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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

A once in a lifetime experience but not for the unfit or faint-hearted

Massimo (Max) was exceptional at sharing his passion and knowledge of the volcano and we learnt much about the history of “The Etna”. He was also very vigilant with safety and seemed to know just when to take a break and allow us to catch our breath, whilst still keeping us moving. A highly qualified mountain guide, he made route choices reflecting the conditions: ice underfoot and sulfur gas making it hard to breathe (no place for those with lung conditions). He calmly rescued my friend after a fall. The tour description underplays the level of fitness required for 15km (four hours) of hiking at an altitude of over 2500 metres (less oxygen), particularly if the conditions are difficult, as they were this day. Hiking boots, helmets (compulsory) and walking pole are all included in the price, making it exceptional value (although being at the end of the season my shoes had seen better days and had little tread left, making trekking on ice very slippery). Highly recommend, thanks to Max!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Jane, 10/25/2018

Amazing experience! Definitely a must do.

Great communication and very well and thoughtfully organised. We had a great day thanks to Paolo! He is so knowledgeable, funny and really made it a great day. The wine tasting and lunch was delicious, and they even sang happy birthday to my mum whose birthday it was that day and brought out a cake :)

Great guide, wonderful and unique experience

Matello our guide was prompt and very knowledgeable and funny. I learnt so much about my Etna and the area as well as volcanic activity in general. I really enjoyed the trekk and was so grateful to have the option of free trekking shoes to rent.

great tour with Massimo who is highly professuonsl and nice.

We enjoyed the trekking under perfect conditions. Booking was easy and highly responsive. The package is worth the money. We recommend!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Stephanie, 10/01/2018

Personalized food and wine trek with knowledgable guide

We had a fantastic time with Rosario on our Mt. Etna food and wine tour. The selections for tasting and eating were perfectly planned. We really enjoyed the ease of being picked up right at our door. Not only was the food and wine great, but the conversation was informative and friendly, like hanging with your friend for the day. Definitely recommend.

Mount Etna 5-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour Reviewed by Linda, 10/01/2018

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