Etna and Taormina

Family friendlyInclude percorsi trekkingEscurisione naturalisticaEscursione culturale

From Catania: Every Day

Duration: about 9 hours


  • Pick up from hotel
  • Arrival at Rifugio Sapienza
  • Visit of crateri Silvestri (1892)
  • Trekking through natural path of Parco dell'Etna or Etna high altitude option
  • Visit of a lava cave with helmets and lamps
  • Sampling of typical products in a biological farm
  • Stop at the nature reserve “Isola Bella”
  • Visit of Taormina
  • Return to hotel

Detailed description

After being picked up from your hotel you will head for Rifugio Sapienza, stopping in certain view points on the way up. The guide will give you all the information you need about the history and the territory of the volcano and you will visit the sites of the last eruptions and the old Silvestri Craters.

From Rifugio Sapienza (1920 mamsl) you can choose one of the following options:

  • Do some trekking in one of the nature paths of “Parco dell’Etna”, up to 2000 m.
  • Buy the Etna high altitude option: from Rifugio Sapienza you will take the cable car and reach, in 15 minutes, 2504 meters. From here you will continue with special 4x4 minibuses and reach, in 20 minutes, 2900 meters (Torre del Filosofo). You will find your self in front of a scenery stretching right down to the sea. Here it will be possible to admire the great central crater, the South-East crater and the historical lava flows that characterize the landscape of Etna. With the alpinist guides you will visit the places where the life of the volcano flourishes, in full safety. You will return to Rifugio Sapienza by minibus and cable car.

The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave with helmets and torches.

The next stop, on the way down, will be Zafferana, where you will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine, oil etc. 

After the tasting, you will head for Taormina, but first you will stop at the wonderful “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian sea” for its natural beauty, and connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. It is possible to bathe in these marvellous crystal clear waters.  

After lunch (not included in the price) you will dedicate the afternoon to visiting the picturesque town of  Taormina.  

Along the main road of this town, Corso Umberto, with the Messina Gate below and the  Catania Gate on the mountain side, you will admire the most important monuments: Palazzo Corvaja (The Corvaja Palace) , the Teatro Antico* (The Old Theatre), Piazza IX Aprile, the Torre dell’orologio (The Clock Tower), the Cattedrale Fortezza (The Fortress Cathedral), the Badia Vecchia (The Old Abbey), and the Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano (The Duke of Saint Stephen Palace), and much more. It will also be possible to go shopping in the exclusive shops which alternate with workshops.

Suggested Equipment

Windbreaker / Tennis shoes / Water / Hat and sunglasses / Bathing suit and towel.


The WEB PRICE: is valid only if you buy online more than 4 days before

With departure from Catania

Period: from 01/01 to 31/12
Price per pax: € 85 (3-12 years € 60)
WEB PRICE: € 77 (3-12 years € 55)

The cost includes:

Shuttle bus (return) / Multilingual guide / Trekking shoes (on request) / The kit for visiting the Cave / Sampling. 

The cost does not include:

Authorized guide in Taormina (on request) / Optional visit of Greek Theatre € 10,00 / All that is not specified under “the cost includes”.

Extra cost high altitude

2.500 m (cable car): € 30.00 per person
2.900 m (cableway + 4x4 minibus with local alpinist guide): € 65 per person

From Catania: first available date is

Starting from € 77



up to 48 hours in advance.

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