Etna Tours . How to hike on Mount Etna Sicily ?
One of the most recommended activities to include in your holiday in Sicily is definitely an excursion to Mount Etna, here's what you need to know:
Mount Etna tours from Catania
The closest side is the Etna South ski resort, at the cable car station next to the Rifugio Sapienza or Silvestri Craters. Place that you can easily reach by car or public buses from Catania main station. Excellent for climbing the summit of Mount Etna.
Mount Etna tours from Taormina
In this case the side that we recommend is the North, you will need to move by car and the station is called Piano Provenzana.
The Etna trip to the west side requires a guide.
Etna jeep tours - Guided Etna trails - Hike the summit of Mount Etna
With our support, the service as pick up and drop off at your accommodation (between Catania and Taormina) is included in all our Mt Etna visits. Otherwise you can choose to drive to our easy meeting points, and join the group for the Etna Jeep tours in English.
Our starting point are easy to reach, we will provide all the needed infos for your best navigation. The departure is early in the morning, at 7:45 am and in small groups. We offer full-day or half-day Etna tours. All our excursions to Mt Etna are tailored to visits craters, lava flows and also lava tubes or open lava channels.
Choose on our website the Etna excursion that suit you best, easy, moderate or challenging. Breakfast and picnic are always included in the price. You will be guided by our expert volcanologist guide throughout all Etna trails. We do small groups between 8 and 12 participants but you can also ask for a Private Etna tour with Jeep and Guide and walk at your pace. We also provide all the basic equipment needed for free: hiking poles, backpacks, caving helmets, flashlights, hiking boots and light raincoats.
Our 4x4 vehicles have licenses NCC (vehicle for hire with driver), prices include insurance and VAT.
How to get to the top of Mount Etna
To climb Mount Etna summit, you must be in perfect health and have no physical problems preventing you from taking part the hike. The temperature may vary, but the sun is almost always brightly present in the Sicilian sky, take with you plenty of water and some sunscreen protection.
Proper boots are required for undertaking a climb on Mt Etna. You will need appropriate footwear that can provide balance and protection on the specific terrain of the Etna trails. The time spent at the summit will be decided by the guide who is the only responsible about the safety of the group. As well as producing water vapour, volcanoes produce toxic gases which can irritate the eyes, throat, and lungs. It might be a good idea to bring with you a bandana or a scarf to filter part of the large concentration of gases.
You will be given an helmet to wear while you are on the summit area, in order to protect your self in case of sudden and unpredictable explosions who can create falling debris common on active volcanoes like Etna and Stromboli.
Food and wine tours Sicily
All our excursions includes breakfast and picnic or restaurant, ensuring a journey of full immersion in Sicily's best specialties. For the best wine tasting choose the visit Etna Wine tour or the more specific food tour with the excursion Etna and Pistachio.