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Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

1. Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike in full safety with an authorized alpine and volcano guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe.   Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car. Then, ride in a 4x4 Jeep up to 2,900 meters, to begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters and taking long pauses to take pictures and rest. Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you. After reaching the summit, descend for 2 hours back to the cable car, which will take you to your departure point.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

2. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain its unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes, and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Visit an area of ancient explosive activities, Hornitos, a semi-cave and a state refuge. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation in Catania.

Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

3. 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.

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

4. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

Etna: North Etna Summit Craters 3353 m. Trekking Tour

5. Etna: North Etna Summit Craters 3353 m. Trekking Tour

Learn the history of Mount Etna while traversing its sandstone trails and peering into its famous craters. Embark on an adventure under the careful guidance of a certified volcanological or alpine guide. The tour begins in Piano Provenzana Square (Linguaglossa - Etna North). Meet the guide by the ticket office and ascend to a height of 2,800 meters in a specialized 4x4 jeep. Start with a 1.5-hour climb along an easy section of trail that leads to the edge of the Bocca Nuova Crater (also known as La Voragine), at 3,250 meters. Along the way, your guide will explain the geology and historical background of the Etna Volcano. Continue in a clockwise direction along a nimble path to the Central Crater and then to the North East Crater, formed in 1911. If the weather conditions allow, you may even be able to walk up to its rim and take a quick peek into the depths below. Enjoy the vistas from the summit of Mount Etna. If the weather permits, hikers can admire panoramic views of the Aeolian islands as well as the coasts of Taormina, Catania, Calabria, and Stromboli with full clarity. Last but not least, explore the South East Crater, one of Etna's most active. From here, look over the valley del Bove below. After touring all 4 craters, start the 30-minute descent through a steep but manageable sandstone section that brings you down to 3,000 meters. Here, choose to walk along a sand gully to Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), or return to the meeting point by jeep.

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

6. Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

Put your walking shoes on and head off on a sights-filled trekking adventure around Mount Etna for experienced hikers. Discover the history and symbolism of the area with your guide, and immerse yourself in the striking natural scenery. From the meeting point, ascend in an off-road vehicle along the panoramic street on the northern side of the volcano to a height of 2,825 meters. From this point, begin the 4-kilometer walk on a path surrounded by volcanic scoria and bombs to the edge of the great Central Crater of Etna The total climb uphill is 470 meters until you arrive at the edge of the Central Crater of Etna at a height of 3,300 meters. Once there, stop to admire the greatness, uniqueness, and processes of the volcanic environment. Enjoy the view from the roof of Sicily (visibility can change according to the weather or volcanic conditions). Then, start the downhill journey on soft scoria and volcanic ashes, passing through Piano delle Concazze (at 2,750 meters, the base of the Volcanological Observatory). Continue inside of one of the sandy, big channels, characteristic of the north-east side of the volcano and surrounded by endemic plants and seasonal torrents. Reach the downhill path and the beech forest up to Piano Provenzana, the arrival point of the excursion. The total time of the trekking trail is 6-7 hours and the total kilometers (round-trip) is 11.2 km or about 7 miles (may vary). The difficulty level is E (experienced hikers). The maximum altitude reached is 3,300 mt and the minimum altitude reached is 1,800 mt. The difference in height is 470 mt (may vary) and the difference in downhill is 1,500 mt (may vary).

Mount Etna Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

7. Mount Etna Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

Depart from the Sapienza Refuge square in Nicolosi. Take advantage of the Etna cableway, which will take you from an altitude of 1,900 meters up to 2,500 meters, where you'll begin your trek. The first stop bill be a crater that formed from a recent eruption in 2001. See the Escrivà Crater with your volcanological guide, who will be with you through the entire tour to explain the geogoraphy. Reach the base of the Barbagallo craters as you continue north. Once at the bottom, visit the effusive mouths and the respective "hot point" before entering the lava flow channel. Continue to the most recent lava flows from 2021 before taking a break. Continue climbing towards the Barbagallo Craters, formed in the autumn of 2002. Take a tour of the craters before going down inside them. Next, descend towards the Belvedere della Valle del Bove, a place where you can admire the majestic beauty of the great depression, after visiting the craters located at an altitude of 2920 meters. Continue in the direction of the Cisternazza crater before returning to the Etna cable car arrival station. The more fit will be able to continue the descent on foot to Rifugio Sapienza (1,900 m down).

Nicolosi: Etna Southern Slope Guided Easy Trek

8. Nicolosi: Etna Southern Slope Guided Easy Trek

The route develops in the southern part of the Etnean territory, starting at an altitude of approximately 1900 m, at the Hotel/Restaurant Rifugio Sapienza, adjacent to the departure station of the Etna cable car on the southern slope. This excursion, of medium difficulty, will take us through the eruptions of 1766, 1892 and 2001, immersed in a lunar landscape, typical of the Etnean environment, we will cross the upper craters of the Monti Silvestri and then walk on the lavas of the 2001 eruption, we will reach the fracture that generated the eruption and the Calcarazzi craters of the 1766 eruption, until we reach the highest point of the upper Silvestri craters, from where it will be possible to admire a breathtaking panorama of the Etna foothills and the Ionian coast of Catania.

From Nicolosi: Mount Etna Quad Volcano Tour

9. From Nicolosi: Mount Etna Quad Volcano Tour

Explore the beautiful forest and lava flows surrounding the famous volcano, Mount Etna. Enjoy a guided adventure from Nicolosi, and ride quad bikes through forests, over old lava flows and an eruptive fracture. Travel through Etna's famous "broom trees" only found in Sicily. Descend along lava flow channels and ride on the basin of a dried torrent. See various volcanic features and evidence of past eruptions while on the tour, see explosive craters, and visit a lava flow cave with the tour leader. Return to the tour's starting point at the end of n exciting 2-hour quad bike tour of Etna.

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

10. Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to 2950 meters. With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology and the fascinating phenomenon related to eruptions.

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What people are saying about Nicolosi

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Perfect day ať all. We have been picked up with Pepe and drive one hour to reach cable station bellow Etna first peak, where we deciced to pay extra 68€/person to use cable car and 4x4 bus to reach 2750 m (guided tour as well) and see one small Etna crater. This is to be sad that no permission to go upper is prohibited due to safety reason. Also do not underestimated temperature and take some wind jacket and outdoor shoes . After that we enjoy nice and tasty degustation at Palmento Arena. Very recommended. And Pepe was a really nice and friendly Guide.

Brilliant way to see Mount Etna and the amazing surrounding landscapes. Was a great fun mix of OnRoad and OffRoad driving. The late October 2022 temperature was just perfect (not too hot or cold) and the changing colours of the leaves were really set off against the grey and black lava flows. We loved every minute of this experience and would recommend it to everyone who is visiting Etna.

This was an amazing tour both at Mount Etna and at the winery. There was enough time at Mount Etna to explore on your own or do nothing. The experience at the winery was exemplary great wine tasting delicious lunch very knowledgeable and overall just a great time. I highly recommend this tour

Tour guide Eduardo was absolutely excellent very informative and amusing too, managed to conduct the tour in Italian, French and English extremely well, really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

It’s a must on to do list if you visiting Sicily. Shame we couldn’t climb any higher, but overall good experience