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Mount Etna Tours

Set on the eastern coast of the island of Sicily, Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The mountain was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013 and has shaped much of Sicily’s past while continuing to impact life on the Italian island today. Eruptions have been responsible for serious damage to cities and towns lying close to Etna, including one in 1669 that destroyed the mountainside villages. A walk in the area, through the Valle del Bove, reveals craters, volcanic lava flows and cones of the type found only on active volcanoes.

The Basics
Travelers can trek, walk, ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with day trips offered from nearby cities such as Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Funivia dell’Etna runs a cable car from Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there, you can choose to head out on a 3.5-hour round-trip hike, best attempted with a local guide who knows the area well. In addition, a variety of full-day jeep rides allow travelers to catch sunset.
  • A Mt Etna excursion is best accomplished with a local guide.
  • Opt for a walking or hiking tour, or take a shorter trip via 4-wheel-drive truck.
  • Combine a stop here with a tour to Alcantara, Agrigento, or Piano Provenzana.
  • Keep in mind that even during the summer months, the upper elevations of Mount Etna can be quite cold and you’ll want to bring adequate gear. Dress for cooler temperatures as the elevation increases.

How to Get There
The mountain isn’t too far from the major port city of Catania. Catch a local bus that runs once daily from Catania and Nicolosi up to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point for many hikes and treks.

When to Get There
Sunset is one of the most beautiful times to visit Mount Etna. Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that no matter when you visit it’s possible you could witness an eruption. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night with brilliant orange lava spitting into the dark night sky.

Wine and Food at Mt Etna
People continue to inhabit the mountain, partly because the rich volcanic soil makes an excellent base for crops. You’ll find not only fruits and vegetables growing on and around Mount Etna, but also grapes—there are many wines that owe their prominence to the volcano. Choose a tour that combines wine tasting with a visit to see Mt Etna’s striking physical landmarks.

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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina, Taormina, null
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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

During the friendly and engaging full day excursions on Mount Etna you will be led to the discovery of all colours and fascinating histories of our volcano. ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.97
Etna Morning Trip, Catania, Full-day Tours
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Etna Morning Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Amazing excursion giving you the chance to discover different aspects of the highest volcano in Europe. Live your dream with trekking, lava flow cave ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.65
Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch, Taormina, Half-day Tours
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Full-Day Etna Jeep Tour from Taormina Including Lunch

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A lovely day for an Etna 4x4 Jeep tour starting from Taormina area to spend along off-road drive on the slopes of Mount Etna, the highest European active ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.01
Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina, Taormina, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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See a different side of Sicily with this tour of Mt. Etna with departure from Taormina. This is an excursion to old craters and lava flow caves, perfect for ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.59
Small-Group Mount Etna Sunset Walking Tour, Taormina, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Mount Etna Sunset Walking Tour

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Walk through the woods and extinct craters around Mt. Etna on this 6-hour sunset walking tour from Taormina. Learn about the fascinating and spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.17
Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania, Catania, Walking Tours
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

This full-day tour goes from Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and characteristic town of Taormina in the afternoon. In the first ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.04
Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina, Taormina, Full-day Tours
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Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina

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Visit Sicily’s famously fiery volcano, the magnificent Mount Etna, on a day trip from Taormina. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Etna is Europe’s ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.20
Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting, Taormina, Day Trips
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Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting

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During this private (from 2 people) 6-hour tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit three Etna wineries, where you will learn about their wine ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.10
Etna Excursion from Catania, Catania, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Etna Excursion from Catania

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Etna Day Tour: Mount Etna is the highest Mediterranean island mountain and the most active stratovolcano in the world. A day spent with a small friendly tour ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $71.62
Mount Etna Half-Day Tour, Taormina, Day Trips
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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Get up close and personal with Sicily’s most famous volcano on this six-hour, small group tour. Set off from Taormina — hotel pickups and drop-offs in the ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.78

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