The Majestic Volcano And The Pearl Of Sicily

The Sicilians call the massif that rises above them by a familiar term “A Muntagna”. Etna has also been dealing out benefits to the lands which lies at its feet. At every eruption the volcano deposits enormous quantities of minerals which make the orchards luxuriant and fruitful, as well as the vineyards and the vast woodland areas.

Mount Etna has always been experienced by Sicilians as a challenge against the forces of nature

An active volcano for millions of years, Etna has marked the landscape with its lava flows, at times disastrous for the surrounding nature and for its inhabitants. Be sure to walk up and down the enormous lava dunes of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano at approximately 3350 meters, and meander over its moonlike surface. 

What to expect

Start at 9AM – Drive to Etna 1.5h

from Catania

Pick-up by your private Guide Driver at your hotel. The day starts with mount ETNA. Drive up the volcano till 6500 feet reaching the Silvestri Craters.

Visit 1.5h

The Volcano

On the way admire the landscape and the vineyards growing in the shadow of Mount Etna inside the DOC wine production area. An eruption from 2001 left its mark at the Rifugio Sapienza area. Enjoy a walk at the nearby Silvestri Craters or simply soak up the atmosphere of the volcano. Possibility to reach 9500 feet by cable car.

Drive 1.5h – Lunch – Visit 1.5h


Optional stop en route at a local WINERY for a wine tasting. Continue to lovely TAORMINA, the pearl of the Ionian Sea. You’ll visit this lovely town including also the Greek Theatre which has inspired generations of travelers and artists.

Drive back 1h

to Catania

Drop off at your hotel.

What’s Included

English speaking Guide Driver
Private Transport by Premium Mercedes Vehicle
Pick up/Drop off at the Hotel
Parking/Highway Fees

What’s Extra

Admission fees
Meals & Beverages
Local Guide In Taormina
Cable Car

If someone had to spend just one day in Sicily and asked “What ought I to see?” The answer without hesitation is “Taormina”.  The view is among the loveliest of Italy. The panorama is dominated by the Volcano Etna, often topped with snow and always smoking. The vegetation is lush with sub-tropical plants, the climate is delightful.

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