What To Expect
Climbing to the summit of a volcano and looking inside its smoking craters is a thrilling experience. If you are a mountain lover, Volcano Adventure is something won't want to miss.
Mount Etna is the second most active volcano on earth and there's no better place on earth to witness and understand the forces and the power of volcanoes. It dominates the skyline of Catania at the highest point of 3,350 meters and its snow-capped summit is visible from anywhere on Sicily's east side. The hike is hosted by an expert alpine guide.
Our tour starts from the Rifugio Sapienza. At 1,910 meters above sea level, it is the southern access point of Mount Etna. Should you need some equipment, you can rent here from several local shops. We ride a cable car up to the Torre Del Filosofo (2,900 meters), and then board a four wheel drive jeep. The climb to the top is challenging, but it's worth the effort. When you reach the upper slopes at 3,350 meters, the air is considerably cooler. It smells like a chemistry laboratory, but the lunar ground beneath your feet is still warm from the lava. It is so impressive to be close to the active craters; nothing grows so far up. The views are superb; we will visit the active vents, the fumaroles area, the eruptive fractures and the awesome cinder cones that opened on the upper volcano's flanks during the spectacular recent eruptions in 2001 and 2002-03. On our way down we head south on foot, towards the impressive craters passing around the pit crater of Cisternazza. Here, another highlight of this Volcano Adventure astounds us: the amazing view of the Valle del Bove (Valley of the Ox), a huge depression site of layers upon layers of lava flows. Finally, we come back down on the soft sandy slopes along the southern face of the Montagnola.
Private hotel pickups in Catania area
One way ticket cable car and 4WD vehicle ticket (35 EUR) payable at the site
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Trail difficulty is medium, hence this tour is not recommended for children who are not able to perform like adults.
The duration indicated does not include the transfer time from Catania (approximately 2 hours round trip)
Customized routes and pickups everywhere in Sicily can be arranged on request.
Please take into account the high mountain conditions (strong wind, cold and snow even in summer) and the high level of volcanic hazard in the summit area.
Participants must not suffer from asthma, blood pressure problems, heart ailments and other respiratory problems.
The guide can modify the expected route for bad weather conditions or sudden increase of volcanic hazard.
We recommend you wear different layers of clothing so you can adapt to the many sudden changes in the weather. Proper shoes for rugged terrain and a wind-proof jacket are indispensable.
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