Walk the slopes of Mount Etna and experience the rugged, untamed beauty of Sicily. Explore the cobblestone streets of Taormina and Zaffarana Etnea and see the many historical sites left behind by a variety of cultures, from the ancient Romans to Arab traders to the early Christians.
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The weather at the top of Mount Etna can be unpredictable since the peak of the volcano reaches more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Often, the top of the Mount will be around 4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) when the weather at the base of the mountain is about 26 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
How Should I Dress for a Mount Etna Tour?
We recommend that you dress in layers. Summer resort clothes are perfect for touring Taormina and the Village of Zafferana Etnea. However, you'll want to bring a jacket to don when we reach the higher elevations. Of course, good, sturdy walking shoes are a must.
What is There to See on Mount Etna?
Mount Etna has a walking trail amid the "Silvestri Craters" about two-thirds of the way up to the crater. There is also a cable railway that runs from the Sapienza Refuge ski resort on the side of the Mount to around 2,500 feet elevation, within sight of the volcano's crater. The Village of Zafferana Etnea, at the base of the volcano, features the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Providenza, the 13th century Roman Catholic church, and the Beekeeper's House Museum, a fun and quirky collection of local artifacts, as well as charming shopping streets and some of the best food in southern Italy.
Is It Safe to Visit Mount Etna?
While Mount Etna is an active volcano, touring the area is safe. If an eruption is predicted, the local authorities will close all or part of the area. However, it is unwise to venture off of the prescribed pathways.