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Visiting Mt Etna during sunset

A unique experience at sunset, for an unforgettable hike on Mount Etna

Etna Sunset tour

Enjoy a memorable Etna tour during sunset with stunning views over the summit craters and Valle del Bove. Explore Etna volcanic craters, enter a lava cave, taste delicious local products from an organic farm on this Etna tour celebrating the tallest active volcano in Italy.

 

Etna Sunset Tour's highlights

  • Etna excursion on a easy going trail, adatable from 4 to 6 km
  • Walk along the craters rim of a fissure eruption (a system called “Bottoniera”)
  • Visit a lava tube with caving helmets and flashlights
  • Reach the caldera Valle del Bove, astonishing view of the summit craters
  • Tasting Etna's best products including honey, wines, liquors, and more
  • Etna guided tour in english (live guide)

 

Tasting of honeys, wines and liqueurs in Zafferana Etnea

The tour begins in Zafferana, Italy's prime beekeepers, with a free tasting of honeys, wines, liqueurs and more at a local farm shop.

 

Etna Lava Cave

During the sunset tour you will be guided through the exploration of a small lava tube, equipped with helmet and flashlight. A lava tube is a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow.

 

Hiking on Mount Etna at sunset

This route runs along the southern side of Etna starting from the Rifugio Sapienza area. It begins in the middle of a larch pine forest, on a paved path made of lava stones. This is the most challenging part of the track, with a slope that exceeds 10% in some sections. After a few hundred meters, you will reach a plateau where the endemic vegetation takes over. From here, the rest of the trail is mainly flat and easy to stroll.

Along the way you can enjoy a beautiful view of Catania and the Ionian Sea. Continuing along the trail, you will reach the edges of the Valle del Bove from which you can admire the most impressive lava flows of recent years.

It is not uncommon to also meet some animal species including rabbits, foxes and numerous birds of prey like Buzzards and Kestrels.

The Valle del Bove is one of the most beautiful places to visit Mount Etna. A natural spectacle of extraordinary beauty that leaves everyone who has seen it astonished.

 

Dinner on Mount Etna

On request, we can organize dinner in a charming restaurant called "Villa Dorata" a former princely residence built in 1900. The menu is rich in flavours and essences of the Sicilian tradition: starters, a pasta dish made with traditional Sicilian recipes, dessert, coffee, water, Etna DOC wine.

Please let us know in advance if you need a vegetarian menu, or if you have any kind of allergies or food intolerances.

In winter all excursions may vary on timetable and schedule following the weather and snow covers conditions.

Mount Etna Sunset visit - Statistics

 

Etna Sunset Trail

  • Distance : approximately 4 to 6 km - 2.5 to 3.8 mi
  • Ascent : 300 m - 980 ft
  • Time : about 5 hours
  • Difficulty : easy to moderate

 

Essential Gear and Clothing

  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) - all cars will be equipped of light raincoats jackets
  • Trekking poles - all cars will be equipped
  • General trekking trousers
  • Caving helmet - all cars will be equipped
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top

 

Meeting point

  • At your hotel between Catane and Taormina - Please give us the full address and name of the Hotel/accommodation
  • 07h45 at Bar Très Joli, Via Aldo Moro, 39, 95029 Viagrande CT
  • More pick-up places: quote on demand

 

Mount Etna tours from Catania or Taormina area, that begins with convenient pickups at most hotels and resorts or to specifics easy meeting point where you will get on our 4x4 off-roads vehicles.

Etna Excursions on a small group, max 12 participants; Etna guided tours, with experienced qualified Mountain Leaders that speaks perfectly more than one language.

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