Wonderful experience! Giulio is the best guide, you will enjoy this day. Etna is unbelievable, you can go up by funivia or ebike ( full price is 68 euros) and is NOT included. Alcantara is breathtaking but I do not recommend it in August, full of people. It is a nice excursion!
star-5
Breathtaking views
RosaBruno, Jul 2022
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Catania
Our guide Alessandro was very knowledgeable of area and explained about region. Our group was well engaged and had great time. Love both Mt Etna & Alcantara. Would love to have lunch included due to long day.
star-5
Excellent experience
Meredith_S, Jul 2022
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Taormina
Great experience! Excellent tour guide, small group, and got to visit many major sites like Etna, a volcano cave, and the Alcantara. Enough time was spent at each place. Make sure to bring warm clothes for Etna (jacket, athletic shoes, and pants), and then swimsuit, towel and water shoes for Alcantara. Water shoes especially are highly recommended.
star-5
Mamma Mia!
Jared_B, Jul 2022
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Catania
Alessandro provided the best tour with a lot of knowledge and laughter. Maybe we just had a great group? I can’t really compare it to any other tour because it was that great. On the ride back, we each selected music and had some hella carpool karaoke. It was much cooler than in the city, so if you’re looking to beat the heat, book this tour and you won’t be sorry.
star-4
Family trip to Etna
Victoria_F, 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-4
etna and railway
Michael_G, Oct 2019
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
We had a double decker bus, and we felt there were too many people on this trip. That was not so important at Etna, but at the Alcantara Gorge the visit was rushed, there was a delay getting tickets and it was slow moving around the narrow paths because of the numbers. We couldn't hear the guide, either as we were too far away. The train ride was excellent- we were fortunate with the weather and the views of Etna, the countryside and the lava fields were stunning. I would have liked more detailed information on the geology of the area. The visit to Etna was interesting. We didn't go to the top however, as it's very expensive and the clouds had descended. We were disappointed with the quality at the Refugio- staff were pleasant, but the toilets were very dirty. The restaurant at the far end of the car park is much nicer, and less expensive, with clean toilets! Back to Taormina by 5.30. An enjoyable day.
star-5
Best day!
Brianna_A, Jun 2022
Mt. Etna and Alcantara river full day tour from Taormina
Opting for the mountain bikes was such a memorable experience, a day we’ll never forget. Also was incredible!
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-5
Fabulous trip!
Alexandra_R, 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell'Alcantara)?
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