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.

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Duration 7 hours
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Italian, English


  • 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.

  • Pickup and drop-off in the Catania city center and Trecastagni
  • Hike of Mount Etna
  • Naturalist guide
  • Extra warm jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Trekking sticks and shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup
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

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Meeting point

Meet for pickup outside the McDonald's.

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Important information

What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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 400 reviews

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Professional Organisation with experienced guides. Good judgement of weather conditions and routes. Lots of knowledge about Etna Mountain and the sicilian people. They brought a lot of equipment like hiking shoes, jackets, sticks, gloves etc. as there was a lot of snow on Etna in March. Especially Marco was very friendly, funny and communicative. If we return to sicily, we will definitly book a tour with these guys again. Thanks again for this great experience!

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March 11, 2023

So glad I chose this trek! Had the most incredible time. Really fun hike with incredible views. I highly recommend this, as it avoids tourist routes, so you really feel at one with nature. A lot of other reviews mention the sandwich too, which is honestly why I mainly chose this - wanted to see what the hype was about! 100% agree, lives to its expectations haha! I would love to do this again! The guides were also incredible, learnt so much on the car ride to and from. Very funny guys, who really couldn’t have been more friendly. They truly made this experience.

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March 7, 2023

It was very nice and pleasant trip. The guide was very funny but at the same time professional and had a huge knowledge on the history of the volcano. The whole trip took us 8 hours. We were given hiking shoes, jackets and sticks. It was really warm, we were hiking wearing long trousers and t-shirts, jackets were useful only at the top (2400 m). Going down was the best, because the guide gave us plastic bags and we were just sliding down on the snow , but it was February, so in summer that option might be impossible. Good to take some spare socks and trousers to change after going down the volcano. Towel can be useful as well.

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February 20, 2023

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