Tours of Etna – the Summit Craters

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.

DEPARTURE / RESTORED PLACE
Aitne Office (inside Terrazza dell’Etna Restaurant)
DEPARTURE HOUR
Meeting at 8:30/8:45 AM, departure at 9:00/9:15 AM.
RESTORED HOUR
Approximately at 3:30/4:00 PM.
IMPORTANT
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).
INCLUDED
Guide 4×4 truck and cable car
Boots and sticks on request
NOT INCLUDED
Food and beverages

The ascent is by cable car and 4 × 4 minibuses up to an altitude of 2900m in the Torre del Filosofo area. From here, after about 1.5h 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: 400m.
  • Elevation downhill: 800m.

The excursion price is € 100 (€ 50 for the guide and equipment, € 50 for a return cable car and a Jeep up to 2900mt)

For children under 11 years the price is € 45 for the guide and the equipment, € 45 for a return cable car and a Jeep up to 2900mt

Contact us for a custom quote.

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the top craters
the top craters

Additional information

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

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the top craters
the top craters
the top craters
the top craters
the top craters
the top craters
the top craters
the top craters