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Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

1. Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the top of Etna. Take breaks along the way and take unique photos of the summit craters. After the initial briefing at the mobile information point, your hike will begin, up to the top of Mount Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car to quickly gain altitude up to 2,500 meters and then with special 4x4 minibuses, climb up to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo. During the 2-hour ascent, take 2-3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view. Travel through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you below the summit craters. With a last challenging climb, reach the top of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiarities of the summit area with its craters and frequent activity Downhill for the return, visit other ancient craters, a lava flow channel, the Valle del Bove and take the cable car back to the starting point.

Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

2. 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 if you'd like (costs not included). 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.

Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

3. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations. The first venue will be a family run winery, world-famous with its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 or 5 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region. You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread. After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

4. From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

Explore the highest, active volcano in Europe on this day tour from Taormina. Travel by cable car and jeep to the top of Mount Etna with a local guide. After being picked up, relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters. Continue by jeeps up to the authorized upper crater zones with the assistance of licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions.

Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

5. Godfather Private Tour with Optional Wine Tasting and Lunch

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene. In Savoca, you will stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed and purchase souvenirs. The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, you will visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century. Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director and the actors. With your guide, you will learn about the real history of the Sicilian mafia, how it rose and developed, how it was structured, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives and homemade bread. During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline. Afterwards, you can choose to have lunch or dinner at one of Sicily's best fish restaurants with an accompaniment of fine Sicilian wines before returning to your hotel or other drop off location.

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

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

The half-day excursion includes an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and a visit of the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander through old and new lava flows, walk on extinct craters, and visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights, where ice was produced centuries ago. Your guide will show you the great variety of flora and fauna here - plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests you will learn a lot about the vegetation and the wildlife of Mount Etna. Your last stop of the half-day tour will be around the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your accommodation. Altogether this will be an unforgettable experience.

Mount Etna: Sunset Soft Trek in the Recent & Old Lava Flows

7. Mount Etna: Sunset Soft Trek in the Recent & Old Lava Flows

Visit the park of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe on this easy trekking trail. The park around Etna is, since 2013, a UNESCO world heritage site. The trekking begins from the southern part of the Volcano, that in recent years has been hit by lava flows. This is one of the most beautiful sides of the volcano because during the trekking you can admire the contrast between the dark rocks and the vegetation (such as broad-leaved woods). On the trail there are some alpine houses, which can be visited, built in lava rocks without cement, in the area located at an altitude of about 1,700 meters. You will also discover some Etna hideouts such as vertical lava flow caves, used in the past as Neviera. The tour will be hosted by a local multilingual guide who will be available to explain to you all of your surroundings during your tour. During the winter period, in case of snow, the trail will be carried out with snowshoes.

Etna: Bove Valley Hiking Tour with Volcanologist Guide

8. Etna: Bove Valley Hiking Tour with Volcanologist Guide

The park of Etna has been part of the UNESCO heritage list for several years, and it offers a thrilling trekking in a exciting path on the north side of the volcano. Starting at an altitude of about 1 mile, at the Rifugio Sapienza, you'll catch the cablecar up to 1.5 miles above sea level. After, you'll trek to reach the ridge of the Bove Valley, an extensive depression that occupies most of the eastern flank of the volcano, where you can admire many lava flows because today it is a natural basin and protection for the villages at the bottom of the volcano. Once you reach the ridge of the Bove valley you can observe the top of the active crater and be fascinated by the beauty of the volcano. Along the way you will encounter lunar landscapes and rich Etnei woods.

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.

Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

10. Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

After meeting with your guide in Catania, you will embark on your 8-hour guided tour which will inform you of the biology, geology and volcanology of the Etna volcano. You will have the opportunity to walk in paths immersed in nature, away from the tourist areas on several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna will be your traveling companions, as you learn of the history of this unique territory in terms of endemicity. You will later enjoy a fantastic tasting of wines, liqueurs, honey, and much more, which will help you discover the flavors of this volcanic region. In the company of a marine biologist and an underwater environmental guide, you will later take the road to the marvelous lava beds of "Isola deiCiclopi" (Aci Castello), which is a Marine Protected Area. There you will discover underwater columnar basalt, lava cords, lava cushions, and colorful marine life and plants. This scene will be the unique setting for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. At the conclusion of your 8-hour experience, you will return to the tour meeting point in Catania.

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What people are saying about Province of Catania

The Godfather tour was a unique experience and I can really recommend it to any fan of the film series. Our tour guide Marco (announced was an Omar) impressed us with his competent knowledge, his cordiality and not to forget the best oranges he had brought as a snack. We spent a wonderful time at the original location and learned things I did not know. Even my wife, who had no idea about the film, was thrilled. We found the price reasonable. In addition, we were picked up directly in front of the apartment and returned safely. Thank you Marco!

Ernesto and Marco were very experienced and helpful guides and made the experience unique. They provided shoes and trekking poles as well as a nice stop to buy food in a local shop near by the Etna. They took us up to 2400 meters high (much higher than most tours promises on their ads) where we could see the valley bellow and a nice view of the summit. Really recommended experience.

An excellent experience despite our flight concerns, they arranged us very well, nothing to say, everything was perfect. And the guides showed us a lot more than expected. I recommend 100%

Escursione da non perdere, fuori dai classici percorsi turistici per esplorare molteplici paesaggi che il vulcano offre

Bruno was a great guide and the three wineries were varied and interesting - had some great wines and food