A tour of Mount Etna Reviews
Great experience on Mount Etna Oct 20, 2008
Where ever you are on Sicily, you can´t miss her: Mount Etna! Situated on the East side of the island and with her height of 3330 mtrs she is one of the most active vulcanos in the world. A wonderful place to hike and from December to March you´ll be able to ski.
There are several possibilities to explore Mount Etna and her surroundings, but we opted for the Etna tour on Monday with SAT excursions company, situated in Umberto Corso 73, Taormina.
It is possible to call the agency the night before, they are open 7 days a week untill 19.30 hrs, and you´ll pay with the guide (tel: 0039-0942-24653).
The tour guide explained all in english, german and italian. In the bus up to Nicolosi, he gave some insights in the countryside, including the history of Messina, the harbour town we went through.
At the Etna South Station in Nicolosi, he took us to the Funivia dell´Etna, the cable way up to the main craters. Everyone who opted upfront for the ascent, received a ticket and a voucher for a vulcano guide. Anyone who didn´t, could buy a ticket at the ticketbox. Be aware though, the tourguide doesn´t accompany you to the top. Once on top, you´ll have to find a vulcano guide yourself and not all of them speak english. We just looked around and sticked with one guide who did. The way up with the cable is spectacular! It was a clear day with some clouds around the hills. Just beautiful. The jeep ride from the Funivia was weird but such a great experience. The surroundings did overwhelm us.
The tour guide gives a restaurant as rendez-vous spot. He did recommend us to eat lunch there, and gave us the estimated prices and menu. We couldn´t figure out if the company received commission for this, but we definitely didn´t eat at the restaurant the guide advised. And this wasn´t a problem at all. We were free to roam as we wanted and besides the time table (we didn´t want to be left behind at Mount Etna)we were not feeling pushed into anything.
This excursion, starting in Taormina, will take up much of your day. We were picked up at 08.30 hrs and returned around 18.00 hrs.
72 euro if you want to go up to the area of the main craters with cable way and jeeps. The bus will pick you up at any place around Taormina, though the main pick up spot is Taormina bus terminal.
If you´re not sure if you want to go to the main craters, it is also possible to book just the excursion to the Refuge (31 euro). Tickets to the main craters can be bought at the Refuge, if you change your mind.
Other tours around Mount Etna by SAT:
Etna Sunset on Tuesday and Thursday: Same as the Monday tour but dinner instead of lunch and possibility to see Mount Etna at sunset. Cost 72 euro.
Etna around Alcantara on Wednesday and Friday: Tour around Alcantara Gorges and to the medieval town of Randazzo. From here you´ll take the special train tour Circumetnea following the foot Mount Etna. From here same as the Monday tour. Cost 80 euro.
Etna Valley Alcantara: Same as the Wednesday tour, without the train tour but with Cathedral visit and visit to typical Sunday market in Randazzo. Cost 79 euro.
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Sep 03, 2007
Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano of Europe. Generally tourists do 2 types of excursions:
1) In the south - Nicolosi to visit the summit craters
2) In the north - Linguaglossa to do trekking trips in the forests
The duration is 5 hours and all you need to do is hire a guide. The guides can be found directly in the starting points:
- Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi)
- Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa)
Maybe they are expensive but the Italian laws require the presence of professional volcano guides...so if you want to do and Etna excursion you need a guide.
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