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Valle del Bove, Italy

Valle del Bove, Italy: Our most recommended tours and activities

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

1. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

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.

Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

2. 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

Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

3. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

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: Summit Craters Guided Trekking Tour

5. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Guided Trekking Tour

Hike to the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with a volcano guide. Discover views from the summit craters, explore a lava tunnel, and climb above Mt. Etna aboard a cable car up to 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). Meet your guide in the Aitne office in front of the cablecar station of Etna south. Soar over lunar-like landscapes as you reach an altitude of 2900 meters in the Torre del Filosofo area. Observe the Bocca Nuova, a crater that opened in 1968 and is one of the area's most impressive craters. Wander to the top and enjoy 360° views and if the weather allows, see all the way to the Aeolian islands and almost all of northern Sicily. Descend the summit craters and pass through the craters of the 2002 eruption, then walk inside a lava tunnel and admire the volcanic amphitheater of Valle del Bove, a spectacular 8 km long and 4 km wide caldera. Return to the cable car arrival station at the end of the tour, at an altitude of 2500, and go back by cable car to the starting point. 

Mount Etna: Half-day Morning Jeep Tour

6. Mount Etna: Half-day Morning Jeep Tour

Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point and from there, you will begin a wonderful adventure to discover the beauty of Mount Etna. It's the highest active volcano in Europe and, since 2013, has also been a UNESCO heritage site. With the help of the Jeep, you will cross the remains of ancient lava flows that destroyed villages and the Etna woods. Equipped with a helmet and torch, visit a beautiful volcanic cave that was formed from a lava tube. You will also discover the incredible Valla del Bove, an ancient volcanic caldera. Accompanied by your hiking guide, take a walk around the now extinct side craters (there are about 300 side craters around Etna in total) at a height of 2000m. Cross the volcanic desert and discover the few endemic plants that survive here. Throughout the journey, your guide will tell you everything that you'd like to know about the history, fauna, flora, and geology of Mount Etna as you admire its unique landscapes At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to the meeting point.

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

7. From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Mount Etna on this guided tour with from Catania or Taormina. Tackle rough terrain in a 4x4 vehicle before enjoying a guided hike on the Monte Fontana trail. See the Valle del Bove and view volcanic craters along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the drive through the stunning Sicilian countryside. Get set up with a bottle of water and hiking gear like a helmet and trekking pole.  Begin your walk on the impressive Monte Fontana trail. Visit the famous valley Valle del Bove, wander through old and new lava flows, and walk on extinct craters. Enter a real lava cave where ice was produced centuries ago.  Discover fun facts about the unique plant and animal life that thrive on this active volcano. End your tour at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002.  Return to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina at the end of your tour.

Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

8. Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

Discover the high altitude of Mount Etna’s southern slope on this guided hiking tour. Meet at the Ashàra Info point located in Sapienza Refuge and hop onboard the cable car to reach 2500 meters high on the mountain. Learn about the fascinating 2001 eruption while admiring the great Valle del Bove depression which deeply marks the eastern side of the volcano. Set off on your trekking adventure until you reach 3000 meters, passing by the still-steaming lava flows of the most recent eruptions. Visit a lava channel, the craters of Barbagallo, and other stunning snowy landscapes. After enjoying the spectacular views, head along the trail to the upper cable station to return to the starting point.

Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

9. Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

Discover a living volcano on this guided tour to Mt. Etna. Enjoy a high-altitude lunch, stroll around a lunar-like landscape, and learn about Mt. Etna's fascinating history. After meeting your guide in the heart of Catania, embark on a guided tour to Mount Etna. As you drive, learn about the volcano's biology, geology, and volcanology. After climbing the mountain in your van, take the opportunity to walk on scenic paths away from tourist areas around the rims of several dormant craters. Admire the fantastic Valle del Bove and explore a beautiful lava flow cave carrying a torch. Stop to eat a delicious lunch at 2000 m above sea level. Enjoy typical local products, fantastic wines, liqueurs, local honey, and much as you discover the flavors of the volcano region.

From Catania: Mount Etna Guided Panoramic Trek

10. From Catania: Mount Etna Guided Panoramic Trek

Explore Mount Etna with a local naturalist guide on a 3-4 hour hike from 1,800 meters above sea level up to 2,400 meters. Take in the views of the large cauldron-like hollows, the Valle del Bove, and Calabria, as well as summit craters and the Jonic Coast. Start your adventure with a pickup from one of the meeting points. Don’t worry about packing your own hiking shoes, jackets, and hiking poles, as all are included on the tour. Enjoy learning all about the local fauna, flora, and geology of the Mount Etna volcano. Explore a small lava cave and walk in the middle of black lava rocks and craters. Break for lunch at 2,400 meters above sea level. Enjoy the silence of nature and the sounds of the volcano. Run downhill on the black lava sand and appreciate the beauty around you.

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What people are saying about Valle del Bove, Italy

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,395 reviews

Excellent tour riding safely off road with Land Rover . Fabrizio is great guide, took us to amazing places; volcano desert, 4 level secret cave, caldera and many interesting places where other tour guides will not take you without 4x4. Very safe tour, good for kids and older people. Worth money !!!

An amazing experience. I want to highlight the friendliness and professionalism of Marco and his team. They were responsive to our questions before and during the tour and provided us with the necessary equipment. Nice group and interesting hike! Would totally recommend.

Our hike with Marco completely exceeded our expectations!! The landscape of Etna is otherworldly, and Marco taught us so much about it. For those looking for an authentic and enriching experience, this is it!

The trekking trip was wonderful! The route is scenic, and the guide, Marco was super nice and told us nice facts about the volcano. We also wee provided with all the necessary equipment (shoes, sticks, etc).

It was amazing! Total adventure. Even though we were inside a cloud most of the time and we couldn’t really see the view - the trek itself in the fresh snow was just WOW