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Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

1. Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

Take part in a buggy adventure on Mount Etna. Take in scenic sights, walk around the top of Silvestri Craters and explore the Cassone lava cave. Explore the Etna volcano by buggy on this unique 4-hour activity. After a quick briefing on how to drive your buggy, head off with the guide to the villages of Pedara and Nicolosi. Continue along a track that passes an old lava rock quarry, and experience the buggy’s off-road abilities. Drive on a scenic road leading to Rifugio Sapienza. After a coffee break, take a walk around the top of the Silvestri Craters. Next, take the road down to the Cassone lava cave. Enjoy a quick visit inside, equipped with a helmet and a flashlight. Continue on the route, stopping to admire the immense Valle del Bove from Mount Zoccolaro on the way to Zafferana Etnea, Viagrande and San Gregorio.

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Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

2. Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

Your adventure begins when you meet your captain on board your boat for the day, decked out with three double cabins, a bathroom with a shower, an outside shower, a kitchen, and a refrigerator. You’ll then set sail to Ulysses’ Caves. Be amazed by the gorgeous underwater scenery of vibrant blues and greens as you sail past these breathtaking lava-formed caves. Next, while sailing towards Acitrezza, you’ll pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello and enjoy a spectacular view of the castle by the sea. You’ll notice the characteristic pillow lavas found under the castle due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.   Once you reach Acitrezza, you’ll be shown a marine reserve dubbed "The Cyclopean Isles”. The only way to access the reserve is via a pedal boat, which is included in your tour depending on seasonal availability. If the pedal boat isn’t available or if you prefer not to use it, you’ll instead have the chance to visit the charming little village of Acitrezza for one hour. When you arrive back on board you’ll be served a delicious traditional lunch including an appetizer, pasta with mussels, fruit, water, and local white wine. Finally, during your return trip, you’ll make a short stop with the chance for another quick swim before arriving back in Catania at around 6:00 PM.

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Catania: Off-Road ATV Tour of Mount Etna

3. Catania: Off-Road ATV Tour of Mount Etna

Enjoy the experience of riding on an ATV through the untouched nature of the Etna Volcano. Pass by some of the most stunning spots in the region. Set off from the Alcantara Gorges, following dirt tracks in the direction of Castiglione di Sicilia, famous for its winemaking. Stop to admire the breathtaking views of the valley. Continue on a bike trail to Linguaglossa, where you can see the little volcano of Moio Alcantara, Etna's farthest crater from the epicenter. Along the way you will have the chance to see the lava flows formed during numerous eruptions. You will then climb to Piano Provenzana at an altitude of 1,850 meters.

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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

4. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

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From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Mountain Bike Tour

5. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Mountain Bike Tour

Admire untamed landscapes, lava flows, and volcanic craters as you cycle on a mountain bike in Mt Etna, passing through oak and pine woods along the way. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the southern part of the volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. During the tour, admire the contrast between the dark rocks and vibrant colored vegetation on this side of the volcano. On the path, you can also see some alpine houses and the beautiful Santa Barbara cave. The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year round. Choose from a number of trails that are suitable for all ages and availabilities, from downhill descents on lava sand and single trails through woods to free-ride and endurance trails.

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Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

6. Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike.  Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.

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Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

7. Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the bay of the Cyclops and sea cliffs in Acitrezza. See dolphins, various marine life, go fishing, snorkelling and/or learn the fundamentals of sailing. This tour is a unique opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. Throughout your tour, you will also have the chance to enjoy a fantastic diving/snorkelling session at the Natural Reserve of Cyclops, departing from the small village of Acitrezza. Whilst you snorkel, behold spectacular landscapes in crystal clear blue waters. Your informative and friendly guides will accompany you throughout your experience and will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

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Etna: Half-Day Mt Etna Mountain Bike Tour

8. Etna: Half-Day Mt Etna Mountain Bike Tour

Visiting Mount Etna and the surrounding area by mountain bike is a unique experience that will give you the chance to see uncontaminated landscapes, between ancient lava flows and old craters, passing through oak and pine woods. The tour will start from the southern part of the Volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. This is one of the most beautiful sides of the volcano because during the tour it is possible to admire the contrast between the dark rocks and the vegetation (like the broad-leaved woods). On the path there are some alpine houses and a beautiful fracture cave "Santa Barbara". The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year around.

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From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

9. From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

After being picked up from your hotel in Taormina or Giardini Naxos, your tour will start from the northern part of the Etna volcano. The bike tour follows a dirt path for a total height difference of about 1,200 meters, between ancient craters and recent lava flows. You’ll arrive at the Etna Observatory at an altitude of 2,800 meters, with your guides, where you can admire an extraordinary panorama: the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove. The descent will take place along a sandy and exciting track.

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Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

10. Catania: 4-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Take a ride through the most distinctive streets of Catania and admire magnificent monuments dating back to various historical periods, from ancient Greek and Roman to Baroque and much more. Go beyond the city center and explore panoramic coastal roads while hearing the stories and legends of the area from your expert guide. Then, arrive at Aci Castello, and marvel at the Norman castle built high up on the rock with spectacular views of the sea. Next stop: Aci Trezza. Visit this quaint fishing village with views of the Cyclopean Isles, home to the mythic cyclopes. Admire the natural beauty of the Ionian coast before heading back to the city.

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What people are saying about Catania

Phenomenal way to explore Mt. Etna and its eruption history! Join guides for a thorough ride across all types of terrain, including gravel, dirt, mud and asphalt. The English guide spoke clearly, translating throughout the entire journey. Highly recommend this activity!

An almost perfect experience. Great guides, great route, fantastic landscape and everything harmonizes with the approximately four-hour length of the trip. Gladly again!!!

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.

Excellent tour, staff were helpful & explained us everything in detail. We loved the off-road part. It was so cool. A must try. Keep it up

Really nice adventure:) worth to spend one relaxing day by the coast with great skipper and delicious lunch!