Head out from Taormina on a full-day excursion to discover Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. The volcano reaches a height of approximately 10,910 feet (3,326 meters) and you may choose from different options for ascending to the top.
What to Expect
Visit the south side of Mount Etna, a volcano in Italy, a full-day trip from Taormina.
Begin your day with a drive to Etna Natural Park (Rifugio Sapienza) to admire a volcano that is rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters. You will also be able to ascend to the top, a trip provided by Funivia dell’Etna Cable Car Company, by purchasing tickets upon arrival. From higher up you will be able to see the lava fields and surrounding landscape from Europe's highest and most active volcano.
You can ascend to the top in 2 ways:
From Rifugio Sapienza, catch a cable car ride up to Montagnola, located at 8,202 feet (2,500 meters). This costs approximately €30 per person. Upon arrival, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
From the Montagnola, you can jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) for a fee of €60 per person. Accompanied by a licensed Etna guide, you will reach heights of 9,186 feet (2,800 meters), and can continue hiking to reach 9,580 feet (2,920 meters).
From March to May and from October to November, pack a winter coat and dress in sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
From June to September, pack a waterproof shell and dress in layers. Dress in comfortable shoes or sneakers, and do not forget your sun screen, sunglasses, and sun hat.
- Vehicle with air conditioning
- English-speaking driver-escort
- Visit as per itinerary
What's Not Included
- Ascent fees (cable car)
- Licensed tourist guide
- Food and beverages
Know Before You Go
We customized this excursion using a driver-escort. A driver-escort is a chauffeur who will drive you around our amazing island. He is knowledgeable, able to provide basic historical information, and he can show you the main highlights.
Our driver-escort will take care to give adequate time at all stops and to accommodate special requests when possible. He will assure that your experience in Sicily will be both memorable and enjoyable.
The driver-escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals – with a Regional license – permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city). The driver-escort cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian law. In the case you need a licensed local guide, you must pay a surcharge and we will arrange for one to meet you directly on the spot.