Summit Craters from Etna Sud

Trekking to the summit craters of Etna is one of the most extraordinary experiences that can be had in Sicily. A scenario with an almost otherworldly aspect and the most diverse that can be imagined from daily life.

Aitne Office (inside Terrazza dell’Etna Restaurant)
Meeting at 8:30/8:45 AM, departure at 9:00/9:15 AM.
Approximately at 3:30/4:00 PM.
The excursion is forbidden to the cardiac and asthmatic
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Due to strong winds from the west we recommended the use of a windproof jacket in Gore-Tex, a pair of glasses to protect your eyes from sudden gusts of wind and of course a pair of high mountain boots (short boots/shoes are unsuitable as they will allow the lavic sand to enter).
Boots and sticks on request
Food and beverages
Cable car: 50€

The ascent is by cable car up to an altitude of 2500m. From here, after about 3.5h of uphill hiking, you will reach the edge of the central crater where you can observe the Bocca Nuova (3250m ).  This crater opened in 1968, and is probably the most impressive one.

Going around the Bocca Nuova you will find yourself on the edge of the Voragine, the heart of the Central Crater. From the top,  you can wander 360 ° with your gaze and if the day allows,  it is possible to see the Aeolian islands and almost all of northern Sicily.

From the top, you begin the steep but easy ash and slag terrain descent passing through the craters of the 2002 eruption.  You will then walk inside a lava tunnel and finally admire the volcanic amphitheater of Valle del Bove, a spectacular 8 km long and 4 km wide caldera. You will then return to the cable car arrival station at an altitude of 2500m.

  • Vertical gain: 800m.
  • Elevation downhill: 800m.


Contact us for a custom quote.

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Additional information

Whereetna; sicily
Duration5 hours
Number of participants5/10 for each guide based on the ordinances in force

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