Mount Etna

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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!*

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What people are saying about Mount Etna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,308 reviews

Eduardo was an excellent guide, answered every question, adapted the pace and experience for even the weakest hikers of the group. We have booked the tour because it was recommended and it did not disappoint. Although it was changed but that’s what you have to keep in mind when hiking on an active volcano. To sum up, we had a blast hiked a lot and finished we a race down the hills!

Amazing experience, knowing a place full of history and emotion! Our guide Luigi was amazing, detailing every event that took place. Don't forget to bring a coat, because even in the summer it's cold up there!!! Our guide Luigi was wonderful, friend and has immense knowledge that we thank him for sharing with us.

A truly great experience to get to know a true Sicilian wonder, Mount Etna! great insights and knowledge provided from the guide, and a great hiking experience, with the chance to drink some Moscato and eat typical Sicilian almond cookies!

It was very nice that we got picked up and dropped off at our B&B. The tour was very fun and educational. It was amazing to see the Etna. The tourguide Simone was very good! He gave a lot of interesting info about the area.

Great! Very fascinating spectacle and Alessio, our guide, was super friendly and super informative. All three of us are totally happy with the outcome of this mini trip.