Mt. Etna is the highest volcano in Europe (currently 3,329 metres -10,922 ft) and the most prominent landmark of Sicily. Its smoking peak can be seen from most of Sicily and is constantly reshaped by seismic activity. The ascent of Etna is the highlight of a visit to Sicily, not only for the volcanic phenomena but also for the superb views. It is the only volcano in the world that has been enlisted by Unesco as a World Heritage Site!
The Mt Etna tour begins at your accommodation. We take the Etna Sud route up to the top through a continuously changing landscape of trees, lava flows, and endemic plants. Sit back and relax while you hear your guide talking about the “Mountain“- as local people call Mt Etna. Learn about its flora, geology, and eruptions. Passing through the charming little villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea we reach Rifugio Sapienza. Upon arrival, we will visit the area of Crateri Silvestri (about 2,00 meters or 6.000 ft) and see the effects of recent eruptions. Time at leisure.
From Rifugio Sapienza, you can join an organized excursion (over two hours) to the top. You first take a cable car ride for a further 500 meters. Here you can admire the superb views of Catania 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 to reach the summit at 2,900 meters where Alpine guides escort people on foot to interesting areas.
At the end of the Mt Etna Tour, you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation