Visiting Mt Etna: different ways to experience the most active volcano in Europe: tours, excursions, wine tasting, food sampling, walking,, hiking, cable car ride, 4WD jeep ride
The ascent of Etna is the highlight of a visit to Sicily, not only for the volcanic phenomena but also for the superb views.
There are two ways to get there - from the south (Rifugio Sapienza), and from the north (Piano Provenzana).
Etna Sud - Southern approach. From Nicolosi follow the sign Etna Sud towards Rifugio Sapienza and the Cable car station. Walking and hiking activities are possible along marked footpaths. You may walk to the upper part of the volcano (return trip from Rifugio Sapienza to the summit about 4 hours). There is an organized excursion from Rifugio Sapienza to the top and takes over two hours. You first take a cable car ride, (€23.00), for a further 500 meters. Here you can admire superb views of Catania and and the sea, walk to the Piccolo Rifugio or have a snack or a drink at the café. The more adventurous can further take a 4X4 drive (€20.00) to reach the summit at 2,900 meters where guides escort people on foot to interesting areas.
Etna Nord - Northen approach From Linguaglossa take the mountain road (Mareneve) to Piano Provenzana, the main ski resort on Etna. Here you can walk to the top in about 3 hours or join an organized excursion by 4 wheel - drive.
If you are looking for a private excursion Sicily TravelNet tours provide you with different ways to experience the most active volcano in Europe. The tours are available as shore excursions from Messina, Giardini Naxos and Catania port of call or day trips from hotels and accommodations in the Taornina and Catania area. Directly from Sicilian tour guides and drivers.
Mount Etna South side from Rifugio Sapienza – Gambino wine tasting
Mount Etna North Side from Piano Provenzana– Gambino wine tasting
Short walking tour on the Valle del Bove
We were on Carnival's Freedom ship this July. About 1 month or so before the trip, I booked with Michele Gallo and Sicilytravel.net. I had asked for a tour a bit different than the average one that usually takes you to where the cable cars are and then you're on your own. Michele hired our guide Flavia, who lived in a village right on Mt. Etna. She took us hiking up to the crater where we were able to watch the lava flow right into it!!!!! It was an awesome experience.I was a bit leary about volunteering to organize this trip for our group because you never know how everyone will like the tour and how it will turn out. But EVERYONE loved it and kept thanking me all cruise long. I just want to say to Michele at Sicilytravel....
Thank you so much for putting together this tour for us! Everyone had a spectacular time! Flavia was fantastic and the village we stopped in for lunch was the talk of the group! We absolutely loved every minute of it and can't thank you enough! I will be sure to recommend your company to everyone. Thanks again, F.B.