Mount Etna
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Sicily's greatest natural attraction is also its highest mountain: Mount Etna, at 10,990 feet, is the most active volcano in Europe and the oldest recorded active volcano in the world.
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Ksenija
1 contribution
Jan 2023
New Year's morning was a clear sky, 10 degrees above 0, no crowds. The view was fantastic. Morning coffee next to the volcanic crater was pure pleasure.
Written 2 January 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,497 contributions
Dec 2022
The summit area of Etna at 3357m is restricted. You can get to the crater rim at 2900m reachable from Rifugio Sapienza at 1910m. Most people take the (30€) cable car from the rifugio to an elevation of 2500m from where it is possible to hike up.

From Catania there is a bus (4€) to Rifugio Sapienza (some 40 km from the city).

When I visited beginning of December there already were several centimeters of snow on part of the route. So take good shoes.
Written 24 December 2022
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andre N
3 contributions
Dec 2022
We never had the urgency to go and see a Vulcano coming from New Zealand BUT ETNA blew us away, had an amazing sunshien day. The views from the absolutly BREATH TAKING
Written 7 December 2022
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Salina M
Dumas, TX99 contributions
Nov 2022
The roads up were well maintained. The drive safe. The various walking trails were well marked. Remember you can visit only the crater at 6000 feet. The active craters above 9000 feet are not available to the public.
The ski facility look well maintained and busy but we did not ski.
Written 23 November 2022
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India3,581 contributions
Sep 2022
The excursion begins at an altitude of 1,923 meters at thebase station of the Etna cableway, right next to Rifugio Sapienza. We received a discount card from Sapienza as their overnight guests.

We opted for the “Excursion Alta Quota” (ticket includes cost of cable car, 4*4 transport, and a licensed Alpine guide). The tour going to the summit needs 5-6 hours (starts ~ 9.30am, just when we arrived) and is physically strenuous, we gave that a pass.
The cable car whisks you away to the mountain station at 2,500 meters. From here you join a 4*4 vehicle that takes you to 2750metres. The first stop was the Belvedere on the Valle del Bove (an area that has witnessed recent activity) escorted by a guide.
After that we took another 4*4 with our assigned group to Crater Laghetto (or Escriv), where you can climb within and around the edges of the crater.
We were then transported back by another 4*4 to the Etna station which is equipped with a bar with a panoramic terrace and shops selling wine/liquers and local Sicilian products. We hung around (and picnicked) outside to enjoy sweeping views of the Gulf and the peaks, eventually, took the cable car back to base station.

The landscape feels extra-terrestrial, and views are priceless. An overnighter in Rifugio Sapienza is a good idea, we were able to relax after the hike, enjoy the Silvestri craters and La Capannina and also the wonderful grub at their restaurant for dinner.
Written 18 November 2022
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Stephen S
New Ash Green, UK1,904 contributions
Nov 2022
Certainly worth a look when visiting Sicily although we viewed it from a distance. Our hotel in Castelmola gave us a magnificent view of the volcano, its my opinion the best view of a mountain is from a distance not on top but not denying its a wonderful view from the top.
Written 11 November 2022
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bent031
Jerusalem, Israel39 contributions
Nov 2022
We went with Davide from Mount Etna Tours. He picked us up from our apartment and took us up to Etna where we walked for two hours. He was extremely interesting and friendly and we learned a lot about the volcano and the nature.
An added plus was that he drove pleasantly and not aggressively as many (most) Italians.
Written 10 November 2022
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Sander_Yoho
Den Bosch, The Netherlands1,195 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We thought, let’s go there and see what we can do. We walked around the crateri silvestri which was nice for some pics, but not really spectacular. Then we took the funicular for 30 eur pp. pretty high price, but let’s see. Arriving up we realized there is not much to see there, so we paid another 38 eur for the bus further up. That was good, because the guide could tell us a whole lot about the Etna which made it worthwhile.
Written 8 November 2022
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DanaSeattle
Seattle, Washington22 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
SICILY INTO NATURE provides an expert guide for an unforgettable trip into the nature, into the history, into the colours and flavours of Sicily with the purpose to develop and promote eco-tourism on this territory.

We toured an ice cave and hiked to a peak on Mt Etna. Our Guide, Paola Pennisi was knowledgeable and a great leader.

Info@sicilyintonature.com
Written 28 October 2022
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The_Travel_Family
Las Vegas, NV760 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Came here in a rental car, drove as far as the cable car. The cable car charges €30 per person return, we did not go on it as that price is ridiculous.

Parking was strange some paid some didn’t. It didn’t look like anyone was checking.

Look out for the men claiming they make animals out of the volcanic rock, they even have some tools with a little smashed rock claiming they make them, what a load of absolute Chinese made rubbish.

I just saw trash everywhere, it was awful. The best sites were along the road away from all the tour buses and touts trying to mug people off.

Recommend for drive to and from only to see different angles of Mt Etna, avoid the main area with restaurants and souvenir shops.
Written 24 October 2022
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