Free and guided tours on Mount Etna
You could walk on mount Etna trails for many days, probably for weeks.
Craters, caves, ancient trees, woods, canyons and much more deserve a long time to be explored. But if you don't have all this time and you are looking for a half day or one day excursion, here we are with the elements you cannot miss:
- A cave
- A crater
- The Valle del Bove ("Bove" valley)
On this site you can find all the information you need to explore Mount Etna on your own, but if you are looking for a guided tour feel free to contact us.
Here we describe some daily excursions at different difficulty levels, suitable for everyone. Of course, if you are trained we suggest you to go for the last one.
Difficulty level zero
if you don't like to walk (or you cannot), this is our proposal for you
- Craters: your tour starts at the Silvestri craters, close to Sapienza refuge. You can walk on the craters edge with all the other tourist that reach the craters with touristic buses.
- Cave: Use your car to go towards Zafferana Etnea on the SP92 road. After about 7km, you'll find on the left the entrance to the "Cassone" cave. The entrance is along the street, leave the car 200 meters ahead on the street and come back walking.
- "Bove" valley: keep driving towards Zafferana Etnea on the SP92 road and turn left in order to reach the starting point of the Monte Zoccolaro nature trail. There is no need to walk upward on the path, you can look at the valley even from the bottom of the trail.
To make it short, this is more a car tour than a mountain excursion. There is no difference in height, it will take no more than half day .
Difficulty level low - Proposal no. 1
- Craters: your tour will start from the Silvestri craters as the previous one
- "Bove" valley: close to the Sapienz refuge, in the SP92 road there is the starting point of the "Schiena dell'Asino" trail. It is a 2,5 km walk with con 250 meters difference in height leading to the valley edge where you can stare at central craters, the valley and the Ionian sea.
- Cave: come back from the trail, bring your car and drive on the SP92 towards Zafferana for about 6km until you reach the "Cassone" cave entrance.
Distance to be covered on foot: 5 km; upward difference in height: 250 m
Difficulty level low - Proposal no. 2
- "Bove" valley: your tour will start from Fornazzo village. Drive on the SP Mareneve road towards the Citelli refuge, until you find the "Monte Fontane" trail starting point. There is a 1,5 km with 150 meter difference in height leading on the top, where you can enjoy the panorama. Unfortunately, many touristic operators usually bring tourist here using offroad vehicles, so it could happen that you find those vehicles during the path.
- Cave: Come back to the car and keep driving toward the Citelli refuge until you find on the right the entrance to the Grotta dei Ladroni. Be careful because currently there are no indication for the cave and also because a user of the site reported us thefts from parked cars -> Don't leave any valuable object in the car!
- Craters: keep driving until you reach the Sartorius mounts, you can quietly walk for two km over them facing a minimal difference in height (50 meters). You can end your tour eating something at the Citelli refuge, a few hundreds meter faraway from the Sartorius craters.
Distance to be covered on foot: 5 km; upward difference in height: 200 m
Difficulty level medium
- Cave: reach the Citelli refuge by car and walk on the trail leading to the "Serracozzo" cave. It's a 1,5 km path with 150 meters upward difference in height
- "Bove" valley: from the cave, keep rising towards the valley edge on the Serracozzo trail, until you come back to the Citelli refuge. Its a 4 km path, the upward difference in height is about 300 meters.
- Crater: from the Citelli refuge you can reach (even walking) the Sartorius mounts, for a quiet 2km walk on those ancient craters.
Distance to be covered on foot: 7,5 km; upward difference in height: 500 m
We remind you that on this site you can find all the information you need to walk on mount etna on your own. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a guided tour, feel free to contact us.