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Best activities to pair with Mount Etna

Mount Etna is only the highest volcano in Europe, looming over the Italian island of Sicily. Here are some other things you can do while you're in the region to boost your visit!

Hike

Hike

More advanced hikers can get to the top in about about five hours. From there you'll be able to see Sicily's beautiful geographical formations, such as the Alcantara Gorges.

Silvestri Craters

Silvestri Craters

A long way down from Etna's summit, this is an easy visit for those who may feel they're not up to the task of going right up to the top. There are tours going by bus.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Sicily is renowned for its wonderful vineyards and wine production - so what could be better than sampling some local libations as you wind down after your trip up Mount Etna?

Palermo

Palermo

Get a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Palermo and explore the biggest city in Sicily. Admire villas and gardens, Zisa Castle and the cathedral.

Our insider tips

What should I wear?

Decent hiking boots are a requirement, as well as comfortable clothes that won't get too stuffy in warm weather. You may also want to bring a scarf or similar to breathe through, as sulfuric fumes intensify as you reach the top. Sunscreen is a must, too.

When should I go?

For the hike, definitely March to September - in the winter there's sometimes snow, and it turns into a ski paradise! Get there in the morning so that you reach the top at midday for the sunniest view - it's worth the early start.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00 - 23:00. Closed on Sundays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Prices vary based on what you'd like to do.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    From Catania, take the AST bus. From the A18, go to Rifugio Sapienza. From Taormina, take the SAT shuttle.
  • Additional information
    ** Check weather conditions in advance. Webcams to the summit, available at some locations, can rule out a trip. | Dress appropriately for the weather and make sure you have comfortable shoes!*

What people are saying about Mount Etna

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 2,774 reviews

Great but communication could have been better!

I absolutely loved the trip to Etna and Taormina. Despite half of our group opting for an English-spoken guide, our driver only spoke Italian. This wasn't a problem- as a group, we managed to get by. My one criticism would be regarding the pick up time. I had to chase for confirmation of a pick up time from the host the night before and eventually was told this would be 7am. However, when I left my apartment at 7am on the day, the driver waiting outside seemed angry- saying that I'd been keeping him waiting for a whole twenty minutes prior to this. Aside from that, we had sufficient time in both areas. 2 hours in Etna, which was just enough to get the cable car to the top and return. Then we had another 2.5 hours in Taormina. I had researched a lot in trying to find the most cost effective trip to Etna from Palermo, and this was by far the best option!

I completely enjoyed my guided hike to Etna

Everything went well. Meeting the guide, being oriented, getting the helmet and setting off to the gondola. Our guide took us up an old volcano which was great, but being 72 years old, I had a tough time. I am not certain I am recommending anything, but perhaps just a slight warning. The rest of the time, I was tired, but the hiking was not too strenuous and the guide was excellent. He explained what we were about to do and described the science of the volcanos, and the history of this particular volcano. I was drained by the end, but it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend the guide highly.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by

Amazing view and a must do experience! Make sure you’re fit!

Great tour with Danielle - he was very informative! The walk was altered as the highest crater was active the day before so we reached 2,920M only. It was a very tough trek with lots of slopes, volcanic rocks and sand. Make sure you wear the correct hiking shoes!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by

great day....great scenery....great guide

We loved our day especially after being out at sea for days. It was great to cool off on Aetna. Our guide Giuseppe was perfect. Very knowledgeable and also curious. Not a nervous driver either. We always felt safe. Great day. Super job. Well done.

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour Reviewed by

Fantastic guide: Phillipo is deeply knowledgeable and thoughtful.

My family loved the lessons on Etna and volcanoes, the breathtaking landscape and thin crowds at day’s end. Watching the sun set, with homemade biscotti and a lovely aperitif, was icing on the cake. Thank you for the great experience, Phillipo!

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