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Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

1. Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

A valid alternative to the summit craters is the 3,000 m Etna excursion. You go up by cable car up to 2,500 meters. From here begins the path on foot. It will be possible to observe the summit craters, then we will stop on a lateral crater (barbagallo at about 3000 meters). You will admire the recent lava flows (2021) until you reach the inside of a lava channel. We will visit an effusive vent (2002 eruption) and from here we will descend along the sandbanks to the mound from where we will observe the Bove Valley, admiring, on fine days, a view that sweeps from the Ionian Riviera to the interior of Sicily. Duration 4/5 hours. Departures at 9.30 and 10.30, meeting time 30 minutes before departure (the departure at 10.30 is compatible for those arriving by bus (AST) from Catania). Meeting Point Shelter Alpine Guides Etna Sud, next to the Refuge Sapienza

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

2. 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.

Etna: North Etna Summit Craters 3353 m. Trekking Tour

3. 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.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

4. 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.

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

5. 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

6. 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).

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

7. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

Break away from classic tourist itineraries to discover unique landscapes of Etna on this guided tour from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Have your experience enriched by stories and fun facts from your guide.  Begin your private adventure with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Relax on the drive over regular and unpaved roads as you ascend the extinct craters that sit at an altitude of 2,000 meters.  Walk through lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano at a UNESCO-listed site and view ancient lava flow. Admire the Etna forest, the Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. Put on your helmet and headlamp and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by lava flow. Ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters where you can purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour. 

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.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

9. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.

Etna: Bottoniera Etna Volcano Eruption Trekking Tour

10. Etna: Bottoniera Etna Volcano Eruption Trekking Tour

Hike the famous Etna Volcano and visit the site of a recent massive volcanic eruotion. See the eruptive fracture of Bottoniera and other volcanic features. Explore the volcano and learn more about its history and the geomorphology of the area from an alpine and volcanological guide on this daytime trekking tour. Start the hike is along the dirt road that leads from Piano Provenzana to the summit craters of the volcano, and cross the eruptive fracture of the eruption of October 27, 2002, the route of "Monte Nero-Timpa Rossa". Discover and study the many volcanic morphologies associated with the eruptions on the northern side of Etna. Visit the flank eruptions of September 10, 1911 and June 17, 1923 that threatened the town of Linguaglossa. Reach the wonderful and impressive Timpa Rossa Refuge, nestled in a fantastic birch forest. Take a picnic break and for the more experienced try to reach the Grotta dei Lamponi. Stop at the volcanic morpho structures called Hornitos, the name coming from the Spanish "Little Furnace". Travel along the pyroclastic cones of the 2002 eruption until reaching the maximum altitude of 2100 meters on the rim of the craters. Climb a sandy channel to the starting point in Piano Provenzana.

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What people are saying about Nicolosi

Worth it for sure! A very unique experience with a beautiful scenery. After the ride with the cable car you go on foot up to 2900m (takes about two-ish hours). The view is amazing! I’m not very athletic, so I found it quite demanding (especially the last 20minutes), but surely doable. After a quick lunch break (you have to bring your own lunch and water) at the top, you return via a different route, which is quite easier. Be prepared to have a windbreaker with you, and maybe a warmer layer (at the top of the mountain the winds are quite strong). Don’t worry though as the guide is very experienced. What is more, they offer shoes, helmets, jackets and even socks, so if you are not prepared they ‘ve got you covered! The guide is also quite knowledgeable about the volcano and could explain everything in Italian, English and French. If you are looking for a hike, this is one that is worth it!

Sadly we couldn’t go to the summit due to volcanic activity, but the trek was still fantastic and the sights were beautiful! Eduardo was an excellent guide, and everything felt very professional. I recommend borrowing hiking boots from them, they were a MUST! We had lovely weather so shorts and a tshirt were enough. The hike was challenging for me but the pace was slow and there were plenty of resting breaks so I was perfectly fine. A once in a lifetime experience, highly recommend!

A well organised trek. Easy to find Edo at the Rifugio. They make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes and clothing before leaving. Provided more appropriate gear at no extra cost

Although there was no jeep ride, it was an unforgettable experience. Very nice and considerate guides, so that everyone got along well.

Very organized very professional very safe. Eduardo and his colleague were wonderful. You can’t go to Sicily and not do this tour.