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Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Activity provider: EtnAround

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Activity provider: EtnAround
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Enjoy a unique hiking experience on Mount Etna and discover the highest active volcano in Europe.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Pickup included
The driver will wait for a maximum of 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. The pickup time may change according to the meeting point chosen by you. It is important to read and reply to the email of the day before. All participants must choose a meeting point listed on the booking page - hotel pickup is not available.

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel around off-road passages through old lava flows
  • Trek past and admire the most recent lava flows
  • Follow quiet paths away from the tourist trails
  • Walk around the valle del bove, the biggest Etna's caldera
Full description

Embark on a trek of iconic Mount Etna with a naturalist guide. Take in outstanding views, learn local history from your guide, visit a lava cave, and see the southeastern crater, Etna's most active area. Enjoy included trekking poles, shoes, and warm clothing.

Following your pickup, you will head in the direction of Etna. Passing off-road through Trazzere where you can see the lava flows of 1792, your guide will explain the fauna and flora of the volcano of Etna.

Learn Mount Etna's history as you travel in the direction of the Bove Valley, which is an ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to the collapse of 2 major eruptive centers. You'll soon arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, where your hike starts. Follow quiet trails away from the tourist paths. Pass recent lava flows and soak up views of the coastline. Throughout the trek, you can stop to taste sandwiches and local products, at your own expense, and visit a lava cave. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Includes
  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Mount Etna visit

    • Cratere Centrale dell'Etna visit

    • Silvestri Craters visit

    • Valle del Bove, Italy visit

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: Italian, English

  • Transport
    • Transport by van

    • Pickup & drop-off by van

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

  • Equipment
    • Rain poncho

    • Walking stick

    • Hiking shoes

    • Jacket

Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with low level of fitness
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Socks

Know before you go

  • All participants can buy a locally-prepared sandwich before the hiking
  • In the case of high tremors and eruptions, a visit to the cave is not possible (even if the eruption has finished)
  • In the winter season, the hiking route may change due to snow
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 378 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to do Etna. Our guides Ali and Ernesto were incredibly knowledgable, professional and friendly. The trip included a transfer from several locations in Catania. Ours was a 3 minute walk away from where we were staying. En route we stopped off at a small village where you had the opportunity to buy snacks, water and one of the best sandwiches i've eaten (Aubergine parmigina in freshly baked bread) very authentic and only 3 Euro!! The trek itself was about 3 hours + a nice 20 minute lunch break with incredible views. There were regular stops to take on fluid and to listen to the guides explain the history and science of Etna. The guides really made this trip inclusive for everyone. At the end we stopped off at a cafe by another crater and had a well deserved beer before heading back to Catania via a different route allowing us to see more lava flows from different eruptions. One of the best things we have done in Sicily for sure!

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November 8, 2022

Great experience , nice trip. Great guides Marco and Alessio. With a lot of knowledge, and interesting information. Perfect comunication a lot of jokes and good food. They are really off the main path and most important they love Etna and their job . Highly recommend them and their trip.

October 31, 2022

A super organized tour. We had several guides with us who all spoke very good English and explained everything well. We have always felt well cared for. you have seen a lot. Hiking shoes, jackets and poles were provided. you should bring a certain level of fitness with you, because it is sometimes very steep and over 500 meters in altitude have to be overcome. but the climb is definitely worth it. marco, dog Gea and his team were great

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October 21, 2022

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