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Half day tour of Mount Etna from Catania

Discover the magnificent Sicilian volcano and taste some local culinary delights


  • Comfortable return transport from Catania
  • Hike to the Silvestri Craters from Rifugio Sapienza
  • Visit a lava cave
  • Taste local products
  • Take a tour at sunrise or sunset if you wish


EVERY DAY at 9.00 AM, 3.00 PM (starting from May 2023)


5 hours






This express tour of Catania won’t take you to the highest peaks of the mountain but it’s still a great day out if you’re short on time. You’ll still get to trek on Europe’s most active volcano and you’ll see the Silvestri craters!

An incredible half day tour from Catania, you’ll visit Europe’s most active volcano and take a trek at almost 2,000 meters above sea level. See the Silvestri craters and visit a lava cave before returning to the Rifugio Sapienza to taste some local products

This express tour of Mount Etna means that you still get the benefit of seeing what this magnificent natural wonder has to offer even if you don’t have a whole day to set aside. Take a comfortable minivan from the historic center of Catania and watch the landscape change as you drive up to a height of 1,900 meters above sea level. It’s here that you’ll leave your minivan behind and meet your guide, who will take you on a hike to the Silvestri craters.

The Silvestri Craters were formed in 1892 and make for one of the easiest and most accessible hikes from the Rifugio Sapienza. Sure, you can see more from Valle del Bove but there isn’t the time to do that on an express tour. These craters are inactive so there is no danger for guests - and you can even rent hiking shoes and poles to make your hike more comfortable. After some time at the craters, you’ll then visit a lava cave should the conditions be safe. Flashlights and helmets are provided for safety.

 The short but sweet tour isn’t over there. Leave the lava cave and head back to the Rifugio Sapienza, where you’ll sample a selection of fine Sicilian products. Then, you’ll get back on board your minivan to make the return journey to Catania. The Etna Express tour is available both at sunrise and sunset, so you can make the most of a special atmosphere.  


  • Personalized attention
  • Professional English speaking tour leader
  • Round-trip transportation from Catania by comfortable A/C Minivan or Minibus
  • Guided easy hike of a vulcano crater and (if possible) lava cavern
  • Tasting of typical products

Meeting Point

Piazza Duomo, Catania. Look for our guide next to te Elephant Fountain.


Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance.
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.

Rain Policy

The departure for the excursion up to the volcano depends on weather conditions and volcanic activity. If these conditions are not good, the guide may decide an alternative route.

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