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Excursion

Etna Top Easy

Excursion information

Location South-East side of Etna
Altitude 2950 meters
Duration from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30/6:00 p.m
Difficulty Easy
Departure Departure from Piazza Federico di Svevia 32 in Catania. (We guarantee pick up at meeting point agreed upon booking).
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First Stop

One of Etna Experience’s guides will drive you on board of one of our vehicles to Rifugio Sapienza. There the tour will continue taking the cable car up to 2500 meters and a special 4×4 vehicle to reach an altitude of 2950 meters. So, together with a volcanological guide, you will enjoy the magnificence of our volcano standing in front of the impressive Central and South Eastern Craters, surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows.


Second Stop

Once back to Rifugio Sapienza we will head in the direction of Monte Nero degli Zappini, for a naturalistic walk with our guide, to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna.


Third stop

You will stop nearby the mountain shelter Santa Barbara where you will enjoy a picnic made of authentic Sicilian “Tavola Calda” (street food), sweets, water and Etna wine.


Fourth stop

In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave using the equipment provided (helmets and torches) to safely explore it. Our expert guide will introduce you, with some basic information on speleology, to the fascintating phenomena often related to eruptions.


Included in the booking

Ticket for the cable car and special off road bus till 2950 meters. Volcanological/Alpine guide to assist on the summit area. A professional and passionate naturalistic guide (our guides are geologist, volcanologists, agronomists). Transport service with jeep or minibus from Catania, directly from your hotel or from an agreed meeting point. Picnic. Insurance with our Tour Operator. Licensed Transport Service. Equipment, if required when booking.

Languages

The excursion will take place in Italian and English (upon request and according to the availability also Spanish and French).

Recommended equipment

We remind you to wear closed and sturdy shoes (sports or trekking) with thick socks, and to bring a jacket because the temperature at higher altitude may be lower (about 10° to 15° degrees lower than in Catania). If you believe you might not be well equipped, let us know when booking. In that case shoes and jackets will be provided.

Requirements

We strongly advise not to attend the excursion to those who are not in good health, especially to people suffering from cardiorespiratory diseas.

Itinerary changes

In case of bad weather conditions, the guide may decide to make some changes in the itinerary.