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AITNE is a Catania-based association of fully-qualified ski instructors and volcano guides authorised to take people into the mountains, particularly in volcanic areas, both in Italy and abroad. The guides are from the Catania area and therefore Mount Etna is their main focus.

Climbing Mount Etna, on either the easier or more difficult routes, is a must for travellers to Sicily who want to have a uniqe travel experience. The volcano represents much more than a mountain. The climb takes you through different landscapes of extraordinary beauty, such as both old and recent lava flows, long slopes of volcanic sand, the lava arches and volcanic cones at the top of which open the lava ducts. Even more striking are the visits to caves created by the trail of lava that has cooled on the surface but has continued to flow inside, sometimes even overlapping levels, creating a lava tube. Grotta del Gelo, wich hosts the most southern everlasting ice in Italy, is one of these caves. We offer all types of excursions for all levels of fitness from hiking for a few hours on easy paths with a high educational focus to full-day excursions on the routes which require more physical and technical effort. For the more demanding hikers we also organize multi-day tours with bivouac. Etna excursions can take place practically all year round either hiking, skiing or mountain biking on remote trails and snowy slopes allowing you to explore all the different outdoor options our mountain has to offer.

Volcano Guides

Mountain bike instructors

Ski Instructors

Meet the Aitne Med guides

Our Team

Marco Tomasello

Volcanological Guide

Marco Tomasello

Marco loves to call himself a “Malato di Montagna”, who can live every day with his work, being Ski Instructor since 1996 and Volcanological Guide since 2001. In winter he teaches in France and in summer he works on Stromboli and Etna. In his free time he loves to go around the world skiing in search of the most dusty snow. He made several trekking and bike trips around the world and on these trips he had the opportunity to visit several volcanoes in Indonesia, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Iceland, Canary Islands, USA, Ecuador that have enriched his knowledge about these fascinating “living” mountains. His other great passions are mountain biking and running in the mountains (he is the organizer of an important trail running event in Sicily: Sicily Volcano Trail). He’s an ambassador for Millet, Nordica and Briko.

Volcanological Guide enrolled in the regional college of the alpine and volcanological guides of Sicily.

Qualifications:Aitne Med Founder, Volcanological Guide, Ski Instructor, National MTB Instructor

Spoken languages:Italian, English, French

Davide Tomasello

Volcanological Guide

Davide Tomasello

Ski instructor since 1991, volcanological guide since 2001, his passion is to explore new territories and get out of the beaten track. He worked as a ski instructor on Etna and then on the Alps, both Italian and French and in particular in the station of Les Deux Alpes and the Grave, where he taught until 2002. Returning home from the call of mother Etna, the passion for the volcano and Sicily push him to search for new places in winter with ski mountaineering and summer walking and cycling.
His motto: A vadduni!

Awards: first winner of the “Scimmia d’oro” competition.

Volcanological Guide enrolled in the regional college of the alpine and volcanological guides of Sicily.

Qualifications:Aitne Med Founder, Volcanological Guide, Ski Instructor

Spoken languages:Italian, English, French

Massimo Braconi

Volcanological Guide

Massimo Braconi

Massimo Braconi, said Brac, born in the ’62, is our protagonist.
He writes his diary, telling the feelings and emotions of a track “in fresh”. It tells us how to live as free riders, traveling in a sport, and telling of the land that welcomes us, and how its traditions may influence humans and can enrich them. His whole story, narrated by itself, is inserted in the pages of his diary, and translated per image through the documentary.

The story of Brac is not only a detailed history of physical travel in the territory, but rather, a story of feelings and student spirit. Accompanying the viewer into a thrilling long descent off the track.

 

 

Qualifications:Volcano Guide, Ski Instructor, High Altitude Alpinist

Spoken languages:Italian, English, French

Giuseppe Quaceci

Volcanological Guide

Giuseppe Quaceci

Born in the shadow of the Volcano and always connected to it for many reasons, the main one is certainly the spectacular and more than alive nature.
A mountain lover in all its aspects, he loves running, from the sea to the top of the mountain, where colours and sounds gather, in a particular environment, alive and vibrant. Many years ago his passion for snowboarding began, it was a new sport in our Sicily. After becoming a Snowboard instructor he worked for many years between Italy, Switzerland and France. Sportive soul, he has participated to many international running competitions in the mountains and many trails. He has done many trips among which he discovered and fell in love with the Icelandic volcanoes.
Experience and thirst for discovery, he collaborated with many tour operators that were specialised in active trips and outdoors.
He cycles often around unusual roads and paths, always trying to discover new landscapes and adventures, that he loves to share with his guests contributing in creating a unique holiday and an unforgettable experience.
He speaks English, French and Czech.
Volcanological Guide enrolled in the regional college of the alpine and volcanological guides of Sicily.

Qualifications:Volcano Guide, Snowboard Instructor

Spoken languages:Italian, English, French, Czech

Simone Braconi

Volcanological Guide

Simone Braconi

Simone was able to experience the mountains both in the Dolomites and in Sicily on Etna where his mother comes from.

From an early age he helped his uncle – already a guide – following him on his adventures on volcanoes and giving rise to a great passion for volcanology and the mountains.

An alpine ski athlete, she stopped competing to dedicate herself to the profession of ski instructor in Val Gardena and Obereggen.

In addition to on-piste skiing, Simone has a great passion for Telemark, Freeride Skiing, Ski Mountaineering and Freestyle.

His passions for mountain running, cycling and climbing allow him to experience the mountains at 360 degrees.

He worked on both Etna and Stromboli, two active volcanoes that fuel his passion for mountains and volcanology on a daily basis.

Qualifications:Volcano Guide, Ski Instructor, High Altitude Alpinist

Spoken languages:Italian, English, French

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