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Etna Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

1. From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

Take a beautiful sunset tour of the famed Etna volcano. Explore a lava cave, walk around craters and watch the sunset on the spectacular landscape Begin with a stop at a farm for a sampling of delicious local products. Visit one of the town's most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical local products, including honey and wine. Continue your tour to a lava cave created during the 1792 eruption and enter the stunning site to learn about lava flows and the forces that create them. Then, stroll along the mountain trails to Mount Etna's Sapienza Refuge, and enjoy a pleasant walk around the lava flows created from the latest eruptions and the ancient Silvestri craters dating back to the 1892 eruption. From this supreme peak, watch the sunset over the breathtaking landscape before returning to your hotel in the evening.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

2. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain its unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes, and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Visit an area of ancient explosive activities, Hornitos, a semi-cave and a state refuge. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation in Catania.

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

3. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to the maximum altitude allowed. Afterward, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

4. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

Break away from classic tourist itineraries to discover unique landscapes of Etna on this guided tour from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Have your experience enriched by stories and fun facts from your guide.  Begin your private adventure with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Relax on the drive over regular and unpaved roads as you ascend the extinct craters that sit at an altitude of 2,000 meters.  Walk through lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano at a UNESCO-listed site and view ancient lava flow. Admire the Etna forest, the Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. Put on your helmet and headlamp and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by lava flow. Ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters where you can purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour. 

From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

5. From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

Explore Etna Park on a day tour that takes you up to the Sapienza Refuge and admire views from 1,986 meters. Learn how craters and lava tunnels are formed from your guide and try local products. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters, dating from the 1892 eruption. Enter a lava cave, with a helmet and headlamp, to learn how lava flows are formed. Later, visit a well-known farm and taste local products, such as honey, olive oil, and wine.

Nicolosi: Mount Etna Central Crater Guided Trekking Tour

6. Nicolosi: Mount Etna Central Crater Guided Trekking Tour

The excursion that we propose takes place on the southern slope of the volcano and will allow you, in an almost lunar but unique landscape, to reach the central crater of Etna at an altitude of about 3345 m a.s.l. Departure from an altitude of 1900 meters by cable car and off-road minibuses up to the permitted altitude, from this point we will continue entirely on foot with the guide up to the maximum point of visit of the summit area of the volcano (central crater). From here you will have the real sensation of walking on a living and pulsating volcano, surrounded by fumes, gases and the intense color of the sulphur. From here you will also have the opportunity to admire a splendid panorama of the Ionian coast and of the various villages below this majestic volcano. This itinerary also includes the crossing and the visit of ancient eruptive cones and enormous expanses of lava, as well as the passage through a panoramic area, from where it will be possible to admire the marvelous Valle del Bove, a large depression, seat of the ancient eruptive cones of the Etna. Return to the starting point (altitude 1900 meters).

Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

7. Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

Learn about the biology and geology of the Etna Volcano on this guided 8-hour tour. Wander around and explore the area's pathways surrounded by nature which has grown upon several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna provides a stunning backdrop for this tour as you discover the fascinating surroundings including an exciting cave exploration. Then, relax with a wine tasting session and enjoy the flavors of the volcano as you try the region's liqueurs, honey and more. With Etna behind you, it's time to explore the beautiful Alcantara Gorges which were formed from lava and are among the most famous in the world. Next, cross the river, which is lined with basalt walls as high as 50 meters, and enter the wonderful natural setting of the Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park.

Catania: Full Circuit of Etna in MTB

8. Catania: Full Circuit of Etna in MTB

Circumnavigate Mount Etna through the Altomontano trail, which has the following features: Difficulty: Difficult Total distance: 80.84 km Difference in height uphill: 963 m Difference in height downhill: 2.828 m Duration: about 6h During the tour you will pass through lava flows, both recent and ancient ones, which alternate to oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see some very interesting lava flow caves. At the end of the tour you will return to the starting place. The montain bikes and helmet rent are included in the tour.

From Catania: Etna & Taormina Day Trip

9. From Catania: Etna & Taormina Day Trip

Embark on a guided tour of the Etna and Taormina region. Meet your guide in Catania and head towards Mount Etna. Make a first stop in the Mount Etna National Park to learn about the biology, and geology of the Etna Volcano. Walk along paths surrounded by nature and away from tourist areas as you explore several dormant volcano craters. Admire the stunning fauna and flora of the region as you explore this unique landscape. Take in the fantastic views of Valle del Bove before exploring a beautiful lava flow cave with helmets and torches. Next, enjoy a fantastic tasting of wines, liqueurs, honey and much more as you experience the flavors of the volcanic region. With Etna in the distance behind you, head into the beautiful town of Taormina, one of the most famous Sicilian locations. After a brief stroll through the town and the Beautiful Island Park, begin your return journey to Catania.

From Catania: Mt.Etna picnic and wine tasting

10. From Catania: Mt.Etna picnic and wine tasting

Not like the regular standard tour in our gastronomy trip you will be guided by local chef who will not just take you to trekking the breathtaking Mt.Etna but also visit the local farmer and winery. Thanks to the fertile soil from lava Mt.Etna area is one of most excellent agricultual product area such as pistacho, Etna wines, almond, olive oil and ricotta cheese. We will visit the cheese workshop to see the local artisan how to produce ricotta cheese in tranditioal way Visit a local cantine to taste Etna wine . After that we head to Etna park to picnic in natural pine forest, we will prepare a picnic set with assort of small bite you could savorthe different typical local food. we will be back to Catania around 3pm

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4.7 / 5

based on 785 reviews

Ended up getting a private tour (since it’s the past the holidays and low season). Our guide, Andrea, was phenomenal… so knowledgeable about Etna, Catania, Sicily (in general), and volcanos! He answered all of our various questions and spoke English really well. We decided to do the cable car option ($30 each) and then trek ourselves to the crater created during the 2001 eruption (instead of the Jeeps which would have been another $38 each)… very happy with that decision since clouds rolled in blocking the Jeep’s panorama viewpoint. I am young but not the most fit, however, Andrea’s pace allowed me to ascend slowly without feeling rushed. It wasn’t the easiest but absolutely worth the views once inside the crater. The local food/wine tasting and lava tube (cave) parts of the tour are like the cherry on top of an already great day. This tour ranks as one of my favorite excursions during my month-long travel. Worth every penny and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Even despite the closure of the roads leading to Mount Etna due to bad weather conditions, our optimistic, joyful and patient guide was able to provide a wonderful trip to our group. We were able to visit most of attractions of the program (even though with small alterations) while listening to the numerous interesting stories about Mount Etna and its relations to the city, myths and history of Catania. The tasting of local products like honey, olive oil and pistacchio cream took place in a small antique museum of the tradition of beekeeping, which was the perfect location to round up the trip.

Pick up on time and nice journey to the larva cave for a quick stop and walk in the cave. Carried on to Etna visitor centre but as the weather was really bad and the list was shut due to winds had a short hike around and lots of info from the guide. Left and stopped off at a winery for tasting. Wine, flavoured olive oils znd antipasti. All very nice and no hard sell on any products. Returned about an hour early due to weather but only nature's fault.

Our guide Enzo was brilliant he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Such a knowledgeable and kind guide and well rounded tour!