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Catania: Coastline Sailing Trip with Appetizer and Prosecco

1. Catania: Coastline Sailing Trip with Appetizer and Prosecco

Explore the beautiful coastline of Catania on a guided sailing trip. Enjoy the splendid panoramic views of the beaches, cliffs, and the majestic Mount Etna in the background. After meeting the skippers receive safety information before going into the water. Board a sailboat and experience a unique way to appreciate the region's coastal charm. Enjoy the gentle breeze while savoring Slican appetizers with Presecco. Throughout the trip, you will get ample opportunities to click pictures of the surroundings along the way. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear, blue Sicilian waters. Relax in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere before returning to the shore. 

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

2. From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

Explore the highest, active volcano in Europe on this day tour from Taormina. Travel by cable car and jeep to the top of Mount Etna with a local guide. After being picked up, relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters. Continue by jeeps up to the authorized upper crater zones with the assistance of licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club (Italian and English explanations). See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions. Boots and jacket rentable on site.

Catania: Etna hiking experience

3. Catania: Etna hiking experience

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

Funivia dell'Etna: Priority Cablecar Return Ticket

4. Funivia dell'Etna: Priority Cablecar Return Ticket

Book your Funivia dell'Etna cable car ticket in advance and secure your seat for this unique cable car experience. Validate your ticket at the "Priority pass" ticket office which is located at the entrance of the "Funivia dell'Etna" station at an altitude of 1923 meters (approximately 6,300 ft). Travel in style onboard a new generation cable car and reach the upper station at 2500 meters (approximately 8,200 ft). At that high altitude, you will find yourself in front of a unique panorama ready to admire the summit craters of the volcano from below and the Ionian coastline. Experience the rugged beauty of Mount Etna and the surrounding area, before relaxing on the return cable car journey back down.

Giardini Naxos: Boat Trip Isola Bella with Snorkeling

5. Giardini Naxos: Boat Trip Isola Bella with Snorkeling

Leaving the port of Giardini Naxos, navigation along the Bay of Naxos, Capo Taormina and the Faraglioni. It will be possible to admire the scenic coast of Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola and the Etna volcano which forms the backdrop to this wonderful naturalistic setting. After about 30 minutes of navigation, arrival at the Marine Reserve of Isola Bella and stop for about an hour, with possibility of guided snorkeling, sunbathing on the solarium and enjoying soft drinks and snacks. The itinerary may vary according to the marine weather conditions and the decisions of the skipper.

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

6. Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3.345 mt), and the town of Taormina that sits on the slopes of Mount Tauro on this guided tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to see the Silvestri Craters, Taormina’s Greek-Roman Theater, and more. Meet with staff and the rest of the group at the meeting point in Palermo, then depart to Etna. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to visit the Silvestri Craters and other sites. Try climbing Mount Etna in two different ways: • Ascend to 2,500 meters: From Funivia dell’Etna, ride a cable car up to 2,500 meters (at Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2,500 meters, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the area. This option has an additional cost to pay on the spot, approximately €30 per person. • Ascend to the top from 2,500 meters up to 2,920 meters: From Montagnola at around 2,500 meters, jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2,800 meters with a licensed Etna guide. Then, hike to reach 2,920 meters. This option has an additional cost to be paid on the spot of approximately €60 per person. Afterward, depart for Taormina, a scenic town on the slopes of Mount Tauro (204 m). This stop is not guided, so you are free to explore independently at your own pace. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and admire the views of Etna and Taormina Bay. Later, head back to Palermo to be dropped off.

Mt. Etna Summit: Official box-office for Ascent to the Top

7. Mt. Etna Summit: Official box-office for Ascent to the Top

Reach 2,850 meters on a guided adventure to the summit of Mt. Etna in Catania. Ride on a thrilling 4x4 bus and spend some time hiking around the craters with an authorized mountain or vulcanologist guide. See the Umberto and Margherita Craters and visit the Pizzi Deneri volcanological observatory. After meeting in Piano Provenzana on the north side of Etna, the trip to the summit area begins. The excursion starts from 1,800 meters and continues along a panoramic road that will allow you to reach an altitude of 2,850 meters. Trekk around the craters known as Umberto and Margherita, two huge craters located at an altitude of about 2,380 meters. Feel all the strength of nature that creates and destroys. Continue to the Pizzi Deneri volcanological observatory at an altitude of 2,850 meters for more trekking. From here, there is the chance to observe the summit craters that dominate the majestic Bove Valley at a safe distance. The last stop will be the eruption site, dated back to October 27, 2002, with its characteristic button-shaped craters at an altitude of about 1,900 meters. The circular path will allow you to walk along the edges of the craters and admire the morphology called Bottoniera.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

8. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.

Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

9. Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

Special sailing boat tour to explore the skyline of the city of Catania from the sea and try a unique experience in fact our proposal also includes the possibility of trying a mini-sailing course while admiring the lava flows of the coast from the sea. The tour departs from the port of Catania heading north towards Aci Castello. We will pass in front of the medieval castle that dominates the coast of Aci Castello and we will be able to continue up to Acitrezza where we will be able to admire the Faraglioni, very famous in mythology for the Cyclops and the story of Ulysses. here we will stop at the buoy for a swim in the crystal clear water and we will have a lunch with a plate of pasta with fresh local fish. after lunch it is possible to have a siesta or a swim with snorkelling. in the end we will leave to return to the port of Catania and do some sailing school. Sport and tourism that create fun and happiness and culture of Sicily "island in a sea of sun".

Mount Etna: Private Half-Day Guided Family-Friendly Hike

10. Mount Etna: Private Half-Day Guided Family-Friendly Hike

Enjoy a family-friendly adventure to Mount Etna. Uncover the history of the volcano and its fascinating origins, with stories and visuals designed for children. Explore extraordinary formations like an ancient lava tube or the lateral craters and admire the stunning volcanic landscapes. This tour is specially conceived for families with children. Meet your guide and make your way to the lava tube. Adjust your helmets and light your torches as you step into this ancient structure. Learn about the formation of this cave with interesting stories and visual supports. Then, begin your hike to the lateral craters and gain an insight into the origins of the volcano. Here, uncover the differences between the lava stones and how they were made. As you hike, listen to famous legends and funny stories about the volcano from your professional guide. Finish your tour with a small surprise for the children to remember their incredible adventure.

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I can’t begin to try to explain how much I enjoyed this tour! From the first second of meeting our guide Alessandro and 7 other fellow travelers, till the last goodbyes, I was amazed by the beauty and richness of the Etna’s wonders. Alessandro picked us up from the city center and on the way to the Vulcano shared some interesting facts about Catania and the whole region. After arriving at the starting point Alessandro lent us some trekking shoes and polls which definitely helped a lot in hiking. Overall the tour was a long one, but the last view was absolutely worth it. And for sure I would be very hesitant to hike so far up just by myself. It is most definitely the best trip I have had in a while. 5 (but could give 100) stars to Alessandro for keeping our company, answering all the questions, and sharing his passion with us <3.

Hiking tour - it was not usual touristic hike, and it was amazing! If you ready to put some effort to see amazing views, hear interesting facts, enjoy tasty sandwich for 3 euros with an amazing view - this your is for you!

It was amazing! Total adventure. Even though we were inside a cloud most of the time and we couldn’t really see the view - the trek itself in the fresh snow was just WOW

Most enjoyable, beautiful, interesting day on Mt Etna. Roberto was super knowledgeable. We learned a lot about volcanoes and the area and we would go again!

Very well organized. Great trip. Above my ecpectations.